Agit P.O.V.

  • Workshop series #1: 2 - 3 November 2013, 13:00 - 18:00
  • Workshop series #2: 23 - 24 November 2013, 13:00 - 18:00

Project conceived in collaboration with Mariangela Aponte Nunez

Inspired by the practice of tactical media that intervenes in the urban fabric, the Agit P.O.V. (Petit Objet de Vélo or Little Bicycle Object) is a micro-project for hacking your bicycle that uses the retinal persistence effect as well as the practices of Russian avant-garde (Agit-prop) to encourage speech in the public sphere. Castonguay and Ouellet Fredericks propose the creation of new versions of Agit POV in collaboration with citizens of neighbourhoods participating in the Accès culture network.

Agit P.O.V. proposes the appropriation of the street and the poetical/political weight that words in the public sphere can take on. Technically inspired by Limor Fried’s (LadyAda) SpokePOV, a modest 7 LED circuit, a microcontroller and a battery attached to the spokes of a bicycle wheel, in addition to adequate programming and the physical energy of the cyclist, suffice to illuminate the street and silently participate in shaking up the city. 

The participants of both workshop series will subsequently be invited to a large-scale action-performance in the city streets. An initial action-performance will take place on November 3 and a second one during the Sight & Sound festival in May 2013. 

The first version of this workshop took place in August 2012 with Castonguay and Aponte Nunez. Castonguay and Ouellet Fredericks are back this year with a new design 

Castonguay’s practice is based in digital and conceptual art. His works use obsolete technology and open source software and have been presented in New York, Beijing, Madrid, Berlin, Beyrouth, São Paulo and Graz. His works are included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary photography as well as private collections. He is represented by the gallery Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain. Professor at UQAM’s École des arts visuels et médiatiques in Montréal, he studied at the University of Ottawa (B.F.A. 1991 and B.A. 1993) and at Concordia University, Montréal (M.F.A. 2004). He is a founding member of the not-for-profit media lab Artengine. 

Thomas Ouellet Fredericks is an independent artist, university professor and consultant. He has worked with pigs, cockroaches, sparrows, lobsters, goldfishes, flocks and emotive sofas. When he is not taking care of his bestiary, he makes interactive objects and conceives of sonic compositions from cathode-ray tubes. He lives and works in Montreal. 

2 days + material 15.00$
  • Workshop series #1: 2 - 3 November 2013, 13:00 - 18:00
  • Workshop series #2: 23 - 24 November 2013, 13:00 - 18:00