Friday  //  3:00pm – 5:00pm  // 100 McCaul //  Room 240

Judith Doyle [OCAD]
“Affect & Depth Clouds/ From A Strange Not Yet Camera”

Abstract: In her presentation, Judith Doyle will talk about observing everyday gesture and its syntax with sketching, audio, text and cameras. More specifically, she will discuss the different meanings and affects she found during her recent projects in Dubai, the Quetico wilderness area and Delphi Greece. She’ll also bring the depth camera system her team has been working with so the audience members can try it.

Bio: I am interested in networked life and gesture. My background is in filmmaking, as well as writing and publication. I have worked in artists’ teleculture from its earliest pre-Internet forms to the contemporary situation, where offline and online identities blur and merge. In my art practice, I make moving images and installations, often with collaborators. The context includes theory, experimentation and critique. This is also my approach as an educator. In recent years I have shifted the focus of my research-creation to include both art and scientific communities. I coordinate the emerging Art and Health Research Group at OCAD U, and am Principal Investigator of the Social Media and Collaboration Lab (SMAClab), with Research Assistants including three OCADU graduates, an undergrad, and an intern visiting from Brazil. The expertise of the team includes art fabrication, contemporary art theory and writing, programming, sound and video production. We produce art and art creation tools (software modifications, computer files, mechanics/physical systems) using a range of media, including 3D depth cameras (Xbox Kinect) adapted for full-body motion capture. My interest in gesture and motion capture originated with GestureCloud – a collaborative team I founded in 2009 with Beijing-based artist Fei Jun. GestureCloud considers how factory labour and gesture move between China and North America. We investigate the political and economic dimensions of the surplus value of labour in the form of gesture that emerges in contemporary networked life. In 2012, I received the OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. I’ve taught in the Integrated Media program, in the Digital Futures program and in Graduate Studies (IAMD, DF) where I’ve supervised several Masters Thesis graduates.

Doug Van Nort [York University]
“DisPerSion of/and Creativity”

Abstract: The DIStributed PERformance and Sensorial immersION Lab, new to York University, is dedicated to research-creation projects which examine questions surrounding instrumental and gestural expression, embodied perception, time consciousness and performative agency in the context of envisioning new forms of interdisciplinary creative practice. The lab space is currently being defined as an environment suffused with reactive, intelligent digital media within which to explore new forms of artistic expression, and new insights into how we sense, process and interact with the performing arts in the post/digital age. The lab culture is defined by improvised inquiry and exploration of distributed creativity through music and movement-based performance practices that are mediated by contexts such as the physical distribution of performers across internet-based networks, and distribution of creative decisions between human performers and computational agents. This talk will present the conceptual underpinnings of DisPerSion lab and its outgrowth from previous work by the speaker.

Bio: Doug Van Nort is an artist, researcher, composer and performer. His work is concerned with issues of distributed performance and sensorial immersion in technologically-mediated environments. He holds a particular interest in visceral experiences of the sonic and haptic senses, the complex and embodied nature of listening, and the phenomenology of time consciousness. In this context, Van Nort examines improvisation as an important site of investigation and model of creative, social exchange. He creates works that integrate improvisation and collective performance with machine agents, interactive systems and experiences of telepresence. As a performer specializing in truly improvised electroacoustic music, Van Nort assumes a turntable-like, sculptural approach to shaping sound using his hands and voice. He often performs solo as well as with a wide array of artists across musical styles and artistic media. Van Nort is currently Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance at York University, where he is cross-appointed between Digital Media and Theatre & Performance Studies, while also teaching the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra in the Music department.

Adam Tindale [OCAD University]
“Improvisation as a Method for Investigating Digital Musical Interfaces”

Abstract: The culture around computers and electronics in music has long touted the idea that they could produce any sound that you could imagine. However, to produce these sounds requires a deep knowledge of many different disciplines: from computer programming to hardware design to acoustics and beyond. This has lead to an incredible explosion of one off instruments specifically for one player, most often the inventor.

It was once interesting to create a new musical interface. The novelty has worn off, the audience is primarily concerned with music again. The new age of electronics in computers has come to the end of the beginning of its life. It is no longer emerging, it is here, and we demand that it be measured by musical standards, not as electronic music.

Bio: Adam Tindale is an electronic drummer and digital instrument designer. He is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD University. Adam performs on his E-Drumset: a new electronic instrument that utilizes physical modeling and machine learning with an intuitive physical interface. He completed a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University, a Masters of Music Technology at McGill University, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Music, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria.