Media Exhibit

Media Exhibit

The Small Packages reception will feature video and audio works by MA, PhD, and undergraduate researchers and artists.

Video and slide works:

Tristan Matheson, “Contagious Matters” and “Mycelium Animation”

This 3D video shown as part of Contagious Matters allows the viewer to visually correlate common social concepts found in ethnographic study and social laws, e.g., opposition, influence, repetition, etc. All the cells seen in this video are cancer cells, spatially and temporally splitting and communicating with each other. This form of observation adopted and adapted, by taking the method from humanities and used in scientific observation, allows for different meanings and allows for common occurrences found between the co-existence with cancer cells and the cancer patient (micro and macro culture).

Tristan Matheson is a Montreal based interdisciplinary researcher/artist, who is currently completing a Masters in Communication/Media Studies at Concordia University. His hands-on experience with cell culture at the Pelling Lab for Biophysical Manipulation at the University of Ottawa has allowed Tristan to further investigate the intersections of art, science, technology and culture. Tristan’s current research focuses on cancer culture, the disease’s impact on human existence and the micro-cultures’ social interactions exhibited under microscopes. Through the use of time-lapse technology, these social contagious events are captured and digitally projected as a symbolic examination of the social study taken in the lab. Website: www.trifektionart.net

Santiago Tavera, “www.dssots.com” and “The Novels of Elsewhere (in collaboration with Laura Acosta)”

www.dssots.com is an interactive website full of animated GIFs, digital drawings, 3D animations, and sounds. This digital hyperlink journey takes users through architectural sketches, structures, and environments that are as dynamic as they are still. This looping maze parallels the participant’s own interaction and experience with the digital. Perhaps frantic, multiple, overlapped, and infinite, the level of interaction with the site is determined only by the time available and desire to be in it, with no beginning or end. This interactive website presents 53 webpages of different Digital Architectural Environments, each with their unique virtual landscapes. The visual narrative of the website shows schematics of 3D drawing animations, models of virtual architectures, and drawings of structures in translation that explore the temporal and spatial motion of light and shadows. These digital architectures are animated spatial collages that repeat infinitely.

For the past three years Laura Acosta and Santiago Tavera have been collaborating on creating autonomous ecosystems that explore perception and interactivity materially, spatially and digitally. Laura’s fibre based characters have infiltrated Santiago’s digitally animated fields, offering spaces of constant translation between cognition and re-cognition of places through play. THE NOVELS OF ELSEWHERE is an animated video that works as an apparatus of gadgets composed of arrhythmic sounds, erratic movements, colors, lights, lines and forms, that are intended to stimulate the imagination of the public. The video presents digital structures in constant movement, as a digital floating environment, containing the characters that inhabit them. Through audio-visual elements, we aim to build surreal and virtual fables, with the objective of generating an aesthetic experience for the audience. In our hinging state towards a mechanical future, we are in a network of entanglement where virtual realities and physical materialities can only converge in imagination.

Santiago Tavera is an interdisciplinary digital artist born in Colombia. He migrated to Canada at a young age where he began his exploration of digital culture and its relation to the experience of a transmigrating body. Santiago uses digital media as a tool for experimentation that can simulate a state of disembodiment. His creative-research explores digital media and its capacity to alter visual and spatial perception. His work examines viewers’ sensory stimulation within the digital realm and the physical one, exploring the effects digital media has on social interactions, communicational skills, inhabitation of spaces and notions of time. Santiago’s digital drawings work as blueprints for potential immersive installations and interactive projects. Santiago holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) with a Specialization in Visual Arts and a Major in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently completing his Masters in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, where he currently resides.

Laura Acosta is an interdisciplinary artist with a special focus on fibres techniques and performance mediums. Her research revolves around the behavioural patterns and  boundary negotiations that constitute identity. In her work she explores the emergence of new spaces through the creation of body extensions, movement and story telling. She applies color and imaginative movement to public places in order to claim subjective uses of space. Laura has attained an advanced diploma in Fine Arts from Fanshawe College, as well as an interdisciplinary Bachelor in Fine arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a special focus on textile practices. She is currently completing a Master in Fine Arts in Fibres and Material studies at Concordia University in Montreal.

