UPCOMING1 June 2013
Ouananiche presents a documentary style film-poem based on the idea that when we are moving from point A to point B, our stream of consciousness becomes altered. In a state of inspiration, reverie and of light hypnosis, the video undulates from one place to the next using visual stratagems to undertake an improbable and tortuous path, punctuated by intimate words.
Artist's website: poissonsmorts.com
8 - 29 May 2013
SIGHT AND SOUND FESTIVAL
For its 5th edition, the art and technology based festival, Sight & Sound, presents more than 25 international artists and over thirty projects at New Media Production & Exhibition Centre, Eastern Bloc. The festival adopts a new approach; taking place over three weeks, from the 8th to the 29th of May 2013. This edition of the festival is all the more unique because it is an occasion to celebrate Eastern Bloc’s fifth anniversary, five years in which more than 500 artists’ work have been presented at the centre.
Under the heading “Black Market,” this edition of Sight & Sound seeks to explore the rhizomatic and permeating structures of society’s concealed systems. We ask ourselves how we can demystify the black market and its perceived impenetrability. Whether we can actually succeed in unpacking the mechanisms embedded within global – and localized – clandestine networks. In today’s connected world, does the black market retain its (seemingly) dark aura? We aim to shed light on these concerns through a carefully curated program of performances, installations, conferences, workshops, as well as on and offline interventions.
Festival web site: www.sightandsoundfestival.ca/
To purchase tickets: www.lavitrine.com//
LAB1 June 2013
THE VIDEO-MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
Workshop-conference given by Ouananiche
In this workshop-conference, Ouananiche will present and analyze the practice of the video-musical remix: its birth, its practice as well as the issues that it raises. He will explain the techniques employed and will demonstrate several audiovisual composition and performance tools, culminating in his installation linking MIDI, CAC (Computer Assisted Composition) software, and VJing.
2pm - 4pm
26 May 2013
NETWORKED PERFORMATIVITY: SYSTEMS, PLATFORMS AND IDENTITY
Conference moderated by Michelle Lacombe
We have invited four artists, whose work challenges traditional ideas of performance, to participate in a discussion on performativity in a networked environment. The discussion, moderated by Michelle Lacombe, will shed light on the role of the artist as performer as well as the act of performance via networked platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Read more...
26 May 2013
CRITICAL MAKING: MONTRÉAL - ALTERNATE MODES OF ACADEMIC PUBLISHING
Workshop given by Garnet Hertz
his workshop will explore the concept of critical making and how handmade books can function as an alternate mode of academic publishing. Led by Garnet Hertz (University of California Irvine / Art Center), the workshop will produce an additional booklet to Hertz's acclaimed "Critical Making" (series of handmade books released in late 2012). Read more...
25 May 2013
ANALYZE DAT: TOR VISUALIZATION
Workshop given by Arthur Heist
This workshop will explore the use of natural language processing tools to analyze the goods, products and services available on online black markets, trying to reveal a faithful cartography of the dark web. Read more...
CALLSDATA : SALON
From September 2012 until June 2013, a bi-monthly event, informal in nature, will showcase the works in progress of Eastern Bloc’s current and potential members. Participating artists receive immediate feedback from the public, are given access to the centre’s exhibition spaces, our technical resources, the team’s expertise and a range of documentations services and marketing tools. Please submit your proposal – in the fields of New Media art – at any time during the 2012 – 2013 season.