In having been asked to lead off this discussion, the relevant issue that comes immediately to mind is a about autonomy and/or integration. Should new media be afforded a special or separate artistic status in comparison with more traditional media? Is this what artists want? If so then is the challenge for a contemporary curator to recognize distinction before integrating media arts into the fold of contemporary art and exhibitions? Doesn’t the nature of new media art itself often aim to challenge the very nature of traditional (gallery) art viewing contexts and behaviour? Isn’t it possible to accept that all contemporary art, from new media, to photography to painting are more or less different branches of one big diversely coloured tree? On the face of it I have always looked upon media arts this way, as one avenue artists have open to them for exploration. Of course particular knowledge and aptitudes are required (as they are for any artistic medium) but if the goal is to create an art object then is there really that much difference when it comes to reconciling media arts with everything else? Or do I have this all wrong? Like language laws enacted to protect the cultural fabric of a minority community within the broader mainstream, is this how those who speak in media art’s name feel with respect to the governing structures of the contemporary art world; i.e. that to make all sides compete as though the playing field is equal is to place the distinctiveness of what makes media art media art at risk?
What better way to finish the night then to have a party. Great party was had at the Civilization Museum with the boys from A Tribe Called Red
Swim Sound was so popular that they added a second performance last night. I went to the first performance and was very jealous I couldn’t get into the water. Something about electronics, water and me not being a great swimmer that doesn’t mix.
Hope you got the chance to witness Church Music because there’s no way to explain what happened. It was a truly great evening. Well done Jean François Laporte, Martin Bédard and Roger Tellier-Craig. photos by Rémi Thériault
I’ll be guest photo blogging for ArtEngine as part of Electric Fields 2011. There’s a good crowd that gathered on opening night at Bytown Museum for Polytectures. Montréal’s Antoine Bédard (Montag) is producing a narrated walking experience that guides you through the architecture of downtown Ottawa. 12 local composers and musical groups have translated key buildings [...]
I imagined that a soundwalk in the city that was not so much about the history of its architecture but about the experience of the architecture through music compositions. I was aware that there was a trend in different art forms for site specific creation but I never thought that it could apply to music writing. And that’s what Polytectures consists in really: asking a team of composers to write a music piece that is meant to be listened to in a very specific space, in contact with a specific building.
Victoria Cote is a recent graduate from the Undergraduate program in Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. She was honored by Artengine for her work in the media arts, and her contribution to the graduating class show.
My abstract sculptural installation Untitled (pillars) explores and emphasizes the quality and texture of acrylic plexiglass tubing. By challenging the material and depicting its visual characteristics in different ways, I am able to encourage the viewer to more closely analyze the work. The repetitive process in which I work culminates in organic shapes and abstract sculptural forms.
White Wedding to the Snow By: Kate Barry I met a colleague at the Manx pub a couple months ago and she handed me a piece of paper with Annie Sprinkle’s email address on it, then she said “I think you should contact her, Annie is interested in giving an artist talk at the University [...]
The Philosopher Cube is , conceptually, an alien cube that has landed beside Rideau Centre, a shopping mall in Ottawa, looking for answers to some typically philosophical questions in an attempt to better understand the human race. Using a combination of C++, OpenGL, and 3D projection mapping techniques an illusion of this strange cube floating in front of Rideau Centre at the corner of Nicholas and Daly avenue, and manipulating the wall behind it to form its questions, is created.
What a great trip. It is one of those things for which some benefits are immediately quantifiable, but for which many will show themselves a few years into the future. On a very basic level, seeing how other countries regard contemporary art and how they situate it within their respective societies is interesiting and, in [...]