PARTICLE + WAVE: Feature Night

PARTICLE + WAVE: Feature Night
Featuring performances and films by Raylene Campbell, Grayson Cooke, Shlomi Greenspan, Mat Lindenberg & Jadda Tsui, John Osborne, Untrained Animals and Matthew Waddell

Location: Festival Hall – 1215 10th Ave SE
Saturday, February 4, 2017 @  7:30PM – 10PM (Doors at 7PM)
$20 at the door

On the featured night of the PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival, we explore the many facets of media arts, including audio, video, animation and the use of digital interfaces and landscapes. Be immersed in media arts with live audio-visual performances, screenings and installations on a night that showcases the ever-changing technological tools and processes, and the artists who utilize them in amazingly creative ways.


A film by Grayson Cooke

Frack is an art/science project that combines environmental critique with material enquiry. Hydrochloric acid is used in fracking to dissolve minerals and open fissures in rock. In this project, the acid “fracks” the film in the same way, it seeks the paths of least resistance in the film, the lighter areas of the image where less silver is deposited. These processes are recorded using time-lapse photography and edited as digital video. Accompanied by a soundtrack of sonified seismic data, the result is an “image” that is material, semiotic, chemical and conceptual all at the same time.

About Grayson Cooke:

Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar, award-winning media artist and the Associate Professor of Media in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented live audio-visual performance works in Australia and internationally, and has exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, the WRO Media Art Biennale, the Imagine Science festival in New York, and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo. As a scholar, he has published over 25 academic articles in print and online journals. He is also an associate editor for the online peer-reviewed journal Transformations. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.

Suspension v1.0/1.1
An installation by Matthew Waddell

Conceived during ten days of silent meditation, Suspension is an ongoing multimedia exploration of what it means to be human in a world dominated by technology. Versions 1.0 and 1.1 are presented here as two video screens displaying high-definition 3D sculptural and motion elements that rotate and morph, blending the sterile perfection of the digital with the patchy hair frizz of the organic. Each screen gives us a glimpse inside a near future body, one where metal and plastic are the new bone, and liquid glass the new blood. Here we encounter ourselves through the digital – objects feel familiar yet possess a sense of quantization that can only be achieved with the binary. We may wince at what we see, the uncanny valley has yet to be crossed, but we should keep looking; knowing the machine is knowing the self.

About Matthew Waddell:

Matthew Waddell is an audiovisual artist, multimedia programmer and educator. Matthew has been involved with digital arts for the last ten years, presenting work in the fields of experimental music, theatre, new media and visual arts. Matthew has performed in a number of festivals including MUTEK, Suoni per il Popolo and Le Festival des Musiques de Creation de Jonquiere. He has attended residencies at the Banff Centre and the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal, and presented new media work in Quebec and France. Matthew is an instructor and coach in the production department at the National Theatre School of Canada. He is the recipient of two Betty Mitchell Awards: Outstanding Projection Design, (The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, 2015) and Outstanding Sound Design (ONE, 2011), and a Calgary Critics Award for Best Technical Design (Tomorrow’s Child, 2014).


A film by Shlomi Greenspan

Manifestation explores the complex and often destructive correlation between speed, technology and time. The 12 minute video features an intense stutterer restaging Italian poet F.T Marinetti’s 1909 notorious Futurist Manifesto. The protagonist’s impassioned rhetoric for speed is undermined and frustrated by his speech impediment. The stutter becomes a glitch, an error or malfunction within a delivery system. Technological breakdowns create frustration with technology, leaving us wondering whether our future will be defined by technologies that fail when we need them, and whether we are creating a future saturated with dysfunctional artifacts.

About Shlomi Greenspan:

I am an Israeli artist based in Toronto. I studied at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv and at the OCAD University where I received my BFA. My work has been featured in museums, artist run centres and festivals nationally and internationally. I recently showcased my work as part of the Underground Refrigerator Project in Tel Aviv and at the Textile Museum of Canada. My practice moves across mediums including video, sound and installation. My work explores the ambivalence and mutability of lived experience in the 21st century. Humour has been the driving force behind many of my projects, allowing me to cultivate new insights into ordinary events and contemporary culture.

