16 The Chronicle February 13 - 19, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Entertainment Photograph by Cassidy McMullen The Betwixt & Between app being used in the Tom Thomson exhibit. Photograph by Tiago de Oliveira Germinio Pio Politi, one of the creators behind the Tom Thomson exhibit. Art and tech meet at RMG The Tom Thomson exhibit is playing with realities Cassidy McMullen The Chronicle Art lovers can now view Tom Thomson, the famous Canadian painter, in a new way at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG). Artists Joel Richardson, Germinio Pio Politi, and Nyle Johnston have created a new exhibit, Betwixt & Between: An Untold Tom Thomson Story, where they’ve imagined new details of Thomson’s life including a fictitious childhood friend, George Nadjiwon. For that reason, the exhibit bills itself as ‘85 per cent authentic’. The gallery has displayed 20 real works done by Thomson, along with treaties on the first floor of the exhibit while the imagined portion is on the second floor. “If you didn’t pick up on that, you’re going to think it’s real,” RMG senior curator, Linda Jansma, says. This exhibit not only allows you to view Thomson’s work with historical events in mind, especially the treatment of the Indigenous people of Canada, but allows you to view the exhibit with augmented reality. Augmented reality is a technology that puts a computer-generated image over a real-world object like a painting with a phone or tablet and provides a new view. “Each time you go into a zone, it gives you an opportunity to scan again and go deeper,” Jansma says. In this exhibit, after downloading the Betwixt & Between app, gallery visitors can go up to the different zones, scan the icon and enjoy videos, documents and photos. They also have a real canoe, which when used with the app, shows Thomson and Nadjiwon paddling. “We encountered many difficulties …but that’s part of the process,” says Germinio Pio Politi, one of the co-creators. The technology is updating and changing every couple months, Pio Politi says, adding it’s difficult to keep up with the changes. The work on the exhibit started five years ago. They created the If you didn’t pick up on that, you’re going to think it’s real. app with the help of Wil McReynolds, CEO of Augmented Marketing,. “Everyone is on the apps here,” Pio Politi says. “These (phones) are the new medium.” The exhibit originally showed in the Tom Thomson Gallery in Owen Sound over the summer for the 100th anniversary of Thomson’s death. It’s RMG’s first augmented reality exhibit but they’ve had technology-based exhibits in the past. The cost of making an augmented reality is one of the reasons this is RMG’s first, Jansma says. although she didn’t speak specifically to the expense of staging the exhibit. “The mechanics behind some of it are tricky,” Jansma says. “It’s one thing to work for an evening, another for three months.” Despite the difficulties, RMG is going to have its first original augmented reality exhibit in the spring. The opening reception for Betwixt & Between: An Untold Tom Thomson Story was Feb. 2 and the exhibit will be at RMG until April 15. Photograph by Shanelle Somers RMG senior curator Linda Jansma, explaining the Tom Thomson exhibit. Photograph by Shanelle Somers RMG senior curator Linda Jansma, showing how augmented reality works.
Entertainment chronicle.durhamcollege.ca February 13 - 19, 2018 The Chronicle 17 DC students motivate with music An album of brotherhood, growing up, love and loss William McGinn The Chronicle DC students Jaylan Hayles and Geoffrey Olara met in 2010 at Maxwell Heights High School in Oshawa, and have been best friends ever since. They not only have similar goals in life, but they are the creators of GiGLife, an online community that specializes in motivation for youth. The duo, both 23, started 2018 releasing an independently-crafted motivational album Jan. 1 called Where To Now? made up of 13 conversation tunes they hope will enrich everyone who listens to it. The pair spent three months writing scripts and two months recording and editing, the five-week long Ontario college faculty strike allowing them extra time to produce the album. It has been released to the public via Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and Instagram at the start of this year. Their Facebook page has more than 20,000 likes and the announcement of their album release drew more than 16,000 likes in just a few days. This album includes the stories of their troubled times, aimed toward people struggling against similar setbacks; uncertainty and fear of life, the feeling that your dreams will never be met, and how loving your friends, loving yourself and loving the world is a real irreplaceable gift. Their inspiration to release an album comes from a time of confusion in Hayles’ life. “I decided to really dissect myself and write about things I’ve faced in my life and things I’m going through, so it was like, I was writing myself to understand, but also through a sad time of confusion. I wasn’t sad or depressed as a person, but confusion, writing myself into a good mindset. So for this album, my mind, my soul’s on it,” said Hayles. In the album, Hayles tells the stories of setbacks he had as a youth. Reading was very difficult for him. In public and high school, his report cards didn’t show anything higher than a 60. His father said his report card reminded him of the ‘C’ section of the dictionary, and Hayles said he believed most of the other students were ahead of him. Then one day he made a pledge to read 50 