Magdalena Olszanowski, “Dear Loyola Garden, I love you,” “Invisibilis,” and “Continuous Take.” 

Dear Loyola Garden, I love you is a love letter to the Concordia University Loyola Campus Garden. Shot & edited by me in one afternoon on a Barbie Doll Cam that protrudes from her chest (Montreal 2011) barbie.com/videogirl/Continuous Take is five of twenty continuous minutes of holding my camera while trying to negotiate my IV stand (Hopital Saint-Louis, Paris, France 2011). Invisibilis is love letter to Leslie Spit, Toronto. Shot on 16mm Bolex, then shot with a 7D on a white wall to digitize it.

Magdalena Olszanowski is an artist, part-time instructor in Communication Studies and Women’s Studies, and PhD candidate at Concordia University.  Her work can be found in journals such as Feminist Media Studies and Visual Communication Quarterly. Her dissertation is focused on the feminist internet histories of the 1990s. She is also currently working on, microfemininewarfare, a documentary featuring women experimental electronic music composers. Website: raisecain.net

 Tim Belliveau, “3D Printed Glasswork” and “Infinite Roadtrip”

‘3D printed Glasswork’
I began this project by looking for ways to 3D print molds for glassblowing that could be used directly with very high temperatures. In 2015, with the help of a Concordia University Hexagram grant, I made a 3D printed bronze alloy and blew glass into it creating a series of 20 glassworks. The video shows this process.
‘Infinite Roadtrip’
This animation was designed to travel through a landscape which was built as a giant loop, moving from a city to wilderness. The rendering was done with the help of Concordia University’s Games Lab and Stuart Thiel.

Tim Belliveau was born in Montréal and worked in Calgary as a founder of Bee Kingdom glass studio for the last ten years. He received his BFA from The Alberta College of Art and Design and taught there. He also worked for a number of years with Pilchuck Glass School and assisted with the launch of Berlin’s first public glass school, Berlin Glas e.V. He is currently completing an MFA at Concordia University and researching 3D print techniques for glass.

Marilyn Sugiarto, “Get Dirty: Toxic Tourism in Guild Wars 2”

Since virtual spaces are constructed based on wider social understandings of the relationship between people and the environment, critically analyzing how these spaces are aestheticized and utilized for activity highlights larger social concerns in environmental communications in the physical world. Get Dirty: Toxic Tourism in Guild Wars 2 highlights the problematic representation of corrupted environments.The short video is framed as a mock travel ad to highlight the similar methods that video games and the travel industry aestheticize the environment as areas constructed for human activity, play and leisure.

Marilyn Angela Sugiarto is a first year MA in Media Studies student focusing on the complex social dynamics of virtual online spaces. Although she is mostly focused on developed systems within these spaces (such as virtual economies, and community building tools), questions of representation of the virtual environment itself is a topic of significant interest.

 Sami Zenderoudi, “Contact”

Presented through a quad screen, Contact explores the connection between the Montreal subway system and Expo 67. Engaging with André Jansson’s The Production of a Future Gaze at Montreal’s Expo 67, the film draws comparisons between Expo 67’s conceptions of the future and the spatial construction of the Montreal subway. The film seeks to deliberate upon the impact of built-environments on our perception of reality.