Slipping Through the Veil
An audio performance by Raylene Campbell

Raylene Campbell will pull you through the veil with her mesmerizing performance. Improvising with Ableton Live and Therevox, she weaves processed accordion samples and field recordings with the warm tones of the Therevox, an analogue synthesizer inspired by the Ondes Martenot and Theremin.

About Raylene Campbell:

Raylene Campbell is an Edmonton-based sound artist with a two-decade history of professional performance and gallery presentation in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bard College in New York, and has taught in the Department of Music at Concordia University in Montreal.

Line Dance
A film by John Osborne

Line Dance is an animated video created to a musical composition written and performed by Edmonton clarinetist Don Ross. Using a single line as the source graphic and Adobe After Effect’s particle system software, a fluid sequence of line constructs were synchronized to the music. The forms were further enhanced with a changing background and foreground colour palette. The video attempts to rise above it’s simple graphical form to evoke the emotional feel of lines dancing to the music.

About John Osborne:

John Osborne began experimenting with abstract images and film in the late 60’s and later worked for two years as the principle operator of a novel hybrid analogue computer at an animation studio in London, England. He then returned to North America and began a 30-year career with a large multi-national company working in Ontario, Alberta and Michigan, on areas of information technology and environmental research, but continuing his interest in the visual arts. In early 2000, he returned to the computer as a creative tool and began experimenting with mathematical algorithms to generate patterns and abstract images. He then began animating these images to music using Adobe After Effects which lead to further collaborations with professional musicians. John continues to explore the relationship between sounds and images using various computer and video techniques, and over the last eight years has shown films and won awards at festivals in North America and Europe.

A performance by Mathew Lindeberg & Jadda Tsui

YOU ARE HERE is a live audio/visual performance, occupying a middle ground between digital puppet show, short film, and three act multimedia play. Audience members are invited to take their photographs in a booth before the show, their faces then placed like masks onto blank characters. Via modelled figures possessing their likenesses, viewers are introduced into an alternate dimension — quiet, flat, empty, unsettling disassociation constructed from the backdrops of dreams. A live narrative constructs several short stories, loosely paralleling visuals on the screen. The show will feature a mix of predefined content, improvisation, and opportunities for subversion.

About the artists:

Mathew Lindenberg is an artist interested in integrating systems and simulations with narrative to explore new ways of telling stories and reaching audiences. Whether his penchant for putting hapless AI characters into overwhelming situations came from a childhood spent shepherding ant colonies, or an unresolved ego-maniacal god complex, is still undetermined. He received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2014.

Jadda Tsui is a media artist working to explore various ways to communicate and generate investigations into how her perception of the world may or may not be similar to that of those around her. She is currently enrolled in undergraduate studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design.

Life Cycles
A performance by Untrained Animals

Untrained Animals will be presenting an entirely new work at PARTICLE + WAVE called Life Cycles. Sonically, the piece will explore the more ambient and experimental side of the group’s work, featuring keyboard pads, analogue blips, found sound samples and minimal percussion. The live video accompaniment will explore cycles of life, body, mind and soul.

About the artists:

Untrained Animals is an instrumental electronic music project from Calgary, Alberta, consisting of members Michael Oxman and Sarah Birch, who are also makers of experimental film and video art. Michael creates music and Sarah produces video and live edits video to accompany the sounds. The group began in 2014 in Calgary with the intention of creating melodic, otherworldly electronic music. Untrained Animals draw on a wide range of influences, from the Berlin school/progressive electronic to instrumental hip hop and vaporwave, seeking to explore a variety of sounds. Its music is probably more geared to headphones than dance floors – but if you want to dance, that’s okay too. Untrained Animals released two EPs (Cipralex Vito-Animism and Forever 18) in 2014, one full length, Untrained Animals III, in 2015, and another full length, Obsolescent the Moment You Get It, in 2016, in addition to numerous remixes. The duo’s goal is to continue combining film and music in order to present a unique, multimedia presentation.

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