Vid Ingelevics is an educator, visual artist, independent curator and writer. His artwork has followed several threads - issues related to commemoration, memory and the representation of the past (in particular, the role of the museum and archive) as well as our experience of urbanity. Often working in an installation format that has included photography, multi-channel video and sculpture, his projects have ranged from explorations of the pathology of personal and institutional memory to the impact of forced displacement on refugees and succeeding generations to the politics of the distribution of communications technologies. His artwork and curatorial projects have been presented in exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.
Currently, in collaboration with Ryan Walker, he is working on a five-year commission from Waterfront Toronto to document and interpret the revitalization of the mouth of the Don River and construction of a new public park in Toronto’s Port Lands.
Why did you get involved in this project?
I found this particular idea of participating in the creative process with others intriguing as it acknowledges the subjectivity involved and celebrates it, in fact.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
I chose to search out a text so did not find the time frame onerous.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
That was the attraction!
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
Not substantially. I’ve collaborated with others on a number of projects so feel comfortable with the give and take of working with other artists. The major difference here was that once my contribution was made (the text) it was out of my hands whereas, in more typical collaborations, discussion would have ensued at every stage. But knowing that those were the “rules” of the game led to a pleasurable anticipation of the outcome.