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Talk with David Rokeby and Luc Courchesne

Keynotes

Friday May 31 - 9:30
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Talk with David Rokeby and Luc Courchesne

Keynotes

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In the form of an informal conversation, artist, researcher and curator Luc Courchesne will have a talk with David Rokeby, a prolific artist of the digital avant-garde, with a career spanning more than 40 years devoted to electronics, video and installation. Considered a pioneer of interactive art with his work Very Nervous System, presented at the Venice Biennale in 1986, Rokeby has since then constantly explored the different ways of making the body in movement interact with the machine. Also an experienced technician, he designed the artificial intelligence hardware and software that allowed him to create his works. During this discussion, we will talk about the itinerary of this precursor of digital technology by focusing on his work on immersion.

The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the public.

The conference is included in the full pass, and the workshop pass of the day.

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David Rokeby

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David Rokeby is a Toronto-based artist who works with a variety of digital media to critically explore the impacts these media are having on contemporary human lives. David Rokeby's early work Very Nervous System (1982-1991) was a pioneering work of interactive art, translating physical gestures into real-time interactive sound environments. He has exhibited and lectured extensively internationally and has received numerous international awards including a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2002), a Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art (2002), and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts “BAFTA” award in Interactive art (2000).

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Luc Courchesne

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Luc Courchesne is a pioneer in media art and design. From interactive portraiture to immersive experience systems, he has developed innovative approaches which have earned him prestigious awards such as the Grand Prix of the ICC Biennale 1997 in Tokyo, an Award of Distinction (1999) and several Honorary Mentions (1994, 1996, 2002) at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1994), an invitation by Nam June Paik to present at the Gwangju Biennale (1995), and participations in Wired’s NextFest in Chicago (2006) and New York City (2007). His work is part of major public and private collections in North America, Europe and Asia including the ZKM (Karlsruhe), the ICC (Tokyo), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1974) and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), Courchesne was a student of Toni Mann, Michael Snow and Otto Piene. Luc Courchesne [courchel.net] is a founding member of the Society for Art and Technology [sat.qc.ca], honorary professor at Université de Montréal [umontreal.ca] and member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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