BRIDGE, an interactive installation by Naomi Dodds

photo of a bridge structure
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 5:00am

InterAccess is pleased to present BRIDGE, an interactive installation by Naomi Dodds. Dodds is the recipient of the InterAccess Media Arts Prize. This prize, which InterAccess has sponsored for nearly twenty years, is awarded to a graduating Integrated Media student at OCAD University whose work exhibits innovation in new media practice. With its ambitious carbon-steel fabrication and kinetic components, Dodds is a deserving recipient of this award.

BRIDGE is an interactive installation that examines the construction and completion of a custom-built drawbridge.  

BRIDGE involves the integration of two formations: one is a solid material, the other a narrative. A bridge is a structure that allows us to pass from one place to another, spanning a physical obstruction. In this case, the work becomes the obstruction that is itself guided by a participant. 

BRIDGE recreates a new convention, in which the functionalities of technological engineering are reinforced through the act of being present. As a visitor approaches the structure, it will begin to operate through its cycle. Both meeting points of the structure will open and close depending on the position of a participant. As a participant interacts with the work, the act of it opening in fact prohibits them from physically crossing the bridge, however, as a space is created, the idea of passage is still present.

The installation offers a comprehensive exploration into the connections between mental and physical structures and examines how these structures contradict their functional conventions. BRIDGE transmits the notions of geographical and technological displacement, heavily embedded undertones that give way for a formal analysis of the changes in social structures associated with technological determination. However, the simple idea of the spectacle is apparent. Through it’s disarticulated state, BRIDGE aligns itself with the theatricality of an illusion, which in turn resonates with the personification of the performance of the machine.

About the Artist:  Toronto-based new media artist Naomi Dodds’s work explores visual language through the material and immaterial by questioning the role of machine and image. Her work consists of video projection and multimedia installations that attempt to break cinematic conventions by eliminating the constraints of the screen.

About the InterAccess Media Arts Prize:  The InterAccess Media Arts Prize is awarded to a graduating student of the Integrated Media program at OCAD University whose work complements InterAccess’s mission to expand the cultural space of technology. Students must show proficiency in creating mechanical, kinetic, electronic, interactive audio, video or new media work. In addition to a $500 cash award, the recipient receives a one-year studio membership, one year of complimentary workshops, a solo exhibition at the centre, and professional development and mentorship. The prize was first awarded in 1990.

Image: Naomi Dodds, BRIDGE, Carbon Steel, Aluminum, DC Motors, Hardened Steel Gear Sprockets, Roller Chain, Pillow Blocks, Shore Rock, Limit Switches, Parallax PING Ultrasonic Sensors, Custom-­Built Circuit, Arduino Uno, Sabertooth 2X25 V2, U1 12V 230A Battery. 
50’’ x 30’’ x 78’’ (when closed) 102’’ (when open) 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
InterAccess 9 Ossington Avenue Toronto ON M6J 2Y8 Canada
Website: 
http://interaccess.org/exhibition/bridge
Email: 
info@interaccess.org
Phone: 
416.532.0597

An Evening with Lillevan

Lillevan
Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 10:30pm

Lillevan is co-founder of the visual audio group Rechenzentrum (1997–2008), whose performances and DVD releases have been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for taking visual music, animation, bricolage and film manipulation to new levels. Involved in film, animation and music since early childhood, Lillevan’s collaborations and solo works are often described as an exploration of the history of cinema which search for new relationships between viewer and screen, between reality and the projected image. His experimental combinations of new and old technologies and creation of new installation and projection techniques has introduced innovative new approaches to the live performance film genre. Often, performances are combined with lectures, talks and workshops. Lillevan’s more recent work explores the relationships between the history of light, the evolution of the eye and cinematic development, and questions the archeology of media, studies of perception, and history of technical visualization. Lillevan has collaborated with many acclaimed international artists working in many genres, including club culture and classical music, dance, theatre and opera, performance and installation art, as well as in academic settings. He has performed and lectured all over the world at various festivals and events in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, including ARS Electronica and Transmediale in Germany, Mutek in Montreal, and Dis-Patch in Belgrade, Serbia. For more information about Lillevan, visit www.lillevan.com.

