The way we absorb information and communicate with one another is sometimes more important than the content itself. Since the advent of the Information Age in the mid-20th century, each new form of media, from radio and television to the Internet and social media, has filtered messages differently—omitting, distorting, censoring, selecting, organizing, and generalizing content.
The artists in this exhibition explore the internal structure of various forms of communication, exposing the strengths and weakness of these technologies. In turn, the works of art reveal that our interpretation of media is linked to personal bias, filtered by language, histories, memories, values, and beliefs.
In an era of COVID-19 and political upheaval, understanding media is paramount. We must thus remain critical, recognizing the various filters at play as we rapidly pivot in our forms of connection.
Artists: Sarah-Mecca Abdourahman, Craig Commanda, AM Dumouchel, Laurena Finéus, Greta Grip, Lee Jones, Farouk Kaspaules, Peter Owusu-Ansah, Christos Pantieras, Art Price
Curated by: Rebecca Basciano, Catherine Sinclair
Filtered is on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery until January 2, 2022.