Morton’s installation welcomes interactivity through the one irresistible object that begs to be pushed: the button. Toy farm animals (and the odd T-rex) have been re-wired and fitted with buttons and sliders, sorted into groups, and then presented on eight pedestals in a kind of fantasy tableau.
It was an intimate setting for Jesse Stewart’s solo percussion performance at CUAG last Saturday afternoon. A hushed crowd gathered in the gallery space where David Rokeby’s interactive sound installation Very Nervous System is currently set up and Stewart, a local percussionist, curator, visual artist, and professor at Carleton University, entranced us with his improvised beats for the better part of an hour.
First impression of Very Nervous System by David Rokeby, currently on view at CUAG: I’ve seen this before. It took me a few hours and eventually giving in to a quick Google search (a functioning external memory for many of us) to realize that I’d seen Very Nervous System at an exhibition in Linz, Austria [...]