2009 World Telekinesis Competition

Team Profiles

Unconstrained Growth Into the Void
(Team 1)

We would like to express our interest in this competition as a pre-existing collective, Unconstrained Growth Into the Void. Our interests and intentions are outlined below and give an indication of how participation in the 2009 World Telekinesis Competition will exist parallel to our current lines of inquiry. According to the structure of this competition we will temporarily split into two teams, UGIV 1 and UGIV 2, though our ultimate allegiance to each other will remain unbroken.


Unconstrained Growth Into the Void

A Six-Sided Figure, Sum of the Following Parts:

Matthew Alex Crookshank
Rafael Arturo Rodriguez Cruz
Miruna Roxana Dragan
Jason Dale de Haan
Erika Ann Marie Kierulf
Meghann Junell Riepenhoff


While occupying a space on Sleeping Buffalo Mountain, where five seismic faults converge, and contemplating the impact of cosmic rays, Unconstrained Growth Into the Void was formed. During this process time was disrobed of its linear properties and UGIV experienced the reverberations of life's greatest questions.


Unconstrained Growth Into the Void proposes a bending of the fundamental principles of time, landscape, histories and space. Seeking to take advantage of our collective energies, we understand these actions as limitless in their ability to bridge cognitive gaps, create alternative narratives and discern the poetries of our activities, our persons, our universe. Mathematical principles, pseudo-scientific methods, innate understandings, un/relational forces and archetypal mythologies underlie this exploration, as we endeavor to search, to understand, to propose and to accept. Unconstrained Growth Into the Void allows coincidence to be a determining factor and has no problem recognizing it in the most mundane. It comes to us and we to it.


In earnestness, UGIV converge to yield to the wills of centres of power, teleportation, levitation, mutation, metamorphosis, translinear thought, telepathy, pattern, chaos, and geometry, while at the same time bending them to ours. We share optimism in the potential of creative activity and are compelled to realize that potential in forms that are active, enigmatic, poetic, epic, numinous and beautiful.

Rafael Rodríguez is an architect who has been dedicated to the visual arts since 1998. His work has been presented in museums and galleries in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Spain, Sweden, and Austria. In 2006, his series of paintings Models for a selfportrait was presented at the National Portrait Gallery in London, which won second place for the gallery's annual prize. His portraits often try to represent the affection that the human face both simultaneously reflects and tries to hold back.

Matt Crookshank is a painter and a video artist who has been exhibiting regularly for 8 years. His practice bleeds from digital to painting, blending each practice and sharing ideas and techniques throughout. For 6 years, Matt was the curator and director of the groundbreaking Toronto Gallery, sis boom bah (www.sisboombah.ca). Opened in what was to become Toronto's leading contemporary art district on Queen St. W., Matt used the sis boom bah vehicle to grow a community of like-minded artists, which became an integral part of this dynamic neighbourhood.

Jason de Haan is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Calgary. His work concerns itself with the conceptual, poetic and absurd, often manifesting itself as a combination in the forms of sculpture, installation, performance, drawing and bookworks. His projects maintain a desire to achieve the positive.