With the opening of the Image Bank exhibition on June 18, 2021, we are pleased to launch Belkin Screen, a 4×2 metre digital screen curated with media works from the Belkin’s permanent collection and archive alongside work commissioned specifically for this platform.
Located on the gallery’s Main Mall exterior, the rotating program of digital art will move towards making the Belkin a more porous institution, extending the exhibition and programming space from the inside to the outside through video, sound, animation, graphics, live-cast performance and interactive artworks. This intimate cinema transforms the grassy area out front of the gallery to an informal lounge space, with the boardwalk recently installed as part of Holly Schmidt’s Fireweed Fields functioning as a viewing platform. The curated digital program will operate from 9 am to 9 pm daily.
As part of the launch of Belkin Screen, Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives will screen numerous times over the course of the summer solstice, June 20, 2021, in a conversation across media with Schmidt’s Fireweed Fields.
The Belkin Screen was made possible with support from John and Helen O’Brian, UBC’s Matching Fund for Outdoor Art through Infrastructure Impact Charges and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Fireweed Fields transforms a UBC lawn site into a fireweed meadow, encouraging increased biodiversity through gradual succession as a metaphor for the resurgence of life after a crisis. This installation acknowledges the global climate emergency: by tearing through the fabric of maintained lawns and colonial ideals, it plants the initial seeds for change and catalyzes dialogue, creative experimentation, and new biodiversity research and learning opportunities.[more]
On Sunday, June 20, the summer solstice, we will project Jumana Manna’s film Wild Relatives (64 minutes, 2018) on the Belkin's outdoor digital screen located on the exterior of the gallery's wall along Main Mall, in a conversation across media with Holly Schmidt’s Fireweed Fields. The strange, spasmodic course of space and time in recent months has been mitigated by little other than the changes in seasons, the rhythms of nature, and the communal spaces offered by the outdoors. Seasonal and celestial markers such as that of the solstice bring this collective orientation upward and outward into marked relief. Wild Relatives will screen first at 11 am and then on each odd hour with the last screening at 7 pm.[more]