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Collaboration and Interactivity: The Art of M. Simon Levin

A photo of an installation using a cart of booksWhispering Volumes (installation view at Surrey Public Library)

M. Simon Levin is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Simon interrogates public and social systems through a lens of collaboration and interactivity. Many of the artists works have a performative aspect to them, and utilize shared spaces to ask and answer conceptual questions. 


An installation view of a collaborative conceptual artworkMappings and Musings

 

Many of Simon’s works involve collectives of individuals coming together either physically or through remote means, producing work in the form of long-term collaborations and research gathered over several months or even years. There’s a meticulous, scientific edge to much of Simon’s work, sometimes reminiscent of work by the likes of Forensic Architecture, where the artwork is not so much the finished project, but the acts and processes carried out over time to achieve it. 


A screen capture of M. Simon Levin's art portfolio websitewww.msimonlevin.com

 

In his art portfolio, Simon showcases his works with detailed descriptions and selected images -- the sense here is that there will always be an element missed in the capturing and retelling of such experiential works, a kind of “you had to be there,” and yet a common thread of understanding as these pieces often reflect everyday experiences in the current era.


An installation view of an art piece about saltC4SALTX (installation view)


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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