Re-Create 2015

6th International Conference from 4 to 8 November 2015


From November 4 to 8, 2015, Concordia University and UQAM are hosting the prestigious international conference Media Art Histories (MAH). The Montreal edition is titled Re-Create 2015 : Theories, Methods and Practices of Research-Creation in the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology.

Re-Create 2015 offers new and unique activities around the central theme of research-creation, presenting the most current issues related to the links of research with creative practices. The scope of Re-Create 2015 will explore the relations between theory and material practices as integral parts of the creative process. Topics of discussion will include the history of research-creation, technological innovation and the impact of new methods on research. The conference will appeal to those interested in media art, history and technology.

Re-Create 2015 is a major event which includes 53 individual presentations and 13 group presentations taking place in 16 plenary sessions, along with 3 keynotes. The Emerging Researchers’ Symposium (students) takes place on November 4, followed by the Bridge Panel on the morning of November 5, leading to the main conference from November 5 to 8. The entirety of the event will bring together 81 researchers working in a variety of disciplines, including digital art, design, sociology, art history, anthropology, game studies, philosophy and communication. 21 countries are represented: Canada, the United States, Japan, Iceland, Germany, Chile, Colombia, Peru, France, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, India, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Croatia, Switzerland and Latvia.

Re-Create 2015 will bring a lively cultural presence in Montreal, with five public presentations, including three exhibitions to take place at Concordia University and one a large-scale architectural projection at UQAM. The programme of the event also includes several satellite activities.

Re-Create 2015 is organized by Hexagram, the International Network for Research-Creation co-founded in 2001 by Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and co-chaired by Chris Salter (Concordia) and Gisèle Trudel (UQAM). Manuelle Freire, PhD candidate at Concordia University, is MAH Re-Create 2015 conference manager. The two campuses are located in the heart of downtown Montreal’s cultural district, a privileged geographical location for Re-Create 2015. Hexagram is hosting this major event, which builds on its 14 years of experience and growth, towards becoming a unique network for research-creation in Quebec and Canada.


Summary of Re-Create 2015

  • Venues


    Cœur des sciences 175 ave Président-Kennedy
    Pavillon des Sciences biologiques 141 ave Président-Kennedy

    Concordia University

    EV Building 1515 Sainte-Catherine West
    Henry F. Hall Building 1455 de Maisonneuve West

  • Emerging Researchers’ Symposium

    Emerging Researchers’ Symposium

    November 4th 2015, 9AM à 5PM

    In collaboration with Re-Create 2015, the Emerging Researchers’ Symposium on November 4th highlights the contributions of emerging artists and scholars to the growing interdisciplinary field of research and creation. With nearly 40 participants, the symposium is a unique opportunity for graduate students to partake in critical discussions on practice, research and media in their different forms, as these structures develop and are questioned.

    The new specialists have an important voice to be heard in these debates because they are both at the heart of discussion and the future of it, as they question disciplinary boundaries, shared values and established definitions, and redefine the goals and horizons of research and practice in creation, both within and outside institutions. Through the dialogues it will generate, the symposium will allow identifying the emerging movements and directions towards the future avenues for research and media arts practice.

    The Symposium team is composed of students from the four Montreal universities, under the responsibility of Cécile Martin, master of architecture, and doctoral student at Concordia University.

    As indicated in the subtitle of Re-Create 2015, the Emerging Researchers’ Symposium will discuss theories, methods and research-creation practices in the history of art, science and media technologies. The Explorations Space diversifies the presentation formats in their methodologies and research questions, ranging in nature from the theoretical, historical to creative practices in the form of video presentations, prototypes, interactive media and posters.

    During Re-Create 2015, the International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology will award a scholarship to the best student presentation in the Symposium. The recipient will be awarded $ 1,000 to support his/her research. This award is generously donated by the Leonardo / International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo / ISAST), the Leonardo Book Series and MIT Press (publisher of Relive: Media Art Histories).

