If you’re in Germany this summer…

July 27th, 2010

…Museum Folkwang, Essen, is presenting Hacking the City – Interventions in public and communicative spaces. 16 July to 26 September 2010 www.hackingthecity.org “Hacking the City” is an innovative project reacting to changing structures in the public, mobility and communication in the city. The project is mainly focussed on Essen, Cultural Capital Ruhr.2010. Participants are artists, nerds, […]

Events and calls from Monday May 17

May 17th, 2010

G’morning artengineers! These three events came to my attention this morning, and I’m now passing them onto you! The 9th version of the Deep Wireless festival of Radio & Transmission Art is being held in Toronto May 1 – 30, 2010. It is a month-long celebration of radio and transmission art including performances, installations, radio […]

Edwin van der Heide Laser Sound Performance Ottawa May 10

May 12th, 2010

House of Orange, a two week celebration of Dutch and Canadian culture, held as part of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops during World War Two, kicked off with a spectacular presentation of Edwin van der Heide’s Laser Sound Performance, Monday May 10 at the Mercury Lounge. Presented last week at Elektra, in the […]

The future is open

April 15th, 2010

The city of Ottawa is slowly opening up to a more transparent future thanks to some passionate and intelligent people working both in and outside the city infrastructure. Open Data Ottawa is loose collection of developers that formed to organize a hackfest and work with the city of Ottawa into a new era of data distribution. The basic idea […]

Pecha Kucha in Ottawa

January 18th, 2010

This clever little ideas sharing concept is coming to Ottawa this month. It started in Tokyo a number of years ago mainly focusing on networking young designers. The concept for the night is simple and quick. You get 20 slides at 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds of speaking […]

Nite Ride . . . from the keyboard of Jonathan Shaughnessy

November 13th, 2009

Tim Hecker and Marla Hlady took divergent yet highly effective approaches to what they had to work with in Nite Ride: a plush bus outfitted with a 5.1 surround sound stereo system. Hecker used it, the sound system that is, Hlady did not.

Soundtrack to Oblivion

November 3rd, 2009

When I was invited to experience Nite Ride and spooge a bit of my mind thoughts on this here blog, I was preparing for yet another road stint with the ol’band (Acorn) to Halifax. I was concerned at how dull my senses would be having driven across Canada about three times, the US-and-a-half once, and bits of Europe a few times. My road soldiering has produced an experiential callous to transient sound forging experiences with the moving world. Or in other words, my excessive traversing of vast lands accompanied by soundtracks may be a detriment to enjoying this ride like a condom. I was wondering if my psychological health would be suitable to write about this project after having returned from a 13-hour drive. Luckily, I had a couple days to nest, re-humanize and to alter the beast.

promade tardive par un samedi soir pluvieux

October 27th, 2009

Nite ride = trajet de nuit Mon premier trajet de nuit n’a pas été de tout repos. Vendredi dernier, soirée d’ouverture de l’événement, où je me faisais un devoir d’assister au départ du bus, j’ai couru à travers la ville, et j’ai manqué chaque ride comme une reprise sans fin d’un faux départ. J’ai finalement […]

(Nite) ride through Tim Hecker’s imaginary country

October 26th, 2009

Last Friday I scurried along the cold, damp Ottawa streets to Arts Court, to catch the first departure of Tim Hecker’s Nite Ride presentation. Commissioned by artengine, Tim Hecker re-mixed previously released music from his back catalogue into 5.1 surround sound, to be played by speakers installed in a rented mini-bus as it drove around the Outaouais.

Nite Ride: Expanding our Sonic Horizons

October 14th, 2009

From the computer of Emily Falvey . . . Like many people, I both fear and love the dark. I love the feeling of hushed anonymity it spreads over the landscape, and yet I also find this obscurity disquieting. Night drives are, without doubt, my preferred way to experience darkness-a middle ground in which the […]