kalte-poster-08JUL2014We’re happy to inform you that our musical project Kalte will be returning to The AMBiENT PiNG for a performance on Tuesday July 8th at the Supermarket in Toronto. We always enjoy playing at the Ping, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us for a set of abstract and abrasive tracks inspired by polar winds and cryogenics.  Visit our Facebook event to let us know that you’ll be coming.

In addition to a set by Kalte, Rik will also be performing a solo set featuring work from his new project RikM. The debut release by RikM, “Clinical Trial”, is forthcoming from Crime League, visit to find out more.

For those of you who won’t be able to make it out that evening, we’re very happy to inform you that the show will be live streaming on the Ambient Ping You Tube channel beginning at 9pm (thanks very much to Jeff Howard for his assistance).

A visual document…

We’ve put together a short video to share with you, a visual document of Pillars of Light on display at Club SAW as part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau.  If you made it out to see it for yourself we hope that the video will bring back fond memories, and if you weren’t able to visit we hope that this will give you a taste of what you missed…

Rik and Deane




Thank You!

Pillars of Light
Thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last few months as we prepared our installation Pillars of Light for Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau.  We had a wonderful time in Ottawa and it was truly inspiring to see so many of you enjoying our latest work.  Pillars of Light was a great opportunity for us as artists, allowing us to draw extensively from our experiences to date, to work with new materials in a three dimensional environment, and generally challenge our existing modalities.  We learned a lot during the development process and we were thrilled to see so many of you appreciating the result of all of our efforts.

We’d like to thank Megan Smith and all of the Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau organizers and volunteers for all of their tireless work putting on such an amazing event, your commitment to the arts is most inspiring and we’re so happy to have been able to participate.  We hope that we’ll be able to work with you again next year!

We’d also like to thank all of the awesome staff at Club SAW, who were very gracious and supportive hosts who not only fed us and kept us hydrated through the very long 24 hour period that we spent at the venue, but were also able to help us out whenever we asked however obscure our needs might be.

We’d very much like to thank Max Stevens-Guille for all of his technical help, wiring expertise, and assorted other technical stuff, Christine Irving for LED and lighting support, and Sheryl and Andy who once again opened their doors to us over the weekend and made us feel at home in Ottawa.

Most of all we’d like to thank all of YOU for supporting our work and coming to see Pillars of Light!  We’re truly grateful to have your support and encouragement, and we hope that you’ll all stay in touch with us in the months to come to let us know what you’re doing, and to keep up to date with what we’re doing.  We’re already planning our next installation and we hope that you’ll be there to share it with us!
Kalte Live Oct 29
In the meantime, some of you may be interested to know that we’re doing a musical performance on Tuesday October 29th at the Supermarket in Toronto as part of the monthly Ambient Ping event.  We’ll be performing a set of cold and glacial ambient electronics as our musical project Kalte, as well as some  music from our respective solo projects Akumu and mara’s torment.  We’re really looking forward to this show and we hope that we’ll see some of you there!

Thanks again to all of you for everything, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Rik and Deane


We’re on our way to Ottawa!

Pillars of LightNuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau is tomorrow night!

We’re heading out to Ottawa today and we’ll be setting up everything tomorrow afternoon. To say that the last few weeks have been overwhelmingly busy would be an understatement, but after our test run yesterday we’re quite convinced that it’s all worth it and we hope you’ll agree when you see what we’ve done.

We’ll have limited internet access over the next few days, but we’ll do our best to keep in touch via Twitter, so please be sure to follow us if you haven’t already.

We’re very excited about sharing Pillars of Light with you, and we very much look forward to seeing you there!

Rik and Deane

A particularly exciting sketch on a napkin!Reader response to our last sketch on a napkin post was very enthusiastic, so we thought you’d like to see an even more exciting and technical sketch. Obviously we can’t tell you what it all means exactly (we do like to keep some air of mystery at times), but we trust that this very exciting document will further whet your appetite for Pillars of Light!

By the way, we’d be most grateful if you’d tell your friends about what we’re doing.  Obviously we’d like as many people to come see Pillars of Light as possible, so it would be greatly appreciated if you could spread the word on Facebook or Twitter or whatever social networking media you’re most fond of.

Speaking of social media, if you haven’t already RSVP’d to Pillars of Light via Facebook by all means please do!  We’re looking forward to seeing you all and we’ll be sure to say hi on the 21st!



