Current Public Programs

Check back at this page on May 29 at 11am for the launch of the second round of Esker’s spring/summer programs.

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Sunday, May 28th, 1-2pm > Looking into Windows

Laura Dutton

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Laura Dutton, Night Comes On, 2016. Photo: Yang Lui.

In conjunction with the exhibition Night Comes On (on view 1 May – 23 July in the Project Space), Laura Dutton will discuss her work and its relationship to notions of urban voyeurism. The window, which is a reoccurring theme throughout Dutton’s practice, will be explored as a symbol of liminality – a threshold between us/them, inside/outside, public/private. Her treatment of the photographic image as an object and her interest in light as both material and subject matter will be discussed in relation to unconventional processes employed in previous works.

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Thursday, June 1st, 7-8:20pm > Planet of Storms (Planeta Bur)

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Film still from Planet of Storms, 1962. Courtesy of Seagull Films.

Planet of Storms (Planeta Bur) is a Soviet science fiction film based on a novel by Alexander Kazantsev. Three Soviet spaceships are en route to explore planet Venus, when a meteorite destroys one of the ships. The two other ships decide to continue their mission. When the cosmonauts land on the planet they encounter prehistoric beasts, ancient cities, volcanoes, and vestiges of intelligent life.

Dir. Pavel Klushantsev, 1962, 78 mins.
Russian with English subtitles

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Friday, June 9th, 7-8pm > Artist Talk

Jason de Haan

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Jason de Haan, Free and Easy Wanderer, (2015).  Image courtesy the artist & Clint Roenisch Gallery.

Jason de Haan will lead a tour and talk through his exhibition Oh for eyes! At night we dream of eyes! providing insight into a number of projects, concepts, lines of research, and processes in the exhibition; including the exploration of uncertain and unexpected spaces, temporal flux, natural phenomena, transmissions, and open timelines.

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Saturday, June 10th, 2-3:30pm > In conversation

Jason de Haan, Miruna Dragan, Pranav Behari

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Photo by Stella Pilatou.

Join Jason de Haan, Miruna Dragan, and Pranav Behari in conversation as they share a number of experiences, overlapping interests, and collaborative works as they relate to de Haan’s exhibition Oh for eyes! At night we dream of eyes! Partners in life and art, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan met in 2008 during the Cosmic Ray Research residency at the Banff Centre and have since lived and worked together in Canada, Mexico, Romania, Lebanon, and Greece, producing a number of projects individually and in collaboration. Pranav Behari is a writer and comedian based in Brooklyn whose work draws from absurdist, macabre, and metaphysical traditions. In 2016, Behari participated in the Corbin Union Residency, along with Dragan and de Haan in the East Kootenay coal-mining ghost town of Corbin, British Columbia. During that period of time de Haan and Behari began the collaboration that would develop into Herein Lie The Sleep Sick, the artist designed publication that accompanies this exhibition.

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