Outlines of Astronomy
23 June 2013, 15:00 - 18:00
WORKSHOP GIVEN BY FIONA ANNIS
In this workshop, participants will experiment with hybrid production techniques that cross-pollinate analogue processes with digital technologies. They will also explore the intertwining of historic and contemporary technologies, not only for the compelling aesthetic qualities, but also for the conceptual and theoretical potential. By re-contextualizing both digital and analogue practices Annis and participants will reevaluate the so-called obsolescence of non-digital processes, and consider the practice of scavenging amongst the black market of esoteric technologies to unearth unanticipated potential. While various analogue technologies will be discussed, this workshop will focus on reel-to-reel tape machines and will include recording and looping activities.
Fiona Annis is a Montréal-based visual artist and researcher whose interdisciplinary practice emphasizes the use of scores and time-based media. In 2008 she completed a master's degree at the Glasgow School of Art and she is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD at Concordia University. Fiona has exhibited in national and international contexts including: The AC Institute (New York City), The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal) Goldsmith's University (London), LowSalt Gallery (Glasgow), and The Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). Her work has been published in BlackFlash Magazine, Front: Contemporary Art & Ideas, Les Fleurs du Mal, and Imagining Science, winner of the New York Book Show Award. Fiona is currently exploring the alchemic potential of antiquated photographic processes, a trajectory that was recently put into motion in the context of an artist residency at The Center for Alternative Photography in New York City.