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"Signal, an Exhibition of Telematic Art"
2003-05-24 until 2003-06-07
InterAccess Media Arts Centre
SIGNAL - The sound, image, or message transmitted or received in telegraphy, telephony, radio, television, or radar. We receive signals, they pass through and around us - some undetected, others indiscriminately assimilated or consciously ignored - informing and shaping our electronically mediated worldview. Technological advances in electronic communication networks enable one to enter the habitat of endangered species in Africa via webcams or witness presidential palaces destroyed by "smart bombs" in real time, CNN-itized with a slick 3D graphical interface. Far removed from decimated dictators and vanishing exotic species, how do we perceive these transmitted representations of remote events and behaviours? Is technology facilitating our world knowledge by removing spatial boundaries or does the promise of "real-time" experience only lead to more uncertainty when reality can be digitally augmented to suit global infotainment standards or personal agendas?
Wind Array Cascade Machine: Pod
by Steve Heimbecker
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 444
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 24, 2003; 5-7pm
Wind Array Cascade Machine: Pod by Montreal based artist Steve Heimbecker is a digital landscape of the tactile and the ethereal. It consists of an array of sixty-four movement sensors on the roof of the Méduse Artists' Co-operative in Quebec City and sixty-four corresponding light sculptures at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre in Toronto. As the wind blows across the roof in Quebec, the sensors gather real-time data and transmit it though the WWW to the light markers in the Toronto exhibition space. The lights illuminate according to the pressure waves of the wind, showing the audience a visual representation of the pattern related to the amplitude, direction, and wave motion of the wind at the remote location.
by Bill Vorn and Simon Penny
330 Dundas Street West
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 22, 2003; 9-11pm
Bedlam Telekinesis is collaboration between Quebec artist Bill Vorn and Australian artist Simon Penny which explores the creation of mixed or augmented reality through the use of computation and telematics. It is a two-way telematic/telerobotic installation that joins two locations within the DECONism gallery space. An enclosed space in the back of the gallery contains four cameras which capture and record bodily gestures of the visitors. This data is used to determine the behaviour of a vaguely anthropomorphic robot installed in the semi-public space of the gallery window. A fifth camera records the robot and the responses of onlookers, which are then projected in the video, capture space at the back of the gallery. In this way, a highly mediated gestural communication loop is formed by Bedlam.
Curated by Michael Alstad and Camille Turner.