Video Cache – Activating the Archive: An interview with Mél Hogan

June 29th, 2011

  This interview takes as a starting point the VIDEO CACHE project. Mél’s research into defunct video art repositories online raises many questions about the ephemeral nature of digital culture, and the social/cultural parameters that frame the preservation of and access to such materials. VIDEO CACHE is a research creation project emerging from Mél Hogan’s […]

some notes from transmediale 11

February 14th, 2011

Earlier this month I attended parts of the transmediale 11 festival in Berlin, and I thought I would share some of the ideas and discussions I encountered during my festival meanderings, on subjects like freedom, power, knowledge, privacy and openness…all tied to the main theme of the festival itself: Response:ability. Here are some notes on […]

An Interview with curator and CRUMB co-founder Sarah Cook

October 10th, 2010

What can curators of contemporary art learn from the distributed and participatory systems of new media art? Sarah Cook and Beryl Graham, co-founders of CRUMB (The Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss,, are the authors of the recent volume Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press). While in residence at SAW video in […]

HTMlles Festival 2010 – Call for Proposals

August 16th, 2010

The HTMlles Festival of Media Art + Digital Culture 2010 is currently seeking proposals for its 9th edition, to be held from November 13 to 20, 2010, in Montreal, under the theme of <home> </land>. The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, September 13, 2010, at 9:00 PM. Initiated by Studio XX in 1997, and evolving […]

Vague Terrain 17: Collaborative Spaces

June 26th, 2010

Announcing Vague Terrain 17: Collaborative Spaces The newest issue of Vague Terrain is dedicated to exploring and showcasing a range of strategies for collaboration within the arts. Face to face recording sessions, collaborative editing, event organization, software design, intercontinental AV jam sessions and frequent flyer miles all influence the range of projects curated by Vague […]

Speculating in the network: Ian Wojtowicz’s The Betweeners

May 17th, 2010

On April 17th I participated in a gallery conversation at the opening of the Scandalishious/The Betweeners show at the Centre des Arts Actuels Skol in Montreal. This was the first time that SKOL hosted a conversation between artists, curators and visitors. The discussion that resulted was an interesting and thought provoking entry point into the themes of the exhibition, which juxtaposes works by two artists whose practices take very different approaches to social media as platform, Anne Hirsch’s Scandalishious and Ian Wojtowicz’s The Betweeners. I was particularly captivated by the Betweeners as it touches on some of the issues that interest me about our changing relationship to data and the impacts that emergent data mining practices may have on our interactions in the world.

A lost era of video art?

March 13th, 2010

The fifth DOCAM Summit took place in Montreal this week, the final meeting of this five year SSHRC-funded research project into the documentation and conservation of new media artworks. Some of the challenges shadowing the preservation of media arts heritage include technological obsolescence, the notion of authenticity when applied to digital or variable components, the importance of documenting user experience, and the ways in which the technologies used in a work contribute to its identity.