Greg J. Smith

A writer and editor based in Toronto, Greg is interested in media art and its broader cultural implications. Beyond contributing to CAN, he is the Editor-in-Chief of HOLO and serves on the Board of Directors at InterAccess.
Posts by Greg J. Smith:

Art after Silicon Valley – A conversation with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts team

The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has been active in San Francisco for a decade. On the eve of the second edition of their eponymous festival, CAN chats with the Gray Area team about their ongoing educational and programming initiatives.

13/04/2016 in Education&Events

Flippaper – Player-sketched pinball

A collaboration by artists Jérémie Cortial Roman Miletitch, Flippaper is an interactive pinball console in which players can draw their own playfield.

05/04/2016 in Cinder

When the Machine Made Art – Grant Taylor traces the origins of computational creativity

CAN interviews Grant D. Taylor, author of the 2014 book “When the Computer Made Art: The Troubled History of Computer Art,” on the past, present and future of digital art.

31/03/2016 in Theory

Light, Space, Rhythm – A conversation with Florence To

CAN interviews Florence To, a Rotterdam-based art director and installation artist focused on audiovisual performance and the creation of immersive environments.

24/03/2016 in Environment

Line Wobbler – A one-dimensional dungeon crawler

Designed by Robin Baumgarten, Line Wobbler is a one-dimensional arcade game that emerges from the combination of a unique ‘wobble’ controller and an LED strip.

23/03/2016 in Arduino

A P P A R E L – Clothing in the age of data accumulation and machine learning

A P P A R E L is an augmented reality experimental fashion prototype by the Paris-based anticipatory design studio N O R M A L S. Turning data and network activity into identity and style, the project replaces the details of contemporary couture with jiggly mesh geometry digital overlays.

10/02/2016 in iOS&openFrameworks

Facets of ‘New Making’ – Tektonics at ACT Festival

Huge stroboscopic datastreams, hypnotic human-machine choreographies, a cacophony of Korean, Japanese, English, German, and French – ten weeks ago, from November 25th to 28th 2015, an unlikely cross-cultural exchange took over the all new ACT Center in Gwangju, South Korea. More than a hundred artists, designers, curators, and educators answered our invitation to add their work and voice to the inaugural edition of ACT Festival, an opening celebration for the center’s monumental facilities.

05/02/2016 in CAN Events&Features

Perspection – Anamorphic image and sound synthesis across multiple screens

An audiovisual installation by Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke, Perspection is an anamorphic projection with directional sound that adjusts to a viewer’s position.

27/10/2015 in MaxMSP&TouchDesigner
Darsha Hewitt, A Side Man 5000 Adventure

Slinging Beats with Darsha Hewitt – A Side Man 5000 Interview

Berlin-based Canadian artist Darsha Hewitt engages in an extended conversation with CAN about her new online video tutorial series dedicated to the Wurlitzer Side Man—the world’s oldest drum machine.

21/10/2015 in Education
Tobias Epsen, Poème Mécanique

Poème Mécanique – A subtle and cascading sound sculpture encircles Montréal

Created by Copenhagen-based artist and researcher Tobias Ebsen, Poème Mécanique is an electromechanical sound sculpture produced for Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, a public walkway connecting the Place-des-Arts metro and Complexe Desjardins in Montréal.

14/10/2015 in Sound

Abstract Ecologies – A Conversation with Amber Christensen

“There Should be Gardens” is the title of the 14th edition of InterAccess’s Emerging Artists Exhibition. Drawing on her research in feminist/queer curatorial and media arts practices, the exhibition is curated by Toronto’s Amber Christensen and showcases five Canadian early career artists whose practices address “the interconnectedness of technologies, ecologies, botanies, gender and the cosmos.” In aggregate the show’s selected works invoke elemental qualities, amplify and abstract natural materialities, and offer different modes of seeing and engaging the world. With the show winding down this week, CAN engaged Christensen in a Q&A to unpack the show’s framing and provocative works.

22/09/2015 in Events

Considering Technology and the State of the Art(s) at Sónar+D

CAN’s report on Sónar+D, the Sónar Festival’s sidebar congress on ‘creativity, technology & business’ that took place June 18th-20th in Barcelona.

29/06/2015 in Review