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May 04, 2007

Upgrade! Montreal



UPGRADE! MONTREAL: POLITICS UNDER FIRE :: THURSDAY, May 17th :: 20:30H -­ 24:00H :: Société des arts technologiques (SAT), 1195 St. Laurent :: Free and open to the public :: video-art screening & experimental music.

Renegade curators Horea Avram and tobias c. van Veen present works that tackle the social and political dimension of new media, from control and alternatives to control, strategies of democratization and access to creative tactics for confronting mechanisms of power.

The evening is presented as part of the [CTRL]: Technology : Art : Society Symposium, taking place at McGill during daylight hours of May 17th, to which everyone is welcome.


20H30 + / presentation of 'Anti-Data Mining' by RYBN, France. Rybn is a transversal collective which came out of new practices linked to vjing, electonic music, sensorial technologies and open source software.

21H15 + uninterrupted screening of video art. Featuring video-artists Rozalinda Borcila, Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau, Andrew Lynn and The Vacuum Cleaner. Curated by Horea Avram.

22H30 + live electronic and experimental music. Performances by Tara Rodgers, Doug van Nort, Javier Arciniegas, tobias.dj. Also time for drinks.

:: HORAIRE [CTRL]: TAS schedule :: 17 MAI 2007 ::

14H ­ 15:30 DEMOCRACY, ART & MEDIA: PANEL :: With members of / Avec des membres du the Levier Project, Oboro, Centre Canadien d¹Architecture (CCA), Fair Trade Media & Île Sans Fil. [ Banquet Room, Thomson House, 3635 McTavish St., McGill ]

16H ­ 18:00 McKENZIE WARK: GAMER THEORY :: Professor of Cultural and Media Studies at Lang College, New School University. He is the author of several books, most recently Dispositions and A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard UP, 2007). Ever get the feeling that life's a game with changing rules and no clear sides, one you are compelled to play yet cannot win? Welcome to gamespace. Gamer Theory uncovers the significance of games in the gap between the near-perfection of actual games and the highly imperfect gamespace of everyday life in the rat race of free-market society. [ Keynote talk, Adams Auditorium, 3450 University St., McGill ]

18H ­ 20:00 Time for dinner

20:00H ­ 24 UpgradeMTL :: POLITICS UNDER FIRE :: [ Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), 1195 St. Laurent ]

[CTRL]: TAS is sponsored by The Beaverbrook Fund for Media@McGill with assistance from the Post-Graduate Students Society and AHCS_GSA. TAS partners include UpgradeMTL, the Society for Art and Technology and the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University. [CTRL]: TAS is Anna Feigenbaum, tobias c. van Veen & Horea Avram.

Upgrade! is an autonomous, international and grassroots organization of monthly gatherings for digital culture and the technology arts. Upgrade Montreal is generously supported by the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], through networks of the Upgrade International, the various partners we work with, the artists who donate their time and the personal energies of its organizer triumvirate of tobias c. van Veen, Sophie Le-Phat Ho & Anik Fournier.

Posted by jo at May 4, 2007 03:12 PM