Instant Places: Breathing Room Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh

Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh

March 15 – May 5, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 7:00PM
Artists In Residence: May 1-5, 2019, Studio Two
Artist Talk: Thursday, May 2, 7:00 – 9:00PM
Field Art Workshop: Saturday, May 4,1:00 – 3:00PM

Instant Places: Breathing Room Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh


Artists Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (AKA Instant Places) use performances, generative installations, and telematic networks to create instant places of imagination and connection. The artists design software instruments that generate infinitely-varied audiovisual transformations, and develop installation works that transform host galleries into immersive environments. 

This new intermedia installation, Breathing Room is a meditation on complementarity. Through multiple projections and a multi-speaker 3D audio field, the artists explain: “the generative machine creates a world in which encounters between frequencies of sound and spectra of colour create vibrations of difference, revealing a third presence that floats between sound and vision.”

As a collaborative team, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh have travelled the world making Instant Places art on location throughout the UK/Europe, Australia, Japan, in the USA/South America and from coast to coast in Canada. Documents from recent projects and an extensive archive of works dating to 2001 may be found on their website: http://instantplaces.ca/

Instant Places: Breathing Room Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh