Artist Talk with Dustin Wilson

Friday, June 8, 2012

In conjunction with the exhibition in its Main Gallery, The Institute for Future Life Regression, Modern Fuel presents an in-depth and informative artist talk by Dustin Wilson (Guelph, ON) about the findings of his research into the future. Will you live happily as a Dome Dweller in the distant future? Or perish in the merciless jaws of a mole phisher? Come to the talk on Friday and find out.

The title of his talk is "Carousel Reasoning: the trouble with tachyon communications." The talk will be a performative lecture in which he describes his methods of futurological research as well as his findings. The lecture will focus on the the problem of applying the scientific method to truly anomalous phenomena.

In this project, Wilson generates simulations of possible future individuals through a participatory form of pseudo-divination and story telling. While Wilson’s practice is multidisciplinary in the production of video and animation, performance and installation, drawing is essential to him for producing speculative images that are filtered through physical, biological and geographic constraints. In his work, Wilson appropriates the forms of systematic representation, museology and didactic illustration. He uses these forms as vehicles for absurdist science fiction narratives, attempting to subvert the semiotics of authoritative representation. The various strata of signs and text within the work engage multiple subjectivities and associative layers, promoting a sense of agency on the part of the viewer. The environment of the installation can be read as a novel of sorts. Wilson’s performance of it is not to be missed. He might even enter into a hypnagogic state.

Dustin Wilson is a practitioner of secular magic. He has exhibited his work in artist run centers
across Canada and has received funding from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec and the
Canada Council for the Arts. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph.

Doors will open at Modern Fuel at 7pm with the talk starting shortly thereafter. Admission is free. Wilson’s exhibition in the Main Gallery, The Institute for Future Life Regression, and Ann Clarke’s exhibition in the State of Flux, Edgewise, will be open for viewing. Both exhibitions run until Saturday, 9 June 2012, so this is a good chance to see them before they close.