pages a day - and stuck by it. He chose The Bible, as a challenge to read better. It worked. He got a GPA of 4.0 and was getting perfect scores on a majority of his tests. Photograph by William McGinn DC students Jaylan Hayles and Geoffrey Olara, creators of the motivational album Where to Now? The album also explores two of Hayles’ worst memories, which deal with death and near-death experiences, one with a stranger and the other with a friend. One of the album’s pieces recounts the story of Hayles while on a walk in British Columbia. On July 18, 2017, he came across a stranger, a teenaged boy, crying by himself in the park. Hayles walked up and asked what was wrong. The boy yelled at him in tears to go away and Hayles refused. It turns out, according to Hayles, the boy was going to commit suicide by hanging himself because he felt no one cared about him. Hayles said he walked up, sat down with him and said he cared about him despite just meeting him. Hayles said he convinced the teen to put away the rope and he walked the youth home. Another piece tells the story of one of Hayles’ best friends, Andre Hamilton, 25, who died on Jan. 7, 2016, after being hit by a VIA rail train. That day, Hayles was on a flight to Alberta and learned through a media report about a man being killed by a train in Toronto. The pair had spent time together four days earlier, Hayles said. “Andre was a pure person who really just wanted to help a lot of people. Andre was the type of guy where he loved making jokes, and I started to grow closer to him I realized that he helped me get toughskinned,” said Hayles. “It was about, ‘We’re a team, we make jokes, we laugh, we fight, we come back together’, and it was always about this love. Andre was love.” Hayles said he cried for months after his death, heartbroken and unable to figure out how to cope with the loss. Shortly after the album was released, the pair decided they are going to release three more albums in the future. Where To Now? has Hayles narrating most of the album, where Olara’s main job was editing and making sure ideas stayed concise and proper. The next album is going to have Olara as the narrator, the duo said. The third one is planned to include Hayles breaking down stereotypes while discussing race, homosexuality, religion, segregation and other topics. They also plan to make a hip-hop album. Kesha: The Grammys got it wrong Aly Beach The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism students whose names and pictures accompnay this column. Kesha should have won best pop solo performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards for her song “Praying.” She earned it. “Praying” is a testament to what she’s dealt with and has become an anthem for others who have suffered through abuse and sexual violence. In 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) accusing him of “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault” as well as rape. In 2016, Sony denied Kesha’s request to leave her recording contract, which stipulated she had Michael Bromby to work with Dr. Luke as her producer. In August 2016, Kesha dropped the case against Luke, citing all she wanted to do was make music. She didn’t want to fight anymore. She is currently working with Kemosabe records and RCA. Both are connected to Sony and Dr. Luke, who will gain from this deal but she does not have to work with him personally. Luke allegedly threatened the artist’s career would be over if she ever spoke about the abuse. Kesha wrote “Praying” as way to cope. In the song, she alludes to the abuse when she sings, “‘Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell / I had to learn how to fight for myself / And we both know all the truth I could tell.” “Praying” has become an anthem to abuse and sexual violence survivors. Her song allows people to come to terms with what happened to them while still allowing them to still be hurt and angry. “And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known / I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh / When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name” The raw emotion and vocal prowess Kesha portrays should have been enough to win best pop solo performance at the Grammys. But it was not. “Praying” lost to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. Elton John was supposed to be honoured with a life time achievement award but refused to perform unless Sheeran was nominated. Kesha lost both best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album against Sheeran. Despite Elton John’s idle threat, he performed with Miley Cyrus. If you compare the lyrics and meaning of Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and Kesha’s “Praying,” it is clear the Recording Academy chose to award a song about sexualizing women over a song which empowers women who have experienced abuse or sexual violence. The Grammy Awards chose the wrong winner. Kesha winning best pop solo performance would have shown that the Grammys support the #MeToo movement. This would have sent a message that sexual harassment, abuse and sexual violence of any kind is not Photograph courtesy of Olivia Bee Kesha was nominated for two awards at the 2018 Grammys. tolerated within the music industry. Simply having her perform, no matter how powerful the performance, did not send this message. Kesha performed with pop singers Cyndi Lauper, Camilla Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha. The prestigious Grammy awards should have taken a stand against abuse and sexual violence. Let’s pray they do someday.