to everyone, this series of conferences aims at the dissemination of Hexagram’s
works within the network of creators-researchers from the Institute and independant
media and technological artists, but to the the general public as well. The
researchers will have the opportunity not only to demonstrate the works they
create in the frameworks of the Institute, but also the works they have developed
previously or elsewhere.
conferences will take place every second Monday of each month from September
2005 until May 2006, from 6pm to 8pm.
second conference welcomes reputed researcher and theoretician Niklas
Damitris, currently Visiting Scholar at Stanford University,
Éric Raymond (UQAM) and Jason Lewis (Concordia).
Title: Lanternes/ Lighthouses: Recent works and issues
My work raises questions about the origin of images. Through unexpected associations
of found objects in former installations or the evanescent shimmering of electronic
images, it explores issues related to the sources of visual and mental representations.
Since 1997, I have been working on a body of work called Lanternes/ Lighthouses,
which includes the recent Interiors project. I use photography and video in
electronic installations that often involve landscape as a way of questioning
the way in which we inhabit the earth. I am interested in the idea we have of
Nature, but more specifically in the way this idea is influenced by technology
Raymond has been active in the field of electronic arts for more than ten years.
He has exhibited his work on the national and international scene notably at
the Absolut L.A. International Biennial Art Invitational (Los Angeles), Ars
Electronica (Linz, Austria), L.A.Freewave (Los Angeles), InterAccess (Toronto),
and Dazibao (Montreal).
Title: Writing the Next Text
Jason Lewis (Concordia) will demonstrate and discuss work done as part of the
Hexagram-sponsored Next Text project. Next Text is a conceptual and technical
exploration of digital text, type and typography. We focus on asking how text
can be written, displayed and read differently in the digital environment, and
we develop software tools that support radical experiments in text-based creative
Lewis is a digital artist and technology researcher whose work revolves around
experiments in visual language, text and typography. His other interests include
computation as a creative material, emergent media theory and history, and methodologies
for conducting art-led technology research. His creative work has been featured
at the Ars Electronica Center, ISEA, and SIGGRAPH, among other venues, and supported
by the Canada Council for the Arts, the English Arts Council, the Banff Centre
for the Arts, Arts Alliance and Heritage Canada. Lewis was trained in philosophy
and computer science at Stanford University and in art & design at the Royal
College of Art. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Computation Arts at
Concordia University where he founded and directs Obx Laboratory for Experimental
Media. Please see www.obxlabs.net
for more information.
Title: Valorization through art and technology: an opportunity to
add value and rethink economic valuation?
In this talk, I want to place the issues concerning artistic research and valorization
in a larger systemic context. As the affinities between artistic invention and
technical innovation are increasingly noted, so are the hopes and problems associated
with such rapprochment. Many of the hopes are pinned on the transdisciplinarity
this portends. But some of the problems are its corollary and stem from tensions
due to the different institutional character of academic disciplines, business
labs, and government agencies which frame the context in which “Research
and Creation” is to happen. HEXAGRAM was founded in order to address some
of these concerns.
of asking how artists may use technologies to make money, or how technology
products could become more profitable through artistic inflection, I problematize
what I shall call the ‘Art&Technology Complex’, in light of the undisputed
pressures of globalization and the environment. To me, as currently understood,
Art remains the ‘sacred’ and Technology the profane manifestation of a Will
to power that inadvertedly contributes to economic destitution and ecological
devastation. So I want to ask their practitioners some hard questions:
What is the relevance of artistic work in today’s world?
What does it mean to engender monetary value through artistic production?
What does research imply in the context of art and technology practices?
These tough questions have to be raised in order not only to figure out the
political or business consequences of “Research and Creation”, but
more importantly, in order to levarage this problematic to revision our sense
of economy and sociality itself.
Damiris, Ph.D. is a theoretical physicist turned intellectual entrepreneur.
For many years he was affiliated with Xerox-Parc. More recently he has been
a Senior Fellow at the Knowledge Society Center at UCSC. Currently, he is a
Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, a Research Associate at the Swiss Banking
Center, and a Consulting Advisor to IBM-Research. He is co-author with Stefano
Franchi and Helga Wild of the monograph: “The Passion of Life” forthcoming
by Lexington Books in 2006. He is also working on a book-trilogy focusing on
money and its unique relation to work, to virtuality, and to ecology.