On the right track…

Inspecting a PillarWe’re pleased to report that we’re moving along according to schedule, and we’re almost ready for next week’s debut of Pillars of Light.

We finished assembly of the actual pillars yesterday evening and we’re pleased to say that all the time spent breathing in glue fumes has resulted in some fine work that we’re both very pleased with. Needless to say there’s still a lot more that we have to do, a couple of challenges that have yet to be solved, and of course we have to physically get to Ottawa, but we’re on the right track to get everything done on time. Which is always a good thing when you have a hard deadline like a show…

We’re really looking forward to seeing you at Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau next week, and if you haven’t already RSVP’d through Facebook by all means please do so we know to look for you.  We can hardly wait to see you!


Beginning to take shape

These will become Pillars very soon...As you can see, the Pillars of Light are well on their way to being finished!  We’ve been in production for a couple of weeks now and we’re happy to say that we’re well on target to get everything finished right on schedule!

As noted earlier in the week, we’ve learned a lot about acrylic and glue over the last few days.  We’ve also learned a lot about surgical gloves and hummus, but we haven’t quite figured out what we’re going to do with that particular knowledge just yet.  Give it time though, We’re sure we’ll come up with something…

We’re in the home stretch now, with just a little more than a week to go before we can share Pillars of Light with you at Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau, and we’re getting more and more excited with every passing day!  We can hardly wait to see you!

Rik and Deane

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We’re excited about your art too!

One of the best things about participating in an event like Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau is being part of such an amazingly gifted group of artists. We were blown away by the awesomeness of last year’s work, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what everybody has come up with this year!

Looking over the program for this year’s event we’ve found a few pieces that we’re quite excited about and we thought we’d take a moment to share our picks with you. We definitely think all of these are particularly worth checking out!

i) 99 Red Beacons, a roaming display by Britta Evans-Fenton

99 Red Beacons

Britta Evans-Fenton’s Bright Smiles was one of our favorite installations from last year’s event, so we’re really excited about her presentation for 2013. 99 Red Beacons is a roaming display that blends interactive commentary, communications theory, and 80’s nostalgia with 99 blinking red balloons.  Now really, how cool is that, right?  We’re kind of disappointed that we won’t have the chance to walk around with one of the balloons ourselves, but we hope that some of the roamers will stop by our installation to say hello!

ii) Cyclotrope Circus by A. Megan Turnbull at Arts Court and Grounds

Cyclotrope Circus

We’re pretty exited about A. Megan Turnbull’s Cylotrope Circus event at Arts Court. We like the idea of looking to the past to make something cool for the future, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what they’ve come up with!

iii) Lemonjellow Luminaries by Lemonjellow

Lemonjellow Luminaries

We’re quite looking forward to seeing Luminaries by Lemonjellow which promises to bring together installation art and dance in a uniquely uplifting and inspiring way. We’re up for that!

Needless to say there are tons of other things happening at NBOG that look fabulously awesome, and we hope to share more of our picks with you in the next few days.

In the meantime, be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions that we shouldn’t miss!

Rik and Deane


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Installation Assembly

At the end of the day, it all looks very easy.  You see a finished installation and it looks awesome and you marvel at how great it is, but very rarely does it come to mind how long it takes on the back end to get everything ready.  We can assure you that it takes lots of time.  Like, really, lots and lots of time.

Installation AssemblyWe started putting everything together on the weekend, and even though we had planned everything out in intricate detail (on napkins), even though we spent a few hours at the hardware store finding the right tools, even though we were pretty much ready for anything, it still took a long time putting it all together.  And we still have a long way to go, but it will all be worth it when we can finally share Pillars of Light with you.

We can hardly wait!

Rik and Deane


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Working with new materials…

With every installation that SubZeroArts does, we try to build in a learning component for the sake of development.  Whether it’s developing new programming, or trying to figure out new problems, or working in different environments, we always try to build on our knowledge base and increase our experience.  Admittedly that kind of thinking can lead to it’s share of challenges, but we like to think that it makes us better artists and keeps us sharp. And really, how much fun would it be if there weren’t any challenges?


We’re learning a lot about acrylic and a related material you may already be familiar with, glue.  You would think that there isn’t much to know about acrylic, but you would be wrong.  There is a considerable knowledge base that one needs when working in this medium.  And don’t get us started on glue.  There should be a masterclass on that stuff…

Rik and Deane


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