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Colloque Cybercorporéités: Subjectivités Nomades en Contexte Numérique

IMAGE: Generativity 2016, Installation: Nanda D’Agostino Corps collectif: Isabelle Choinière. Crédit Photo: Brian Foulkes

 

Thursday 27 September 2018, 09:30 –  Saturday 29 September 2018, 17:00

DR-200, Pavillon Athanase-David, UQAM, 1430 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal

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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:

http://oic.uqam.ca/en/evenements/colloque-cybercorporeites-subjectivites-nomades-en-contexte-numerique

Festival International du Film Canada Chine: Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition

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

When: September 27th, 2018 at 1:00pm

 

For more information check out the link below:

http://cciff.ca/2018/festival/et/

Reblog: Forest Breath: A Portrait in Progress

By Regan Shrumm, AGGV Assistant Curator

Many of the artworks in Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest are located on Vancouver Island, including Ian Wallace’s Clayoquot Protest, Mike McLean’s Jorden River series, and Leila Sujir’s Forest Breath. But seeing the forest through the medium of photography is a different experience from actually entering the forest. Or virtually seeing the forest through a stereoscopic video for that matter.

Part of the OFFSITE|INSIGHT program, Forest Breath: A Portrait in Progress offered a time for artists, environmentalists, and the Port Renfrew community to encounter a hard-to-reach old-growth forest known as the south Walbran.

Participants walk the Castle Grove Trail in south Walbran | Image courtesy of Deryl Ward

 

Forest Breath: A Portrait in Progress invited Supernatural artists Mike McLean, Kelly Richardson, Carol Sawyer, and Leila Sujir to further the conversation surrounding the exhibition on topics of contested territories, activism, and ecology on August 11. The group traveled to the southern Walbran Valley, the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht Nation. While part of the Walbran Valley was protected in the early 1990s in what is now known as the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, the south Walbran remains unprotected from logging. Facilitated by Supernatural curator Haema Sivanesan, the conversation also included Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones; Peter Cressey, Jessie Demers, and Erika Heyrman from the Friends of Carmanah Walbran; and Torrance Coste and Emily Hoffpauir from the Wilderness Committee.

Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee explaining the trails in the south Walbran | Image courtesy of Haema Sivanesan

 

The stories and words of Bill Jones became especially pervasive throughout the conversation. Bill explained how “life is eternal” using the forest as a symbol of how humans should be living with seven generations in the future in mind. He cited examples of how nurse logs, or fallen trees providing resources for seedlings, support the newer generations even after their demise. His insightful and thoughtful stories about the territory allowed for the other participants to speak personally on what the Walbran meant to them.

Conversation taking place in the south Walbran | Image courtesy of Jorge Zavagno

 

The public then joined the group for a screening of Forest Breath held at the Port Renfrew Elementary School on August 12. Leila’s Forest Breath is a 3D stereoscopic video installation filmed with an IMAX rig with two Sony F65 8k cameras in the south Walbran. Thanks to a special installation with Leila’s technical director Jorge Zavagno, audiences were able to “walk through” the forest as the 3D effect became a layered extension to the gym’s space.

Visitors watch Leila Sujir’s Forest Breath: A Portrait in Progress | Image courtesy of Jorge Zavagno

 

The greater Port Renfrew community was asked to contribute their insights and perspectives by talking directly with Leila. These comments will then be used by Leila to help her finalize installation for a future Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibition.

You can continue to explore the forest through visiting Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest on until September 30 in the Founders, Drury, Centennial, Ker and Lab Galleries.

Feature top image:  Leila Sujir | Forest Breath (work in progress) | 2018 | Image courtesy of Chris Kroitor

 

For more information check out the following link:

http://emagazine.aggv.ca/forest-breath-a-portrait-in-progress/

GALA 2018

GALA  – July 23–30, 2018

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.

Schedule:

July 27

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

For more information check out the link below:

gala2018@concordia.ca

http://www.concordia.ca/artsci/academics/summer/GALA2018/GALA-Conference.html

 

Forest Breath – 2018

Photo:  Leila Sujir’s still from Forest Breath!, 3D stereographic video installation, 2018.

Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibition

May 19, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Forest Breath (10 minutes, Stereoscopic 3D video installation, 2018) 

Forest Breath is a vertical slice of 8k stereoscopic 3D video of the forest. Shot in June 2016, the video records particular moments in the forests around Port Renfrew, primarily in the south Walbran, near Emerald Pool, as well as in the Red Creek Fir area in the traditional territories of the Pacheedaht people.

The resolution of the video allows viewers to stand in a forest of moving pixels. The video space has volume, a blur of colors, as it moves from one space of the forest to another. The space of the video, like the space of the forest, becomes a site of contemplation and research.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in the city of Victoria contains spaces of forests. With the support of the gallery, I have placed the forest here, in the wall of one of the galleries. It is an archive of the time and space in June 2016 when I did a preliminary shoot for the project, Forest Breath.

Closeby to Victoria, along the coast, is Port Renfrew, surrounded by old growth forests; the town, I am being told and have observed, is reinventing itself, no longer depending on what was formerly a resource based economy.

These forests drew me as a space of research and a space of healing.

