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Call For Submissions: International Journal of Creative Media Research

Photo by: Neil Glen 
Artist: David Stephenson and Martin Walch 
Artwork: “Lake King William – Every Day of November 2014”

We are pleased to announce that our partners at Bath Spa University are now accepting submissions for their annual Award in Creative Media Research, an offline journal extension that provides researchers with an opportunity to produce, curate and disseminate creative media-based research for a unique platform and audience.

The MediaWall is an architectural scale portrait format gallery, consisting of ten 55″ panels and standing 4 meters wide and 7.5 meters tall. For more information and to make a submission, visit the link below!

https://www.creativemediaresearch.org/

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

 

Polar Life | Munro Ferguson

(Photo Credit CinemaExpo67.ca)

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, a member 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 such it 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.

Besides the Screen 2017 Conference | Brazil

Anthony Head and Santiago Tavera have been invited to the Besides the Screen 2017 conference from March 31st to June 2nd at the Federal University of Espirito Santo, in Vitoria, Brazil. Besides the Screen is an international research network that aims to reconfigure the field of screen studies within art. This conference brings together artists and academics that explore digital art to frame growing trends in spatialized image art projects, addressing the new possibilities of digital technologies.

During the 7th Besides the Screen conference- Unfolding Images, VR, Volumetric Filmaking and Spatial Control; Anthony Head will be presenting his project, 3D House Visualisation, exploring real-time sensing in a home environment with University of Bristol. Santiago Tavera will present his research on translational and elastic spaces as digital and physical experiences of dislocation and disembodiment. Head and Tavera’s immersive media works, expand the cinematic experience into sensorial and interactive spaces that reframe physical sites, but through different approaches. Elastic Spaces: Projected Narratives of Being and Belonging will further develop by working together on a workshop Head and Tavera are organizing with collaborator and artist Laura Acosta for the International Symposium on Electronic Art and the International Images Festival in Manizales, Colombia in June 2017.

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