Stefan A. Rose’s multi-disciplinary art-making becomes rooted in the places that he works in, a response to the interplay of the ancient (geography and history), the new (people and habitation), and the ephemeral (weather and emotion). Interweaving these elements he creates artworks that speak to our times, infuse subtle humour, and become evidence of specific moments. In this talk Stefan will elaborate on his process with large format view cameras and how they inform his photographs, poems, and video, to add dimension to an understanding of place.
Is it possible for designers and thinkers outside of STEM fields to make an impact on the development of new technologies? In this presentation, Marcel O’Gorman will talk about the critical making and speculative design practices of the Critical Media Lab, which is currently housed in the Communitech Hub. O’Gorman will discuss theories and projects from his forthcoming book, Making Media Theory, which provides new models for technological production that are not rooted in the logic of capitalism and infinite technological progress. Topics discussed will include the value of uselessness, carpentry vs. crapentry, dirty media, and basketweaving as media making.
Heritage institutions such as Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) embrace digital technology to tell intangible stories about their tangible artifacts and to make these stories accessible to the public they serve. However, the collaborative nature of this process is known in the industry to be expensive, time-consuming, and most importantly, challenging to adequately represent the narrative sensibilities of Indigenous Knowledge. How can researchers work with community stakeholders and GLAMs to facilitate the representation of Indigenous art and cultural heritage and their intangible qualities? This presentation analyses two virtual museum projects and three physical exhibitions that present large scale Indigenous multimedia artefacts (co-designed by the speaker) to assess and analyze the challenges and benefits of collaborative methodology and its future direction.