On Friday September 28, 2018 as part of the Colloque Cybercorporéités: Subjectivités Nomades en Contexte Numérique, Elastic Spaces’ Leila Sujir and Paul Landon will be presenting their research Elastic spaces: archaeologies and practices of image, space and body The talk will take place from 10:30am to 11:00 am as part of the “De la relation au corps interface vers une expérience de cybercorporéité” séance.
Présentation du colloque
Ce colloque bilingue présente des réflexions sur la reconfiguration des identités et la transformation des expériences subjectives à l’ère du numérique. Abondamment documentée et commentée depuis le milieu des années quatre-vingt-dix, la série d’innovations techniques qui a fait que nous vivons maintenant à l’ère du numérique a eu pour conséquence un important changement de paradigme quant aux régimes de corporéité de nos sociétés. La corporéité étant un mode d’être, c’est un état de corps qui ne peut plus être référé à sa seule réalité biologique. À l’ère du numérique, elle devient une réalité en transformation, mobile, instable, faite de réseaux d’intensités et de forces, contraignant le corps à se reconfigurer, à se réorganiser et à devenir autre dans son contact avec la technologie.
Le programme du colloque se déroule autour de quatre axes transdisciplinaires en interrelation. Le corps figure désigne la représentation et mise en scène du corps et de sa relation aux technologies numériques dans les fictions littéraires, les arts médiatiques et arts vivants. Le corps interface interroge la relation du corps avec les dispositifs interactifs ainsi qu’avec les environnements immersifs, et pose la question du rôle que le corps en mutation joue en tant qu’interface lorsqu’il est en contact sensori-perceptuel avec la technologie. Le corps savoir désigne la valeur épistémologique et critique des matérialités numériques et prend sa source dans l’idée que les outils du Web participatif et sémantique transforment les pratiques de la recherche. Le corps sensible et somatique interroge des enjeux émergents, tant au niveau pratique que théorique, dans le contexte des nouvelles scènes performatives contemporaines intégrant la technologie. D’ordre multisensoriel et multimodal, ces pratiques exigent des chercheurs une réévaluation de cette relation du corps sensible/somatique à la technologie.
For more information on the Colloquium check out the link below:
As part of the 3rd Edition of Festival International du film Canada Chine this September 21- 27th 2018, we are happy to announce that Elastic Space´s Leila Sujir and Santiago Tavera will be giving a talk on September 27th as part of the Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition.
Where: Salon Crystal, Salles de bal Le Windsor, 1170, rue Peel, Bureau 110, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 4P2
Location: PORT RENFREW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 6633 DEERING ROAD
Join artist Leila Sujir for a video screening of Forest Breath: A Portrait In Progress, a 3D stereoscopic video installation filmed with an IMAX rig with two Sony F65 8k cameras in the south Walbran. Experience this innovative work in development, meet the artist, and contribute insights towards a broader understanding of these unique forests.
This July 23- 30th Concordia University is pleased to host both a conference and an International Graduate Summer School in partnership with GALA.
The Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) is a select international community of institutions, faculties, programmes, and research centres that seeks to develop new kinds of research and teaching collaboration, to support enhanced international mobility among staff and students, and to reimagine liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.
This event will be featuring three of our Elastic Spaces members, Anthony Head, Gary Sangster, and Leila Sujir.
11:00 – 12:30 – Sensations, Spaces, and Spectacles: Shaping Experience for Audiences, Now and in the Future – Gary Sangster (Bath Spa)
13:30 – 15:00 -Co-Creation and the Public Role of Liberal Arts: Workshop developing a single piece of digital media, and an associated description or reflection, intended to make their research accessible to public audiences and highlight an important social issue – Anthony Head and Leila Sujir
We’re please to announce FotoFest’s publication launch INDIA/Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art as part of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial in Houston, Texas happening this March 10–April 22, 2018. The publication features images, statements, and biographies from participating artists within the festival, including Elastic Spaces’ Leila Sujir! The book will be available worldwide beginning in March.
