Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies

Stranger than Fiction, a performance by Sarah Manya




Description: Stranger than Fiction is an interactive solo performance utilizing images and spoken text, for a small audience, who view the images and video on iPads. It centers on personal narrative, entering into an experiential dialogue with the audience on dislocation, displacement and identity. Exploring questions of how we share, collect and what we take with us in a mobile culture – the collection of material continues to grow as the performance travels and is integrated into the performance.

Places are available for seven people: please reserve in advance by sending an email to Sarah.

Bio: Sarah Manya is a choreographer, director and performer. She makes location works, intimate theater and performances that blur artistic borders. Her work, including her location project “Three Solos: bruised fruit, waiting room and constr/ction,” three solos for women in the kitchen, shower and toilet has been performed all across Europe in festivals such as Springdance, Festival Something Raw, Motel Mozaique, (Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Festival Tweetakt, Noorderzon, and Body Stroke, Recyclart (BE) Festival Neuer Tanz (DE). She has been a guest artist and lecturer at New York University and Amsterdam School of the Arts Modern Theater Dance Department among others.

Her training includes DasArts (NL), Rotterdamse Dansacademie (NL) and Smith College (USA). As a performer, she has worked with Felix Ruckert, Martin Butler, Vera Mantero and Vloeistof. She can be seen in the film Reformation by Jeanette Groenendaal.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright/Netherland-America Foundation Fellowship in Choreography. Her work has been funded by The Amsterdam Fund for The Arts, The Dutch National Performing Arts Funds, Het Scholing Funds voor Kunst en Cultuur New York State Partnership on the Arts. Commissions include the Mickery Foundation, Festival Twee Turven Hoog. Residences include Theater Zeebelt and Danswerkplaats Amsterdam.

She is currently working on a research creation project entitled “Everyday Virtuosity” in Dance, Theater and Performance Studies at the Humanities Doctoral Program at Concordia University in Montreal.

This work has been generously supported by a 2013-2014 Hexagram|CIAM Bourses aux étudiants.

Marie-Luise Angerer – April 3rd, 4 to 6pm – keynote lecture, Humanities PhD Annual Conference

Hexagram-Concordia Center for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies presents:

 Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer

Visiting Scholar from Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany

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Keynote Lecture:

 Affective Knowledge: Movement, Interval and Plasticity
 Humanities PhD Annual Conference (see schedule below)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
4 to 6 pm


Hexagram Resource Center

EV Building, 11.705

 1515 Saint Catherine Street W. Montreal, QC

Everyone welcome, no rsvp required

For more info: hexagram.coordinator@concordia.ca or 514-848-2424 ext 5994

In her essay Affective Knowledge: Movement, Interval and Plasticity, Marie-Luise Angerer speculates on the relationship between two notions of the interval – from Helmholtz to Bergson an (back) to Hertha Sturm – where the time code switches from a mechanistic, calculable time into a vital, living time and back again, both of which, in their different ways, can be understood in terms of media technology effects. Thus, it comes as no surprise that today’s proclamation of the “plasticity” of the brain (Malabou) combines the two dimensions of time again – and connects them via affect or better a process of auto-affection. In this perspective affect does not only organize the relation between bodies and their (social and machinic) environment but affect, in deeper layers of the brain cortex, organizes the brain’s own activities and their specific time scales.


Marie-Luise Angerer is professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and currently a visiting scholar at Hexagram and the Sense Lab. The focus of her research is on media technology, affect, neuroscientific reformulations of desire and sexuality. Her most recent publications include Choreography, Media, Gender (with Y. Hardt and A. Weber; diaphanes, 2013), Desire and Affect (forthcoming with Rowman & International, 2014), Co-edition (with B. Bösel and M. Ott) Timing of Affect. Epistemologies, Aesthetics, and Politics (forthcoming with diaphanes and Univ. of Chicago Press 2014), many essays in various books and journals on the topic of affect, art, and media theory.


Humanities PhD Annual Conference
Thursday 3 April 2014
09:30 – 21:00
Floating Box
MB Building, 2.130
1450 Guy Street, Montreal, QC
Concordia University

Institutionalized: On knowledge-production and academic becoming
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Schedule of Panels & Presentations 
09:30 Registration & Coffee
09:50 Welcome remarksAnnie Rollins, Dana Samuel
10:00 Feminist RepresentationsDebbie Lunny, Julián Fernando Trujillo Amaya, Amanda Feder
11:20 Spatial Politics & InstitutionsShaun Gamboa, Abelardo León
12:10 Lunch Break
13:00 Museums & IdentityNatalia Grincheva, Mark Schilling, Zofia Kridova
14:15 Coffee Break
14:20 Research-Creation ApproachesAnnie Rollins, Carolyn Jong & Joachim Despland, Peter Weibrecht
16:00 Keynote LectureDr. Marie-Luise Angerer, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, on “Affective Knowledge: Movement, Interval and Plasticity” Co-presented with Hexagram-Concordia & the Senselab
18:00 Reception & Closing RemarksErin Manning
18:30 ReadingNorman Hogg
19:30 Performance WorkshopSarah Manya 

Detailed schedule with abstracts and biographies can be found at 
www.humanities-phd-gsa.ca or at facebook.com/humanitiesphd
All current Concordia Humanities PhD students are automatically registered.
For others: email humanities.phd@gmail.com to register your attendance.
Presented by
Humanities PhD Student Association
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture
Open Presentations & Social
Friday 4 April, 12h00 – 20:00
MB 2.130 (Floating Box)
Concordia University, MontréalSchedule

12h00 Lunch
13h00 Open Presentations
Schedule to be announced
17h30 Social @ Kafein! 

