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:

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

Broken Sound – Gary James Joynes Contemplates Silence and Fragility

Gary James Joynes’ “Broken Sound” is an immersive video installation that ‘builds a world’ out of the frazzled remnants of speaker coils he destroyed through his ongoing cymatics research.

25/06/2015 in Environment

In Theory and in Practice – Audiovisual Performance at MUTEK 2015

CAN reports on MUTEK 2015’s audiovisual performance programming and the ‘HOLO encounters’ live Q&A’s we did with artists Robin Fox and Hiroaki Umeda.

11/06/2015 in CAN Events

CLOUDS – Code, Creativity, and Immersion

An interactive (and immersive) documentary on code and creativity,  Jonathan Minard and James George’s CLOUDS is an ambitious project that is several years in the making. CAN donned an Oculus Rift DK2, explored its landscape and has weighed-in with a review.

03/06/2015 in Review
Diamond Version, ELEKTRA16

Flashing Forward at ELEKTRA 16

The sixteenth edition of Montréal’s ELEKTRA festival took place from May 13th-17th and delivered a range of audiovisual performances and installations addressing the notion of ‘post-audio’ or perception beyond sound—CAN was on hand to have our retinas singed and eardrums buzzed by the ‘POST-AUDIO’-themed programming.

26/05/2015 in Events&Review

Drone Aviaries & Field Guides – A Conversation with Superflux

Superflux are a design and foresight consultancy based in London. Founded by Anab Jain and Jon Arden in 2009, the studio produces prototypes and films that are simultaneously prescient, and playful—and now they can add ‘magazine publisher’ to that list of outputs. A few weeks ago the studio announced the first edition of Superflux, a Warren Ellis-edited periodical that would mutate with each edition. The first issue is a handsome A1 poster expanding on their recent work with drones and the duo has engaged in an interview with CAN about their new project.

20/05/2015 in Featured&Theory
Transmissions from the Technological Sublime, Highway to nowhere

32-bit Noir – Michael Trommer’s Transmissions from the Technological Sublime

Transmissions from the Technological Sublime is a panoramic multimedia installation that depicts a nocturnal landscape of non-place populated by infrastructure rather than people. Hatched as a MFA thesis project within OCAD University’s integrated media program by Toronto’s Michael Trommer, the audiovisual piece renders highways, shipping channels, airports, and office parks as uncanny interstitial zones of contemplation.

31/03/2015 in Sound

A Wilderness Most Luminous – The Making of Micah Scott’s Forest

Forest invites kids and adults alike to engage with a giant tactile colour mixer, with ‘spinner’ controls distributed across a 7 x 2 grid of custom-fabricated MDF panels. Built in collaboration between Micah Scott and a team at Ryerson University’s New Media Program, the interactive installation is currently showing at TIFF Kid’s digiPlaySpace. CAN goes behind the scenes to get a glimpse into this ambitious project’s conception and fabrication.

26/03/2015 in Cinder