Symposium on Technology, Art and Society
May 17th, 2007
The [ctrl] collective presents a one-day symposium and interactive event dedicated to Technology, Art and Society. The TAS Symposium seeks to combine artistic, academic and community research and practices surrounding the question of technology. Keynote speaker and author McKenzie Wark (NYU), scholar and artist in media studies, will offer an interdisciplinary seminar to McGill graduate students and deliver a keynote talk on campus.
The Symposium will feature a community roundtable on issues of technology and organisation held at Thomson House. The event culminates in a free and public evening of new media art and performance at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT)). Partners include UpgradeMTL, the SAT, Media@McGill, the Department of Art History and Communication Studies.
Anna Feigenbaum & Horea Avram
The [ctrl] collective develops and supports collaborative events and projects that address, confront and intervene in modes and mechanisms of social, economic and institutional control. Bringing together researchers, artists and activists, [ctrl] fosters spaces for generating imaginative tactics to resist and create alternatives to a control society.
tobias c. van Veen
Upgrade MTL _ upgrademtl.org
The Upgrade is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Launched in 2004 as the third node in the international network, Upgrade Montreal has sought to explore the limits of the technology arts through performance, exposition, presentation, installation, nomadism, intervention and cabaret. Over the past two and a half years Upgrade Montreal has featured diverse events bridging digital culture and the technology arts, from new media and net-art to electronic music and embodied performance. As a forum for feedback and discussion, the Upgrade has become a space in which to engage political questions concerning technology and the arts in Montreal. The Upgrade Montréal is supported by The Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) and collaborates with various organisations including Studio XX, La Centrale, terminus1525.ca, OBORO and Hexagram among others.