Whilst working on a contract for Musique Nomade, Geronimo gained access to some NFB film archives for the sake of a DJ/ VJ performance at the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. He edited and treated the video digitally as he does. After the contract was over, and considering that the source films were fair use, Geronimo paired the video to some of his electronic music productions. This work was noticed by curators Tania Willard and Kathleen Ritter, and Geronimo was asked to participate in the touring show “Beat Nation.” He performed this and other similar video as part of a DJ / VJ set at SAW video at a Beat Nation event in 2009. Present at at the event and on the same bill was Bear Witness - who went on to form “A Tribe Called Red” and made their first video “Electric PowWow” much in the same vein as this video dubyadubs. The video joined the cross-Canada “Beat Nation” exhibit in 2012 and 2013. — from the Beat Nation documentation: Madeskimo’s live sound and video performances are a cut-up of archival images of Inuit settlements and abstracted electric colours and shapes that pulsate with his inspired audio soundscapes. Influenced by his cultural roots, Mad Eskimo says, ” The midnight sun; the infinite vistas of rolling hills, sky, and water of the arctic; the long cold and dark winters punctuated by the surreal dancing of northern lights and the vastness and lushness of the milky way; the Inuit legends and myths of yore; the sounds of nature, traditional songs, throat singing, and drumming - are all filtered through the entity that is Madeskimo.”
ARCTICNOISE is a media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on archival film footage and sound materials sourced from the IsumaArchive at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as sound and film materials from the artist’s personal collection and other ethnographical material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of the North”, Inutiq will appropriate Gould’s piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work.
The project folds into Inutiq’s larger practice of his alter-ego, madeskimo, that draws on the use of instruments, and digital and analogue synthesizers, as well as the remixing and processing of samples from a large variety of sources— including traditional Inuit, Aboriginal, modern electronic and urban music—in order to create an experimental platform.
At its crux, ARCTICNOISE intends to initiate conversations between various communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and to provoke thoughtful exchange about the roles of Inuit orality and materiality in a post-colonial space within the context of new media artwork. New media, with its appropriative and collage-like nature, is employed as a specific strategy to foster a multi-vocal and multi-generational approach to these sensitive issues.
“In his audio-visual work, MEDIUM, commissioned for this exhibition, Geronimo seeks to captivate the notion of communicating personal and collective identity through both literal and abstract means. Using digitally treated video, archival images, and an electronic audio composition, he finds contemporary courses to carry his language and culture forward. With this work he creates a meeting place where time is fluid. He merges the past with the future in an encounter in the present. “
Voyage + variations was first shown at Katzman Contemporary, followed by the Canadian Guild of Arts in Montreal. It combines footage from the “travel_window” video first shown in Arctic Noise, with a soundtrack of remixed classical music works by Geronimo.
In 2016 curator Gerald McMaster presented “Indian Acts” at Katzman Contemporary. A print of “Deluxe Sled” was produced and sold for this. It was the first time Geronimo sold and artwork in the private gallery context. The image was shown as a poster in the “Isumaginagu” exhibit; and the digital image was also turned into a over-size print for “Art in the Tunnels” in Ottawa.
How do you feel? Have you listened to your instinct today? What is your gut telling you? All the combined fields of natural and social sciences have elucidated great intellectual theories as to the nature and function of what we do and the reasons and functionality behind it. To Geronimo Inutiq, the process of artistic expression is an alternative language to all that. Guided by some sort of arbitrary intuition and abstract sense of aesthetics, he produces cultural artefacts that have been shown in galleries and museums in the context of contemporary indigenous and Inuit art exhibits and performance - both nationally and internationally.
The constructions he presents are but little windows into the world of contemplation - a contemplation that seeks to transcend the primacy of intellectual reasoning and rationality. Starting from an electronic music production background, branching out into video work, and visual art - through digital images and painting - the practice of sampling and remixing is at the root of his practice. With the reference points of traditional Inuit culture he got a chance to grow up close to, as well as the worlds of modern broadcast and contemporary art and design, the world as he can capture it through analog and electronic recording devices is the raw material he uses as the source to create and recreate. Working with both historical and contemporary archives and original material, he presents the meeting point of seemingly disparate cultural threads. And while we can go on and on about the socio-political context he produces this work in, ultimately he seeks to speak to our collective humanity through his particular subjective cultural viewpoint. He invites us to participate in an experience of inner reflection on the process of discovery of a connectedness to an intuitive process we all can be capable of.
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Ensemble / Encore
Geronimo Inutiq a présenté son installation multimedia intitulée ''Ensemble / Encore'' au MACM en 2017.
Le terme ''Katimavik'' - étant un mot en Inuktitut - était le nom du pavilion Canadien à l'Expo 67, et aussi le titre d'une composition contemporaine de musique électronique d'Otto Joachim.
Ceux-ci ont servi d'inspiration pour l'installation - avec le vinyle sur le plancher évoquant la forme architecturale de pyramide inversée, et les images numériques imprimées et la télévision évoquant les marqueurs de temps et d'humanité vu dans le pavilion Katimavik et à l'Expo.
Les vidéos projetés sont un ''remix'' de film d'archive, et offrent une vue d'ensemble des lieux de foire - tel qu'offrait le pavilion quand on gravait ses escaliers pour regarder d'en haut.
L'installation était dans une pièce fermée accompagné d'une composition électronique expérimentale - offrant au visiteur un lieu de reflection sur l'idée de la ''Terre des hommes.''
A visit to the park turns into a moment of reflection and quietude. — Super 8MM film work made through the Independent Film Co-Operative of Ottawa 2018 “REEL PEOPLE!” program - screened with the 7th Annual Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival.