Join us. Make Art. Project SQ1P2.

Intrigued by this image? So are we.
ASTeRIX invites visual artists, musicians, dramatists, new media artists, writers, performers, actors, technologists, and all manner of arts practitioners to engage with us in responding to this image: SQ1P2.pdf.

Join us as we begin a new chapter at ASTeRIX filled with the imagination and creative work of you.
To this end, we share this small, short, fun project with you – a personal response (whatever it may be) to image SQ1P2, the provocative Zoom background of one of our members.

We encourage you to take it, run with it, then share your art-making with other creators, with us, at an ASTeRIX gathering later this fall.

Explore. Discover. Play.

Happy Making!

Space: Sound, Score and Visuals

Cultured Passionate Space in HUBS

You are invited to attend Interactions in Space: Sound, Score and Visuals with Dr. Keith Hamel Monday, November 2, 2020 1:00 to 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Hamel has been developing interactive audio visual works that allow live musicians to control sound and graphics through their performances and through their physical gestures. He uses computer vision to track movement and audio analysis tools to capture the sonic characteristics of the live performance and he creates highly integrated art works where movement can create sound and sound can create graphics.

Join Here

Suggested Instructions
1. Before the event, visit and explore the stellar Cultured Passionate Space in Hubs. Visit the Interactives or Music Tech pods or stop by the Questions Corner and float a question for Dr. Hamel. You can launch several performances, being mindful of other visitors who may also be watching with you. If you are new to Hubs, check out Getting started in Hubs
2. On Monday, connect with Zoom.
3. Optionally, simultaneously connect to the stellar Cultured Passionate Space in Hubs.

Grants are for Everyone Video and Links

Thank you to all who joined us for ASTeRIX’s first Intersections series event of the term, “Grants are for Everyone: How to Apply!” If you missed it, it is not too late; check out the full recording here:

Resources and associated links from the workshop:

As Tyler promised, two successful grant application examples for your reference:
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Project Description
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Project Proposal

Award Opportunities
Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master’s Programs) including CIHR, NSERC, & SSHRC:
School of Graduate Studies (SGS) (Graduate Programs):

Valuable Grant Application Resources
Renee Leighann’s Grant Writing Guide (download): 
The Mini Guide to Grant Writing 
AFA Grant Application Writing Tips: 
AFA Help and Resources:
SGS TriCouncil (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) Awards Information (Master’s Programs):
Canadian Common CV:

Article by Letitia Henville, 12 Nov. 2020

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Happy granting!

Grants are for Everyone: How-To Apply

Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom 

If you always wanted to apply for an arts grant but have no idea where to start, this session is for you! Workshop focuses on A AFA Individual Project Grants (up to $15,000 for tuition/living expenses) and SHHRC-Canadian Graduate Scholarship for Masters students (value of $17,500 for tuition/living expenses). ASTeRIX Graduate Assistant Tyler Stewart will walk participants through the application processes and give guidance on key areas to focus on by looking at past examples of successful grant applications. Workshop will include time for discussion, so bring all of your questions. All students, faculty members, and artists welcome.

Register in advance for this meeting:


ASTeRIX (Art, Sound, Technology, Research Intersections) Centre for Research-Creation brings together educators, researchers, students, artists, and the community at large to work across disciplines, fostering training/mentorship and collaborative research opportunities. ASTeRIX is interested in critically and creatively exploring, through a transdisciplinary research-creation lens, the ramifications of emergent technologies.

About Tyler

Tyler J Stewart is a curator, writer, and Master of Arts candidate in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Lethbridge. His research focuses on the role of sound within the ongoing structure of settler-colonialism in Canada, investigating how sound is used as a form of social control by those in power to intimidate and silence, and how artists use sound as a form of resistance and refusal against imbalances of power. Since September 2019, he has also worked with ASTeRIX Centre for Research-Creation as a Graduate Assistant, fostering a variety of events and activities to encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration in the arts.

ASTeRIX Fine Arts Student Resource Guide

This guide aims to empower students, ensuring you have what you need to be successful as artist-scholars engaged in research-creation at the University of Lethbridge, and beyond into the wider Alberta arts community. It is also designed to integrate with in-person events that help tangibly introduce artist-scholars to the resources mentioned here. Find the full PDF linked below and please visit the home page for more information on related upcoming events.

