IVLA 2016 – Engaging the Senses

The 48th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association
October 5-8, 2016

IVLA’s annual conference provides scholars and researchers, teachers and students, artists, and other professionals with interests and activities relating to the multidisciplinary field of Visual Literacy, an opportunity to present their work and interact with peers. It also features keynotes by three luminaries. The conference will be hosted by the Concordia Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture in collaboration with the Department of Art Education, the Department of Design and Computation Arts, and the Centre for Sensory Studies.

The Hexagram Network is proud to support David Howes , Hexagram member and anthropology professor at Concordia University, in the 2016 IVLA conference organization. We also want to mention the participation of Hexagram members Jason Lewis, Kathleen Vaughan, Gisèle Trudel, Leila Sujir, Tagny Duff and Lynn Hughes.


Visual Literacy is already a field of multidisciplinary investigation. How might it also become a field of multisensory and/or intersensory investigation? For example, how does seeing as a way of sensing and making sense of the world differ from reading, or touching, or dancing? As Isadora Duncan famously remarked: “If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it!” ? Or, how can the insights derived from the study of Visual Literacy be extended to other modalities of sense, such as sound studies?

In asking these questions, the conference seeks to revisit and recuperate the original definition of “Visual Literacy.” In the words of John Debes (Co-founder of the IVLA), Visual Literacy refers to “a group of vision competencies a human being can develop by seeing and at the same time having and integrating other sensory experiences” (1969). More recently, Brian Kennedy (Director of the Toledo Museum of Art) proposed that “Visual Literacy is the key to sensory literacy” (2014). This suggests that the past and future of Visual Literacy lies with engaging the senses.ns.



Exhibition at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Studio 3
Engaging the Senses through Textiles and Materiality Research-Creation
With: Sophie Borowska, Mary Jo Daines, WhiteFeather Hunter, Ryth Kesselring, Lea Schwarz, Nicole Macoretta, Geneviève Moisan, Nicholas Shulman, Kelly Thompson, Kathleen Vaughan.
Curator: Kathleen Vaughan (Milieux/Hexagram)


Hexagram members presentations

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Gisèle Trudel (Université du Québec à Montréal/Hexagram), Drawing a Transductive Ecosophy
EV Building second basement, Black Box

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Jason Edward Lewis (Milieux/Hexagram), Populating the Future Imaginary: Using Digital Media to Visualize the Future of Indigenous Communities
Maxwell Cummings Auditorium
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1379 Sherbrooke Street West (corner Ave. du Musée, kittycorner Bishop


Hexagram members presentations

11:30 am à 1:00 pm
Kathleen Vaughan (Milieux/Hexagram), Glorious Matter, Engaging the Senses: A Panel Presentation by Artist-Researchers in ‘Textiles & Materiality
With: WhiteFeather Hunter (Concordia University), Donna Legault (Concordia University), Geneviève Moisan (Concordia University), Kelly Thompson (Concordia University), Mary Jo Daines (Concordia University)
Hall Building, room 7677

Demos and Lab Visits

3:30 – 6:30

Leila Sujir (Concordia University), Performance Cluster, Elastic Spaces: Bodies and Belonging
EV BB Black Box

Tagny Duff (Concordia University), Speculative Life Cluster, DIY: Re-imagining living bio-electronic systems
EV 10.835 Speculative Life Lab

Lynn Hughes (TAG/Hexagram), Games Cluster, Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) Research Centre
EV 11.435

Jason Lewis (Design and Computation Arts), Indigenous Futures Cluster
EV11.615 Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC)

Textiles and Materiality Cluster Commons (and three adjacent spaces: Jacquard Weaving Room, Digital Embroidery Room and Studio subTela), Exploring Textiles and Materiality



14h00 à 15h30

Richard K. Sherwin, Sovereign Imaginaries: Visualizing the Mystical Foundation of Law’s Authority
Hall Building, room 937 Amphitheatre


IVLA President: Karen Tardrew (Université National Louis)
IVLA 2016 Conference Chair: David Howes (professeur d’anthropologie, Université Concordia)

Frank Cerreto (professeur de mathématiques, Université de Stockton), coprésident
Kathleen Vaughan (professeure d’éducation artistique, Université Concordia), coprésidente
Jung Lee (professeure de technologie pédagogique, Université de Stockton), coprésidente
Kristen Harrison (fondatrice, The Curved House), coordonnatrice Web et de conception
Scott McMaster (doctorant en éducation artistique, Université Concordia), représentant des étudiants des cycles supérieurs
Natalie Doonan (doctorante en lettres et sciences humaines, Université Concordia), coordonnatrice du colloque



Photo & video documentation

“Populating the Future Imaginary: Using Digital Media to Visualize the Future of Indigenous Communities” – Plenary Lecture by Jason Edward Lewis, Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary, and Trudeau Fellow

“Sovereign Imaginaries: Visualizing the Mystical Foundation of Law’s Authority” – Plenary Lecture by Richard K. Sherwin, New York Law School

“Glorious Matter, Engaging the Senses” – A Panel Presentation by Artist-Researchers in Textiles & Materiality convened by Kathleen Vaughan, department of Art Education, Concordia University.

Theatre of Fruit: Marché Jean-Talon, Plateau Montreal – Tereza Stehlikova

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