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AURICALS by Alison Bigg

Fri. July 14th 2023 Victoria Arts Council Free

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AURICALS by Alison Bigg

Exhibition of sculptures reminiscent of early analog hearing aids
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Fri. July 14th 2023 + Add to Calendar Victoria Arts Council (All Ages)
12:00pm - 5:00pm Free


Alison Bigg

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Victoria Arts Council
The Victoria Arts is a non profit and charity established in...
1800 Store Street Victoria BC
Open / Operational
Canada council of the arts
British Columbia Arts Council
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800 Johnson Street Victoria BC

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@ Main Gallery | 1800 Store Street [wheelchair accessible]

Victoria Arts Council is excited to present this solo exhibition by local artist Alison Bigg working in sculpture, installation, and printmaking. In her latest work, Bigg assembles aurical devices using found objects and 3-D printing to help the viewers experience their senses more fully. In her printmaking work, Bigg speaks about language and communication using multiple layers and techniques. She questions the difference between hearing and listening, how we listen but don’t always hear, a result of an overload of information in the digital age.

“Over the last six years I have been losing my hearing due to otosclerosis. I am deaf in my left ear and quickly losing the hearing in my right. As a response to my hearing loss, Auricals [artist’s word] is about the importance of communication and the difference between hearing and listening. Auricals is a collection of tools needed to slow down and amplify listening, allowing us to absorb more of what is important to hear. These tools transport us from a digital to an analog age when the amount of information to hear was tractable.” - Alison Bigg

Bigg's found object sculptures are made up of collected elements from thrift stores and junk yards that have been rescued, assembled, and given new purpose and meaning, which have been embellished with 3-D printed elements. The shapes of the objects collected are reminiscent of the early analog hearing aids before the digital age. Each assemblage is a different communication tool. It may be for critical listening, used as hearing aides, an information filter, or a sound amplifier. It is up to the viewer to ‘guess’ what each tool might be used for, inviting the audience to collaborate, creating an aspect of imaginative playfulness and curiosity.


Victoria Arts Council
The Victoria Arts is a non profit and charity established in...
1800 Store Street Victoria BC
Open / Operational

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