Everyone is welcome!
Presented by
Humanities PhD Student Association
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture 

Don’t miss both great events April 3 & 4

“Rhizomatic narratives: social activism, media ecology and cultures of resistance” a talk by Victor Arroyo.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 at 12:00-13:00
Hexagram Resource Centre EV 11.705
Concordia University, Montréal


Description: The city is where social and cultural exclusion coexist in constant tension with uneven social representation of the marginalized, and Montreal is not the exception. Social activists gather every week in the city, reshaping the public sphere. These are the kind of phenomena my research is concerned with, and from where my research interests emerged. I’m primarily looking at the processes behind the construction of cultures of resistance and how the political gesture of documenting them helps to make visible the invisible. One of those invisible aspects is the always-present issue of exploitation in social documentary, an issue I’m very concerned with. How can I construct a story about human social action, exploring their social and political dimensions, their beliefs and norms, not using the conventional documentary form, but rather thinking about the documentary form as a response to the confusion of the world with its spectacle, as a critique of the conditions of production of the leisure industry and its politics of representation?

It is not uncommon for activists and documentary filmmakers to make a film hoping to build awareness, however, we should look closely at this assumption, underpinning the hopes of social activists, social workers and documentary filmmakers: That if people know, they will act. The trajectory from exposure to action is not seamless. As we all know, media, in our already crowed media landscape, is not a transparent delivery system for testimony. A constellation of factors contributes to the efficacy of a testimony. Representation and iconographic strategies should make us reflect as much about the testimonial encounter as the testimony itself. How can my research produce truthful representation of a given culture of resistance, attaining as well, rigorous theoretical knowledge about their social and political dimensions?

My research proposal builds around these questions, with help of the model of rhizome proposed by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in their book A Thousand Plateaus. They wrote that “A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, inter being, intermezzo” (Deleuze, Guattari. 1987, pag.7). A rhizomatic narrative allows and encourages to understand a problematic from different perspectives. It is a way of looking at the world, a tool to use when mapping one’s unique experiences in and of the world.

Bio: An experimental filmmaker, working with documentary filmmaking, video-art and video installation. He was born in 1977 in Mexico, from the marriage between Reynaldo Arroyo and Leticia Avila. Lives in Montreal, Canada, happily married to Anggie since 2009. Leonardo-Kai, his son, born in December 2011, calls him Papa every morning.


“Hearing in the Dark,” a talk by Alexis Williams

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 12:00-13:00
Hexagram Resource Centre EV 11.705
Concordia University, Montréal


Description: Alexis will present and discuss her research for the piece Hearing in the Dark, an audio and biological installation that presents a performative lecture highlighting pop science ideas on neurology and philosophy, in the form of a guided meditation.  She is studying the sense of self and the inaccuracies of human perception with the intention of contextualising her findings between art, science and spirituality. This talk will focus on the artist’s recent experiences with ritual and magic while in artist residencies in Finland and Morocco and how they have influenced her art practice. She will share some personal paradigm shifts and experiences of self-awareness, show some print and video work and test out some live guided meditation performances.

The talk will be followed by a live outdoor performance art ritual as part of a series of intercontinental live art rituals by Culture Vulture Artists in Residence in Marrakech, New York and Barcelona.


Alexis Williams is a Canadian artist and amateur scientist who is often asked what it means to be an artist who practices science. She is interested in Biology because it leads her to understand Spirituality. These three fields of knowledge: Art, Science and Spirituality all strive to explore, understand and communicate the worlds inside and around us.   Her current research project involves creating a persona who will simultaneously act as an authority from within each of these fields and will lead the viewer in an exercise in questioning their own identities.As an artist interested in cognitive dissonance, paradigm shifts and moments of realization, she is drawn to new media, the lecture and ceremony as methods to perform her work.

“Food, Moment, Material,” a talk by Pamela Tudge

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 12:00-13:00
Hexagram Resource Centre EV 11.705
Concordia University, Montréal



Description: My research interests encompass food systems and cultural processes that cross design theory, food history and media studies. For this presentation, I will highlight my recent work from urban food environments in Montreal. I discuss the dominant yet vernacular food materials of the built environment and my interactions with them in ways that are attentive to my ecological and cultural knowledge of the city.

Bio: I am a first year INDI PhD student in Fine Arts. I hold a Master of Arts degree from University of British Columbia. My thesis, Cultivating Change, examined the role of new media technologies and DIY mapping in enabling local food movements, and working in the Interior of British Columbia with community groups, activists and farmers. My research focus for the last several years has spanned environmental change, food studies, social movements and community development. At Concordia, my focus is on research-creation within design activism to explore ideas around intercultural food systems, including the interactions of the built environment and community engagement.

“Three everyday energy ecologies,” a talk by Peter Weibrecht

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 12:00-13:00
Hexagram Resource Centre EV 11.705
Concordia University, Montréal
Description: On the basis of Felix Guattari’s three ecologies, the talk/paper expands the term everyday energy ecologies by dividing it into three interrelating categories, which are called everyday mental energy ecology, everyday social energy ecology and everyday environmental energy ecology. The three energy ecologies are each exemplified with a design that shows how the values of an ecology can be concretized. The three strategies are based on the notion that interaction design is situated in contexts and has complex relations, and therefore exists within an ecology. There is a potential to create more vital and sustainable energy ecologies that can be explored, by addressing the problematics relating to energy, from the standpoint of design.
Bio: Peter Weibrecht is studying a master in Digital Design – IT, aesthetics and interaction at Aarhus University and is on an intern residency at The Sense Lab before returning to Aarhus for writing his master thesis. His work is primarily concerned with interaction design from a critical perspective, where the digital as an immaterial material and aesthetics in art, architecture and design serves as key interests in his research. Also within this field he has practically worked with physical computing, digital installations, and aesthetic and engaging interactions throughout prototyping.