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Winter 2020: Antimatter

Antimatter

Available from December 15, 2019, to March 14, 2020

We’ve taken some interpretive, some poetic liberties in considering antimatter as a concept. Antimatter is weird. It presents a mirror world of abstract phenomena: time reversals, mutual annihilation, cosmic rays, cloud chambers, an infinite sea of sub-atomic particles that parallels our “real” world of matter. Alongside physicists and researchers, the artists in this issue are thinking about systems, ecologies, erosion, alchemy—the changing forms of matter that reveal visible and invisible worlds, tiny details and wide vistas. For many, exploring dark voids—or what Quinn Latimer calls “the glittery political-ecological apocalypse all around us”—is a feminist, or feminized, practice.

From landscapes of extraction mined for pleasure rather than capital (New Mineral Collective) and the spatiality of Indigenous presence (Sky Hopinka), to the sensuality of systems (Azza El Siddique) and collaborations between particle physicists and artists (Randy Lee Cutler and Ingrid Koenig), this issue explores what’s possible when artists and scientists think together about the beyond-visible world. And as the earth’s troubled systems continue to trouble us, there is some urgency in evoking the mysterious, dark matter of the universe.

Features

Searching for the Language of the Universe

What happens when physicists and artists collaborate on some of science’s biggest questions? A unique project reveals surprising affinities

An Alchemy of Remains

Azza El Siddique’s sensory environments are part scientific process, part aesthetic ecosystem

Myth and Matter

Sky Hopinka speaks about moving on the land, Indigenous presence and relations that collapse time and space

If the Body Is an Assembly, How Does It Assemble?

In a personal account, an artist, runner and scholar considers space and the everyday, in theory and creative practice

Core Desires, Counter Prospects

New Mineral Collective finds alternatives to mining, through pleasure and passive resistance

No More Words, Words, Words

For both Hanne Darboven and Madeline Gins, a kind of personal mathematics became a method of reading and writing their art

Cover

Invisible Landscapes

Detail. 2017. Conte on Japanese Obonai paper, 63.5 x 48.3 cm.

by Mimi Gellman

This Issue

Preview

Conversations with artists and curators on upcoming projects

Legacy

Free Radicals

The Centre for Experimental Art and Communication was both the darling and delinquent of the 1970s Toronto art scene

Dialogue

by Douglas Cardinal and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge

Spotlight

Bending the Light

A national survey of 10 artists who are reforming material practice

Artist Project

Ironwork for Dirac House

by Craig Leonard

Reviews

Eric Mack

Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, September 19, 2019 to January 25, 2020

Wild

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, October 2, 2019, to March 15, 2020

Creation

Sylvia Nickerson, Drawn & Quarterly, 192 pp., $24.95

Moyra Davey

Greengrassi, London, UK, September 5 to October 26, 2019

Black Quantum Futurism

During their solo exhibition at Vancouver's Western Front last fall, Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips's cross disciplinary approach drew on deeply entangled histories, elevating and echoing the voices and actions of prominent Afro-diasporic thinkers and artists

Winter 2020: Antimatter

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