Media arts / Terminology, debates and current history 2

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Media arts / Terminology, debates and current history 2

February 12-13, 18-19 and 26-27, 2014, from 6 to 8:30 pm

Studio visits
February 15 and 22

Until Friday February 7th, at 11am.

Guest artists:
Artificiel (Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy)
Magali Babin
Alexandre Castonguay
Grégory Chatonsky
Peter Flemming
Darsha Hewitt
Manon Labrecque
Simon Laroche


The workshop proposes a series of meetings where current aspects of what is still called "media arts" will be explored. The thorny question of terminology will serve as a starting point, followed by topics as analogue / digital and video, network art and post-Internet concept, sound art, robotics, DIY electronics, and then the technological obsolescence and the Open Source. These themes will be broached through the experience and practice of invited artists which will share, within each workshop, their knowledge of the subject through a presentation / discussion.

We’ll then attempt to bring out issues and broad lines of reflexivity running through current media art, and perhaps even some ideas on what its future might be.


Workshop 1 / February 12 – Art sonore
Guest: Magali Babin

Workshop 2 / February 13 – Robotique
Guest: Simon Laroche

Workshop 3 / February 18 – Obsolescence technologique & Open Source
Guest: Alexandre Castonguay

Workshop 4 / February 19  – Électronique & DIY
Guest: Darsha Hewitt

Workshop 5 / February 26 – Vidéo & analogique/numérique
Guest: Manon Labrecque

Workshop 6 / February 27 – Art en réseau & post-Internet
Guest: Grégory Chatonsky (to be confirmed)

Studio visits:
- Artificiel (Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy) – February 15
- Peter Flemming – February 22

- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker;
- 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: 12 people
Registration period: ongoing
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514 844-3250, ext. 230 or
Schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays, February 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27, 2014, from 6-8:30 pm, plus studio visits on Saturday February 15 and 22.

Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be done 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, enrolment fees are refunded in full.

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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.