“Does everyone have their telenoid cookie?,“ teased The Banff Centre’s Vice-president of the arts Carolyn Warren, in kicking off the Convergence Summit, a four day conference “on art + technology” that took place Nov 27-29th. Located in the idyllic mountain-surrounded town of Banff, Alberta, the massive arts incubator played a important role in shaping discourse in and around ‘new media’ in the 90s and early aughties. With Convergence, the centre was planting a flag down and reasserting their importance as a key international digital arts venue—and CAN was on hand to report on the proceedings.
Last week the prolific Toronto-based tech event organizer FITC hosted a daylong summit on wearable technology. With a lineup bookended by ‘the father of wearable computing’ Steve Mann and Social Body Lab founder Kate Hartman, the invited speakers offered a range of opinions on ‘what’s next for wearables?’ for an audience of curious developers.
Illusive rear-projections, flickering moirés, fluorescent puzzle boxes: opening this Friday, November 21st, at Muriel Guépin Gallery in New York City is ‘Bright Matter’, a dazzling group show that’ll bend, warp and (if only briefly) break the way we see.
This past Saturday Ryoji Ikeda presented the North American premiere of superposition to a crowd of several hundred at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC). As would be expected, the sixty-five minute multiscreen performance played out as kind of a data aesthetics megamix that flashed through a series of precisely choreographed abstract visual vignettes that grappled with the digital sublime and pondered the agnosticism of network culture.
Curator Nick Pagee gives CAN a tour of the 2014 TIFF Kids Film Festival’s digiPlaySpace—an interactive playground for kids.
Series of works exploring the subject of drawing images in the space around the earth using latitude, longitude and altitude as a coordinate system.
Picture the Sky is a project by Karolina Sobecka in an attempt to reverse the process of satellite imagery to where we, as one, become a very large ‘sociotechnological apparatus’ looking up at the sky, an infrastructure for our technology. Take part in the project this Saturday!
A series of aluminium structures with programmable LED strips, constructing fragments of text that originated in the process of sourcing electronic components from China.
Produced by Timo Arnall, Internet Machine is a multi-screen film about the invisible infrastructures of the internet. The film was made to reveal hidden materiality of our data by exploring some of the machines through which ‘the cloud’ is transmitted and transformed.
As Robert Henke sets of on his tour with the new project Lumière, kicking off in NYC on the 10th May, we offer a little preview of what is to come.
Created by Ralf Baecker and produced by the LEAP gallery in Berlin, Mirage is an installation that uses muscle wires to move a mirror that reflects a laser beam into a shape of a landscape.
YCAM is wrapping their 10th Anniversary program by showing installations by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani at the centre.