Sami Zenderoudi is a current Graduate Diploma student in Communication Studies at Concordia University. With a previous Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and a background in video production, his research interests lie in examining representations of nature in film, and exploring the relationship between film culture and human interactions with nature. You can contact him at samizenderoudi(at)gmail(dot)com

Camille Jemelen, “Fence”

An interdisciplinary media and performance artist currently based between Montreal and Berlin. As part of her MA work, she recently filmed and edited step, a 45-minute experimental film through which she is reflecting upon notions of collaboration, movement and representation in experimental cinema. She is particularly interested in performative situations where sensible human bodies co-compose movement in relation with non-human bodies and their immediate environment. Her movement language is influenced by cats, seaweeds, steppe, queer performativity, memories and daydream

Camille Jemelen aka Käse is an interdisciplinary media and performance artist currently based between Montreal and Berlin. As part of her MA work she recently filmed and edited step, a 45 minutes experimental film through which she is reflecting upon notions of collaboration, movement and portraiture in experimental cinema. She is particularly interested in performative situations where sensible human bodies co-compose movement in relation with non-human bodies and their immediate environment. Her movement language is influenced by cats, seaweeds, steppe, queer performativity, memories and daydreaming. Video stream at: vimeo.com/camillejemelen

Danica Evering and Helena Krobath, “Tanker Trails.”

Tanker Trails is a series of postcards addressing the unseen operations of consumption through an exploration of cargo ship movement in and out of the Port of Montreal. As field-workers, we seek access to forbidden spaces of mass transport. As research-creators, we uncover and convey intricacies and nuances of global shipping systems and their implications for living environments.

Danica Evering is a metaphorist, imposter, and warrior queen of German descent from Cobourg, Ontario. She is currently pursuing an MA in Media Studies at Concordia where she is writing theory poems about how artists can wrestle complexly with power. She is an editor-at-large with Publication Studio Guelph (an independent publisher) and a board member of Kazoo! (a new music and art festival and year-round music series).

Helena Krobath studies sound, sense, political economy, and place. She is currently a student in the Media Studies MA program at Concordia University and creates visual and sound art. Audio stream and Website: soundcloud.com/mutinyandmayhaps and mutinyandmayhem.com

Nessa Ghassemi, “(Re)Working Bodies”

Répétition. Corps travaillants – corps (re)travaillants – dont le but est de produire un mouvement esthétique. Plus que cela, à chacun sa propre signature, à chacun sa particularité; sa production d’expression créative personnelle. À chaque répétition du mouvement techniquement pareil, quelque chose de nouveau se produit – le mouvement n’est jamais le même. (Re)Working Bodies suit le mouvement des élèves de la classe de 3e de l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, cherchant à explorer le processus d’assimilation et de production des mouvements de danse, ainsi que la manifestation d’expression créative unique à chacun.
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(Re)Working Bodies follows the third year students at l’Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal. Indirectly speaking – speaking nearby – I propose that more than just working bodies, the dancers are re-working bodies, constantly repeating and reworking movement in a way that allows their individual signatures to be expressed. This film was made in the context of Lisa Stevenson’s ANTH 408: Sensory Ethnography class at McGill University.
Montréal, Fall 2014

Nessa Ghassemi-Bakhtiari graduated from the McGill School of Environment in 2015 and currently studies at Université de Montréal in Digital Arts and Communications. In a world confronted with climate change, her current research-creation seeks to explore contemporary identity politics arising from displaced communities and migration. She situates her work at the intersection of sensory ethnography, feminist studies, and climate justice. 

Simone Lucas

The River (A Fantasy) investigates the geographical and cultural construction of rivers through the creation of a short film. Using a collage methodology, it interlaces images of Montreal’s Saint-Lawrence River with found footage from fiction films.

Simone Lucas is an MA student in Media Studies at Concordia University. She earned her Honours BA in Women’s Studies and Communication Studies at McGill University. She is passionate about the intersections between activism, research, film making and education.

