Assisted Installations

EMMEDIA presents:
Assisted Installations
Performances by Icaro Zorbar (Bogota, Colombia)
Part of M:ST Performative Art Festival (

October 16-19, 2012: Studio Residency at EMMEDIA (351 – 11 Ave SW, Suite #203)
October 20, 2012 @ 7-8PM: Performance of Assisted Installations at TRUCK Gallery (The Grain Exchange (Lower Level), 815 1st Street SW)

Working with an accumulation of mechanical and electronic music players, Zorbar adjusts the standard operation of these devices to place these machines into conversation with each other, transforming them by creating new relationships between the mechanical components. In these projects, Zorbar establishes a precarious balance of machines and music, objects and sound. The works have an ephemeral quality as many last just as long as the side of a record, a cassette tape or sometimes just the length of a song. There is also a poignant charm to these installations, creating a romantic anthropomorphic quality with the machines he plays with. From October 16 – 19, he will be residing in a studio at EMMEDIA, where you can drop by to see his process. For his presentation during the M:ST Festival, Zorbar will present a “mini concert” at TRUCK Gallery with three different performances.

About M:ST Performative Art Festival:

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST) is a biennial festival that celebrates innovative and critically engaged performative art in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST 6 will be happening from October 15 – 27, 2012. For more information, go to

About the artist:

Icaro Zorbar is a Colombian artist who works with machines, songs, sounds and projections.  A big part of his work is of a performative character: using cassette tapes, fans, records, music boxes, etc., sometimes his presence among machines takes on the form of “assisted installations”. Icaro holds an MFA from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His work has been shown in different exhibitions around the world. For more information, please go to

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