Programming News

Maylee Todd - The Fundamentals of Ableton and How to Build a Multimedia Show with Ableton Live

09/03/2024

Artengine is partnering with Pique, as part of their new full roster of programming under the title Topique, to bring you an introductory Ableton workshop with the talented and delightful Maylee Todd.

 

In this workshop Todd will walk the participants through the basics Ableton and share insight into her production and performance process.

 

More on Topique here.

 

Maylee Todd is a versatile multimedia artist who explores the convergence of art, technology, music production, and AR/VR performance. She has crafted immersive multimedia experiences to accompany her self-produced albums, including “Maylee Todd’s Musical Planetarium” (2013), “Inamorata” (2016), “Virtual Womb” (2015-2019), “Psychonaut Experiments” (2018-2020), and her latest release, “MALOO” (2022). Maylee’s innovative approach involves using motion tracking technology to present live digital avatar performances, earning her accolades such as winning ‘Best Creative Campaign’ at the AIM Awards in the UK. She made history as the first avatar to perform live on NPR’s Tiny Desk Home Concert Series and graced the Lincoln Centre in New York with her live avatar performance. In addition to her music endeavors, Maylee will curate the “Woman and Non-Binary In Tech Series” at the Lincoln Centre of the Performing Arts in New York from January to May 2024. Her latest project, “Cerebral Waves: A Live Musical Performance,” combines EEG headband technology to monitor her brainwaves and translates this data into a captivating live musical performance. Stay tuned for her upcoming album with Stones Throw in 2024. Maylee Todd continues to redefine the boundaries of music, technology, and live performance.

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Jesse Stewart @ Pique

09/03/2024

For the upcoming Pique event Artengine will be hosting Jesse Stewart in the Studio. Stewart brings his characteristic artistic ingenuity and exceptional performance skills to the event with an interactive piece for a collection of custom built gongs. Built out from the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) tool, one of the passion projects of seminal composer Pauline Oliveros, Stewart has created a system allowing for the audio to play the gongs without ever touching them.

 

Stewart will perform with the system as part of a launch of the open publication: Jamming the Classroom: Musical Improvisation and Pedagogical Practice. You can access this excellent publication, part of the University of Michigan Press, Music and Social Justice Series, here.

 

More on the AUMI here.

 

https://thisispique.com/jesse-stewart

Annika Walsh shooting Chinese Croquembouche for upcoming Food Conference.

30/05/2023

In the studio this week with Annika Walsh. In her words, “Chinese Croquembouche is a savoury twist on a classic French dessert presented as a durational interactive sculpture. A traditional croquembouche consists of choux pastry puffs piled into a cone and bound together with threads of caramel. Chinese Croquembouche has a savoury filling and is bonded with a sticky, salty maple syrup caramel. Visually, the tower resembles the traditional sweet dessert, it is only upon further inspection with the smell and taste senses, that you are faced with flavours you were not expecting. This edible sculptural piece allows viewers to become participants and contributors as each choux pastry puffs gets removed from the tower for consumption. Chinese Croquembouche demonstrates my approach to food and my experiences as a Chinese Adoptee. My authenticity is continuously challenged, and I am not always what people expect me to look, sound or act like.”

 

Chinese Croquembouche will be presented at the 2023 Canadian Association of Food Studies conference themed Reckonings, Reimaginings and Reconciliations Within and Through Food Systems.
https://foodstudies.info/news-conferences/upcoming-conference/

Art and Science Fiction Residency

12/02/2023

Join Artengine for a residency exploring the potential of science fiction as an artistic framework for imagining alternative futures.

 

This paid residency supports one artist / curator / cultural producer between 15 and 30 years of age to develop artistic research and/or a project that engages science fiction as a form of practice and politics. The residency is supported by the Digital Skills for Youth program, administered by IMAA and funded by the Government of Canada.

 

Application Details

 

Application deadline: February 12th, 11.59 PM EST

Residency dates : February 15th to March 31st

Complete applications to be sent to programming@artengine.ca

 

The residency takes the idea of science fiction as a form of practice, a set of sensibilities, and a methodology, increasingly adopted by artists as a theoretical and aesthetic framework for imagining emancipatory, decolonial concepts of futurity.

 

Potential approaches would include a critical perspective or experimental use of (digital) technology and may include: design fiction, immersive audio, game worlds, bio art, digital fashion, AI interventions, and any other critical and experimental approach to digital technologies.

 

During the residency, you will have access to Artengine’s production facilities and equipment, as well as internal and external mentorship.

 

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle in Conversation

05/12/2022

Cheryl L’Hirondelle in Conversation

2PM, December 5th, 2022

Artengine

2 Daly Ave

Limited Reserved Seating Available. Please contact ryan@artengine.ca for more info.

The session will be recorded and posted soon here on our site.

As part of the Entanglements exhibition we are delighted to host an artist talk and conversation with Cheryl L’Hirondelle. She will discuss her work Nipawiwin Akikodjiwan: Pimizi ohci, her relationship to the eels and her research on interspecies communication.

