Join us for an Artist Talk featuring award-winning artist, Verena Friedrich, from Germany, speaking about her work in the aBIOTIC exhibition at New Media Gallery.

Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:30pm
North Ballroom, Main Floor, Anvil Centre
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1B6

About Verena Friedrich
Verena Friedrich is a multidisciplinary, award-winning artist creating installations in which the sciences and electronic and sculptural media come into play. Her projects have been exhibited internationally. She has been artist in residence at “SymbioticA – Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts”, Australia and at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne. She holds degrees from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the University of Art and Design Offenbach, both in Germany. She lives and works in Cologne. Verena will share insights into the scientific development of THE LONG NOW, the work installed in the aBIOTIC exhibition.

For more information on the artist and their work, go to the aBIOTIC exhibition on this website.

About the aBIOTIC exhibition
Feb 4 - April 23, 2023

Finnbogi Pétursson (Iceland)
Infra-Supra, 2016/2022

Verena Friedrich (Germany)
The Long Now, 2017

Labofactory (France)
Sky, 2022

Before biosphere; before life, there were only the non-living, abiotic factors and a watery world. The installations in aBIOTIC abstract and synthesize the mysterious and ethereal behaviours of the physical world. Technology and chemistry is used to reveal, choreograph or extend fundamental patterns and laws.

Here, phases of water are a physical, structural and expressive material to be manipulated and used as an expressive tool: liquid, gas, solid; water, steam, bubbles, ice. Water is suspended, projected and directed. Water is the surface, the object, the medium, over, through and around which plays a precise manipulation of light, movement and sound, physics and chemistry. Manufactured or composed sound is an essential component of each installation.

Founded in 2014, New Media Gallery (NMG) is a contemporary public art gallery in metro Vancouver, run by the City of New Westminster. NMG has developed an international profile, focussing on artists whose practice includes new media and advanced technologies. Working with some of the most exciting and provocative artists in the world, we have curated 29 unique, group exhibitions bringing in works from more than 160 artists and 39 countries. We champion processes and ideas that explore the creative potential and provocative ways that technology is used to create and communicate through art. Equitable, authentic and direct engagement and dialogue is pivotal to our gallery practice. As well as world-class exhibitions we develop and offer a wide range of innovative art + technology programs, educational opportunities, outreach, cultural partnerships and exhibition-related events. Our creative technology studio is known as theLAB. Here we focus on encouraging a broad understanding of how technology can be used for creative purposes, pedagogy, critical thinking and the creation of meaning. NMG and theLAB are housed in the Anvil Centre, an 84,000 sq ft cultural venue in the downtown core of New Westminster.

co-Director/Curator : Sarah Joyce | 1.604.875.1865