Sight + Sound | Science Faction

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  • INSTALLATION
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    05
    Pulsu(m) Plantae V.2
    Leslie Garcia
  • INTERVENTION
    24
    05
    PsXXYborg
    Various Artists
  • CONFERENCE
    22
    05
    Whose Fictions?...
    Various Artists
  • PERFORMANCE
    21
    05
    Monochrome Layering
    Various Artists
  • INSTALLATION
    20
    05
    Crystalline Domain
    Erin Sexton
  • PERFORMANCE
    23
    05
    Akelarre Cyborg 2.0
    Quimera Rosa, Transnoise
  • PERFORMANCE
    24
    05
    Sochi Snow Club Dead
    Mélissa Gagné (Babi Audi)
  • INTERVENTION
    20
    05
    PirateBlockRadio
    Alejo Duque
  • INSTALLATION
    20
    05
    Crystal Forming Robots on Overhead
    Christian Faubel
  • CONFERENCE
    24
    05
    Science Fiction and Early Techno
    Stephen Rennicks
  • PERFORMANCE
    22
    05
    Feedback Improvisation
    Yan Jun
  • CONFERENCE
    21
    05
    "La trahison des images"...
    Beth Coleman
  • INSTALLATION
    20
    05
    Field of Grooves (Campo de Surcos)
    Arcángel Constantini
  • INSTALLATION
    20
    05
    La Sonora Telemática
    Astrovandalistas
  • WORKSHOP
    22
    05
    Disco Robots
    Various Artists
  • WORKSHOP
    24
    05
    The Body as Post-gendered Sound Instrument
    Quimera Rosa, Transnoise
  • INSTALLATION
    20
    05
    Turntablism for the Hard of Hearing: Harmonic Motion
    Ally Mobbs
  • PERFORMANCE
    22
    05
    Bio-box
    Leslie Garcia
  • INSTALLATION
    20
    05
    Videos: Saving the Planet / Primum Mobile Network / Accident Study (Hylomorphic Birth)
    Bradford Kessler
  • INSTALLATION
    20
    05
    Feedback Babies
    Darsha Hewitt
  • WORKSHOP
    23
    05
    Chewing Music
    Yan Jun
  • WORKSHOP
    21
    05
    Between 0 and 1
    Various Artists
  • PERFORMANCE
    24
    05
    Dopplereffekt Live
    Dopplereffekt
  • PERFORMANCE
    21
    05
    Phonotube
    Arcángel Constantini
  • PERFORMANCE
    24
    05
    Extreme Events
    Le Révélateur
  • PERFORMANCE
    22
    05
    UKI
    Shu Lea Cheang
  • WORKSHOP
    17
    05
    La Sonora Telematica (Workshop)
    Astrovandalistas
  • CONFERENCE
    23
    05
    Biological Systems...
    Various Artists
  • CONFERENCE
    24
    05
    Smokescreen Ethics...
    Various Artists
  • WORKSHOP
    23
    05
    VideoVideoJam
    Various Artists
  • PERFORMANCE
    24
    05
    Extreme Animals
    David Wightman, Jacob Ciocci
  • PERFORMANCE
    21
    05
    Turntablism for the Hard of Hearing
    Ally Mobbs
  • PERFORMANCE
    20
    05
    Sibyl
    Daron Murphy, Yoshi Sodeoka
  • WORKSHOP
    20
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    Pirate radio transmissions (Micro-FM)
    Alejo Duque

News

Sight & Sound a victim of censorship on Facebook

posted May 08

Our Facebook account blocked only days from the start of Sight & Sound festival… We are less than two weeks from the launch of our annual festival (May 20th) – around the theme “Science Faction” – and our access to social networks is blocked. An inconceivable situation, that one would never even dream of – days from the start of an international digital art festival and prevented from communicating on the Web.

 

All the more frustrating of a situation, as we are a non-profit artist-run centre, and by definition, do not have the kind of budget that would allow for a major advertising campaign. As you can imagine, we rely heavily on viral promotion, more than on any other means of communication to reach out to our audience.

 

How did this happen? Two photographs that we posted to our profile this week, to illustrate some of the performances taking place during the festival, were “reported” no less than three times to Facebook for being judged as “abusive content”. Since when should an image, which, yes perhaps strange – de facto, since the performances in question are daring, not to say even intentionally destabilising – and depicting only a naked body on which one could not even see a millimetre of genitalia if one tried, be considered pornographic, or in any case, obscene?

 

Need we mention that in this particular case the photographs in question are solely documentation of artworks, not the artworks themselves, in which nothing, absolutely nothing, could be considered obscene, or even erotic. Destabilising, sure. We are truly sorry to see that one of art’s most important objectives, that is to raise questions and, perhaps, from time to time, make things uneasy for the public, is not quite as evident to all as we might have hoped.

 

Our account is, as of yesterday, now blocked for three full days… (NB: we are referring to our profile, and not to our page, which is still active, but with far fewer followers. Liking the page to keep up to speed on our ensuing misadventures would be all the more appreciated).

 

What better way to illustrate the paradoxes of this world, in which means of communication and free expression are just as powerful and open, as they are fragile and so easily misused for, ostensibly, doubtful purposes? Might we not, at this point, bring attention to the fact that our approach towards digital art is, fittingly, constructive, as it is critical and question raising?

 

Will the artistic community and the press support us better, if not more sensibly, than so-called open networks in this absurd situation?

 

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Eight artists will collaborate with Shu Lea Cheang!

posted May 06

Shu Lea Cheang reveals the names of eight artists collaborating with her for her performance UKI Viral Love!               

Emilie Mouchous creates music and sound with instruments she builds herself, using semi-autonomous systems. Her work has been presented in North America and Europe.

Co-founder of music labels Los Discos Enfantasmes and Aventures, Jean-Sébastien Truchy explores concepts relating to otherness and the void. Based in Montreal, he has participated in a number of music projects, including Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche, Souffle and Labios.

Catherine Debard is co-director of and artist represented by the music label Jeunesse Cosmique. She has also written a number of texts about music and theatre.

Mark Lowe works mainly in the fields of interactive installation, sound, video, and photography. Originally from Saskatchewan, he works and lives in Montreal.

Michael Caffery and Kerry Campbell (RAAS) are musicians and electronic sound artists originally from Gatineau. Collectively, they explore new electronic sound production techniques and possibilities and create performance-based works in gallery settings, using both sound and light.

Esther Bourdages is an artist producing experimental music, also working as a writer and independent curator. Active in Eastern Bloc’s community, she has been involved in the production of a number of events, publications, and exhibits in and around Montreal.

Alexandre Scarfone is a self-taught noisemaker from Montreal, perhaps best known to some as GRKZGL. His approach includes amplified metal objects, FM synthesis and DSP.

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