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“ORINTHONICS” (00:02:53) by Emilie Crewe, Canada, 2020

Strange things happen in isolation. The story of an elusive earthworm, a hungry thrush and a curious birdwatcher takes shape over one-thousand digital scans.

The title is a blend of “ornis” coming from the Greek word for “bird”, and “thonics” (or chthonics), meaning “beneath the earth” or “subterranean”.

Director Bio

Emilie Crewe is an interdisciplinary artist based on the stolen, sacred and ancestral territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. Her artwork often takes the form of video installation, single-channel video, multi-channel video and sketch-work (drawings, collections & archives). She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Her work is exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, artist-run centres, experimental film/video festivals, and as public art.

Select exhibition history includes the AC Institute in New York, NY (solo), Art Souterrain Festival in Montréal, QC, Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, California, and the Governor’s Island Art Fair in New York, NY. Screenings include The Chicago Underground Film Festival, The Labor Party at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, Streams & Channels at the Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY, OK.Video FLESH at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Hawick, UK, and Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival via Hamilton Artists Inc. and The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

In 2013/14, Emilie was one of ten Canadian artists to receive a City of Vancouver Public Art Commission as part the Reconciliation Platforms series, which was awarded the Americans for the Arts Public Network Award. Her five-channel video, The Art of Fugue, was long-listed for the 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize and was featured in the anthology book, FUTURE NOW, highlighting one-hundred international contemporary artists. Emilie’s work is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.

Animation & Soundscape: Emilie Crewe

Original Music Composed and Performed by Ralph Crewe


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Pebbles Underground is focused on showcasing and promoting experimental, avant-garde, underground, and no-to-low budget projects by artist-humans from all over the world. Absurd, uncanny, witty, humorous, slow-video – all are welcomed, and loved. Pebbles Underground is an independent project not funded by any government or corporation, and we intend to keep it that way. Main source of funding is personal donations from humans organizing the project, who are artists themselves, and the main drive of the project is formed by the energy and involvement of the organizers, and the public.