Posted: October 19th, 2010
Owen Chapman will be performing with Clara Furey at Theatre Quat-Sous, Montreal for 5 nights from Oct 21-25 2010. The evening will feature original songs composed by Furey for piano and voice, with arrangements and accompaniment executed by Chapman using a variety of live sound technologies including turntable, contact microphones, wine glasses, drum machine, Ableton Live, a Martenot Clavi-harp, an array of effects pedals, MIDI keyboards and voice. A few of Chapman’s own compositions will also be featured. The evening will include other guest performers as well as video projections prepared by Jonathan Inksetter. For more information, please consult http://www.quatsous.com
Posted: September 29th, 2010
Media Gallery Exhibition: Ear on Arm, featuring video by Stelarc.
Where: Media Gallery, Department of Communication Studies
CJ building 1.419, Loyola Campus
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
When: October 21-December 1st, 2010
Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9-4:45 pm and Friday 9-12:45 pm.
For additional information please call Tagny Duff at 514-848-2424 ext 2560
Vernissage: The artist will be in attendance
Where: CJ Atrium, Loyola Campus
When: October 21, 4:30-6:15pm
Public lecture: Stelarc
Where: Oscar Peterson Hall, Loyola Campus
When: October 21, 6:30pm
Free and open to the public: http://fluxmedia.concordia.ca
“I have always been intrigued about engineering a soft prosthesis using my own skin, as a permanent modification of the body architecture. The assumption being that if the body was altered it might mean adjusting its awareness. Engineering an alternate anatomical architecture, one that also performs telematically. Certainly what becomes important now is not merely the body’s identity, but its connectivity- not its mobility or location, but its interface.” – Stelarc
Sponsored by Fluxmedia in partnership with Concordia and the Communication Studies Department, Incubator Hybrid Lab at the Intersection of Art, Science and Ecology, University of Windsor, Elektra, NXI Gestatio, Hexagram/CIAM UQAM, Mobile Media Labs, Media Gallery, Dept. Communication Studies, Hexagram Concordia Center for Research Creation, and The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Image: Nina Sellars
Posted: September 14th, 2010
‘The Visual Language of Herbert Matter’
A new documentary film by Reto Caduff
October 23rd 2010 at 7.30pm
Concordia University (Hall Building H-110)
1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal
The Quebec premiere of a fascinating new documentary film on the life and work of Herbert Matter, the hugely influential mid-century artist, designer and photographer. The director, Reto Caduff, will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
Free and open to the public. More info: http://www.herbertmatter.net
Concordia Signs Project; Dr Carole Brabant, Office of the Vice President of Research & Graduate Studies, Concordia University; ICOGRADA; Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University; Department of Design & Computation Arts, Concordia University.
Posted: September 3rd, 2010
The Media Gallery, in the Department of Communication Studies, is pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibition, Endeavour, by performance and media artist Frances Leeming. This exhibition, consisting of two animated film loops and a separate audio-track, is a wry and whimsical response to such historical but failed initiatives as the Women’s Space Program (1960) characterized as “prefeminist agitation” and a threat to NASA’s manned space exploration.
Frances Leeming’s work explores the relationship between gender, technology, and consumerism. Leeming’s media projects have been exhibited internationally and her films have been collected by the National Gallery of Canada and Cornell University. Her collage animation, Genetic Admiration was nominated for numerous festival prizes and won the grand prize at Toronto’s Images Festival (2005). Her performance and film work has been written about by numerous critics and historians and has been published in several anthologies. Leeming, a graduate of Concordia University and a former professor in Communication Studies, now teaches in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University.
Endeavour runs from September 7th until October 15th, in the Media Gallery, CJ Building 1.419, located at Concordia University’s Loyola campus, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9-4:45 pm and Friday 9-12:45 pm.
For additional information please call Rae Staseson at 514-848-2424 x2555.
Posted: May 20th, 2010
The Communication Studies and Journalism Departments are proud to host the 30th Canadian Communication Association annual meetings as part of Congress 2010, from June 1 to 3.
You can visit the official site at cca30.wordpress.com or download the complete program here:
Posted: April 21st, 2010
Prodfest is the annual series of screenings and vernissages featuring production work by students in the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University.
