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Dreaming of Wires…

WiresIt’s exceedingly difficult to create art without wires, cables, extensions.  HDMI, USB, RCA, power, we are adrift in a sea of them…

Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau is less than a week away and we still have a ton of things to do, but we’re getting things done and we’re totally excited to be able to unveil MNML!  We’ve confirmed that we’re in Room 306 at the Ottawa School of Art, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you!

As always, we’ve been very grateful for all of your support and encouragement along the way, and we really appreciate your offers to help us make MNML the best installation it can be!  So for those of you that are interested, here are a couple of ways that you can help us out;

1) Spread the word!  Give us a signal boost!  Like us on Facebook!  Retweet some of our tweets!  Help us let everybody in Ottawa know that they should come see MNML!  Tell your friends about us, send them a link to our site, post a blog about us and let your readers know what we’re doing!  Tell people about us and let them know they should come out to support us!

2) Make a donation to SubZeroArts!  It costs a lot of money to do an installation like MNML and we’d be thrilled if you wanted to contribute to our costs!   We’ve set up a donations page on our website if you’d like to help us out that way.

Or maybe you have an idea about how you’d like to help?  Let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you!


Rik and Deane

Moving along according to schedule…

MNML Screenshot We’ve been hard at work on MNML for a few weeks now, and with only nine days left to go before Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau,we’re happy to report that everything is coming together quite nicely, thank you for asking!  Programming is coming along smoothly as evidenced by the screenshot to your left, planning and logistics are falling into place, and we’re feeling pretty good about everything so far.  We still have a long way to go over the next few days but we’re moving along according to schedule and we’re feeling pretty good about that!

By the way, we wanted to let you know that we’re presenting in a different location this year!  We’re really excited to be showing MNML at the Ottawa School of Art (35 George Street) and while we’ll miss all of our friends who hosted us at Club SAW for the last two years, we’re really looking forward to making some new friends at a new venue!

Gotta run, we have about eight things left to do tonight if we want to stay on schedule, but we’ll be in touch with you all again very soon. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, why not like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so you can keep up to date with everything that’s going on with MNML?


Rik and Deane


MNML ImageSubZeroArts are pleased to announce that we will be returning to Ottawa to debut our latest work MNML at the Ottawa School of Art as part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau 2014!

MNML leads viewers through a sensory experience combining generative video and sound art designed to inspire the imagination. We’re very excited to be presenting MNML as part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau, and we look forward to seeing you all!

Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau runs from 6:20pm to 4:21am on Saturday September 20th, with performances, installations, and more on display all over the city. This is our third year participating, and we always look forward to it as one of our favorite art events of the year. Find out more by visiting http://nbog.ca/

We’ll have some more details about MNML over the next few weeks, be sure to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep updated!

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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