A radioactive wand is waved, an Olympic flame is beamed across the sky, and a coal mine burns forever beneath the Earth. A history of energy, from production, to infrastructure, to logistics, proceeds not merely through rational gestures, but through the stuff of magic, through thefts of fire.
In How to improve the world (you will only make things worse), Craig Fahner and Steve Gurysh draw from the genealogy of energy to reenact a magical circuit, transporting a flame across time and space. Referencing such events as the 1976 Montreal Olympic torch relay, this work re-mystifies technological process into Promethean ritual, highlighting the absurdities of the Modernist spectacle.
Produced in collaboration with Steve Gurysh.
January 2016, W139, Amsterdam NL - Gym of Obsolete Technology (curated by Helena Sanders and Margarita Osipian)
July 2015, 8-11 Gallery, Toronto ON - The Radiant (curated by Xenia Benivolski)
July 2015, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto ON - How to improve the world (you will only make things worse) (screening and performance)
January 2015, Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro MX - An Earthquake at the Racetracks (curated by Juergen Dehm and Xenia Benivolski)
November 2012, Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus OH - Ignition 5.0
March 2012, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh PA - How to improve the world (you will only make things worse)
September 2011, Société des Arts Technologiques, Montreal QC - And No One Was Around (Pop Montreal festival)