What does IAM do?
IAM works with artists, scientists, technicians and communities to research, develop, produce and present new works that cross the boundaries between, and combine art forms, science, craft and technology.
What makes IAM unique?
IAM is the only arts organization in Ontario with a mandate to foster the development of interdisciplinary or integrated art. While other arts organizations emphasize the presentation of art, IAM focuses on supporting the artist through the entire creation process. Since 2007 over 100 artists have worked on IAM projects; we have presented many public events and worked with over 40 diverse community partners from across Canada.
What is integrated or interdisciplinary art?
"Interdisciplinary art is the integration and transformation of distinct art forms that creates a new form."  - Rachel Von Frossen, 2007
Who makes interdisciplinary art?
Composers, choreographers, visual artists, writers, performance artists, photographers, filmmakers, dancers, playwrights, musicians, actors, technicians, directors, craftspeople, archivists, inventors, software developers, physicists, philosophers, carpenters, theologians, psychologists, ethicists, academics, engineers, architects, scientists and electricians. Interdisciplinary art is, by its very nature, collaborative. Sometimes we work alone, but most often we work as a team of people from several fields combining our talents towards a common goal: to create a work of art.
Where does interdisciplinary art take place?
Interdisciplinary art can take place in traditional venues such as concert halls, theatres, galleries and schools, but is just as likely to happen in public space or have a virtual existence online. Integrated art can migrate around the city or internet to intersect with any geographic location and audiences of any cultural orientation.
What are examples of interdisciplinary art?
Interdisciplinary art can include:
Autonomous sculptures, performance and stage projects, media architectures, media-based interventions in public spaces, mechatronics, kinetics, robotics, performance art, interventions, creative disturbances, multimedia art, urban sound theatre, location based and geospatial storytelling, multiuser environments, annotation software tools, artificial life, transgenic art, software art, generative art.
How do I get involved with IAM?
There are many ways to get involved with IAM:
  • • Sign up for our e-newsletter
  • • Find exciting new art on IAM's Facebook page and YouTube channel!
  • • Check our website frequently for recent news & updates
  • • Volunteer your time, skills, energy and ideas
  • • Attend project development workshops
  • • Attend IAM presentations, lectures, performances and exhibitions
  • • Become an IAM Patron by making a donation
Are internships or work experiences available?
We offer training and work experience programs in practices that are not generally covered in traditional training programs or education systems. Interns work within a professional development or production context to fulfill a role within the creative team, gaining valuable hands-on work experience guided by professional practitioners. In collaboration with MT Space and Felt Lab, IAM runs intensive intercultural professional development workshops in alternative practices.
What is the process IAM uses to develop new work?
The following outlines the 5-step process that a typical project goes through:
  • 1. The conceptual stage
    Inter Arts Matrix is approached by an artist with a creative idea. Together, we identify what is needed to begin work on the project. Often this involves helping the artist find collaborators. These may be creative artists from other disciplines or specialists from other sectors. Once assembled, the team embarks on the project. This includes research and dramaturgy as well as developing a budget and funding strategy.
  • 2. The development & production stage
    The team produces a proof of concept or prototype. They each begin in their respective areas, creating the initial design for the work. This can include designing software, architectural drawings, carpentry and construction, composing or artistic renderings. In this phase the work is mounted for the first time and the pieces are put together. It often takes several attempts to seamlessly integrate the parts into the whole. Many interdisciplinary art works are interactive. A sample audience is brought in to gauge the success of that interactivity as well as the overall response to the work.
  • 3. The presentation stage
    The work is ready to show. If the artist does not have a presenter available, IAM offers several options. This may include presenting the work in public, seeking out partners who can jointly present the work or assisting the artist in finding a suitable presenter.
  • 4. The documentation stage
    To promote their work beyond the first presentation, artists must have professional quality documentation of the project. This often requires a team of people (videographer, sound engineer and photographer) to capture the work while it is being performed. The artist can then use this documentation to support funding requests, as well as to promote the work for further presentations. We use this document to educate the public and increase the public's understanding of integrated art.
  • 5. The promotion stage
    Our website hosts documentation of the work and we promote the work locally, nationally and internationally. We act as a cultural ambassador, not only for the region's artists, but also for the Waterloo Region, as a site for cultural creation and innovation.
How long does it take to create an integrated artwork?
It typically takes two to five years to take a new work from inception to production.
How do I submit a project?
If you have an idea for a project please contact Artistic Director Sheila McMath at info@interartsmatrix.ca.
When was IAM founded?
IAM was founded in 2007 by artistic director, Anne-Marie Donovan.