From February 02 2023 to February 23 2023

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With rudi aker and Artexte

February 2nd to 23rd, 2023 at La Centrale

Bringing the digital publication [espace variable | placeholder] to life, La Centrale will host an exhibition from February 2nd to 23rd, 2023, featuring excerpts from the work of rudi aker, artist-in-residence of the "Byte-sized" sound creation residency, and the Artexte Visual Index, which presents catalogs and texts inspired by the notion of third places, hacker feminism, and digital fandom communities.

[espace variable | placeholder], the first digital publication by La Centrale galerie Powerhouse, turns its attention toward the possibilities of navigating and engaging with third places, and (re)telling stories of place and place-making by and for communities that are marginalized by white supremacy culture.
[espace variable | placeholder] features a bird in the hand, a project developed by artist-in-residence rudi aker as part of the Byte-sized Sound Creation Residency. As a continuation of their ongoing research-creation project, topographies of a homeplace: return to, the work a bird in the hand is a sonic exploration of memory, transmission, and reciprocity.
rudi aker is a wolastoqew auntie, artist, organizer, and curator from St. Mary’s First Nation in Sitansisk (Fredericton, New Brunswick) and, for now, a guest on Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang (Montreal, QC). Their artistic and research practices center relationality, placehood, and visibility, with a focus on the traversal of (un)colonized spaces through conceptions of counter- cartographies and barrier-breaking.
The Artexte Visual Index revisits catalogues and texts that range from essays on the artist studio as a subversive space, public space interventions in Montréal, pre-Y2K texts on virtual reality (VR), and other writings that are informed by third place theory, feminist hacking, and digital fandom communities.
Artexte is a library, research centre and exhibition space for contemporary art. Our unique print and digital document collection holds over 30 000 documents covering the visual arts from 1965 to the present, with an emphasis on the art of Canada and Québec. Over 80% of the acquisitions stem from donations from the visual arts community.
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