Noxious Sector’s installation at Eye Level Gallery consists of three parts—the first of which is a video/sound installation featuring a guided visualization/meditation in which participants experience the jolt of ‘falling’ in a dream. The second is a series of abstract photographs related to the theme of falling. The third component of the exhibition takes place in the window space of Eye Level Gallery. Television monitors play video relating to the collective’s forthcoming performance, which will take place on the evening of Nocturne, Halifax’s late-night arts festival.
The night of Nocturne (19 October 2013, from 6pm to midnight) Gottingen Street will be “haunted” by Noxious Sector. Using a variety of ghost hunting technology, markers, and signage, Noxious Sector will negotiate spirit possession among in the context of the nighttime urban environment.
Self-described as “a formalized form for informal inquiry,” Noxious Sector’s projects are dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal and the absurd. With their projects, the collective “attempts to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse.” Recent projects include: The Haunting of George Street, Eastern Edge (St. John’s, NL, 2012) and Off Label, Open Space (Victoria, BC, 2012). The collective also hosts, and was the 2011 winner of the annual The World Telekinesis Competition. Noxious Sector Arts Collective was formed in 2005 by Jackson 2Bears, Ted Hiebert, and Doug Jarvis.
Jackson 2Bears, a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist, has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada. 2Bears’ work has also shown at international media arts festivals, including Digital Art Weeks (Zurich, Switzerland).
Ted Hiebert is a Canadian visual artist and theorist. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his theoretical writings have appeared in The Psychoanalytic Review, Technoetic Arts, Performance Research and CTheory, as well as in catalogues and exhibition monographs.
Doug Jarvis is an experimental media artist, curator and the Program Coordinator at Open Space Arts Society in Victoria, BC. Jarvis is a founding member of the avatar performance art group Second Front as well as the Noxious Sector Art Collective. His individual and collective projects have been exhibited in virtual and real-world environments in Canada and abroad.
Financial support from Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia is gratefully acknowledged.