A video capture of Sylvia Grace Borda’s groundbreaking series in collaboration with John M Lynch marks the first known and on-going artworks created specifically for Google Street View. Mise en Scene: Farm Tableaux Finland work illustrates food culture in a way that moves us beyond lifestyle magazines and TV reality shows. Her images of Finnish farming and food production reflect the on-going realities of farm-work from field labour to food processing. An unknown fact to many audiences is that Finland actually contains half of the world’s arable land north of the 60°N latitude, and produces everything from reindeer meat to greenhouse grown lettuce.
Google maps restructured and the original walk throughs are no longer linked.
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The exhibition Checkpoint Leonardo: A sense of Place focuses on interaction between art and what forms local identities. The exhibition hosted by the Oulu Art Museum is curated by Laura Lampinen (Oulu Museum of Art) and cultural director Helka Ketonen (Union of Rural Education and Culture) in collaboration with Harri Häll, the head of Learning at the Tietomaa Science Centre.
Of note the Oulu Art Museum was originally a turn of the century factory transformed later to the Oulu University Library. In the 1980s it was re-configured and expanded to become the largest and most important contemporary art gallery in Northern Finland offering just over 1200 square meters of exhibition space.
Artist, Sylvia Grace Borda, has been producing socially engaged and contemporary artwork for over a decade. She is arguably one of BC’s most skilled artists working in photography, video, and emergent technologies to study, research, and respond to the changing landscape of Canada’s fast growing city: Surrey, British Columbia. Much of her work consists of carefully composed images varying from stereo-works to dimensional photographs produced in Google Streetview. In her latest opus of work, This one’s for the farmer, her pictures portray the social realities of modern life farmers. Her work borrows from painting and historical photo-vocabularies, wherein she often pays homage to specific historical images. While using art history as a foundation of her work, Sylvia collaborates with communities in order to accurately produce narratives that become contemporary portraits of our times and reflect on wider social conditions.
Ravi Bathe president of BC Young Farmers gives a mathematical overview to the economic worth of Lower Mainland farmings. Part of the introduction to Sylvia Grace Borda’s Artists Talk on October 10th 2013