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Vancouver, Canada
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12 pm - 6 pm
2 Mar 15·6:00 PM


Jeremy Shaw in conversation with Caitlin Jones

Offsite at Emily Carr University of Art and Design

A single-channel video is projected on the wall. The video depicts a person speaking directly to the camera. The subtitle reads, “I feel the need to believe.” Black chairs are aligned on the floor.

Jeremy Shaw works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that attempt to map transcendental experience. Often combining strategies from the realms of conceptual art, documentary film, music video, and scientific research, Shaw’s work has addressed topics ranging from psychedelic drugs, brain imaging and hypnosis, to snake-handling, straight-edge hardcore and time travel.

This talk is part of the Visual Art Forums, presented by the Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery.


Jeremy Shaw was born in 1977, Vancouver, B.C. and currently lives and works in Berlin. His solo exhibitions include: Quickeners, Johann König, Berlin; Extinction Marathon, Serpentine Galley, London (2014); Variation FQ, Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (2013); Storming Heaven (From Home), Fondation Gutzwiller, Zurich, Best Minds, MoMA PS1, New York (2011); Single Channel Higher States, SAMSA, Berlin, Lot #422, Every Letter in the Alphabet (Geoffrey Farmer), Vancouver (2010); DMT, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2006); DMT, Cherry and Martin Gallery, Los Angeles (2005); DMT, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2004). Recent group exhibitions include Manifest Destiny (L.A.N.D Public Project), Interstate 10 Freeway, US (2015); Shine A Light: Canadian Biennial 2014, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,* Surface Modelling*, Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna, Biennale of Moving Image, Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Geneva, Altered States, Macaulay & Co. Fine Arts, Vancouver (2014); David Cronenberg: Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, 12th Biennale de Lyon (with Palais de Tokyo), Lyon, Contemporary Art Club #2, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Biennial of The Americas, Denver, Love to Love You, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Girls Can Tell, GAK Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (2013); One on One, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, The Dark Cube, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, The Human Senses and Perception in Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, State of the Art Photography, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf (2012); A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance, Montreal Biennale, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2011); Nite Flights, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2009); Depiction Perversion Repulsion Obsession Subversion, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Mouth Open, Teeth Showing: Major Works from the True Collection, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2007); I really should… , Lisson Gallery, London (2005). He is currently represented by Johann König, Berlin and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver.