Responsive Environments [ca Montréal]

Responsive Environments: Architecture, Technology and the Senses :: March 27-28, 2009 ::Université de Montréal, École d’architecture, Pavillon de la Faculté de l’aménagement, 2940 ch. Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal QC, Amphithéâtre 3110.

Nestled in geodesic domes, the members of the 1960s utopian communities, their minds chemically expanded, surrounded by stroboscopic lights, projections, loud music and perfumed incense, attempted to counter the modernist project of disciplining and isolating the senses by revisiting the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk. The term environment became ubiquitous and served to define these new multimedia spaces or forms of art that involved the participation of the audience, as in the famous happenings organized in the late 1950s by Allan Kaprow, who was the first to introduce the definition of environmental art.

In a way that echoes, once again, experiences of the Sixties, like the famous events organized by the EAT group (Experiments in Art and Technology), the last few decades have seen the development of a new culture as opposed to a counterculture with the exploration of the use of personal digital technologies, prosthetic devices, wearable computing, responsive dynamic systems and topological media. Collaborating, very often with scientific institutions, architects, designers and artists have appropriated the new advanced technologies to generate ambiances that act as mediating devices, enhancing and questioning our new technobodies. They create responsive environments: spaces that interact with the people passing through, inhabiting or using them.

Friday, March 27, 18:00

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Special causes and effects: public agency in electronic art

Saturday, March 28, Session 1 from 10:00-12:00

Session chair: Denis Bilodeau, University of Montreal

Jean-Louis Deotte, Université Paris VIII : Le Merzbau de Schwitters, une oeuvre d’art totale ou un environnement appareillé?
Oliver Botar, University of Winnipeg : Kinetic-Constructive System: Structure with Movement Track for Play and Conveyance
(1922-28) – Moholy-Nagy’s Participatory, Immersive Art Environment
Laurent Stalder, ETH Zürich: Software Architecture
Alessandra Ponte, Université de Montréal: Total Environment: Montréal 1965-1975.

Saturday, March 28, session 2 from 13:00-15:00

Session chair: Anne Cormier, Director University of Montreal

Nicolas Reeves, UQAM: Aérospatiales interactifs: au-delà de la Vallée des Étranges
Louise Poissant, UQAM: Performativité et effets de présence de personnages virtuels
Luc Courchesne, Université de Montreal: Terrains d’apparition
Thomas Soetens, Kora Van den Bulcke, Workspace Unlimited: Hybrid Space

Saturday, March 28, session 3 from 15:30-17:30

Session chair: Martin Bressani, McGill University

Rodolphe el-Khoury, University of Toronto: Ambient Intelligence in Contemporary Architecture
Marcelyn Gow, SERVO, Los Angeles: Parallel Processing
Aaron Sprecher, McGill University: n-degreed proxemics
Philip Beesly, University of Waterloo: Automated Sentiments: New Distributed Environments

Mar 11, 14:47
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  1. ling:

    will you know if the talks are going to be in english or french and if they have translation? thanks.

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