- Video III & Intermedia
Saturday, April 24th, 7pm – 5333 rue Casgrain, suite 602
- Video II
Tuesday, April 27th, 7pm – Room H-110 1455 de Maisonneuve (Hall Bulding)
- Intermedia II & Sound II
Wednesday, April 28th, 7:30pm – Il Motore 179 rue Jean Talon Ouest
- Film II
Thursday, April 29th, 7:30pm – Room H-110 1455 de Maisonneuve (Hall Bulding)
- Film III Friday, April 30th, 7:30pm – Room H-110 1455 de Maisonneuve (Hall Building)
Posted: March 2nd, 2010
Alumni Salvatore Barrera and Sara Morley visit Liz Miller’s intermediate video production class and share invaluable advice on titles, producing, and working with designers.
insets: Salvatore and Sara while students at Concordia, circa 1990 – click to enlarge
Salvatore Barrera, B.A. Communications Studies 1992, is a Video / Multimedia Producer and Motion Graphics Designer at University Communications Services, Concordia University. Former director at Design Postimage and one of its founding members, creating intro sequences and motion design for feature films, documentaries, television productions, live presentations and the web. He has over 15 years experience in Montreal’s film and video industry. Partner and producer at Productions Jeux d’Ombres for nine years from it’s inception in 1994, Salvatore’s feature productions include: Zigrail (1995), André Turpin’s first feature film; Burnt Eden (1997), winner of the Telefilm Canada People’s Choice Award at the Montreal Festival of New Cinema (FNC); Méchant Party (2001); and A Project of the People (1996), a documentary about community development in the Windward Islands. In 1992, his first music video clip for Dédé Traké won Best Independent Music Video Clip from Musique Plus. In the early nineties, Salvatore was systems administrator at Concordia University’s multimedia lab, MITE AVISTA, and a technician at the AV Sound Studios. Presently, he is a video producer and motion designer for Concordia’s Marketing Communications.
Sara Morley, B.F.A. (Studio Art), is Design Postimage’s creative director and a founding member. She has over 20 years experience in design for print, multimedia, documentary and web production, working extensively in the educational and non-profit sectors, as well as for the film and television industry—designing titles and print campaigns for many of Quebec’s acclaimed feature films. Partner at Productions Jeux d’Ombres for eight years, Sara produced A Project of the People (1996), a documentary about sustainable development in the Eastern Caribbean. She also directed Oh Mother! (1998), a documentary that aired on the WTN Lifestyle Network and was featured at the 1998 Montreal Festival of New Cinema (FNC). Sara directed A Day in the Life of an Engineer, multimedia web portraits that present a typical day in the lives of five Aboriginal engineers from across Canada. The feature received the Canadian Education Association Achievement Award for 2005. She also designed the Quebec Film and Television Council’s online location photo gallery, which received a silver Horizon Interactive Award for interactive design. In 2007, Sara co–curated Katja MacLeod Kessin’s memorial retrospective at Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery. Recently, she has created proposal documents for the Cirque du Soleil and designed a 280-page architectural book featuring Bell Canada’s new global headquarters on Nuns’ Island. Sara is currently in postproduction on her feature-length documentary Tea with Nell
Posted: February 22nd, 2010
Convenor: William Buxton (Communication Studies)
March 5 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Annex CI-104
School of Community and Public Affairs, 2149 Mackay Street
This colloquium will focus on funding for the arts and the humanities and will combine comparative historical studies with an examination of current trends in the support of the arts and humanities in Canada. In particular, it will explore how research and teaching in the arts and the humanities have been shaped by the designs and priorities of large philanthropic bodies and government agencies. Part 1: Historical Case Studies of Canada, United States and Australia. Part 2: What are the Prospects for the Arts and the Humanities in an Age of Cutbacks and Strategic Funding? What are the implications of the 2010 Federal Budget for the funding of the Arts and Humanities? Presentations followed by round-table discussion.
For more information: William Buxton
Posted: February 22nd, 2010
Art, Science Technology: Speaking of art/sci research
Invited international bio-artists in conversation with Concordia researchers.
Cellular interventions in art
Marta de Menezes in conversation with Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Department of Communication Studies
Wednesday, March 3, 5pm
Of mice and transgenic rats in art and scientific research
Kathy High in conversation with Dr. Barbara Woodside, Department of Psychology
Wednesday, March 10, 6:00pm
Transformation and biodiversity in art and biology
Brandon Ballengée in conversation with Dr. Dylan Fraser, Department of Biology
Wednesday, March 31, 5pm
Lecture Hall, 1.114, CJ building
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
For additional information
This event is sponsored by Fluxmedia with the support of Studio XX and funded through a Concordia Aid to Research Related Events grant.
Fluxmedia, situated within the Department of Communication Studies, is a research network exploring the intersections of art, science and technology
“DFA 25, Promethéus”
Scanner Photograph of Cleared and Stained Multi-limbed Pacific Tree frog from Aptos, California in Scientific Collaboration with Dr. Stanley K. Sessions.
MALAMP titles in collaboration with the Poet KuyDelair. 46 in. x 34 in.
