La Biennale de Montréal
Steele and Tomczak have been announced as participating artists in BNLMTL 2014, L'avenir (looking forward). October 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015. For more information please visit La Biennale de Montréal website
La Biennale de Montréal
Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University
...bump in the night (Halifax) was produced during the Summer 2014 Artist-in-Residence series at NSCADUniversity, Halifax, May 25 - June 11, 2014, with the participation of students and teachers from Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, N.S. and Citadel High School, Halifax.
The Unsolicited Reply
The Unsolicited Reply refers to an echo, to something that reflects back "...like - but oh, how different"* from its source
Before I wake
This video installation has three elements: We're Getting Younger All the Time (2001) and Practicing Death (2003), shown on television monitors, plus a central projection, Entranced of 2012.
The Long Time Interview
Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak with Paul Wong. Recorded on 6/17/2012 in Banff, Alberta.
WATERTABLE with its highly visible shimmering presence remembers the original shoreline and reminds the passers-by of how close the 18th century Fort was to the shoreline of the great Lake Ontario when the first garrison was built in 1793.
Part of the Miniatures series of DVD installations, 1-1:30 minutes in length, looped, silent, colour, 1998 - 2006. Each combines various scenes from the natural world - landscapes, flowers, animals, fish - with political slogans.
...bump in the night
… bump in the night is composed of large scale photographs showing adolescents photographed from the back, to whom the artists asked a series of questions, focusing more on the adolescents' fears than on their ambitions.
Street of Heaven
There is a myth about Yonge Street. The myth says that Yonge Street is the longest street in the world, that it is almost 1900 km long. Up until 1999, Yonge Street was even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
We have used these three words to evoke the sense of this street. We evoke the history of this street – Queen Street.
Book of Remembrance
This work, The Book of Remembrance, features a heavily treated audio recording of a young boy reciting the names of the soldiers from the 123rd and 208th Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who died in World War I.
"A deceptively subtle and rigorous videowork that directly engages issues of site-specificity, ."
Becoming … considers architecture and changing urban environments. The video installation juxtaposes traditional views and housing styles with the radically new designs appearing in major urban centres.
Facing Forward is a series of six photo/text works featuring the entranceways to business and financial institutions from the area in and around Stuttgart.
A couple - visible only as shadows - experience the architecture of a city as they pursue a dangerous - but deliciously exciting - fall into love.
Love Squared is a public art commission for the large outdoor video board on the northeast corner of Yonge & Dundas.
The Blood Records: written and annotated
Set in a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1944 in the heart of the Canadian prairies, The Blood Records: written and annotated explores the world of a young girl, ill with tb.
In 1958, Leo Mantha murdered a young man - his lover - on the naval base near Victoria, Canada. The resulting trial revealed their relationship but little more.
We produced this tape at the height of the debate over the Free Trade agreement between Canada and the United States. We wanted to talk about cultural imperialism and its effect on individuals.
We made this tape to ask: Could a large public art gallery be taken over by private interests and capital?
Produced in the summer of 1985 when the censorship of video, film, and visual art was a common occurrence in Ontario, this tape presents a series of interviews to answer the question: How do you say no to the cops and other authority figures?
Working The Double Shift
While the statement seems so common as to be almost a cliche, this tape presents a visual depiction of the fact that the mass media - television in particular - do not reflect most people's lives.
Herr Beuys at home
Taken at the Dusseldorf home of Joseph Beuys after an interview for FUSE magazine conducted by Steele and Clive Robertson, June 1978.
Dave and Mao
The late Dave Larson, west-coast poet, strikes the pose of louche punk sporting a series of Tomczak-made t-shirts, making wearable propaganda new again.
Some Call It Bad Luck
"I produced this tape to examine the precess of interrogation. I used the format of a 'cop show' but removed all the action; the people just talk."
An intimate 11 minute monologue in which Steele portrays Beatrice Small, a victim of wife battering.
The Gloria Tapes
Modelled on the soap opera format, this four-part series follows a young single mother who's on welfare.
"From 1974 to 1986 I worked at a shelter for women and children. Most of the women who came to this shelter had been victims of violence."
This is the second tape in the Mrs. Pauly diptych and it follows her as she runs afoul of the welfare system and the Children's Aid Society, all the while trying to develop her career as a country-western singer with her loser boyfriend Wayne.
The Scientist Tapes (4 part series)
...two scientists exchange more than scientific jargon; they are also having a long-distance love affair. And the cool, orderly professional phrases of their conversations are in contrast of their desire.
The Ballad of Dan Peoples
"I made this tape shortly after my grandfather's death as a memory of his voice and speech patterns."
"This tape begins with a voice-over assertion (my own) that ... 'sometimes I look at things too closely, seeing them in too much detail.'"
Birthday Suit with scars and defects
On the occasion of my 27th birthday I decided to do a tape that chronicled my passage through time.
A Very Personal Story
When I was 15, I came home from school to find my mother dead. This tape describes the day of her death.
This tape is a formal investigation of androgyny. Or, more accurately, how androgyny might be present within a group of three men and two women.
The life cycle of the earthworm is examined through texts and observation. (document of performance)
Ross Street Tapes
An experimental visualization of domestic space, filled with mirrors, cats and a roving camera – "cubist video".
Know Your Turtle
A performance by Steele and her pet turtles features live audio mixing and a female reader.
'The problem with men are men's problems'. If you find that distorted quote humorous, then Paradise Lost might also be.
Vancouver Canada or They Chant Fed Up
"I wanted to take a look at this environment and its inhabitants in a way that is only possible if one engages in the process of documenting something."
A Demonstration of the Fear of Pain
The result of a series of conversations with a man who related to me his recollections of the Second World War as well as his subsequent life as an immigrant living in Canada.
One Hundred Years of Aggression
This tape has been constructed as a conversation between two radically different environments.
Herman Nitsche At The Western Front
This tape is a document of a performance by Herman Nitsche at the Western Front, an artist run centre in Vancouver.