Ecologies of Landscape curated by Mark Cheetham is the first exhibition at Barbara Edwards Contemporary‘s new project space at 315 King Street, Toronto. The exhibition features work by Tacita Dean, Bonnie Devine, Olafur Eliasson, Isabelle Hayeur, Shelly Niro, James Nizam, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Simon Starling, and Paul Walde. Walde will be presenting a new video work derived from the forthcoming video installation Tom Thomson Centennial Swim entitled Meditiation:Canoe Lake 1917. The exhibition opens November 10th from 6 to 9pm and will continue until January 26th, 2019.
On September 14th Paul Walde is debuting a new performative work entitled Of Weather (for Geoff Hendricks). The work was commissioned by the University of Toronto’s Blackwood Gallery as part of the large scale outdoor exhibition Work of WIND AIR LAND SEA curated by the Blackwood’s Director/ Curator Christine Shaw and presented in the Southdown Industrial area in Mississauga Ontario. The exhibition runs from September 14th until the 23rd with the opening from 6pm until 9pm of the 14th.
Of Weather is the first of a proposed series of performances called Moving Image Works in which large scale stretched photographic prints (in this case of clouds), are animated by teams of handlers. The performers in Of Weather moved thorugh the Southdown Industrial Area over the course of exhibition coming together a prescribed intervals to performa a choreography of image movements. This ballet of images is build upon standard filmaking camera movements and editing techniques including pans, zooms, tilts, wipes, and cuts. When not roaming the exhibition area, the images form a photographic installation in a radio transmission field.
On June 25th Paul Walde was awarded the Kenny Doren Award from Ed Video. “This year’s recipient’s commitment to education, ecology, and his innovative approach to audio art was very much in line with Kenny’s practice, and Ed Video is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Kenny Doren Award is Paul Walde. Kenny Doren was a Canadian multi-media artist and composer whose practice employed musical interventions and political discourse utilizing video and performance. His art installations, videos, and digital operas have been presented in Canada, China, Finland, France, and the U.S.A. To honour Kenny’s spirit we have established this award to be presented to an extraordinary community individual who has demonstrated a strong artistic practice in or contribution to media art with an emphasis in audio.”
On May 24th Paul Walde was awarded the Univeristy of Victoria REACH Award for Creativity and Artistic Expression. The Award recognizes a significant project or body of work that furthers knowledge or awareness of the human condition. The award citation included following: “While the history of Canadian art has been built on our relationship with landscape and the environment, Paul Walde has fused that artistic legacy with decidedly 21st-century concerns and practices by exploring unexpected interconnections between landscape, identity and technology. Since joining UVic in 2012, he’s enhanced the student experience with these skills while expanding his reputation as one of Canada’s leading extended media artists.”
Requiem for a Glacier is featured in renown Canadian art historian Mark Cheetham’s new publication Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature Since the ’60s. The book published by Penn State University Press and is described by the publisher as: ” Dedicated to an articulation of the earth from broadly ecological perspectives, eco art is a vibrant subset of contemporary art that addresses the widespread public concern with rapid climate change and related environmental issues. In Landscape into Eco Art, Mark Cheetham systematically examines connections and divergences between contemporary eco art, land art of the 1960s and 1970s, and the historical genre of landscape painting.” The book features the works of many artists including international artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Nancy Holt, Mark Dion, Tacita Dean and Robert Smithson, as well as Canadians Andrew Wright, Jeff Wall, Arthur Renwick, and Isabelle Hayeur.
Music for Natural History a collaboration of Tina Pearson and Paul Walde is featured in an audio program entitled the Touch of Sound curated by renown sound art Hildegard Westerkamp for the Helicotrema Festival in Venice Italy. The concert event takes place at Teatro di Palazzo Grassi on November 20th at 9:30pm. The program features the works of Peter Cusack, Aki Pasoulas, David Dunn, Andrew Skeoch, Katerina Tzadaki, David Monacchi, Annea Lockwood, and Westerkamp herself.
Requiem for a Glacier will be featured in the exhibition Records and Wireframes at Dundee Contemporary Arts as part of the NEoN Festival of Digital Media in Dundee Scotland. Records and Wireframes presents moving image works by artists Paul Dolan (UK) and Paul Walde (Canada) alongside skeletal remains of the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, on loan from the collection of the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. Curated for NEoN by artist Kelly Richardson to accompany her exhibition at DCA, The Weather Makers, Records and Wireframes explores themes around climate change and screen culture with allusions to the past, present and future. The exhibition opens Thursday November 9th at 5pm and runs until until November 19th.
On the morning of July 8th, Paul Walde swam the 3km length of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Canadian painter Tom Thomson. The swim was accompanied by a brass band with a mandolin soloist performing a new long form music composition by Walde , three synchronized swimming routines a various points along the route, and a flotilla of canoes carrying the band. An audio video installation version of the piece created in part from documentation of the event will be available for exhibition in 2018.