 

Bio

 

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Cree/Halfbreed; German/Polish)​ is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged artist, a singer/songwriter and a critical thinker whose family roots are from Papaschase First Nation, amiskwaciy wâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) and Kikino Metis Settlement, Alberta. Her work critically investigates and articulates a dynamism of nêhiyawin (Cree worldview) in contemporary time-place with a practice that incorporates Indigenous language(s), audio, video, virtual reality, the olfactory, music and audience/user participation to create immersive environments towards ‘radical inclusion.’

As a songwriter, L’Hirondelle’s focus is on both sharing nêhiyawêwin (Cree language) and Indigenous and contemporary song-forms and personal narrative songwriting as methodologies toward survivance. She has exhibited and performed widely, both nationally and internationally.

L’Hirondelle is the recipient of two imagineNATIVE New Media Awards (2005, 2006), and two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2006, 2007) and most recently a Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (. She holds a master’s degree in Design from OCAD University’s Inclusive Design program (2015) and is a member of the University’s Indigenous Education Council. She is currently completing a practice-based PhD with SMARTlab/University College Dublin, Ireland. Cheryl is also the CEO of Miyoh Music Inc., an Indigenous niche music publishing company and record label.

https://www.cheryllhirondelle.com/home

Negotiating Digital Space in Culturally Significant Storytelling

29/06/2022

Artengine is delighted to be supporting the newly formed organization Mindful Habitats with their online presentation series Negotiating Digital Space in Cultural Significant Storytelling. These series explores the relationship between narrative and our experience of the environment around us.

Check out the upcoming talks below and register on their site to join.

 

The Omnipresence of Screens: Ideal Projections:

Brian Greenspan in conversation with Louise Pelletier: June 29, 2022 10 AM to 12 PM

In the webinar, The Omnipresence of Screens: Ideal Projections, Louise Pelletier examines how different points of view negotiate the role of the image in a digital era, while Brian Greenspan explores the concept of narrative transportation through screens and the visualization of ideal spaces.

Absences and Pluralities of Stories

Zoe Todd and Marc Neveu: July 7, 1 pm – 3 pm EST

In the session Absence and Pluralities of Stories, Zoe Todd discusses institutions and strategies of absenting stories, while Marc Neveu proposes a plurality in the reading of stories embedded in archival drawings.

Translate and Transform

Caroline Dayer and Liam Doherty: July 14, 9 am – 11 am EST

In the session Translate and Transform, Carolina Dayer and Liam Doherty discuss how translation transforms stories, their audience, places, and lives.

Narratives of Familiarity: Empathy in Storytelling

Sojung Bahng and Stephen Foster: July 21, 9 am – 11 am EST

Sojung Bahng and Stephen Foster will discuss the dangers of empathy and other ethical issues as they introduce their work in immersive and interactive documentary storytelling.

Immersive Storytelling: Negotiating Identity

Dylan Paré and Maize Longboat: July 28, 1 pm – 3 pm EST

Dylan Paré and Maize Longboat ask what it means to create a video game or experience that reflects their identities. As they each navigate what it means to create a queer or Indigenous game, respectively, they explore how game design can create a conversation between creator and user.

remixed in residence

01/04/2022
Remixed

Remixed is an immersive listening party that can be experienced at-home or in-person. Together, we travel down the spine of change, connected by our custom app, the portal into the performance. Five years in the making, Remixed gathers true stories of transformation from all over the globe in a personal and multi-faceted meditation on how we instigate change in our lives, in our communities, and in the world. In Remixed, we’re listening for the sound of change.

 

During our Artengine residency, we are developing the immersive environment of Remixed’s in-person version. The design integrates biomimetic and kinetic sculptures that unfurl over the course of the performance. Responsive and playful lighting creates a heightened and collective experience. Ever-changing, the space imitates cycles found in nature and breathes a life of its own. The installation’s movements conceal and reveal listeners, playing with public and private and creating a space of possibility.

 

Credits

Created by: Trophy

Director and Producer: Sarah Conn

Dramaturg and Collaborator: Laurel Green

Environmental Installation Design: Allison O’Connor

Mobile Development / Lighting Design: Guillaume Saindon

Mobile Development: Kieran Dunch

Backend Development: Julien Desautels

Sound Design: Nancy Tam

Decade Music Curation: AL Connors

 

Created in collaboration with community members and change-makers across Canada and beyond.

 

Remixed’s development partners include Artengine, In the Soil Arts Festival, undercurrents festival’s under development program, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. Remixed’s community partners include Parkdale Food Centre, Ottawa Seed Library, and Wellspring Calgary Cancer Support Centre.

Cabin/Traces

06/10/2021

Cabinet is a theater piece set at the end of the world, unfolding for an individual inside an old telephone booth. 2359 Productions has been developing the work over a number of years, originally emerging from the Masters program in the Department of Theater at UOttawa, was included in the National Arts Center’s Zones Théâtrales Festival and this year moves into an exciting new phase of the project. Artengine has been consulting with 2359 Productions, supporting both the technical and conceptual aspects of the project, and this year the work will be in deeper development at the Artengine facility as it prepares for touring later in 2022.