Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Edwin Janzen works in digital imaging, installation, and video. His works explore fantasies of security, surveillance and technology inspired by the Cold War and Western colonialism. Edwin Janzen completed his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2010 and works on the board of Articule, a Montreal artist-run centre.
For many of us, the popular 1980s video game Space Invaders encapsulated the threat of nuclear annihilation: a caricatured yet imminent alien menace that would descend from above, visiting certain doom. How charming today to see similar aliens invading the Souterrain, swarming down staircases in pixels of vinyl. With the end of the Cold War, the nuclear threat has receeded into the background, yet the caricatured alien menace endures: one day as Saddam … the next, Al-Qaeda … today, ISIS and the “homegrown terrorist.” Alien menace has become part of our everyday political terrain.