Concordia University's FOFA Gallery presents: Atmosphere – Open Lab Wednesdays

Events:  Montréal, Quebec | FOFA Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, 1515 Ste. Catherine Street W., EV 1.715 | 02/09/2011 - 19:00

Concordia University's FOFA Gallery presents:

Atmosphere – Open Lab Wednesdays

January 19 to February 9, 2011 at 7 p.m.

How do light and sound combine to create situations where we hear what we see and see what we hear? How does our perception make our supposedly fixed world elastic and dynamic?

Concurrently with LabXModal's new five-week sensorial exhibition Atmosphere, the FOFA Gallery will be hosting a series of experimental talks, discussions and workshops open to the larger Montreal communities and framed by questions concerning the ways in which new technologies radically alter our human perception.

Featuring internationally prominent experts in philosophy, media art and anthropology, among others, the Atmosphere Open Lab Wednesdays series offers the broader public the unique opportunity to peer into a wide range of cutting edge research-creation ideas spanning the domains of sensory ethnography and the "spectral sensorium" to new responsive materials. These talks and discussions will take place each Wednesday at 7 p.m. starting January 19 and running until February 9, 2011.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 7 p.m.
David Howes, Professor of Anthropology, Concordia University; A public seminar on the Empire of the Senses

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 7 p.m.
Concordia University Special Individualized Programs MA and PhD students/researchers Shannon Collis and Harry Smoak present ongoing work on new responsive and sensate materials.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 7 p.m.
Internationally recognized artist, composer and co-founder of the Optofonica Lab in Amsterdam, TeZ (aka Mauruzio Martenucci) discusses his work in the area of immersive audio-visual art and his upcoming projects focused on the "spectral sensorium."

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 7 p.m.
"The Thresholds of Perception," a conversation with Brian Massumi, Associate Professor of Communications Studies, University of Montreal and Chris Salter, artist, Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts and research director LabXModal

In addition to the main installation in the gallery, XModal will turn the FOFA Gallery black box space into an experimental laboratory of the senses with a research investigation into the thresholds of visual, auditory and tactile perception featuring an ever-morphing version of Chris Salter's most recent touring sensorial installation JND (Just Noticeable Difference - the full versions of which will be presented in Canada at Mois Multi in Québec City in February and Elektra festival in Montreal in May). The creators of the installation will use the multi-week exhibition and the FOFA Gallery context to tune the work with feedback from an ever-changing public.


LabXModal: Atmosphere
Chris Salter + Marije Baalman, Elio Bidinost, Shannon Collis, Fernando Leppe, Harry Smoak, Robert Tomes, Matthieu Tremblay, Tobias Ziegler

Exhibition (Main Gallery and Black Box):
January 10 to February 11, 2011
Vernissage: Thursday, January 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

FOFA Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
1515 Ste. Catherine Street W., EV 1.715
Montreal, Quebec (Metro Guy-Concordia)

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Information: or 514-848-2424 ext. 7962

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Renouvellement de la politique culturelle du Québec

Veuillez consulter la lettre de recommandation de notre président déposée au Bureau du renouvellement de la politique culturelle ainsi qu’auprès du ministre de la Culture et des Communications.


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