These west coast forests are also where my mother took me as a young twenty four year old, after a serious operation for cancer. I didn’t die, to my surprise. The forest was where I found wonder and learned how to be alive again.

My aunt Manorama Savur’s last major research project* which she talked extensively to me about was on the destruction of the bamboo forests of India and the resulting desertification as a result of the deforestation, two words which were and still are mysterious to me.

When I started the Forest Breath project, in June 2016, a  year  had almost passed since my mother had passed away, on my birthday, June 19; as a way of anticipating that strange collision, the  anniversary of her death and my birthday, I started this project in the forest.

*Manorama Savur, And the Bamboo Forests in the Indian Forests: What did the Pulp and Paper Industry do? Manohar Publishers, 2003.

Artist: Leila Sujir

Technical Director: Jorge Zavagno

Cinematographer: Chris Kroitor

Camera Assistant: Andréann Cossette-Viau

Production Assistant: Jackson Sujir

Assistant Editor: Daniela Ortiz Sanchez Renero

Sound Recording: Leila Sujir & Jorge Zavagno

Sound Editor: Philippe Battikha

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.

Click here for more information!

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Translational Spaces by Santiago Tavera

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Santiago Tavera’s thesis project,  Translational Spaces, consists of an artist book project, interactive web-project & digital installation, exploring the potential of digital media to simulate the state of a migrant body while being contained in a physical place.

Santiago’s graduating thesis exhibition continues at Agence Topo until April 30th, 2016, where the artist is also doing three reading sessions.

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New project funding, from SSHRC, awarded to Elastic 3D Spaces

“Exploring Elastic 3D Space: Bodies and Belonging” gives three years of project funding for our art project initiatives. April 4, 2016.

Exploring Elastic 3D Spaces: Bodies and Belonging will develop a linked cycle of site-specific artworks that explore urgent global questions of migration, displacement, belonging and empathy, using the immersive potential of stereoscopic 3D (S3D) space. Merging old and new technologies in a custom-built, innovative way, and taking up stories embedded in public policies and places, the art works will use projections onto public structures and within gallery spaces to explore mythologies of belonging. Most broadly, the artworks consider how subjectivity, body and cognition are affected by engagement with 3D stereoscopic technologies. (Stereoscopy refers to a method of viewing or displaying stereographic images that creates or enhances the illusion of depth and volume. Despite its 150-year history and recent commercial revival, stereoscopy’s potential for creating fictional 3D worlds is just now being fully explored by artists, with those in the worldwide vanguard being the partners and collaborators, here).

This SSHRC Partnership Development Project emerges from the on-going collaborations of 12 researchers in stereoscopic 3D virtual spaces, working across an international network. Over three years, researchers from Concordia University, the University of Québec à Montréal, Bath Spa University (UK), Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Canada), University of Sydney and University of Tasmania (Australia) will team up with Janro Holdings (Montreal home of the S3D drawing tool Sandde) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Together, this team of artist-researchers, working with researchers in the fields of Design Interaction, Computer Science and Performance Studies, will develop art projects based in archival fact, artistic fiction and personal stories of migration, investigating across partner sites the potential of 3D stereoscopic space in research-creation. Partners will create artistic works spanning expanded media arts, expanded cinema and interaction, performance design, projection mapping and digital drawing. For instance, principal investigator Leila Sujir will create the Partnership’s lynchpin S3D artwork with partner institution, Bath Spa University’s School of Art (UK). Sujir’s Elastic City Spacey will be an immersive stereoscopic 3D projection for the exterior architectural space of the streets of Bath, inviting visitors to share space with the ghosts of history, to walk into the story. Similarly, with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Sujir will create an interior projection where the viewer can immerse herself, move and interact, feeling through fully embodied engagement, the stories of past characters and the fantasies of future possibilities – with respect to localized, historical questions of place and belonging. The proposed 3-year research project builds on Sujir’s established research-creation practice, which in the last decade has evoked bodily-felt experience of displacement through stereoscopic 3D (S3D) spaces. These are dreamlike and ephemeral, yet capable of offering a sensation of volume, physicality, and presence to the viewer: they move as the viewer moves, giving a sense of space as ‘elastic.’ As conceived here, S3D elastic spaces are sites for viewers to explore other worlds: the virtual space becomes place – paradoxically, where one can experience displacement and empathy – in an innovative, evocative transformation not achieved in conventional virtual space paradigms. The partnership team’s innovative approach takes the investigation of virtual reality out of the more familiar electronic CAVE and into the public street and built environment, and further, proposes that the visitors not be seated/stationary but mobile – approaches that are currently of great industry interest.

The partners and collaborators are guided by a shared an over-arching research focus: we explore how, in the future, when techniques such as 3D stereoscopy mean that everyone can see in a computer-enhanced way, our new sensory capabilities may affect people’s engagement with the places and people around them, our senses of belonging, connection and agency, our creative expression through art-making. Together, the partners aim to create 10 new projects (performative and publication) to be displayed and disseminated in 10 venues worldwide, reaching a wide gamut of audiences; develop ground-breaking new technologies for stereoscopic 3D creation; engage and train 8 student research assistants; and confer and brainstorm at a second-year Summit – developing professional relationships and creative technologies that will be the basis of further collaborations and partnerships.

 

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