[Pdmtl] Installation FLOCK [in] by PLAN B

Marc Fournel fournel.marc at gmail.com
Tue Nov 21 15:13:16 EST 2006

* *FLOCK [in]
*PLAN B [Marc Fournel and Thomas Ouelette Fredericks]

Curated by Caroline Seck Langill

*Installation view of *FLOCK [in],* Plan B, 2006.

*Opening Reception Friday November 24th, 7:30 pm
lan B): Monday, November 20, 7-10 pm (please read on for more information!)
Exhibition runs November 25, 2006 - January 13, 2007

InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

InterAccess is pleased to present *FLOCK [in]*, an exhibition of two new
works that employ interactive immersive technologies created by the
collaborative PLAN B, (new media artists Marc Fournel and Thomas Oulette
Fredericks). Curated by Caroline Seck Langill, this exhibition invites the
viewer to pick up, hold, and position a trio of colorful fur-covered
spherical interfaces within the gallery. Oddly reminiscent of techno-color
Star Trek tribbles, these interfaces trigger a barrage of imagery and sounds
that migrate throughout the space in an open-ended pattern, much akin to the
movement of a flock of birds.

Using a generic simulated flocking creature called "boids," the artists are
exploiting abstract algorithms as a distribution system for imagery and
sound that is controlled by the unpredictable actions of the viewer.

Please join us for a special opening reception on *Friday November 24, 7:30
pm* at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, 9 Ossington Avenue.
 Artists Marc Fournel and Thomas Ouelette Fredericks will be present. *FLOCK
[in] *is programmed as part of InterAccess' Year Without Wires, a year of
new media and audio installations that bring focus to site-specific audio.

More information about the artists, curator, and works in the exhibition:

*Marc Fournel* is an "undisciplinary creator," a jack of all trades and an
independent coffee drinker active in media art since 1995. Fournel's
artistic practice includes video and sound single-channel works and
interactive audio and video installations. His present art research focuses
on social dynamic, sound algorithms, biological structure digital images,
innovative interactive systems and immersive environments. He curated and
organized many media art events (in production and presentation) and was
deeply involved in the Canadian independent media art scene. A founding
member of the collective Vitamin Beziehungen (an artists' and researchers'
collective focusing on cybernetic and art practice) and associate researcher
of the LMI (Interactive Media Lab, Department of Communication at the
Université du Québec à Montréal), Fournel lives, loves, eats and works in
Montreal. More information about Fournel can be found at

**Thomas Ouellet Fredericks* is an independent artist, a part-time
university teacher and a consultant. After completing a Master's degree in
communications at Université du Québec à Montréal in 2003, he specialized in
the creation of interactive installations, whose user interfaces are modeled
on behavioural and psychological contemporary research. Fredericks' work
often uses biological elements, or their simulation, and poses a definite
emphasis on the sense of touch. For the last year he has been investigating
the emergence of complex reactions from densities of simple agents
propagated in the physical space, resulting in the latest collaborative
piece, *Flock*. He is a proud member and active participant of the open
source and Creative Commons movements. Fredericks' work has been shown
nationally and internationally. He lives and works in Montreal. More
information about Fredericks can be found at < *
* >

*Caroline Seck Langill* is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and
independent curator living in Peterborough, Ontario. She is a doctoral
candidate in Canadian Studies at Trent University, where she is looking at
the contestation of the exhibitionary complex by artists working with
technology, and the exclusion of early electronic media from the Canadian
art historical canon. Langill is also a 2006 researcher in residence at the
Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology in Montreal. Her
videos, films and installation works have been exhibited nationally and in
the U.K.

*FLOCK* uses the boids' Pure Data external (developed by Eric Singer, Jasch
& Andr Sier, Simon Fraser and Craig Reynolds). Andy Farnell's Pure Data
patches provided inspiration for parts of the audio engine created for *
FLOCK*. All other programming in *FLOCK* and *[in]* is original work from
Plan B. The artists want to thank the Pure Data community and the Daniel
Langlois Foundation.

InterAccess gratefully thanks the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts
Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Trillium

*Media Contact*: Swintak, Programming Coordinator (416) 599-7206 or
email <*swintak at interaccess.org

For information directions on how to get to InterAccess by car or TTC:

*InterAccess is a not-for-profit, artist-run centre that enables artists and
the general public to explore the intersections of art and technology. Our
mission is to expand the cultural space of technology.
*InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
*9 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6J 2Y8
Telephone 416-599-7206
Facsimile 416-599-7015

*Website* <*http://www.interaccess.org/* >
*General inquiries*: <*helpme at interaccess.org*>
*Gallery hours*: Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5 pm

Marc Fournel
fournel.marc at gmail.com
SKYPE: marcfournel
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