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Québec at ISEA2010 RUHR

Québec Government Office is deeply involved with ISEA2010 RUHR, promoting contemporary art from Québec. Artists and academics from Québec are very well represented at this years International Symposium on Electronic Art.

The participating artists and academics are:

ISEA2010 RUHR Keynote: Brian Massumi (qc/ca)

In his Keynote Brian Massumi speaks on:
What Makes an Event? Considerations for the Occurrent Arts

The occurrent arts is a name suggested by philosopher Suzanne Langer for arts of the event. Digital media have complicated the question of what constitutes an art event – or for that matter an event in general – by making spatially and temporally distributed events the new norm. What makes an event an event when its occurrence is dispersive: when no unified perspective on it or integral experience of it is possible? The notion of distributed cognition is often appealed to in answer to this question. Does distributed cognition solve the problem, or complicate it further? The questions of distributed events and distributed cognition are not only relevant to art, but also have been a central topic for military theory in the age of netwar. This paper considers some of the questions raised by the notions of distributed events and distributed cognition, in art and war, drawing on the philosophies of experience of William James and A.N. Whitehead.

Brian Massumi is a political theorist, writer and philosopher. He is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montreal. His research focuses on the experience of movement and the interrelations between the senses, in particular in the context of new media art and technology and emergent modes of power associated with the globalisation of capitalism and the rise of preemptive politics.

ISEA2010 Club: i8u (France Jobin, qc/ca)

i8u produziert kraftvoll-komplexe Klangskulpturen auf der Grundlage experimenteller analoger und elektronischer Klänge. Sie wird eines ihrer Sets voll brummender – durch praktisch unhörbar spitze Frequenzen erweiterte – Drones spielen, deren Intensität sich mit dem Lauf der Zeit sanft verändern.
Unterstützt von: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Exhibition TRUST: Sophie Bélair Clément (qc/ca)
Choir piece for 24 voices attuned to the spectrum of frequencies of a sodium lamp powered by 60 hertz

Sound installation, 2008

One method of unmasking delusions and getting a trustworthy grip on reality is to mimic the world. For her work Sophie Bélair Clément analysed the acoustic frequency spectrum of the low humming of neon lamps and subsequently commissioned a choir to perform and sing this sound.
This project is presented in cooperation with the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
About the artist

Sophie Bélair Clément is interested in exhibition circumstances, in information obtained in the course of the documentation process and in the dissonances that derive from attempts at recreations. Her performances and installations, contextually developed in collaboration with cultural workers and musicians, suggest sustained attention to the immediate and mediated space. Bélair Clément lives in Montreal, Canada. In 2010 she is artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

ISEA2010 Ausstellung: Charles Stankievech (qc/ca)
The DEW Project

Site-specific radio installation, 2009

Housed in a geodesic dome, The DEW Project is a remote radio station positioned on the Yukon River, Canada, that continually monitors and transmits the sounds of the river’s ice and underwater flow. Parallel to the radio data transmission there is a video projection showing footage of the Arctic landscape and various communication technologies used throughout the Cold War.
About the Artist

Charles Stankievech’s fieldworks have been included in contexts like the Palais de Toyko (Paris) or the Biennale of Architecture (Venice). He has curated such unorthodox exhibitions as 'Magnetic Norths' and 'A Wake For St. Kippenberger’s MetroNet'. His writings have been included in various academic journals, artist’s catalogues and translated into several languages. Stankievech holds an MFA in Open Media and a BA (honours) with a thesis on Žižek and Kafka. As co-founder of the KIAC School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Northern Canada, he splits his time between the Arctic and Montreal.

ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition und ISEA2010 RUHR
Conference: Christopher Salter (qc/ca)

With Just Noticeable Difference Christopher Salter is presented at ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition.

Just Noticeable Difference is a sensory environment for one person at a time in which total darkness is accompanied by extraordinary small variations of sense stimuli. Barely detectable body motions are sensed and affect the patterns and intensity of a composition of touch, light and sound. The installation explores the fluctuation between noise and order, sensation and sense making directly at the level of bodily perception.
Funded with support from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

About the Artist
Chris Salter is an artist, Associate Professor for Computation Arts at Concordia University and researcher at the Hexagram Institute in Montreal. He collaborated with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe before co-founding the collective Sponge, whose works stretched between artistic production, theoretical reflection and scientific research. Salter’s performances, installations, research and publications have been presented at numerous festivals and conferences around the world. Recently he published the book Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010).

In addition Christopher Salter is taking part at ISEA2010 RUHR Conference.
In the context of Valérie Lamontagne's Panel: Enunciations of Nonhuman Performativity he speaks on: Alien Agencies. Liveness, Materiality and Nonhuman Performativity. He is also taking part in the Motion Lab Panel.

ISEA2010 RUHR Conference: Sofian Audry (qc/ca)

In the frame of the ISEA2010 RUHR Conference Panel Media Gardens Sofian Audry gives an Artist Presentation on:
Absences. Public Art Interventions in Natural Spaces Using Autonomous Electronic Devices

ISEA2010 RUHR Konferenz: Lon Dubinsky (qc/ca)

Im Rahmen des Panels Coded Art spricht Lon Dubinsky zusammen mit Pall Thayer (is) i über:
The Coded Aesthetic Experience

ISEA2010 RUHR Conference Panel: Valerie Lamontagne (qc/ca) with Christopher Salter (qc/ca), Harry Smoak (qc/ca), Patrick Harrop (qc/ca)

In Essen Valerie Lamontagne presents the Conference Panel: Enunciations of Nonhuman Performativity and presents a paper on: Materiality, Posthumanist Performativity, and Wearables.
In addition three more academics from Québec are speaking in the context of that panel:
- Christopher Salter (qc/ca): Alien Agencies. Liveness, Materiality and Nonhuman Performativity
- Harry Smoak (qc/ca): Your Participation Not Required. Machinic Performances
On and Off the Stage
- Patrick Harrop (qc/ca): Metastatic Membranes. Modulations of Threshold

ISEA2010 RUHR Conference: Martin Kusch & Marie-Claude Poulin (qc/ca)

Martin Kusch, Marie-Claude Poulin (qc/ca) are presenting in the context of the Motion Lab Panel. Their topic is:
Passage. A Hybrid of Interactive Installation and Performance

At the Motion Lab is Christopher Salter also presenting a paper. Together with Marije Baalman (qc/ca) he speaks on:
SenseStage. Low Cost Open Source Wireless Sensor Infrastructure for Live Performance and Interactive Real Time Environments

ISEA2010 RUHR Conference: Steve Heimbecker(qc/ca)

Steve Heimbecker (qc/ca) takes part in the panel Interactive Transmission and speaks on:
Wind Space Architecture,Transmission and Sonic Mass. The Turbulence Sound Matrix and FLEX

ISEA2010 RUHR Conference: Erin Manning (qc/ca)

Norah Zuniga Shaw (us) talks with Erin Manning about:
Synchronous Objects and what else with Erin Manning (qc/ca)