Northern Sparks Book Launch + Discussion with Michael Century
Friday, October 7 | 5-6pm
Online via Zoom (registration required)
InterAccess is excited to present a virtual book launch for Northern Sparks: Innovation, Technology Policy, and the Arts in Canada from Expo 67 to the Internet Age. This event will begin with a talk about the book presented by its author, Michael Century, which will be followed by an audience Q&A.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Understanding how experimental art catalyzes technological innovation is often prized yet typically reduced to the magic formula of “creativity.” In Northern Sparks: Innovation, Technology Policy, and the Arts in Canada from Expo 67 to the Internet Age, Michael Century emphasizes the role of policy and institutions by showing how novel art forms and media technologies in Canada emerged during a period of political and social reinvention, starting in the 1960s with the energies unleashed by Expo 67. Debunking conventional wisdom, Century reclaims innovation from both its present-day devotees and detractors by revealing how experimental artists critically challenge as well as discover and extend the capacities of new technologies.
Northern Sparks is available online. We invite you to access the book here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Century, a musician and media arts historian, is Professor of Music and New Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He founded the Media Arts program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.