Shadow/Light Presence/Absence Research tools for creating video projections

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© J. Brouillard, 2015

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Shadow/Light Presence/Absence Research tools for creating video projections

February 6, 13, 14, 20, 2016, 1–4 pm

Individualized work sessions (by reservation)
Sunday, February 7 and during the week between February 14 and 20

January 18 – February 2

* Bilingual instructors will offer the workshop in French.

This master class explores light and shadow as central components to the recording and display of video. This workshop is designed for visually oriented professional media artists who are interested in an expanded, hands-on approaches to recording and presenting video. Pollard, Brouillard and Moore share their skills and experiences in the development of in-situ installations and performances that capture the human form in movement and deploy a variety of video display technologies. Participants will begin by recording video material in a studio environment, allowing them to control lighting and to work with high contrast imagery along with some green screen production. This material will serve as a basis for the subsequent creative and technical exercises involving editing, composition and presentation technologies.

Each of the 4 sessions is comprised of a concentrated overview of concepts and techniques, lasting only 3 hours. Between sessions, the workshop conveners will make the facilities accessible to participants upon appointment so as to provide practical experience and individualized instruction.

Day 1, February 6: Planning and production period (assessment of goals, available tools and objectives followed by the recording of visual material).
Day 2, February 13: Post-production (isolating, organizing, editing and transcoding material).
Day 3, February 14: Composition (compositing and additional transcoding of material).
Day 4, February 20: Display (testing and reworking of material through an adapted set of display technologies and devised exhibition environments).
Note: Participants are required to work outside the 3-hour sessions, particularly on Sunday, February 7 and during the week between February 14 and 20.

Techniques to be discussed and explored
- Lighting and production concerns related to shooting the human form over a black backdrop.
- Planning and workflow allowing for intuition and play.
- Lighting and production concerns related to shooting green screen.
- Transcoding video for editing and compositing.
- Devising post-production environments for installations.
- Transcoding video for display purposes.
- Configuring multiple projectors or monitors.
- Rear projection.
- Devising projection surfaces.
- In situ projection and mapping (software and hardware).
- Triggering and/or cuing video for installation or performance.

- Be a professional artist with some video experience;
- Previous experience using video cameras;
- Aptitude and previous experience with computers and software, particularly non-linear editing and composition software such as Premiere, Photoshop and/or After Effects;
- Some previous experience handling projectors and monitors;
- 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: maximum 8
Registration period: January 18 – February 2
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or
Cost: $125 (taxes included)
Schedule: February 6, 13, 14, 20, 2016, 1–4 pm
+ Individualised work sessions (by reservation): Sunday, February 7 and during the week between February 14 and 20

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

Cancellation / Refund
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, registration 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, registration fees are completely refunded.

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Aaron Pollard

Aaron Pollard is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal who has been producing and presenting video art and multimedia performances since the early 1990s. His works have been shown in Canada and abroad. He studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Concordia University, where he completed an MFA. He is the co-founder of as well as researcher and head of OBORO's multimedia sector.

Josée Brouillard

Josée Brouillard is a media artist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (2012) and, prior to this, a DEC in Theatre Production (Collège Lionel-Groulx) and in Photography (Cégep du Vieux-Montréal), where she began exploring lighting and staging. Her education has led her to explore materials and lighting (and light as material) though the use of various modes of transmission and display technologies.

Allison Moore

Native to Victoria, British-Colombia, Allison Moore studied interdisciplinary art and video at Concordia University where she received in 2005 a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Fine Arts. Active in the artistic community in Canada and abroad for the past ten years, she has participated in numerous exhibitions, residencies, workshops and events. Her work explores in a playful and systemic manner the fascinating universe of the dematerialization and the decontextualization of the image and the body as much on a conceptual level than on a technological one.