  • Bridge event

    Nina Czegledy, University of Toronto

    November 5th 2015

    The Bridge panel session will link the topics and questions arisen from the presentations and summaries of the Emerging Researchers’ Symposium with the program of the Media Art Histories’ conference. BRIDGE will thus prepare grounds for the entanglements among practices, theories and methods within media art, design, science and technology. All delegates are welcome to this participatory debate.

  • Keynote 1 | Joan Jonas

    Joan Jonas

    Concordia University
    November 5th 2015, 8PM
    The American artist and pioneer of performance and video art represented the United States at the Venice Biennale 2015. Jonas is a major reference in multimedia art, her experiments and productions of the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to influence contemporary developments of video and performance arts, as well as theater. She is also Professor Emeritus of Art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she has taught since 1998.
  • Keynote 2 | Christine Van Assche

    Christine Van Assche

    November 6 2015, 11AM
    Van Assche is a leading figure in the media arts milieu. She is currently Honorary Curator at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, where she was Chief Curator of New Media from 1980 to 2013, during which time she was also responsible for the International New Media Collection. She currently works as an independent curator (Mona Hatoum, Chris Marker).
  • Keynote 3 | Skawennati


    November 7 2015, 11AM
    Born in Kahnawake, Québec, Skawennati lives and works in Montréal. She works in new media and as an independent curator. Her innovative projects have been presented in North America, namely at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) during the Montreal Biennale 2014. Skawennati is a founding member of the First Nations artists collective Nation to Nation. She is the co-director of the research network Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), which she co-founded with Jason E. Lewis.
  • Exhibitions

    5 public presentations. Robotic Art. Bioart. Interactive Art.
    Architectural projection. Music collection.
    Re-Create 2015 : Hexagram members present their research and creation

    Copacabana Machine Sex: Behind the Scene, Bill Vorn

    The exhibition introduces the most recent robotic art project by Bill Vorn, a work-in-progress made live during Re-Create, with the presence of the artist. The work presents an unusual way to evoke a burlesque show, staged by music-producing machines and dancing robots.

    Bill Vorn is the artist of automation. His installation and performance projects are presented regularly internationally, featuring robotics, movement control devices, sound, light, video and cybernetic processes. Vorn is a founding member of Hexagram, he teaches electronic arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.

    Work-in-progress, the artist is present
    November 5 to 8, 2015 / 12h-19h
    Opening November 5, 17h, with the presence of the artist

    EV building, Concordia University
    1515 Ste-Catherine West, H3G 2W1
    room EV OS3-845/855

    Tourmente (Turbulence), Jean Dubois

    The exhibition Tourmente (Turbulence) is a recent project by Hexagram founding member Jean Dubois. The interactive video installation depicts the bodily, multisensory experience of the viewer engaged in an “enhanced experience of intimacy”. The work explores social relations by examining how humans react to others’ distress, and highlights the unconscious connections that can be established between them.

    Jean Dubois is an artist and professor at l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM. Dubois is also a founding researcher member of Hexagram, and Associate Dean for research and creation at Faculté des arts, UQAM. His media and digital installations exploring posture, touch and breath are regularly presented internationally.

    York Vitrine, FOFA gallery
    EV Building, Concordia University
    1515 Ste-Catherine West, H3G 2W1
    November 2 to December 11 2015
    Vernissage November 5, 17h, with the presence of the artist

    Biomateria + Contagious Matters, WhiteFeather Hunter et Tristan Matheson

    The exhibition combines the practice of two artists and Hexagram student members. Biomateria by WhiteFeather Hunter, and Contagious Matters, by Tristan Matheson, are installations combining digital and other, mixed media. The works addresses theories of contagion theory and microethnography, haptic epistemologies/ communications and microecologies.

    Artist, researcher, teacher, consultant and writer, WhiteFeather Hunter’s practice is based on crafts that investigate the materiality, the artistic, functional and technological potential of bodily matter. For the past two and a half years, she has focused on experimenting with biotextiles engineering and connective tissue.

    Tristan Matheson in an interdisciplinary artist and researcher currently pursuing an MA in Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University. He explores the intersections of art, science, technology and culture. His current research focuses on the culture of cancer cells, the impact of this disease on humanity, with parallel with the social interactions of microscopic cell cultures, as they manifest under the microscope.

