Fragmented Flora: Digital Embodiments of Being in Time and Space consists of the curation of a digital environment that utilizes the affective qualities of physical space; the written research deconstructs the ways in which permanence and materialism are discussed and valued, as they intersect with the digital. This project is a thesis exhibition presented to OCAD University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Fine Art in Criticism & Curatorial Practice by Alex Gregory. The full suport paper can be accessed on the OCAD University Open Research Repository.
Alex Gregory is an artist-researcher whose work combines the materiality of analog techniques with digital manipulation. Born and raised in Amiskwaciy-Wâskahikan (Edmonton, AB), she is currently pursuing an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practices at OCAD University, in Tkaronto (Toronto, ON). In 2017, she graduated from The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, OR, with a BFA in Communication Design. Alex Gregory has experience working as Digital Designer for a variety of corporate companies. Additionally, her design work has been featured in She Shreds Magazine, Bitch Media and SAD Mag.
Although we’re virtually spread across many places, this land acknowledgement is specific to Tkaronto (Toronto, ON) as that is the location where this research has taken place. OCAD U is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. I choose to reside and create on this land with the knowledge that Indigenous people have been pushed out of Tkaronto and continue to be pushed out of the city. There are still Indigenous communities that do not have access to running water, little action being done to reconcile and investigate the over 1000 missing and murdered Indigenous women, and talk of reconciliation is not sufficient—action needs to be taken. Writing a land acknowledgement is never enough, especially as I inhabit a body that can easily access most of the privileges offered in Canada and I go to an institution that has paid millions of dollars to occupy the land.
This resource acknowledges some of the folks and organizations who engage with decolonial practices and provides links to make said work accessible.
Many thanks to my primary advisor Ala Roushan and my secondary advisor Jim Drobnick for their continued support and guidance throughout this project. Fragmented Flora would not have been possible without them! I’m so appreciative of Sayeda Akbary for her last minute technical support. Special thanks to Dr. Andrea Fatona and Dr. Michael Prokopow for providing me with excellent opportunities and engaging in many critical conversations during my time at OCAD U. Project funding for Fragmented Flora has been generously provided by the OCAD U Graduate Student Project Grant and the Graduate Criticism & Curatorial Practice Department. I’m so grateful to Xuan Ye, Hayley O’Byrne, Eve Tagny, and Elisabeth Belliveau for their participation in this project : )
I appreciate the support that has been provided throughout this project by my cohort, friends & family—sorry for dropping off the face of the Earth. ︎︎