Thecla Schiphorst Daniel Joliffe Curator: Nina Czegledy Touch – Touché

Date(s): Mar 6 to Apr 3 1998


Touch – Touché

Thecla Schiphorst, still from the installation Bodymaps: Artifacts of Touch, 1995-1996

Opening on Saturday, March 6 at 5 p.m.

An exhibition circulated by InterAccess

Kool-Aid 1.5

Conference and artists’ workshop: date to be determined

In collaboration with Studio XX

Interactivity and electronic art are terms which the public generally associates with intimidating electronic gear. The aim of this exhibition, a Montréal première for these artists, is to show embodied interactive work, which directly involves the viewer/participant and in which the driving electronic force is not the main focus. The social significance of the use of interactive technology for communication is an especially fascinating aspect of electronic arts and a concern for several artists. The exhibition investigates this issue by presenting the work of Thecla Schiphorst and Daniel Jolliffe. Bodymaps, a sensual interactive piece by Schiphorst has received international acclaim. The work subverts the visual and objective relationships between the object and the eye, between participant and technology. Daniel Jolliffe is presenting a new piece developed for this exhibition, that provides a direct relationship as well as a visual and tactile narrative for participants.

Touch – Touché

Thecla Schiphorst, still from the installation Bodymaps: Artifacts of Touch, 1995-1996

Thecla Schiphorst is a computer media artist with a background in computer systems design and choreography. She is a member of the original design team that developed Life Forms, the computer compositional tool for animation and choreography. She received in 1998, the prestigious Petro-Canada Award. Thecla is currently teaching at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver.

Daniel Joliffe produces works that use electronic systems contained within sculptural structures that sense human movement and gestures. He has exhibited throughout Canada and in the United States. He is the Director of the School of Media Studio at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

Nina Czegledy is an independent media artist, curator and writer. Her latest projects include Aurora Universalis, an exhibition of electronic art installations (, Art and Biomedicine presentations at CAiiA2 and ISEA98, and programming for Ostranenie97. Czegledy has worked as an on-line director for Performance Bytes a Canada-wide telecommunication project. Czegledy has published widely both in North America and her native Hungary.