Unique IRIS print on watercolor paper
Courtesy the artist and Nowhere Gallery, Milan
Posted: February 3rd, 2010
The Department of Communication Studies and Screen Culture Research Group Present
Screen World: A Symposium on Screen Technology, Media Space, and Mobile Media
February 12, 2010
Panels Begin at 9 am and run through to 5 pm
This event showcases recent scholarship investigating screens and mobility as dominant features of our media environment. Participants will address such topics as hand-held mobile devices, digital and celluloid exhibition, locative media, and artistic practice in gaming and augmented reality.
Featuring a keynote address from
Dr. Janine Marchessault (CRC York University)
“The Screen as World: Terre des hommes as Global Media Experiment”
Support for this event comes from the Concordia University Research Chair in Communication Studies, Dept. of Communication Studies, TAG, ARTHEMIS, and Mediamixx (McGill University).
Posted: January 12th, 2010
New Exhibition Opens in Media Gallery
The Media Gallery in the Department of Communication Studies proudly presents the exhibition Haiti : Holdup by Darren Ell.
A photographer, activist and journalist, Ell produces photographic work dedicated to human rights and social justice issues. Ell’s commitment to the responsibility of bearing witness and using art as a tool for social transformation is evident in this provocative installation. In Ell’s words “Since all of my projects focus on victimized groups of people, I involve myself in their struggle as an artist-citizen. During the two to three years it takes to complete a project, I engage in journalism and activism to bring their cause to a larger audience. This in turn generates interest in my artwork.”
Haiti : Holdup runs from January 13th until
February 26th April 2nd, in the Media Gallery, CJ Building 1.419, located at Concordia University’s Loyola campus, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal.
Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9-4:45 pm and Friday 9-12:45 pm.
For additional information please call 514-848-2424 x2555.
Posted: November 10th, 2009
The Departments of Communication Studies and Journalism will be holding an information session on
Friday, December 4, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.
The event aims to introduce students to the different programs and review the various entry requirements.
Communication and Journalism Building, CJ 1.114
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
For more information please contact the Department of Communication Studies at 514-848-2424 xt 2555, or the Department of Journalism at 514-848-2424 ext 2465.
Posted: November 2nd, 2009
Communication Studies uses President’s Conference theme to present an innovative view of surveillance
At the second edition of the President’s Conference on Nov. 4, the focus will be Surveillance, Security and the End of Privacy — the outward eyes watching us each day. The research-creators from Concordia’s Mobile Media Lab (MML) in the Department of Communication Studies have discovered a few ways to turn the eye inward.
The MML developed three unique ways to creatively demonstrate the potential of surveillance methods and wireless connectivity, on Oct. 26 and 27.
The team demonstrated two projects using the Mobitouch Cube – a 12″x12″x4″ short-range Bluetooth transmitter able to wirelessly transmit files between cell phones, PDAs, computers, etc. – a piece of equipment Comm Studies professor Kim Sawchuk (one of the featured speakers at the conference’s afternoon session) acquired during her recent sabbatical in Italy.
For the Discoverable project, MML programmed the Cube to send passers-by whose wireless devices are set to discoverable — which means the device can be recognized by other Bluetooth devices — a request to upload a 1- to 23-minute, lo-fi artistic video or sound file developed by research-creation faculty relevant to the conference’s theme.
The project Bluetooth Beats sent various single-instrument music tracks Comm Studies professor Owen Chapman and research assistant Sam Thulin developed to numerous cell phones. Once tracks were downloaded, the participants clicked play, launching into a collaborative, improvised concert. (Bluetooth Beats will be displayed at the conference on Nov. 4.)
“People think of Bluetooth for utilitarian, pedestrian uses,” says Chapman. “We thought, ‘if we could serve out pre-prepared audio files to a group of people so they could play them together, wouldn’t that be cool?’”
On Oct. 26, the third project, Moebius Maps, addressed the massive surveillance project of Google Earth and Google Street View. Under the direction of Comm Studies instructor and PhD candidate Mélanie Hogan, enlisted Concordia students documented the locations of cameras, etc. throughout the city; surveying the surveillance, if you will. Still in development, they plan to expand the project in days to come and hope to engage high school students to widen the observatory range.
In September, when Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning Ollivier Dyens approached Sawchuk to present at the conference, they both saw the MML projects not only as a platform to showcase unconventional forms of innovative research, but also a unique method to demonstrate the invisible exchange of information that surrounds us.
Chapman explains that while the Cube does have capabilities to “develop statistics” about those who accept files (such as time/place or type of phone), it is not programmed to collect personal information attached to cellular service… for now, at least.
“At this point, it’s pretty innocent,” Chapman says. But for those with the smarts and the motivation, the potential to gather personal info of unsuspecting citizens exists.
“These types of networks people sometimes take for granted are definitely being taken advantage of. People need to realize they’re leaving traces of themselves everywhere. We are far more discoverable than we know.
