Friday, June 2, 2017 to Friday, July 7, 2017

    • Friday, June 2, 2017
    17:00 - 19:00

    Spirit Agency 

    A Noxious Sector research project
    June 2 -July 7, 2017

    Opening June 2, 5 -7pm

    Visiting hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm  
    Gallery 101, 51B Young Street, Ottawa, Ontario
    Online at

    During the month of June Noxious Sector will install a research station in the project space of G101. As the physical manifestation of a shared virtual space, this pop-up multi-media hub will function as a site of contact for participants to engage in the collaborative action of researching the creation of instruments for spirit agency

    Project Description:
    Our proposal conflates Noxious Sector's experience with 'presence' from our Hauntings series ( with the networked perception achieved in our Remote Viewing projects (, inspiring the proposition of researching the creation of instruments for spirit agency. This speculative line of inquiry and production is inspired by our collective interest to explore the possibilities of ghosts seeing themselves, and the prospect of generating a kind of ghost-feedback-loop. We want to create instruments for spirits to use for their own ends, to make what they want to make, and use as they choose. We are aware of the challenges of such a venture but feel that our proposed program of public engagement and use of artistic research methods will provide ample space for material and non-material entity imagination, speculation and participation.  - Noxious Sector

    Working alongside the three members of Noxious Sector, visitors to the projects physical and online stations are invited to share their perspectives and interface the following questions and proposals:

    How do you define spirit?

    Where do the parameters of a spirit begin and end?

    How would you describe your relationship to spirits?

    What stories do you have about engaging with spirits?

    What do you imagine an instrument for spirit agency might be like? What could it be made out of? How might it work? How would you know if it was working? 

    Do you practice any protocols when engaging with spirit(s)?

    What needs to be taken into consideration when we engage with spirits?

    What assumptions are being made?

    For the intent of this research project Noxious Sector is defining spirits as having a relationship to living energy either in a present, past or future form. Utilizing a variety of artistic research methods (including audio, video, photography, writing, performance) they are making space to explore how researching the creation of instruments for spirit agency provokes questions about ourselves, and our own relationships to spirit as a way to frame parameters and provide opportunities for stories, truths, belief systems, speculations, and imaginary solutions.

    Noxious Sector is not intent on resolving any question as to the validity or proof of existence of spirits, but rather are interested in the possibilities that exist in a collective experience that supports spirits having the means to perform actions to their own ends. With permission, contributions to this research phase will be used to inform and inspire the creation of a series of instruments for spirit agency for future engagement and presentation. 

    All entities, experiences, perspectives, cultures, beliefs, understandings, and practices are encouraged to participate in Spirit Agency.


    Noxious Sector
    was founded in 2005 and is an ongoing collaborative endeavour by Canadian artists Ted Hiebert, Doug Jarvis and Jackson 2Bears. Dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal and the absurd, Noxious Sector projects attempt to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse. Conceived as a formalized forum for informal inquiry, Noxious Sector projects take the form of performances, installations, curatorial initiatives and artistic collaborations. 


    Gallery 101 gratefully acknowledges the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council (an agency of the Government of Ontario) and the Canada Council for the Arts. Gallery 101 thanks the Asinabka Festival, our members, volunteers, partners, and all our relations.