ROMALUX Notations from the Prix de Rome Work 2003-2004 at Calgary’s Stride Gallery

This installation project by Andrew King and Angela Silver runs from October 15 to November 13 at the Stride Gallery in Calgary, and explores the relation between movement and space through the making of a curated, constructed room. While a discrete project, this work is part of a series of experiments and installations exploring the process of making art and architecture undertaken by King and Silver over the last fifteen years. The Rome work can be separated into three clear phases: notation, assemblage and projection, accomplished over several months in Rome. Several hundred filmic notations in and around the historic and contemporary gates to and from the city were taken, with digital film fragments replacing text.

While the notations started as an attempt to understand the representational and accidental spaces of transition, a social, political and critical position of neutrality is impossible. Phase Two of the work entails reconstituting the clips in a series of sequences that explore a specific aspect of an architectural experience. These resultant compositions become short cinegraphic essays, non-narrative fictions of the city. The projection phase is the making of a scenographic lens on and through which the 10 films are viewed in the gallery space. At this point the object itself is being conceived of as a room within the Stride Gallery that can be entered and exited as a discrete space. It is an extended threshold, an extrusion and intensification of the phenomenon of arrival and departure.

Andrew King is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts 2003-2004 Prix de Rome and is currently representing Canada in Rome. He studied architecture at Dalhousie University and subsequently worked with Zaha Hadid in London, Brian MacKay Lyons in Halifax and Tim Hiede in Berlin. In 2004 he was visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, and currently holds faculty appointments at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the University of Calgary School of Architecture. His practice, aka/andrewkingstudio was awarded a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2000, as well as several competition and design awards. He was selected as one of Canada’s design leaders by the Globe and Mail for 2003. Angela Silver is a photographer and fibre artist, who is currently in Rome contributing to the Prix de Rome work with King. In recent years her work has been exhibited and featured in lectures internationally.

For more information, contact Anthea Black at the Stride Gallery at (403) 262-8507 or The Stride Gallery is located at 1004 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, and is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11:00am to 5:00pm.