OTTAWA, ON, June 12, 2019— Science, technology, and art collide with sport, innovation, and determination at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, one of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.
On June 12th, 2019, media are invited to attend the unveiling of the latest collaboration between Canadian Olympic Gold medalist Erica Wiebe, and interdisciplinary digital artist Eric Chan (a.k.a. ), at a special event presented in partnership with the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Ingenium Foundation.
When: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Interviews opportunities available at 10:00 a.m.
Special presentation at 10:45 a.m.
Who: Canadian Olympic gold-medalist Erica Wiebe
Canadian artist EEPMON (Eric Chan)
Where: Auditorium, Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON
This interactive event will serve as the platform to unveil EEPMON’s custom artwork created in support of Erica’s quest for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. To celebrate this collaboration, the athlete and the artist will come together to speak directly to local students in a special presentation that intersects sports with art, technology, and design.
This collaboration is one of many partnership projects with the Museum and with Ingenium. Erica’s state-of-the-art training tech clothing is featured in the Museum’s Wearable Tech exhibition, while EEPMON’s amazing artwork Yours to Discover, in collaboration with Kind Village, is permanently on display. In addition, the Ingenium Foundation will benefit from the sale of some of the artwork being unveiled.
"When I first met Eric Chan, we had an immediate connection in the pursuit of our respective passions, embracing the unknown, and challenging ourselves for more. I approached Eric to create a piece of artwork that captures my journey, and reflects the resilience and transformation I must embody in my quest to represent Canada and defend my Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games. I hope this journey and transformation — which is conveyed so beautifully in the artwork — will inspire future generations of athletes, artists, and scientists to use their imagination to go beyond what they ever thought they were capable of."
-Erica Wiebe, Canadian Olympic Wrestler
"Erica and I met through serendipity and at the nexus of STEAM. While you'd think that digital arts and wrestling had nothing in common, we quickly realized we share similar values on passion, transformation, motivation, and imagination! Our discussions and experiences inspired me to create her portrait — in my signature EEPMON style — revealing her resilience and inner willpower to tackle any obstacle that stands in her way."
-Eric Chan (a.k.a. EEPMON), Interdisciplinary Digital Artist
“The partnership between the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Erica Wiebe, and EEPMON (Eric Chan) is a natural fit, adding to a history of successful collaboration. We’re thrilled to be supporting this latest project, where we hope to inspire this same spirit of creativity, curiosity, and collaboration for a new generation of artists, athletes, and creators.”
-Lisa Leblanc, Director General, Canada Science and Technology Museum
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
About the Canada Science and Technology Museum
One of three museums under Ingenium – Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation, the Canada Science and Technology Museum originally opened in 1967. Fifty years later, in 2017, the museum reopened its doors — following a full renewal — marking the start of a fresh, new chapter. Today, the museum combines what visitors loved about the previous incarnation — locomotives and the Crazy Kitchen — with 11 brand-new, interactive exhibitions. Museum guests are invited to discover, play, and experience how people have made Canada and continue to shape its future. As visitors walk through the exhibitions, visit the demonstration stage, or tinker in Exploratek, they will become a part of Canada’s story of science, technology, and innovation.