Media arts / Nomenclature, issues, and current history

© N. Bachand, 2012

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© N. Bachand, 2012

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Media arts / Nomenclature, issues, and current history

with Nathalie Bachand + guests

Workshop
September 26-27, October 3-4 and 10-11, 2012, from 6-9 pm

Registration
August 29 to September 19, 2012

Media arts / Nomenclature, issues, and current history is a series of workshops where current aspects of what is still called "media art" will be explored. The thorny question of terminology will serve as a starting point, followed by discussions on the contexts of dissemination and curating. Questions surrounding digital versus analogue, robotics and audiovisual performances, network art, game art, interactivity, sound art, electronics, open source and DIY practices will also be discussed, concluding with an overview of the issues and broad lines of reflexivity running through current media art, both in theory and practice, and perhaps even some ideas on what its future might be.

Within each workshop, invited artists and participants will share their knowledge of the subject or present a relevant art project.

The goal is to offer a perspective on a type of art-making that, while too recent to have been integrated into official art history, exists in a very real way through an experience of the present – both the experience of the artist and that of the public.

*This workshop will be conducted in French.

PROGRAM
Workshop 1 – Nomenclature & Curating
• Robin Dupuis – nomenclature (media arts/digital arts, new media)
• Andrée Duchaine – curating, new contexts of presentation

Workshop 2 – Analogical & Digital
• Alexander Wilson – interdisciplinarity, performance
• Manon Labrecque – video, installation

Workshop 3 – Art Games, Interactivity & Internet
• Lynn Hughes – Art Games, interactivity
• Grégory Chatonsky – network, Web art

Workshop 4 – Robotics & AV Performance
• Simon Laroche – robotics
• Alain Thibault & Yan Breuleux – AV performance

Workshop 5 – Audio Art
• Magali Babin – performance & sound
• Jocelyn Robert – installation & sound

Workshop 6 – Electronics, DIY, Open Source
• Darsha Hewitt – electronics, DIY
• Alexandre Castonguay – Open Source, DIY, hacking (Foulab, etc.)

Prerequisites
- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker (full-time students are not eligible);
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment*;
- Attend every workshop session.
*Any enterprise whose total payroll is $1.000.000 or more is subject to 1% Training Investment. (Emploi-Québec Program)

Number of participants: 15 people
Cost: $125
Schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays, September 26-27, October 3-4 and 10-11, 2012, from 6-9 pm

REGISTRATION
August 29 to September 19, 2012
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514 844-3250, ext. 230 or lab@oboro.net.

POLICY
Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be made by phone or email. Full payment must be made for inscription to be valid. You can pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cheque or in cash. Inscription to a workshop is not transferable.

Cancellation / Refunding
OBORO does not refund inscription fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, inscription fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, inscription fees are fully refunded.

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Nathalie Bachand

Nathalie Bachand is in charge of development for the Elektra international digital arts festival – also initiator of the International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN). She edited Angles Digital Arts (2009) and contributed to the group publication Tactiques insolites : vers une méthodologie de recherche en pratique artistique (2004). She holds a M.F.A. in Visual Arts and completed a PhD course work for the Art Studies and Practices program at UQAM. She writes, notably about visual and media arts.