Coverage of the swim by Murray Whyte of the Toronto Star can be seen here
Paul Walde will be travelling to Ontario in late June to begin rehearsals for the Tom Thomson Centennial Swim. Currently in pre-production the TTCS is a site specific performance work in which Paul Walde will attempt to swim the length of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on the 100th anniversary of Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s death. Walde will be accompanied by a synchronized swimming squad, performing a choreographed routine at several locations along the swim route; a brass ensemble performing a new composition written by Walde; and a flotilla of canoes who will transport the musicians.
Paul Walde’s Requiem for a Glacier will be featured in a solo exhibition at the WKP Kennedy Gallery in North Bay, Ontario. Walde will be doing a telematic artist’s talk on January 6th at 8pm. The exhibition runs from January 6th until February 10th.
From January 14th until February 28th the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø, Norway presents Paul Walde’s Alaska Variations, as part of a touring version of The View from Here: The Arctic At The Centre of the World curated by Julie Decker. The exhibition is part of the Tromsø International Film Festival.
Paul Walde’s Requiem for a Glacier will be featured in the exhibition THE EDGE OF THE EARTH: CLIMATE CHANGE IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. Guest curated by Montréal-based art historian Dr. Bénédicte Ramade, this in-depth exhibition attempts to foster a reconsideration of climate change, envisioning the present crises and future consequences of humanity’s harsh imprint on our planet. Accompanying the exhibition, Black Dog Publishing will be publishing a large-format catalogue with critical texts by Bénédicte Ramade and T. J. Demos.
In addition to Walde, participating artists include: Andreas Rutkauskas, Brandi Merolla, Hicham Berrada, Jean-Pierre Aubé, Evariste Richer, Adrien Missika, Peter Goin, Isabelle Hayeur, Julian Charrière, Nicholas Baier, Benoit Aquin, Naoya Hatakeyama, Edward Burtynsky, Amy Balkin, Richard Misrach, Robert Rauschenberg, Sharon Stewart, Chris Jordan, Mishka Henner, Paola Pivi, Gideon Mendel, Raymond Boisjoly, and Joel Sternfeld
The exhibition runs from September 14 – December 4, 2016 at the RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE – 33 GOULD STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO
On Thursday September 15, Paul Walde will deliver a lecture on the use of scoring and music in his work at the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London Ontario at 7pm.
On Friday September 16th, Paul Walde will perform as a member of the three person sound art collective Audio Lodge at Western University’s artLab Gallery at 7pm. The event is hosted by the London Ontario Media Arts Association and Western University.
Paul Walde’s Alaska Variations, a series of 11 new sound and video works, will be at the Anchorage Museum as part of The View from Here: The Arctic At The Centre of the World curated by Julie Decker. These works were developed as part of a residency that took place in Anchorage in the month of February.
This exhibition presents both inside and outside views of the Arctic—both the Alaska Arctic and the Arctic that is international and borderless. Although the artists are from Alaska and from northern and southern places around the world, each shares an interest and investment in the North, in how humans respond the landscape, and in how the changing landscape requires a view to both the past and the future.
Participating artists include: Nicholas Galanin (Alaska), Anna Hoover (Alaska/Washington), Jeroen Toirkens (Holland), Derek Coté (Michigan), Marek Ranis (North Carolina), Christoph Kapeller (California), Paul Walde (Canada), John Grade (Washington), Magali Daniaux and Cedric Pigot (France), Mary Mattingly (New York), Annesofie Norn (Denmark), Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson (Iceland/England).
The exhibition runs from May 06 until October 02.
Paul Walde will be performing with the Experimental Music Unit in collaboration with American/Norwegian artist Camille Norment in presenting their group composition Songs For Glass Island. Concerts will take place at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on April 7th and 8th in Victoria and on April 9th at the Contemporary Art Gallery offsite at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver.
Paul Walde will be in residence at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage Alaska for the month of February as part of the the Museum’s Polar Lab. Walde will be working on a series of new sound and video works that will be part of the exhibition View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World in May.
On January 15th and 16th the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, will present Music for Natural History, a naturalistic sound composition by Paul Walde and Tina Pearson. The piece will be performed live by an ensemble of 16 vocalists, sound artists and instrumentalists- there are no prerecorded or electronic sounds used. This is the debut of the reworked version of the piece which was first presented in 2012. This project is a collaboration with LaSaM Music and the Royal BC Museum and is supported by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts/ le Conseil des Arts du Canada.
A solo exhibition of works by Paul Walde entitled for John Cage opens at the Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on September 3rd at 7pm. The exhibit is a survey of works from the past 3 years including: Mycolophonia, Composition for Solo Piano #2, Interdeterminacy, and The Nature of Silence. The exhibition runs until December 6th.
Paul Walde is performing with the Experimental Music Unit – Tina Pearson (flute, voice); George Tzanetakis (bass clarinet), Paul Walde (bass guitar), and Kirk McNally (live electronic processing)
Saturday June 6, 2015 at Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria BC for their Music for Mycologists CD release concert.
The CD is EMU’s debut recording and features Walde’s Interdeterminacy; Tina Pearson’s Hunt 3: Chanterelles; and a group composition entitled Mycelium Running.
Copies of the CD and digital downloads are available for purchase here.