Does innovation in culture and commerce mean the same thing?

April 7th, 2016

This past weekend I was honored to be an invited guest at the Canadian Arts Summit hosted in collaboration between Business for the Arts and the Banff Center. The weekend was quite an incredible assembly of cultural leaders, insightful keynote speakers, with senior leaders sharing their depth of experience and a powerful range of emerging leaders presenting their models of working to some of the most important cultural institutions in the country. It was a pleasure to be around such a rich depth of thinking about cultural leadership, and I have returned from their with many critical and insightful thoughts. What follows here is one of set of thoughts about the relationship between the idea of innovation in art and innovation in business … or perhaps better said between the meaning of innovation in culture and commerce.

Elektra Digest

May 17th, 2010

Last week, I headed to Montréal for the 11th incarnation of the Elektra International Digital Arts Festival in Montréal. The five day event attracted artists and industry professionals from as far away as Dakar, Seoul, Istanbul and Shanghai, as well as various countries across Europe and North America, to the cosmopolitan Québeqois city, which is […]

Blogging at the speed of dial up

May 9th, 2010

Elektra is over, and I’m left cold. Not just because it snowed on the last day of the festival, (leaving me no choice but to wear every single article of clothing I had brought with me to MTL at once,)  but because last night’s finale, sadly, fell short of what I was hoping for. We were […]

Agacés? Agissez! Les éléphants dans l’air du temps

April 21st, 2010

It is my pleasure to introduce another blogger to the Artengine team. Mireille Bourgeois is the Programmer at SAW Video, and she brings a rich and diverse curatorial perspective to the blog. Enjoy! -AD (English translation available upon request. Email Deux  semaines passé, j’ai participé au Images Festival et au International Experimental Media Congress […]

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.

Showdown in O’Town (from the sharp mind of Steve Loft)

November 21st, 2008

LETS GET READYYYYYY TO RUMMMMMMMBLE! And so began, Electric Field’s first ever debate on our place as artists and creators in a technological world. Are we masters of our technological world, or have we become the “tools of the tools”? Noted theorists/artists Dana Samuels and Jason Lewis squared off in a head to head battle […]

MTL Bound – PD CON Awaits

August 20th, 2007

The Artengine will be closing up shop for the rest of the week as the gang heads out to Montreal for the Oeuvre Ouverte Congrès PureData Convention, which kicks off tomorrow August 21st, and goes until Sunday August 26th. We will be presenting the work of our two Resident Artists who have created New Works […]

Discipline to be dispenced soon!!!!

June 7th, 2007

The PCC Conference begins next week with a fantastic party on Tuesday. Check out the conference website for all the exiting details!

Performance Creation Canada – Ottawa June 2007

May 15th, 2007

This summer Artengine will be co-hosting Performance Creation Canada, an interdisciplinary nationwide network dedicated to the nourishment, management and study of performance creation in Canada, and the ecology in which it flourishes. We’re really inspired by PCC’s notion of cross-pollination among the disciplines, and we’ve worked really hard to highlight those synapses that occur when […]