Ottawa: Where strange things can grow

August 4th, 2012

Hey Folks, Thanks for the platform Ryan! It’s a bit of an awkward one for me, I must admit. Some of my city hall colleagues have enjoyed a bit of a chuckle as a result of it. Anyone familiar with my blogging on Richard Florida’s Creative Class Exchange would know why. Ryan is asking some […]

We are not a creative city!

July 27th, 2012

A great conversation is unfolding in the city of Ottawa. The municipal government, local bloggers, culture institutions like Galerie SAW Gallery, social innovation centers and even major media outlets have all endeavoured to help weather a perceived cultural adolescence in the city. What are we? and what can we become? are key questions in growth and development, and we are hoping to add our voice to the dynamic conversation.

#BustOutYOW/ I want to beam your content to the world.

July 10th, 2012

As Critical Resident Blogger across Artengine and Apt613 I want to initiate a project to get to know the readers, makers, and doers within these spaces and this city. I want to draw on the public mandates, philosophy’s and social nature of my hosts – Artengine and Apt613. And, I am keen to push the […]

Interface graphique et art Web; lieux communs?

July 10th, 2012

Depuis Einstein, la physique nous enseigne que l’espace est inextricablement lié au temps. Ce concept est d’autant plus pertinent dans le domaine d’internet et de l’art Web (ou Net-art). Que ce soit dans les sites Web informatifs ou les projets d’arts Web, la modulation que les créateurs influents aux variables espace et temps est essentielle pour déterminer le type d’expérience usager.

Art IN Basel

June 25th, 2012

Every June in the city of Basel, nestled in a corner of Switzerland that kisses both France and Germany, an explosion of art occurs. From Volta, Art Basel, Liste and various local shows, there is an overwhelming number of artworks. I was naïve in thinking two days was enough time to see all I wanted. […]

4 days of magic in the dark/ ELEKTRA & the BIAN

May 14th, 2012

What ELEKTRA has left me with is a sense of warning. New media can be harnessed by creatives and technologists and then pushed to new potential, but overall I’m uncomfortable, in some instances, with using it to produce aggressive works. The world is volatile and I feel the artists role within this situation is to reveal truths and to decode data in order for the public to see it in new ways. If we relay aggression in our work we may perpetuate existing problems and ultimately have difficulty with accessibility to our work.

Elektra Highlight #2

May 4th, 2012

A full day of presentations, vernisages and performances certainly leaves one feeling overloaded, but not so much that I am not looking forward to another day full of information and art. I will choose just one highlight from yesterday and leave the others to digest more fully. Yan Breuleux presented La Tempête during the AV presentation […]

Elektra – Day 1

May 3rd, 2012

This year the Elektra festival has expanded beyond its usual 6 day scale into a month long digital art bienniale with work everywhere around the core of the city and at all kinds of scales. We will post a number of reflections on the projects we experience here on the blog, and I wanted to start with quick mention of the first work I saw yesterday.

Laser Cut Project #2

May 2nd, 2012

Another laser cut project from the lab. This architectural model explores the idea of representing space both as a flat two dimensional “drawing” and a folded model.

Laser Cutting Project #1

May 2nd, 2012

Our Artistic Director has been away at school, and while the organization misses him we know he is bringing back new ideas and lots more experimentation. Over the course fo the last year he has taken a great interest in our laser cutter and has produced a number of projects for school on it. We […]