All are welcome; admission is free. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free; open to everyone

Rebecca Belmore: March 5, 1819

Rebecca Belmore
Friday, October 10, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 5:00am

This new media commission by OCAD alumna Rebecca Belmore considers the moments when Demasduit, a young Beothuk woman, was captured by colonists at Red Indian Lake, and her husband Nonosabasut was killed trying to save her. Extending her investigations of contemporary and historical aboriginal identity, Belmore personalizes historical record, highlighting the inseparability of past experiences from the present. The acclaimed Canadian artist explores the interplay of myth, history, and fiction in the new video work that centers upon this key narrative in the history of the Beothuk and accounts of the extinction of the indigenous population in the province. The installation features selected collection holdings of The Rooms and the original miniature portrait of Demasduit on ivory by Lady Henrietta Hamilton (ca. 1780-1857), on loan to The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery by Library and Archives Canada.

Organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery with the support of the Media Arts Commissioning Program of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Venue & Address: 
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery 9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John's, Newfoundland
Email: 
information@therooms.ca

A Pathless Land

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 4:00am

Durham Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of video installations by OCAD Integrated Media professor Geoffrey Shea.
Over the years Geoffrey Shea, in his own relaxed manner, has been creating a body of art in video and new media. The five installations he has gathered for this exhibition employ video in rather idiosyncratic ways to question not only the tales we tell ourselves, but the very telling itself. A small monitor resembling an old cathode ray TV tube rests snugly in a display case. A radar antenna projected on a wall circles while closer inspection reveals a heart-wrenching drama played out on a monitor embedded in an electrical outlet. A keyboard beckons visitors to attempt writing their own narrative on a virtual typewriter. Shifting between monitors, a pair of siblings attempt to relate their separate interpretations of a unique shared experience. Against a flowing backdrop of municipal bylaws is a video of Shea himself delivering a political speech. With these installations, Shea does far more than question contemporary philosophical and literary theory. For while probing the ways in which we individually and collectively interpret the world, the artist cannot help but reveal the intensely personal struggles we all face.

Venue & Address: 
Durham Art Gallery 251 George St. E., Durham, Ontario
Email: 
info@durhamart.on.ca
Cost: 
Free

Silence

Silence
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In their most recent album-project, Silence, Berlin-based multimedia formation rechenzentrum (Lillevan - video, and Marcus Weiser - audio) unfolds the meditative states of contemplation and speechlessness. Drawing on the self-referential aesthetics of the Orthodox icon painters, and the black and white film on Andrej Rjubljev by Russian director Andrei Tarkowsky, Silence lends itself as a stream of subtly collaged cinematic sentiments, “submerged rhythms of continents never seen, melodies thought lost, and legends from ancient times”. Working through the processes of digital mapping and camouflaging of analog connotations of Lillevan’s black and white drawings, vocals, quartet trumpet, live cello, grand piano and acoustic guitar performed by guest musicians Nicholas Bussmann, Reinhold Friedl, Franz Hautzinger, Maurice de Martin, Akemi Takeya, and Nicolas T. Weiser, Silence uncovers the proximity between the surface of the screen and the lens of the camera in contemporary world, and transforms the technological sublime into visual music and expansive sonic fiction. For more information about rechenzentrum, please visit (www.rechenzentrum.org)

The duration of the screening is approximately fifty minutes. Please note that this is an expanded cinema event so the audience is encouraged to move around freely in and out of venue.

