With Compartment_Complex, an interactive multi-screen video installation, Ké Medley asks: how does one subvert analog video’s obsolescence to engender new forms of mediated experience and prevent its eclipse from media history? In appropriating and subverting the aging aesthetic of CRT televisions, his primary objective is to better understand the implications of obsolescence and explore new ways of experiencing materiality.
Medley’s research places itself firmly in the field of Media Archeology. Materiality is a fundamental component of his research, where he investigates both the technical and cultural components of past media objects such as analog video. He is particularly interested in artifacts of mundane life or bygone eras, putting an emphasis “on the forgotten, the quirky, the non-obvious apparatuses, practices and inventions” (Parikka, 2013).
Digital creation, dissemination and mediation through the new online immersive spaces.
This event is open to the public on our Youtube channel. Organized by UQAC – École NAD, Laboratoire MIMESIS and Hexagram.
The MIMESIS laboratory (École NAD-UQAC) and Hexagram present 3 lunch-meetings to bring together creators, researchers, experts and students, who will present their work and initiatives on modalities of artistic creation, dissemination, and mediation through the new virtual and immersive spaces.
Faced with the physical social distancing imposed throughout this past year, creators had to devise – often to improvise – new work processes and dissemination strategies. The (im)material conditions of production and exhibition, as well as the urgency to acquire new skills suddenly accelerated learning curves, prompted distributed collaborations, and instigated new modalities of presentation. Although digital creation is well-anchored in the landscape of Montreal’s art, cultural and creative industries, the “frame” [le cadre] of these creations is once again being probed.
During these three lunch-meetings, we will examine the new “out-of-frame” objects that emerged in the 2020-20XX context: creative works that no longer correspond to a specific genre or discipline, to a space, a type of institution or a designated audience. We will discuss digital, virtual and online interpretations of pre-existing projects, new ways for experiencing digital creations, case-studies of access and interactions enhanced by new technologies, and other forms of aesthetic experimentation.
What are the ecological implications of textile design? This question, which guides Vanessa Mardirossian’s research-creation process, allows us to reflect on a critical approach to materiality through the design of wearable biomaterials. Our second DEMO focuses on the exhibition “Culture of Color: An Ecoliteracy of Textile Design” which presents Mardirossian’s tinctorial exploration. For her, documenting the process was central. This written, visual and tactile memory work allows her to refine her thinking and her production through action. In the laboratory, experimental trial and error is part of her methodology.
As a first DEMO, Hexagram presents Olivia Mc Gilchrist’s [Hexagram student member, Concordia University] research-creation residency, which will take place in two residencies at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux-Noranda. Last February, she participated in the co-creation of a performative and interactive experience that links the world of video games and the performing arts. During that first phase, Olivia contributed to the development of the critical and conceptual framework of this laboratory, taking place in the framework of research-creation activities led by Jean-Ambroise Vesac [Hexagram co-investigator, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue] and digital artist. The multidisciplinary team collaborating on this project consists of researchers, professional artists, students, technicians, as well as the French studio THEORIZ.
The documentation below focuses on this first part of the co-creation process. Stay tuned for the further developments of this DEMO!
Image: Andrée Martin, L-Libération. (2020). With Alice Bourgasser, Élisabeth-Anne Dorléans, Ariane Dubé-Lavigne (creator-performers) at the LAVI (Living Arts and Interdisciplinarity Laboratory). Photo : Andrée Martin.
LASER 10 Hexagram Montreal
Co-Chairs Nina Czegledy and Gisèle Trudel
Tuesday, March 23rd 2021, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tiohtià:ke | Montreal
Free online video conferencing via Hexagram’s YouTube channel
With (in order of presentation)
Andrée Martin (Choreographer and Professor, Département de danse, UQAM; Hexagram research member)
Armando Menicacci (Independent researcher; Hexagram collaborator member)
Alfonso Santarpia (Humanist psychologist and Professor, Département de psychologie, Université de Sherbrooke)
Bruno Pucella (Sound designer and independent artist)