Category: Talks and Presentations (page 4 of 5)


On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, The Elastic Spaces art lab invited visiting artist Stephane Querrec (a French artist based in Berlin) to talk about his artistic process at Concordia University with over 30 students, researchers and faculty members. Gathered in the 11th floor resource centre of Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, Querrec shared his exploration of public spaces through the use of video, performance and text-based works. After discussing  his interest in pedestrian spaces to confront, challenge and invite viewers to become active participants in his work, Querrec invited the audience to engage in a conversation to discuss the possible challenges, ethical and technical constraints with these type of works. Querrec focused on his use of text to question the voice of the artist and the spectator, and how to place the work in a middle ground where the message is affected by the general public.

Stephane Querrec’s 5 week residency in Montreal culminated in the creation of his latest project, The Complaint, exhibited at the  Screen Mosaic at the Georges-Émile-Lapalme corridor at Place des Arts. This work opened to general public Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 5pm.

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Visiting artist talk- Stéphane Querrec

The Elastic Spaces art lab is proud to present Stéphane Querrec, a visiting artist from Berlin who is making a work for the Screen Mosaic at the Georges-Émile-Lapalme corridor at Place des Arts, to be launched Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 5pm.

He will also be giving an artist talk:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
4pm  to 6pm
@ Milieux Institute at Concordia University
Room: EV11.705 (11th floor resource centre)

He will talk about his process of working as an artist in the public pedestrian  space at the Place des Arts, addressing the challenges, the ethical and technical constraints,  and his responsibilities as an artist with this project.  This talk will be in English and it’s free and  open to the public.

This event should be of interest to media artists, researchers and students studying  media arts, site specific works, sculptural installation in public spaces and the engagement of viewers in public pedestrian spaces.


Forest! presentation at the IVLA2016


Leila Sujir’s latest project, Forest! was presented during the 48th Annual International Visual Literacy Association Conference at Concordia University, October 7th, 2016. This was part of a walkthrough presentation series during the conference.


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.

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Forest! at the Hexagram UQAM | Concordia Open House


Leila Sujir’s latest project  Forest! was presented during Montreal’s Media Art University Laboratories tour at UQAM October 18th, 2016.

 More information here


Entertainment Technology Summit at CCIFF 2016


Charalambos Poullis, Leila Sujir and Santiago Tavera presented their research and latest projects September 17, 2016 at the Entertainment Technology Summit part of the Festival International du Film Canada-China 2016 at Concordia University.

The Entertainment Technology (ET) Summit will be crucial in constructing a platform of mutual academic learning and communication in the field of film production. Film technology specialists will discuss and exchange thoughts on cutting-edge film technology. CCIFF will also invite international keynote speakers and well-known Canadian and Chinese film companies to participate in the summit. The ET Summit will offer an informative and dynamic atmosphere and opportunities for networking and discovering new technology.

The ET Summit will be held on September 17, 2016, at 9:00am. Film technology specialists will discuss multimedia technology and post-production skills, and brainstorm with the other film producers on near and long-term possibilities for collaboration. CCIFF will also invite famous Canadian and Chinese film and entertainment companies to participate, providing the summit with an informative and dynamic atmosphere and offer opportunity for networking and forming co-production initiatives.

Co-organized by: Department of Computer Science & Sofeware Engineering (CSE), Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science (ENCS), Concordia University

Supported by: Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science (ENCS), Concordia University


Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition 


Presentation at Besides the Screen conference, Coventry, UK

Anthony Head and Leila Sujir presented their research on Elastic Space at the 2017 Besides the Screen conference at Coventry University in July 20-22nd. The conference was a mix of film studies, philosophy and art practice and participants were able to experience the Leila and Anthony’s presentation with 3D anaglyph glasses. The presentation included a number of projects including Elastic City Spacey (Sujir 2015), Tulipmania (Sujir 2005) and iMigration (Head 2016).

Leila Sujir also discussed her recent visit to British Columbia, CA, filming in ancient forests for a new project. It was interesting to discover how other presentations also shared Elastic Space themes, including migration, projection and old technologies.

Besides the Screen is an AHRC International Networks funded event.


Leila Sujir Presents at Mat’Inno: la réalité virtuelle

Leila Sujir talked about the use of immersive technologies within the arts and how they are being used by many digital artists. This presentation was moderated by Martin Lessard (reporter at the radio show La Sphère on ICI Radio-Canada Première) and also invited Prof. Michael J. McGuffin from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).  During the 4th edition on May 19th, and presented during Printemps Numérique- Montreal, the topic focused on virtual reality and innovation related to immersive environments.

About Mat’Inno:
In partnership with the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montreal, the Quartier de l’innovation organizes 5 morning conferences on hot topics throughout the year. Montreal is the biggest academic city in Canada and this event gives the opportunity for professors from our member universities to present their academic expertise in a dynamic environment. The overall objective is to give citizens and members of the business community insights into a variety of markets and business sectors.

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Sam Meech, Manchester School of Art, visiting artist

Sam Meech, visiting artist from Manchester, UK,  participated in critiques with the undergraduate Intermedia 332, exploring the intersections of Performance Art & technology and visited with us in the Milieux studio. March 28, 2016.

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