    FOFA Gallery
    EV Building, Concordia University
    1515 Ste-Catherine West, H3G 2W1
    November 2 to December 11 2015 / Monday to Friday – 11h00 to 19h00
    Vernissage November 5, 17h, with the presence of the artists

    Irradier/Irradiate, Ælab (Gisèle Trudel) with Guillaume Arseneault

    This architectural projection integrates environmental data to draw electromagnetic frequencies present at the Place des Festivals. The façade of UQAM’s President-Kennedy Pavilion will become a large scale radio receiver, with a vibrating line modulated by the force of winds, as aided by open-source software, an antenna and an anemometer. A critical and poetic project about the densification of urban digital networks.

    Gisèle Trudel is a media artist and professor at École des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM. She was director of Hexagram-UQAM (2011-13) et co-director of the Hexagram Network (2012-15). She co-founded the artistic research unit Ælab ( with Stéphane Claude in 1996, and the research group for drawing and the moving image Grupmuv ( in 2008. Trudel is co-director of RE-CREATE 2015.

    Guillaume Arsenault is a transmedia digital artist, currently completing a Masters degree in Communication at UQAM. His interests are focused on interactiviy and body kinetic feedback. He hybridizes technology to generate reactions and interpersonal dialogues. (

    Pavillon Président-Kennedy, UQAM (North Façade)
    201 avenue du Président-Kennedy
    October 22 to November 8
    Thu+Sun – 18h30-23h
    Sat+Fri – 18h30-02h
    Starting on November 5th, the projection will begin at 17h30.

    The Latin American Music Collection. Une recherche menée par Ricardo Dal Farra.

    Latin American electroacoustic music has a long, interesting, strong and prolific history, but it’s a history that is little known even within the region itself. Many composers born or living in Latin America have been very active in this field, going back as far as some 50 years, in some countries. In an effort to preserve, document and disseminate at least a portion of the electroacoustic music created by Latin American composers, an archive has been developed at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology.

    Ricardo Dal Farra has been conducting activities in the merging fields of arts, sciences and new technologies as a composer and multimedia artist, researcher, educator, performer and curator focusing mainly on new media arts and electroacoustic music, for over 30 years. He is Associate Professor of the Music Department at Concordia University.

    Listening station
    Chaufferie, Cœur des Sciences, UQAM
    175, avenue du Président-Kennedy
    November 5 – 8, 10h-17h

    Exhibition photographs

  • Video documentation

  • Press review

    07.16 – Re-Create: La recherche création en acte – Archée. Revue d’art en ligne: arts médiatiques & cyberculture

    03.16 – international conference “Re-Create 2015 (Media Art History sixth Annual Meeting)” report – Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs

    02.16 – Pratiques urbaines pour la fin des temps. Présentation de la conférence « End Time: Apocalyptic Systems in Media Art and Design » – Artichaut magasine

    02.16 – Jean Dubois: installations tactiles et images interactives – Digitalarti

    11.15 – Joan Jonas fera l’objet d’une rétrospective à Montréal – La Presse

    11.15 – 5 days focused on research-creation – Concordia

    11.15 – Des machines et des hommes – Le Devoir

    11.15 – Colloque Re-Create: à l’école de la création – La Presse

    11.15 – Les arts médiatiques dans tous leurs états – Actualités UQAM

    11.15 – Exhibition Tourmente – Jean Dubois — Concordia

    11.15 – Exhibition Biomateria + Contagious Matters – WhiteFeather Hunter and Tristan Matheson – Concordia

    11.15 – Art this week – Cult MTL

    11.15 – Re-Create the Symposium / le Colloque 4 > 8 NOV 2015 – Le paradoxe Lena Ghio

    10.15 – Re-Create 2015 – Arts & Sciences

    10.15 – Archée – Octobre 2015 – Archée

    10.15 – Irradier – Actualités UQAM

    10.15 – FNC PRO & + – Le paradoxe Lena Ghio

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