Audio works:

Leticia Trandafir (DJ softcoresoft), “Post-hibernation” (live DJ set) 

Tracks are excerpted from softcoresoft’s opening set for the last Majical Cloudz show in Montreal (Sala Rossa // March 10, 2016)

Leticia Trandafir is a student in Media Studies Master’s program at Concordia University, as well as a DJ and electronic music producer under the name ‘softcoresoft’. She is active in the local electronic dance music scene, especially in the queer techno scene. Her music selections can also be heard monthly on Montreal’s independent radio station n10.as. Audio stream and Website: soundcloud.com/softcoresoft and softcoresoft.com

Helena Krobath, “The Invisible Port (Tanker Trails)”

This audio piece is excerpted and remixed from a longer piece created in Communications 642: Environment for Change with Professor Elizabeth Miller. The full piece considers the Old Port and the operating port together. This excerpts asks how I can imagine industrial and transportation processes that happen out of sensory reach. It loosely correlates pitch and duration of sounds to the size and distance travelled by the bulk carriers and tankers in the Port of Montreal during February 13 and 14, 2016 (most of them carrying explosive liquid or explosive chemicals).  To create my ships, I mixed sounds of maritime propellers (from the San Francisco Maritime Museum digital audio archive) with steel guitar strings and my voice. These choices reflected my research into heritage constructions of public space and my role in both this project and the consumption of shipped goods. I re-composed the sounds to create a musical space where, with the research context in mind, listeners could imaginatively follow the cargo ships for a while.

Helena Krobath studies sound, sense, political economy, and place. She is currently a student in the Media Studies MA program at Concordia University and creates visual and sound art. Audio stream and Website: soundcloud.com/mutinyandmayhaps and mutinyandmayhem.com

Elizabeth Moncion and Jackie Batsinduka, “Adagio”

This piece was created in Sound I (Communications) as an exercise in manipulating an everyday sound into a sonic vignette. We chose to use the sound of metal tapping on a fire alarm bell, and experimented with both the initial attack of the bell as well as the long tail that echoed it. Our goal was to create a melodic, ambient track by using different effects to shift the pitch, tone, and duration of the sounds to create rhythm and musicality.

Elizabeth Moncion is a second year Undergraduate student at Concordia University majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Film Studies. She enjoys creating both audio and video media, as well as exploring issues surrounding media culture. 

Jackie Batsinduka is a first year Concordia student, majoring in Communications Studies. Her interests in the program lie in video and sound production. After her undergraduate degree, she hopes to further develop her skills working in the media industry.

Matthew Grey-Noble, “No Longer a Printer”

I am an undergraduate student specializing in computation art and majoring in communication studies at Concordia University. I do VJ performances in the Montreal techno collective Chapelle MTL and produce audiovisual and interactive works inspired by cyberpunk, internet culture, brutalism, critical theory, and digital frustration. Portfolio site: https://www.behance.net/mgreyno

Patricia Petit-Liang and Gabriel Fizer, “V”

V” is a synthetic drone piece in five movements based on a loose Sci-Fi narrative structure. It was composed on a Korg MicroKorg (missing two keys), mixed and mastered in LogicPro (pirated). The inclusion of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” (reverberated through the opening synth sample) is a shoutout to theremin-lovers everywhere, and the distortion of the classical piece represents a larger inversion of prescriptive hearing practices,

Patricia Petit Liang is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She has been a radio host for CJLO 1690AM since the age of 16 and helps produce the station’s weekly news broadcasts. Patricia’s works are heavily inspired by cheesy science-fiction B movies, video games and the apocalypse.

Gabriel Fizer is an American-born multimedia producer and student in Communications at Concordia University. He moved to Montreal with an interest in the music scene and found an affinity for sound production. With synthesizers and microphones, as well as still and moving images, he seeks to vandalize civil soundscape with psycho-sensory artefacts.

Tristan Matheson, “Mycelium Animation” (Soundtrack) 

Tristan Matheson is a Montreal based interdisciplinary researcher/artist, who is currently completing a Masters in Communication/Media Studies at Concordia University. His hands-on experience with cell culture at the Pelling Lab for Biophysical Manipulation at the University of Ottawa has allowed Tristan to further investigate the intersections of art, science, technology and culture. Tristan’s current research focuses on cancer culture, the disease’s impact on human existence and the micro-cultures’ social interactions exhibited under microscopes. Through the use of time-lapse technology, these social contagious events are captured and digitally projected as a symbolic examination of the social study taken in the lab. Website: www.trifektionart.net