Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Romancing the Anthropocene curated by Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry

Video Still, 2013

Suitable for all ages

Thank you to SAW Video Media Art Centre, National Defence, Directorate of History and Heritage, and the Yukon Government.

The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond, 2013

Charles Stankievich - Berlin, Germany

Film Installation

The project is a 35mm film installation shot at the CFS ALERT Signals Intelligence Station on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, the northernmost settlement on earth. Developed while Stankievech was an artist in residence with the Canadian Forces, this work is part of an ongoing series of “fieldworks” looking at remote outpost architecture, military infrastructure and the embedded landscape.

Science fiction and the history of knowledge through surveillance converge in Stankievech’s work. Shot using a computer controlled time-lapse tracking camera and transferred to film, The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond suggests an overlapping sense of complexity and near-obsolescence. Stankievech literally re-animates static images of a site which seems abandoned and easily mistaken for an extraterrestrial frontier. Despite the distillation of time’s movement afforded by time-lapse methods, the architecture of the military spy outpost remains situated within the perpetual night of a Northern winter.

Charles Stankievech has exhibited in venues such as Palais de Tokyo (Paris), International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2010, Germany), dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel), Xth Biennale of Architecture (Venice), ISSUE Project Room (New York), Musee d’art contemporain de MontrealMontréal, Canadian Centre for Architecture and MASS MoCA. In 2011, he was the West Coast/Yukon finalist for the Sobey Art Award. He has participated in numerous national and international residencies. Stankievech is based in Berlin, Germany.


First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West

This project is indoors.