ASteRIX Creative Conversations

Feeling isolated? Want to stay in touch with fellow students and faculty about your artistic practice during the summer months and ongoing social distancing restrictions? Join ASTeRIX Zoom Drops for weekly Creative Conversations where participants are invited to hang out and share what’s keeping you busy in the realm of artistic research-creation (or just talk about your pets). Make new connections or get back in touch with folks you haven’t heard from in a while. Whether you’re a musician, programmer, visual artist, performer, or anything else – we’d love to have you join our casual conversation group. 

Join us via zoom link every Tuesday between 1-2pm:

Use this invite link to add our recurring event to your calendar.

Craft Beer Friday @ SAAG – Live Coding & Sound

ASTeRIX, in collaboration with SAAG and New Music L.AB presents an evening of live coding and sound performance.

Friday | July 17
6 to 9 PM
$10 | $5 with SAAG pass (Includes one beverage and a slice of pizza) |
Limited attendance

Live coding is a 21st-century creative process for making music with computer technology – think of it like musical improvisation, but with a digital twist! Live coding involves an analytical mindset, asking the composer/performer to problem solve by arranging numerical values (integers, floats) and text variables (symbols) following the rules of syntax of a computer programming language.

Bring your own laptop (or iPad with keyboard) to join in the performance, which will feature:

  • D. Andrew Stewart (ASTeRIX)
  • Lavinia Kell Parker (New Music LAB)
  • Sam Parker (New Music LAB)
  • Scott Edward Godin (New Music LAB)
  • Jordan Berg (New Music LAB)
  • Shuan Bellamy (New Music LAB)

SAAG’s Craft Beer Friday is a fun way to connect at the end of the week, choose from a selection of new and exciting craft brews selected by the SAAG staff and the experts at Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits, topped off with delicious pizza by the slice from Two Guys & A Pizza Place.

Call for Student Representatives

Are you a Uleth student who will remain enrolled until April 2021? Are you interested in interdisciplinary research-creation in the arts? Would you like to see more support for students through workshops, events, and activities that encourage interdisciplinary research-creation? If yes, then this exciting volunteer opportunity offers you the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of artist-scholars, and gain relevant experience that you can add to your CV.

ASTeRIX is seeking one (1) Graduate Student Representative and one (1) Undergraduate Student Representative from the Uleth student population to sit on the ASTeRIX Steering Committee. These positions entail a commitment to attending one 90-minute meeting per month (on average) between September 2020-April 2021, where you will be asked to provide input and constructive feedback towards ASTeRIX objectives in supporting interdisciplinary research-creation in the arts. Not only will you be adding your voice to ensure student needs are better represented by ASTeRIX events and activities, this role as Student Representative looks great on scholarship and grant applications!

Interested applicants are to submit a statement (150-200 words) that highlights your interest and background, along with links to past artistic work (optional) to by 4:00pm on July 3, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact ASTeRIX Graduate Assistant Tyler Stewart at

Call for Expressions of Interest – ASTeRIX Director/Co-Directors

ASTeRIX continues to evolve and we are “breaking new ground” once again; this e-mail is to announce our first-ever open call for Director or Co-Directors. The exceptional condition we find ourselves in is the main reason why this call has been made public in May, with only a few weeks for collecting responses. Making the call public required the attention of ORIS and the Office of the Dean of Fine Arts, firstly. Understandably, ASTeRIX has not been a priority in light of the challenges of our financial climate and the global health emergency.

Expressions of interest are requested for a three-year appointment, or appointments (beginning July 1, 2020) as the Director, or Co-Directors of Art, Sound & Technology Research IntersecXions (ASTeRIX). Interested individuals are to submit a CV and a one-page expression of interest that addresses a vision for both the development of ASTeRIX and a plan for Research or Administrative Leadership (see Centres and Institutes Policy, Appendix C). For individuals considering co-directorship, submit an expression of interest independently or conjointly. Expressions submitted conjointly should come from two individuals who intend to work together as co-directors.

The complete Call for Expressions of Interest
Submit to the Office of the Dean of Fine Arts (
Due: May 30, 2020

20 April ASTeRIX AGM Agenda and Report, Telematic, Starting at 10am
2019-2020 ASTeRIX Director’s Report

Dr. D. Andrew Stewart, Director
Art, Sound, & TEchnology Research IntersecXions (ASTeRIX)

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