Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies

Jeffrey Shaw – ” The Span of Apperception” seminar – May 23 from 2-4

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

Jeffrey Shaw
School of Creative Media, Hong Kong


 The Span of Apperception

Friday, May 23, 2014
- 2 to 4 pm

Hexagram Resource Center
EV Building, 11.705
1515 Saint Catherine Street W. Montreal, QC
Everyone welcome, no rsvp required

For more info: or 514-848-2424 ext 5994

For such a long time, for so many generations, we’ve been framed. Framed in words, paintings, in movies, on television and now on cell phone screens.  Lives of representation that were/are all a frame up. My seminar will be about the rehabilitation and re-habitation of the periphery and of the unseen that perpetually lurks in the expanses behind us. It will be about (digital) strategies of visualization that expose these spaces and those semi-narratives that may be unfolded there. And about the aesthetics of such an encompassing world that envelops us in its seen unseen scenery, providing a ‘workshop of potential observation’.

Jeffrey Shaw (HK) is a pioneer artist and visionary leader of research and development in media art and design. His career spans over 50 years with works such as Legible City (1989), The Golden Calf (1980) and a multitude of immersive display devices and systems that have become technological and aesthetic archetypes.

A key player in the creation and development of the ZMK | Karlsruhe in Germany and the iCinema Centre in Sydney Australia, he is currently Chair Professor of Media Arts and Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University Hong Kong.

“Plasm” by TeZ – audiovisual installation – BIAN 2014 – May 1-10

Hexagram-Concordia Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and New Technologies, in collaboration with the Digital Arts Biennial presents:

Audiovisual installation

Photo: TeZ

from May 1st to 10th
Hexagram Black Box
1515 Saint Catherine St. West. EV Building, 0S3-845

Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Opening: Friday May 2nd at 7 p.m.

Why do complex patterns like Zebra stripes, Leopard spots or skin pigmentation emerge? In 1952 mathematician Alan Turing wrote a radical paper in which he explored spontaneous pattern formation in biological systems. Termed “reaction-diffusion systems,” Turing developed the mathematical models to explore how certain chemical reactions that are similar suddenly develop into non-linear, “chaotic” patterns. It is Turing’s interest in how stable systems transform in dynamic, chaotic but ordered patterns that inspires Amsterdam based artist TeZ’s new monumental audio-visual installation PLASM. Utilizing large scale HD projection and multi-channel sound as well as unique custom developed software that implement Turing’s mathematical models, PLASM takes the viewer into a transforming landscape of organic forms, seamlessly evolving through a generative composition. (Chris Salter, director, Hexagram-Concordia)

Supported by Mondriaan FUND, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), Optofonica, Hexagram-Concordia, USF Tampa.

artistic direction, sound and visual design, software:  TeZ / graphic engine, gpu implementation: Daniel Berio /   additional software: Luis Rodil-Fernández / additional visual design : Panagiotis Tomaras / original algorithm: Jonathan McCabe


Le Programme du Centre Hexagram-Concordia pour la recherche-création en arts et technologies médiatiques, en collaboration avec la biennale art numérique, présente:

installation audiovisuelle

du 1 mai au 10 mai
Boîte noire d’Hexagram
1515 rue Sainte-Catherine ouest, édifice EV, salle 0S3-845

Lundi au vendredi : 11 h – 19 h
Samedi : 12 h – 19 h

Lancement: vendredi 2 mai, 19h

Comment apparaissent des motifs comme les rayures du zèbre, les taches du léopard ou la pigmentation de la peau? En 1952, le mathématicien Alan Turing écrit un article explorant l’apparition spontanée de motifs dans un système biologique, qu’il nomme systèmes à diffusion-réaction. Turing y explore comment certaines réactions chimiques d’abord régulières adoptent soudain des formes chaotiques et non linéaires. Cet intérêt de Turing pour les systèmes stables se transformant en motifs dynamiques, chaotiques mais ordonnés inspire l’installation audiovisuelle monumentale PLASM de l’artiste TeZ, d’Amsterdam. Utilisant des projections HD de format géant ainsi qu’un logiciel maison qui implémente les modèles mathématiques de Turing, PLASM amène le spectateur dans un paysage de formes organiques en mutation évoluant dans une composition générative. (Chris Salter, directeur, Hexagram-Concordia)

Soutenu par le Fond Mondriaan, Le FOnd Amsterdam pour les arts (AFK), Optofonica, Hexagram-Concordia, USF Tampa.

Direction artistique, Design Sonore et visuel, Logiciel :  TeZ / moteur graphique, implÉmentation GPU : Daniel Berio / logiciel supplémentaire : Luis Rodil-Fernández / Design visuel supplémentaire : Panagiotis Tomaras / algorithme original : Jonathan McCabe


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 .

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:  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  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.