Josh Hite

Josh Hite’s video and photo based work is concerned with the organization of and movement through urban and institutionalized space. He investigates confrontations between structures and movers and is inspired by the potential for the creation of subjective pathways. Josh has a BA in Philosophy, an MFA in Visual Art, and teaches video and photography in Vancouver.

Our Interview with Josh about his work to be displayed at the Exhibition:

Q: Can you tell me about your work that will be included in the ARO exhibition/event?
A: I was asked to create a video work based on the performance of Plastic Orchid Factory’s duet titled, Art is either a complaint or do something else, a work   that appropriates John Cage’s mesostic poem of the same title. Two small spy cameras will be attached to the centre of the two dancers’ chests, recording the space of the performance, the viewers and passers by, and the dancers themselves in the atrium at W2. These two perspectives will be projected side by side.

Q: How do you connect to copyright or the law?
A: For the past few years I’ve been researching the ways in which memories and perceptions of backyard behavior are being created and altered due to the technologies we use and the means of sharing that are available to us. This research and resulting works are appropriated from youtube and reposted to youtube. I feel significant disconnect from copyright and the law.

Q: Has copyright ever affected your work?
A: The only time I’ve been affected was as an instructor at Arts Umbrella. I led a workshop funded by Canadian Heritage around the time of the Olympics and the topic I was asked to focus on was Canadian identity. I asked the students to search and find images online that dealt with positive and negative perceptions of Canada in the world. Using open source software from the Glocal Project, we then imported and layered various images on top of one another. The juxtapositions were sometimes dramatic, (steven harper/pile of Canadian coins) sometimes quite obscure, (dead moose on a crashed car/bottle of maple syrup) and a number of images contained the Olympic logo. These images were censored from the online student gallery for fear of VANOC repercussions.


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