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calling tidal

a multi-sensory, interdisciplinary installation engaging with the movement of glaciers

As a responsive space, the work investigates a phenomenological approach to the memory of water, visualizing a future where water is memorable. Informed by Queer Ecology and the ways inner nature worlds communicate their stress, Liaw utilizes interactive audio-visual technology to allow viewers to become a part of the space and meditate on their embodied relationships with the natural world. With web-found sound recordings of glaciers crashing worldwide, calling tidal holds an aliveness with breath and quite literally cries, just like humans.

As so-called “Metro-Vancouver” has one remaining glacier, Liaw is interested in how society publicizes climate change and how it connects with others’ anxieties surrounding the future. Thus, the work’s perspective is exploring the ways glacial environments are communicative with their rapid changing form locally and non-locally.  Liaw’s interactive approaches to the installation are inspired by the ways geoscientists document the changes in glacial shape-shifting through LiDAR and colour recordings. Within a complex world that is more-than-human, Liaw is intrigued by how depth of equity is issued and how it can be embraced through the fluidity of non-human and human bodies, depicting a time-capsule of water.

Produced by Recorded Movement Society's 2022-2023

Technology and Interaction Artist in Residence

Presented by F-O-R-M Film Festival (Nov 2023),

Work-in-Progress Exhibition (Mar 2023)

Co-Commissioning Partner Charles Street Video

Sound Design Collaborator: Dino Hajdarovac
Climate Mentor: Chaprece Henry
New Media Mentor: Nancy Lee


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Documentation by Alger Ji-Liang

calling-tidal will be open to the public to interact with from November 5th - 10th 2023
At On Main Gallery in Chinatown. 427-268 Keefer st.

Here are the ways you can experience this installation:

❶ Opening Reception + Artist Talk : Sunday November 5th - 2PM - 5PM

❷ Gallery Hours: Monday Nov 6 — Thursday Nov 9
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1 PM to 6 PM, and on Wednesday from 12 PM to 5 PM.
Sign up for an artist-facilitated walkthrough with Jasmine to explore the installation’s themes and interactive elements!

❸ Closing Reception + Climate Change Discussion: November 10th - 6PM - 9PM

💫The Opening and Closing receptions are both included with your In-Person Festival pass, but you are also welcome to just show up and purchase a ticket at the door! (space is limited)
💫Walk- ins are welcome and encouraged during gallery hours and is FREE/ by Donation to attend

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