ART’S BIRTHDAY 2011

EMMEDIA hosts
ART’S BIRTHDAY 2011
In collaboration with Quickdraw Animation Society, The New Gallery and the Alberta College of Art + Design
January 15 @ 6 – 12AM
EMMEDIA/QAS Building – 351 11 Ave S.W.
Calgary, Alberta

Admission is FREE!

Featuring Dorkbot Calgary w/ Lia Rogers, Carl Spencer w/ Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh, Shelley Ouellet, Paul Woodrow, Animated Zine Night w/ Micheal Welchman, Filliou ACAD Sculpture 316 w/ Rita McKeough and many others!

1 million and 48 years ago, a sponge was dropped in a bucket of water and with that, Art was born! First acknowledged by Fluxus artist and poet Robert Filliou in 1963, Art’s Birthday has been celebrated by artists the world over, through collaborative and networked based activities that recognize the spirit of permanent creation. In celebration of this momentous occasion, EMMEDIA, in collaboration with Quickdraw Animation Society, The New Gallery and Alberta College of Art + Design, would like to invite you to participate in a series of generative and participatory installations that will activate spaces throughout our shared building, supporting practices that reflect and celebrate the Eternal Network of Permanent Creation. For more information on Art’s Birthday, check out www.artsbirthday.net

SCHEDULED EVENTS:

EVENTS IN THE SCREENING ROOM:

7:00 PM – Fluxus: Between the event and the gesture. A talk by Paul Woodrow

A personal account of Woodrow’s association with some of the members of Fluxus told through anecdotes and books that he has acquired

8:00 PM – Filliou: A performance by ACAD’s Sculpture 316 class

Participants in the ACAD Sculpture 316 class are creating a short fluxus performance piece in response to Porta Filliou.

8:30 PM – Screening: Porta Filliou 1977 44 min.

Made as a video supplement to Filliou’s book Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts (1970) and produced during a residency at the artist-run centre, Arton’s, in Calgary, Alberta.

9:30PM – Midnight:
B.B.B.S. (BETAMAX BIRTHDAY BROADCASTING SYSTEM) <---> A.B.C.C. (ARTS BIRTHDAY CAKE ‘CAST)
Carl Spencer and Instant Places (Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh) 

Following in the tradition of radio, fax and slowscan broadcasts of birthdays past (http://www.artsbirthday.net/navigate/chronology.html ), BBBS/ABCC explores entropic systems of feedback/delay and the the loss/gain of this information through physical network/virtual networks. 

BBBS/ABCC invites on-site participants (live @ EMMEDIA) to transmit and recieve analog broadcasts of video and sound with our sister station, hosted by the Instant Places team in Vieux Hull, QC. (http://instantplaces.ca/artsbirthday/11/01.html)

EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING:

Tea for Tarts
Facilitated by Shelley Ouellet
Ongoing
Suite #202: Fairy Tales Festival Office

Bring in 6 tarts and get yourself a very special cup of tea!

Shelley Ouellet will be creating a Tearoom in the Fairy Tales office for Art’s Birthday. Throughout the evening of celebrations, performances, screenings and talks, the Tearoom will offer a friendly space for conversation and libations. High Tea will be served throughout the evening at a special price, but Shelley encourages birthday revelers to trade tarts for tea. Dust off your cookbooks and clean out your freezers because donating 6 tarts to the Tearoom table will get you bragging rights and a very special cupful. This offer is only available at Art’s Birthday. Pity!

Dorkbot Calgary: Drawing Robot Workshop
Facilitated by Lia Rogers
Ongoing
Suite #203: EMMEDIA office

Join Dorkbot Calgary to make your own drawing robot or toothbrush robot. These easy to make robots can be made with a simple motor, battery and household objects. We’ll have large sheets of paper and the robots can draw all night!
 
ANIMATED ZINE NIGHT

Facilitated by Micheal Welchman
6 – 9PM
Suite #201: Quickdraw Animation Society

Participants are encouraged to produce self published print and digital media “zines.” Paper, collage and drawing supplies will be provided in order to produce print based media in conjunction with exquisite corpse-style animations. Images will be compiled to make a looped, animation zine, published to the web through a blogsite.  No animation skills required.

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