Open Studio 24.5.2018 18-20 @ Titanik residency studio space
Caught somewhere in-between folk and new media art, alienation and wonder, Denton Fredrickson’s work invites experiential and contemplative interactions with sound, objects, and architectural space. The seductive lure of both old and new wonders, fantastic inventions, and absurd theories are familiar territories for Fredrickson. He investigates (and invents) their histories and representations in popular culture through research, collaboration, humour, and the practice of making. His recent interest in the intermingling of traditional, material-based processes with kinetics, electronics, and digital fabrication has led him to explore how speculative fiction can become awkwardly nestled within the everyday. Other interests include: material media infrastructures, the home improvement industry, media archaeology, collage, interface and sound design, automatons, hand-drawn animation, and physical representations of data.
“A large part of the Titanik residency will be devoted to research and experimentation surrounding my interest in combining established and emerging techniques (collage, hand-drawn animation, traditional and experimental electro-acoustic instrument construction, interactive electronics, DIY programming, and video projection). I envision the work-in-progress to be an abstracted, two/three-dimensional kinetic vignette of figures interacting with architectural space, speculative media-based devices, and/or elements of the natural world. Physical movement will generate electro-acoustic sounds to complement and contrast with the figures in motion, much like sound foley work found in cel animation. While each vignette will be a world unto itself, I am interested in using sound to point to the art objects’ relationships to the architectural space it is to be found in, as well as the possibility of implicating the viewer within the work.”