Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2010

Close Encounters

CFC Media Lab Residents for Nuit Blanche

A diverse group of thirteen artists,writers, producers and collaborators from CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program transform the InterAcces Gallery into a space of inquisitive discovery and play.

Close Encounters invites the audience to re-imagine game play, explore notions of first contact, take notice of sound installations, and discover the ease of a wearable gaming system. The year’s annual presentation includes the premiere of Unit N-O14, special projects DruMeBa, Voicings, Neighbourhoodie and I Should Be Dreaming of Butterflies by featured Alumni Artist Sharon Switzer.

Neighbourhoodie is a wearable device that combines the energy of the street games with the thrill of interactive game play into the comfy, hooded garment we all know and love. Neighbourhoodie was originally developed for tweens and teens by Rose Bianchini, David McCallum, and Kathleen Climie, and requires the gamer to leave their residence to play in the big beautiful world. Once a Hoodie is fully electronically outfitted the world is turned into a game through the use of light, sound and sensors. Neighbourhoodie is a gateway to an augmented world of collective and personal experiences.

Camille Betts and Justin Ferrato’s Unit N-O14 is an interactive experience which combines the use of sculptural design, generative audio and lighting design, with capacitive sensing to create an overall narrative experience. A shipping container was found. Its contents remain unknown. An unknown being has been discovered. Our understanding of it is incomprehensible but we are aware of its existence. Dare to approach.

DruMeBa created by Conor Holler, Dee Balkissoon, Cathy Chen, and Orla Garriques, is a customizable drumming experience designed to foster social interaction and collaboration among children with Austim. DruMeBa brings music therapy into the 21st century by combining the communicative and collaborative power of drumming with technology, offers dynamic visuals, and enriches the participants’ performance by adding melody and instrumentation in real time. Voicings is an aural composition created by Dawn Buie, David Goorevitch, and Liz Gallo.

Symphonies of voices reveal the human passions and motivation behind innovation, offering insights into the personalities at the MaRS Discovery District. Voicings mines the words of 19 interviews from an experiment in non-narrative storytelling for elemental phrases about behavior and expressed beliefs, and reveals the playful aspects of personalities through associative word play and unanticipated resonances. Voicings live in a space, not a radio.

I Should Be Dreaming of Butterflies is created by CFC Media Lab’s featured Alumni Artist, Sharon Switzer. Switzer continues on the trajectory of pairing unlikely, poetic and darkly humorous texts with evocative visuals. In this new work, Switzer adds abstracted digital drawings, often referencing certain real-world objects and ideas. This series of animated digital video drawings is also an exploration into the possibilities of ‘creation’ within a digital compositing program. They are not traditional drawing, video, animation – but something unique born from within this medium.

Regardless of technology platform or theme, each of these projects makes us look at things a different way. Shaving cream, pillows, mud – they can all become vehicles for our persistent visions.

Past exhibition
Nov 8 - Dec 9, 2023

All watched over by machines of loving grace ―Gladys Lou

The 22nd Annual IA Current Exhibition asks the audience what makes love real: the lover, the loved one, or the medium by which love is conveyed? Curated by Gladys Lou.

Past exhibition
Oct 17 - 24, 2023

Digital Constellations: Making Our Own Seat at the Table

Partnering with Indigenous Youth Roots (formerly known as Canadian Roots Exchange), InterAccess is thrilled to present Digital Constellations: Making Our Own Seat at the Table—an official selection feature at the 2023 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Curated by Amanda Amour-Lynx.

Past exhibition
Sep 6 - Oct 21, 2023

Remember Tomorrow: A Telidon Story―Curated by Shauna Jean Doherty

Presented in honour of InterAccess’s 40th anniversary this exhibition celebrates Telidon, the Canadian-made technology that inspired the artists who founded InterAccess in 1983.

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