Artefacts: Contemporary Moving Images
Karilynn Ming Ho: For the Left Hand Alone

June 17, 2017 - August 27, 2017

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Sarah Todd

Karilynn Ming Ho, For the Left Hand Alone (video still), 2017, courtesy of the artist

In this video-based installation, Karilynn Ming Ho uses the metaphor of phantom limb syndrome to explore themes of fragmented realities in a time when bombardment by digital information leaves many people feeling physically and mentally disconnected and disenchanted with reality.

In an experience of a phantom limb, a person is haunted by what once was: a limb, now amputated, continues to aggravate the mind like an uncatchable itch. The phenomenon is considered to be a neurological condition—a hallucination rather than a fiction—a set of feelings that no longer correspond to a material reality. In an increasingly technologically mediated world, we are exposed to a multiplicity of objects, affects, and bodies. They all claim authenticity, and yet they remain phantoms; images and representations that can be felt, but never embraced.

Set to the musical commissions of Paul Wittgenstein (a one-handed pianist), For the Left Hand Alone (2017) frames phantom pain as an unrequited longing, an incomplete figure, and the feeling of uncertainty in an increasingly disembodied world.

Karilynn Ming Ho is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist working with video, performance, multi-media installation, theatre, sculpture and collage. Drawing on existential themes, her work examines formal and conceptual ideas around performativity as it relates to screen culture and technology. Ming Ho has exhibited in solo shows across Canada at Optica Centre d’art Contemporain in Montréal, Kyhber ICA in Halifax and Stride Gallery in Calgary. Her work has been screened widely in film and performance festivals in Canada, the US and France. Ming Ho also works as a professional editor for a number of reality television, film and documentary series produced in Canada.


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