Instant Places: Talk and Performance

Instant Places: Artist Talk and Performance
Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh

EMMEDIA Screening Room
May 8, 2010
7– 9 PM

Instant Places: Canada CODE is an audio/video environment in which images, sounds and texts collected from across Canada are transformed in real time. Kavanaugh and Birse began the project in September 2009 in Makkovik Labrador, gathering audiovisual material and creating the computer programming as they travelled by ferries, buses, and trains across Canada to Vancouver. The generated video is designed in such a way that the viewer must choose areas of interest to watch in a widescreen display that evokes the breadth of Canada, as the computer program creates ever-changing sonic spaces from recordings made at locations across the country.

Artist Bio:

Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse create intermedia artworks on location using software instruments they design. In their practise they combine independent activity that is local and micro-scale with Internet collaboration and broadcast events.

From 1997 to 2002 Kavanaugh and Birse traveled throughout Canada and Europe, making installation and performance works for festival venues and art galleries. In 2003 they began Instant Places, a series of location-specific works, which have been presented in Canada, Australia, Japan, the United States, and Argentina/Uruguay. In 2009 Instant Places spent five months realizing residency projects in New York and Argentina/Uruguay.

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