Data : Salon XXXIII - Echo Systems

7240 Clark, 2nd Floor, Montreal

  • VERNISSAGE: 21 March 2019, 18:00 - 21:00
  • EXHIBITION : 22 - 28 March 2019
  • Opening hours: [ TUE TO FRI ] 17:00-20:00 -- [ SAT & SUN ] 13:00-17:00
  • LAURA HIRSH
  • T. GOWDY

For the 33 edition of our Data: Salon series, we invited two artists selected from an open call for submission to participate in a one week residency. During their time, they will finalize one of their works and present it during an exhibition.

 

LAURA HIRSH I ALAN AND ADA 

"Alan et Ada" are an extension on subjects of data use and surveillance, the capabilities of artificial intelligence and in reference to gender in technology. After reading Turing's Sexual Guessing Game by Judith Genova and Olivia Harvey’s essay of Marshall McLuhan: on Technology, Subjectivity and ‘the Sex Organs of the Machine World’, Laura Hirsh began to explore gender identity and disparity within the digital realms. Alan and Ada are to computers that “speak” to each other using network wifi, with changes triggered by facial recognition. When approached and a face detected, the computer’s previous discussion is disrupted and a new further curated conversation arises. The artist experiments heavily with anthropomorphizing the computers and discusses subjects such as neural networks, data mining and existentialism. The piece itself is named for two well recognized figures in the history of programming, computer science and AI research, Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace.

 

T. GOWDY I FORWARD FEED

"Forward Feed" is a sound-based ecosystem where expended energy is retained in a system through delicate balance. The work focuses on notions of energy transfer between organism and space by finding the acoustic thresholds of an environment through the use of audio feedback. Under a framework of suspended microphones and loudspeakers, variable phasing oscillators are used to inject softness into jagged feedback loops. Collision of environment interactivity is unavoidable. The interconnectedness of this electroacoustic work is inspired by the symbiotic relationships found in natural environments.

The work will feature a performance by Gowdy and Adam Basanta at the opening/vernissage. The pair aim to test the limits of the system through live interrogations of the space’s inherent acoustic thresholds in front of a live audience.


LAURA HIRSH is a current Undergraduate student of Concordia University studying Computation Arts, combining digital with tangible mediums. Laura has recently shifted her focus to interaction design, user based feedback, and human impact on the environment as well as in technology. She likes to use human interaction as a method to realize and reveal her artwork. And has been making art since before she can remember and began her practices with studio art practices such as drawing, painting and sculpting. She eventually began to turn her tangible artworks into 3D models and now 3D models, animates, codes, designs and solders on her own time. Currently Laura works as a Web and Graphic Designer here in Montreal in addition to attending University.

Outside of school, she has on and off music projects and enjoys frequenting artist spaces and drag shows. She hopes to find her footing in interactive architecture, but that will come with time.

 

T. GOWDY is an electronic music producer, audio/visual performer and sound artist currently based in Montreal. He has performed live works in festivals and venues throughout North America and Europe, most recently at MUTEK (Montreal, Barcelona), DziK (Warsaw) and Spektrum (Berlin) as well as regularly releasing recorded material. Gowdy sang choral music professionally before studying classical guitar, music technology and earned a Masters in Sound Recording from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where he was involved in several projects, notably assisting in the capturing of reverberation imprints to preserve Quebec’s acoustic heritage, under CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology).

His current interests lie in the use of sound feedback to augment interactivity in sound environments as well as the deconstruction and re-synthesis of urban sonic environments.

7240 Clark, 2nd Floor, Montreal

  • VERNISSAGE: 21 March 2019, 18:00 - 21:00
  • EXHIBITION : 22 - 28 March 2019
  • Opening hours: [ TUE TO FRI ] 17:00-20:00 -- [ SAT & SUN ] 13:00-17:00