This event at OCAD is preceded by an artist talk by Lillevan (rechenzentrum’s video artist) that will take place at Ryerson University, the School of Image Arts at 4 pm, 122 Bond Street, Room 307, free admission. Lillevan’s talk and visit to Toronto is sponsored by Ryerson University, OCAD's IADE Research Group, and Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Imperial Measures: An Exhibition of Networked Art

Imperial
Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Imperial Measures is social network experiment created by students of Ryerson University and OCAD. With twenty-four exhibition sites and a wireless network, people will be able to communicate, touch and even play with those in other locations. The network creates both a path for data and a circuit within which people travel from one place to the next to connect the dots, determine outcomes, and even physically transport and reassemble the pieces of a geo-political puzzle.

As New Media student Jeff Graham puts it, "the people are what make the art." The event is entirely participatory, the audience and participants play just as much of an important role as the artworks themselves he says. The inputs, outputs, relationships, and experiences are completely unique to each participant, which makes for an incredibly exciting and unpredictable experience. Fellow student Diana Brucculieri adds, "people will be able to see how the students of today will be changing the world of tomorrow through technology."

If it sounds like you might get lost in transit, the students want to assure you that the journey will be just as much fun as the destination.

Takes place at OCAD, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, 122 Bond Street, and Ryerson University, Rogers Communication Centre at 80 Gould St.

Venue & Address: 
Integrated Media Wing, Level 3 (Grange Wing) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
pvogl@ryerson.ca
Cost: 
Free

Artist Run Machines, Open Source Culture

Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Artist Run Machines, Open Source Culture is a public think tank hosted by artist activism author Clive Robertson with panelists Vera Frenkel, OCAD Integrated Media Professor Richard Fung, Steve Loft and Caroline Seck Langill.

Together with the audience, this seasoned multi-functioning group of artists, academics, critics, curators and activists will bring their unique experiences in the media arts to bear on questions of the sectors viability and validation within greater social, political and economic spheres. The audience will be challenged to interpret and evaluate the hybrid forms of organization and action that exist in the many territories between the institution and individual practitioners.

Richard Fung is video artist, cultural critic and educator. His video narratives move through individual lives to explore the fateful repercussions of culture and history. The politics of race, sexual orientation and colonialism are central themes in his work. His lectures and writings are on the forefront of arts and cultural activism. He currently teaches at OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel, Melody Room 1214 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
mam@imaa-ontario.ca
Cost: 
Free

Search Engine

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 7:00pm

The Great Hall showcases the accomplishments of this year’s first-year students with a week-long exhibition and series of exciting events. Take this opportunity to recognize the fabulous imaginations and acuity of this year’s first-year students and their works. Events highlight environmentally friendly art, wearable art, performance and new media. Be sure to check it all out!

Search Engine:
A high-tech scavenger hunt culminates in the reassembly of a familiar work of art as teams of students, armed with digital cameras and laptops comb the campus for clues and fragments that they will email back to their headquarters. Organized by faculty member Nancy Paterson.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Great Hall Event poster with event info

Undercover

FY Great Hall Event
Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

The Great Hall showcases the accomplishments of this year’s first-year students with a week-long exhibition and series of exciting events. Take this opportunity to recognize the fabulous imaginations and acuity of this year’s first-year students and their works. Events highlight environmentally friendly art, wearable art, performance and new media. Be sure to check it all out!

Undercover:
Performance will be in the spotlight as first-year students participate in a fun, competitive “fashion show” of wearable art by students in Experimental Art and Creative Process & Research. Be there to applaud students’ imaginations in this unique event facilitated by faculty members William Hodge, Jennifer Long, Judith Tinkl and Colette Whiten.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Closing Reception

FY Great Hall Event
Friday, March 14, 2008 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Great Hall showcases the accomplishments of this year’s first-year students with a week-long exhibition and series of exciting events. Take this opportunity to recognize the fabulous imaginations and acuity of this year’s first-year students and their works. Events highlight environmentally friendly art, wearable art, performance and new media. Be sure to check it all out!

Closing Reception:
Join first-year Faculty of Art students for pizza and refreshments to celebrate the culmination of a week of inspired student achievement.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

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