Experimental Collectivities, Collaborations, and (Dis)embodied Digital Experiences
Hemispheric Institute GSI Convergence 2017 – Unsettling the Americas: Radical Hospitalities and Intimate Geographies
Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Ontario.
October 5-8, 2017
This workshop was organized by Santiago Tavera in collaboration with New York based artist and performer, Candace Thompson.
The workshop generated a social collaboration between participants working towards conflict resolutions between collective and subjective narratives, our histories, and our illusions of the future. Using collaboratively created ritual we established an experimental environment for embodied and disembodied media making. The use of digital media presents the potential to simulate a state of disembodiment (elasticity, translation…), allowing for the alteration of participants’ senses, while pushing the boundaries of their perceptual thresholds and understanding of space, selves, and others. Questions of location and displacement, migration and transience, cultural heirlooms, trauma, and personal narratives—both real and imagined—can be brought to bear in creating work which integrates audio and video recording techniques, live-feed cameras, analog technologies, projection mapping, AR, installation, and performance.
During the Elastic Spaces Third International Symposium at Bath Spa University, Santiago Tavera, Ana Ferguson, Francisco Gonzalez and Philippe Battikha collaborated on a VR live broadcast session titled, Virtual Narratives of Dislocation. Together they constructed a virtual environment that simulates experiences of multimedia dislocation. This interdisciplinary project investigates notions of digital re-presentation, virtual translation, cultural narratives, media illusion and spatialized sound. The project consists of using the Orah 4i- 360° camera to digitally broadcast live an audiovisual immersive installation from the Newton Park Campus at Bath Spa University, UK. Participants at the conference were invited to be part of this work during the two hour session by entering the space to experience it but also to look at it through their mobiles devices. One as a 360° video to be navigated by scrolling the video image to every side. The second method of viewing the work using participant’s phones was by using a google cardboard head sets to experience the work as VR. Seeing themselves being and seeing all at once. In its entirety, the project combines narratives of belonging and displacement with experimental VR and digital techniques to forge an intersection between personal experiences of dislocation, the construction and experiencing of virtual environments and the narratives that emerge within them.
On June 21st The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal hosted a talk with Graeme Ferguson and Janine Marchessault as part of their In Search of Expo 67 exhibition. Unfortunately Graeme was unable to attend the talk and his son Munro Ferguson, amember of the Elastic Spaces network, spoke on his behalf. As such, the talk discussed Ferguson’s co-creation of the IMAX cinematic experience as we know it today, as well as the documentary film Polar Life (1967) shot and directed by Ferguson himself, and first exhibited at the Expo 67 the “Man the Explorer” pavilion. In its exhibition, Polar Life debut as a multi-screen work consisting of eleven stationary screens arranged into a circle. Inside the circle of screens housed four theatres were positioned on a 360 degree rotating platform. The apparatus served as a way for the viewers to experience all eleven screens. In its creation, Polar Life was unique in its sensitivity to the viewer, and as suchit worked to not overwhelm its spectators.
Polar Life is also considered to be a “cinema verite” work, as it was shot intuitively, unscripted and sought to capture the life and culture of the locals within the Canadian North, Alaska, Lapland, and Siberia. As Ferguson suggested, the 360 degree rotating axis also served as a metaphor for the North and South pole, as well as the circle of life.
Marchessault and Ferguson then discussed the idea of the multi-screen format as a medium itself. As such, Ferguson stated that the multi-screen format is in a sense a form of visual or cinematic poetry, largely because within the space between two screens, a metaphorical image is created by the viewer. As Ferguson, also suggested, multi-screen projections appeared as the beginnings of immersive experiences.
This website presents Elastic 3D Space, the international research exploring art practices in relation to human movement, from body movements to human migration. Elastic Space is exploring this theme through technological media such as stereoscopy including 3D video, VR and AR and related technologies, as well older media approaches. It takes the projected or tv screen as a given and looks at the space behind and in front of it, in order to research artistic and social possibilities when technical considerations are no longer a barrier.