Electric Fields

Electronic Music and Media Arts Festival

Electric Fields is a biennial festival dedicated to the presentation of new and significant performance and installation works created at the crossroads of art, science and technology. Started in 2003 as a collaboration between Galerie SAW Gallery and SAW Video, Electric Fields is now in its third edition. The festival strives to bring a snapshot of the most innovative Canadian and international electronic art, from music performance to installation, to the nation’s capital, and this year we hope to raise the bar for not only the festival but for the city itself.

Start: 13/11/2008

End: 28/11/2008

This year also marks a significant rebirth of Electric Fields. With the general direction of the festival now within Artengine, we strove to foster a network of organizations enabling us to bring Ottawa-Gatineau a unique experience on the scale that these artists deserve.


This collaboration of art institutions, media art production centers, film presenters and promoter/DJs, as well as other festivals, demonstrates the importance of the intersection of art and technology. Each of them have already expanded beyond the traditional definitions of the discipline at the heart of their organizations, presenting visual art that is no longer just visual, music that is not really music, club nights that are not just a party or video and film that has little to do with tape, glass tubes or celluloid. This messy spill-over between disciplines is almost always a given when artists creatively engage with technology, and what Electric Fields does is highlight and coordinate the spill-over to create an audience experience that is at once fragmented and seamless.


We are delighted at the collaborations that enabled this festival to grow to the size it should be, and want to thank everyone who helped make this happen. We hope that the experience for you, the audience, is as fun and rich as it has been for us here at Artengine.


Electric Fields is presented by Artengine and SAW Video including co-presentation with The Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, The Canadian Film Institute and Daimon




Event Program

Thursday, November 13th 2008
Festival launch
Vernisage: Sophie Bélair Clément
artinjun.ca Web Launch: Cheryl L’Hirondell

Friday, November 14th 2008
Electronic Evangelicals
Big screens and big sound in a big church. Audio-visual fantastic!
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the arts and humanities

Saturday, November 15th 2008
Artist Talk: Danny Perreault and Thomas Ouellet Frederick (Tvestroy)
Join these artists for an in detailed demo of the complex experimental electronic work. DAÏMÕN

Sunday, November 16th 2008
Technology vs Democracy Debate hosted by Steven Loft
Library and Archives of Canada

Tron Screening
Library and Archives of Canada

Monday, November 17th 2008
Vernisage: Reverse Engineered
Alexandre Castonguay and Mathieu Bouchard
Carleton University Art Gallery

Wednesday, November 19th 2008
Screening: Video Music
New works of visual music.
The Ottawa Art Gallery

Saturday, November 22nd 2008
Closing Party
Acadian and Aboriginal Hip Hop Night
Club SAW