I like to create interactive media installations as a way to interrogate dominant cultural phenomena. Sometimes they become physical installations or projections, and other times they just live online.
Ephemerality @ Long Winter 2016
Ephemerality is an interactive video installation that challenges participants to rethink their relation to time. This video documents the piece as it was displayed at Long Winter.
How do you look?
**Official selection in the /idratherbeacyborgthanagod/dess film festival**
The balance of how an individual is viewed by others and how they view themselves is a tight rope act. "How do you look?" examines and bends the concepts behind classic western gender roles. By bumping scenes up against one another in an ever building cacophony of sound and visuals, the tenuous narrative of a Man's perception of who he is begins to break apart.
Still in The Shapes
I'm hoping to create a short series of films that imitate everything I love about cut-and-paste collaging through the medium of digital video.
Each component in this video is moving only slightly. Maybe a shadow here, a person there. At first the viewer is convinced the image is still, but when focused upon for longer than a second or two the totality of the image comes to life. I've found this video can be watched again and again, and viewers seem to find something new to point out every time.
All American Men, All American Values
**Official selection in the /idratherbeacyborgthanagod/dess film festival**
This is a short video installation I put together that was presented during the "WWF Wrasslin' Fundraiser" put on by the ASAP artist centre. It takes a look at what are usually considered to be a very masculine role portrayed in popular media and culture- the wrestler. Upon closer inspection, it's not hard to see how mouldable, flexible and fragile these rigid binary stereotypes become. They especially seem this way when pushed to their breaking point in the theatrical way that wrestling portrays.
Encephalomachina "brain holder" BTS gallery and video(click for more)
In June of 2015 Keaton was approached by Tim Gmeiner at Synaptive Medical to create an art installation as a way to help launch their revolutionary new product, Servo. Tapping into his network of creators, Keaton brought Matt Roberts and Spectrum music on board.
Along with the crew from Synaptive and Spectrum music they created a one-night only interactive art installation and event that was attended by neurosurgeons from all over the world.
"Humans have always mimicked nature in order to solve complex problems. Examples range from the study of bat wings inspiring the flying machine sketches of Leonardo da Vinci, to self-assembling nanostructures inspired by protein folding.
"Recent progress in human society has brought the interaction between technology - that which humanity creates - and nature - that which created humanity. Medicine has revealed that the body is itself an organic machine, and medical breakthroughs are now allowing us to understand, repair, and even improve that machine in new ways. Conversely, developments in artificial intelligence seem to pose the possibility that technology might one day be capable of imitating those aspects of ourselves that we consider most essentially “us”. Human brains and bodies are becoming increasingly a creation of human society, while technology comes ever closer to being capable of creative thought itself. Is the line between nature and technology blurring?"
Direct Line to God
**Official selection at the ILMIÖ music & arts festival 2017, Turku Finland**
“Direct Line to God" is a video sculpture that explores how we as humans use narratives to organize chaos into a meaningful story. The video is comprised of eight layers of transparent audio and video simultaneously playing one over the other. These videos range from totally innocuous church sermons to apocalyptic predictions derived from western pop culture. One dominant western narrative is Christianity.
When stories are taken out of their context they become chaotic again, breaking the tenuous narrative. Once narratives are broken out, they begin to conflict with reality.
The video is normally presented as part of a sculpture that is based off a real life piece in St.Paul’s church in Israel. The sculpture itself hangs just above the average person’s line of sight. Participants put on headphones in a darkened room and are left alone with the video and sculpture. They are able to audibly identify different layers, or narratives within the video.
Dreams Float Like Stones
Dreams Float Like Stones explores the concept of lost or forgotten dreams.
The un-sea-worthy boats are representative of the intentions and movement (or lack thereof) one puts into the pursuit of their dream, and the stones in the boats portray dreams and ambitions. The video is set to loop infinitely while the artist interacts repetitively and in more and more pointless ways with the boats. The soundtrack is a mixture of Hawaiian style slide guitar songs and adds a layer of saddening comedy and a surrealism to the piece.
It was originally designed as a video piece to accompany a physical installation but now lives on as video art.
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Respect This Place: A Momentary Installation
Respect This Place is an installation that plays off it's natural surroundings in Toronto's Rosedale Valley. This valley is home to some of Toronto's oldest trees, some older than 150 years. The installation only physically existed long enough in the valley to be experienced by the area's daily users.
By utilizing the colour palette of the surrounding area, the natural occurrence of the wind and the water, the piece aims to not intrude at all on the space itself. However the continuation and messaging of the piece are made immortal through a video recording meant to be a projection piece.
Some very kind hearted people have spent months, sometimes years, cleaning this area of the valley. There can be a general lack of respect for how important this space is to the city of Toronto. In some ways, this piece is an effort to bring to light the surreal and exceptional opporitunity residents of Toronto have in getting to be in these lush green spaces without having to leave the relative safety of their city
Finding Home: Comfort Inside Stale HQ
While taking part in Studio[Y]'s entrepreneurship program, based in the MaRS Discovery District building, Keaton was given the opportunity to craft an installation for the final showcase of Cohort II. The purpose of the showcase was to exhibit the work of select fellows whose work aligned with the goals of the program.
In his time as a Studio[Y] Keaton was overcome with a feeling of insecurity that in part stemmed from the design of the cold, stale walls and hallways of the MaRS Discovery District building. Finding Home was a simple, easily relatable installation exploring these feelings. Utilizing decor from his own living room, including tables, lamps, instruments and tungsten coloured bulbs, the makeshift living room contrasted against the cold fluorescent lights, uncomfortable folding chairs and stale grey colour palette in the building. Charlie Katrycz, one of the program's success stories, described the installation as such;
" ...Dimly lit, a living room atmosphere was set by Keaton Evans - photographs of travels to northern communities hung from the walls, throw rugs, pillows, chairs, and musical instruments lay about. People told stories and songs were sang. It was as warm and welcoming as it gets."
Little Meanings: Tofino
While traveling through B.C., sleeping on couches, floors and the odd motel room, Keaton crashed in Tofino for a while. During this time he found an odd assortment of people. Tofino itself has a split personality, one defined by the tourist industry, part-time employees of small businesses, and the local indigenous culture, the Salish peoples. The tourist industry keeps the town and locals alive, but its existence passively denies any issues within the differing classes.
"Little Meanings" was simple. Keaton bought chalk, and wrote inspirational messages throughout the town. These messages, although heartfelt, hold a tongue in cheek meaning. They reference a current trend in Western Culture that Keaton likes to call "Inspiration Porn." The words are not harmful, for some they are helpful- yet the passive-aggressiveness of the tone can lend a feeling of "otherness" to anyone who may find accepting or accomplishing the notions communicated within the words a challenge.