Eastern Bloc

UPCOMING

13 November 2014
IN BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW WAS US
To celebrate the 11th edition of the festival Les HTMelles, ZERO FUTURE, Eastern Bloc presents, in collaboration with Studio XX, a very special evening of live performances. Bringing sound and vision together in three acts, this event features international and local artists experimenting with the narrative form in order to create multisensory experiences that blur the line between the individual and the collective, between the solitary and the communal.

With performances by Julie Matson (Montréal), APO33 (France & International) and The Pre-Lubed-Sisters (Montreal).

7pm (doors)
$10
www.htmlles.net



29 October 2014
DATA : SALON I
JOSÉE BROUILLARD / MITCHELL STAFIEJ & ROBERT FEULNER

Mitchell Stafiej and Robert Feulner start with a film and transform it, giving it new dimensions: a simultaneously voyeuristic and alienating experience. The film, which functions as the piece’s source material, brings us into intimate moments in the lives of several individuals, all of whom were close to a person who was killed a year before the film was made.

Video sequences for a prepared monitor is a video installation that alters your perception of space. Plunged into total darkness, the spectator encounters video images of a moving body.

7pm - 10pm
Free Entry


LAB

22 November 2014
ALGORITHMIC COMPOSITION, in Pure Data

Workshop given by Peter Van Haaften
Saturday, November 22, 2014, noon-5pm
Price: $25 regular / $21.25 members
To reserve your place, please email lab@easternbloc.ca
Warning! max 12 participants

Composers have experimented with formal processes in music for more than 2500 years, beginning first with Pythagoras. Modern advancements in statistical analysis, artificial intelligence, and computer processing have together led to increased accessibility and interest in the diverse field of algorithmic composition. Using the free Pure Data language, we will begin by learning the fundamental concepts of data-flow programming, and move on quickly to create real-time streams of data, which can be routed via MIDI to control virtual or external instruments. We will explore together a few practical algorithms implemented in famous works by composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and John Cage during the mid-20th century.



Fall 2014 Residency
SOFIAN AUDRY, SAMUEL ST-AUBIN, STEPHEN KELLY
13 September - 30 November

Vessels is a robotic installation consisting of large groups of autonomous water vehicles. The robotic agents interact with each other and their environment to form a simple ecosystem. Their collective, emergent behaviour resembles the social interactions in a community of living creatures. Observers may empathize with the robots’ behaviours, ascribe intentions and motivations to their actions, and/or draw correlations between the group dynamic and unseen characteristics of their milieu.



OPEN LAB NIGHTS

Come and join us for our bi-monthly open lab night. Starting on Thursday September 25th at 6PM, and every other Thursday after that. This is a great opportunity to come and find out how to become a member and find out about what our members are working on in a relaxed and casual environment.



CALLS

Winter 2015 Residency
Deadline for submissions: 21 November 2014, 5pm

Eastern Bloc’ media lab is a space for experimenting, learning, theorizing and creating – a place to further develop systems-based, networked, generative and hybrid practices through an artist-led discourse. The lab is a site of convergence for artists (both emerging and established), professionals, students, technicians, theorists and curators – encouraged to work side by side, supporting one another conceptually as well as technically.



DATA : SALON
Ongoing call

From September 2014 until June 2015, 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 2014 – 2015 season.