“There’s a bit of moral panic one can take on with issues like this. But I think we don’t just want a knee–jerk reaction against it,” he says. “Short of moving to a mountaintop somewhere, you’re going to have a hard time avoiding constant connectivity. Just think about it and be aware. This is a good time to take advantage of what’s out there.”
Written by Russ Cooper for the Concordia Journal
Posted: October 21st, 2009
For Immediate Distribution
Communication Studies at Concordia University announces
the grand opening of its Media Gallery in the CJ Building at Loyola Campus.
Montreal – October 21, 2009 – The Department of Communication Studies is proud to announce the grand opening of its Media Gallery located in the CJ Building on the Loyola campus. The Media Gallery will exhibit the dynamic creative media work produced in Communication Studies as well as hosting innovative exhibitions by local, national and international media artists.
The inaugural exhibition Apparencies by Richard Hancox features photographic interpretations of transitional landscapes, crumbling veneers, skewed representations, and surface reflections. The photographs are created with one-time use disposable cameras and the images reveal, through the many layers and textures inherent in the process, surprising new meanings and numerous ironic contradictions. The photographs serve as rich vibrant documents and testaments to the beauty of mundane urban spaces, quirky suburbia and the aesthetics of abandoned industrial sites. This exhibition is co-curated by Communication Studies professors Rae Staseson and Kim Sawchuk.
Richard Hancox, an associate professor in Communication Studies, studied film and photography at NYU and Ohio University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree. His film work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. In the last few years he has been producing photography in addition to his filmmaking and critical writing practice. Hancox has participated in numerous group shows, as well as recent solo exhibitions at Galerie la Petite Mort in Ottawa and at the new Shenkman Arts Center in Orleans.
Apparencies opens on Thursday October 29th, with a public reception from 16:30-18:30. The exhibitionruns from October 30th-December 15th. Media Gallery hours:
Monday-Thursday 9 am-16:30 and Fridays 9 am-12:30.
Media Gallery, Communication Studies: CJ Building – 1.419
Loyola Campus Concordia University
7141 Sherbrook Street West, Montreal, Quebec.
For more information contact:
Rae Staseson, Chair of Communication Studies
Posted: October 15th, 2009
Privacy in Public
What do we lose by connecting?
By Karen Herland
As a documentary filmmaker, Tim Schwab is very conscious of his role in recording and presenting private, even intimate, moments to a broader public.
He will be talking about that on Nov. 4 in the evening session of Every Breath You Take: Surveillance, Security and the End of Privacy, the second in the President’s Conference Series.
He will be joined by his colleague from Communication Studies, Yasmin Jiwani and history professor Shannon McSheffrey, who will also be speaking on citizenship, identity and the practice of surveillance in everyday life.
Schwab sees these questions as related to documentary filmmaking, and believes they are currently in a state of flux.
“I come at this as a practitioner,” said Schwab. “A lot of my inspiration began with an engagement with oral history, reading Studs Terkel.”
Schwab became fascinated with revealing individual stories that illuminate a broader historical or social narrative. For instance, in 2004, his documentary Being Osama presented the lives of six very different Montrealers and their experiences sharing the name Osama in a post-9/11 world.
Documentary filmmaking requires a direct negotiation with each subject on what and how material will be recorded, used and presented.
“I can guarantee what I will do with the data, but once it’s available in digital form, who knows what anyone will do?” said Schwab. “There are limits to what I can guarantee, because of the technology.” While in some cases that might mean the unauthorized use of a clip to promote a production, in other cases, it might be a complete recontextualization of sensitive material.
Schwab says the notion of consent itself is rapidly changing.
“The root of the word privacy is to ‘deprive’ or ‘withhold’,” he said, adding the assumption is that the material is unavailable or invisible and only accessible once consent is obtained. As Every Breath You Take will make clear in discussions throughout the day, the balance is increasingly shifting towards an assumption of public availability.
“I don’t think people have the same sense of giving consent anymore. If you want things to be private, you have to make a conscious decision to be off the grid.”
In some ways, those decisions are fairly obvious. Choosing not to have a web site or Facebook page keeps certain information out of the public domain. But many of the automatic ways we are captured on security cameras, or logged through our keystrokes, Google searches or financial transactions, are not even signaled to us. The information collected also does not have an expiry date, so that it can be retained long after we ourselves have forgotten.
Some of those more insidious tracking systems are being highlighted in Discoverable and Moebius Maps, a series of artistic projects planned for the days leading up to the conference. communication studies professors Kim Sawchuk and Owen Chapman are working with other professors and grad students in the department (including Schwab) to repurpose some marketing surveillance programs for creative (and illustrative) purposes.