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 (finearts.dean@uleth.ca
Due: May 30, 2020

Past:
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)

asterix@uleth.ca

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2020 ASTeRIX AGM Agenda and Director’s Report

Hello everyone,

The 2020 AGM for Art, Sound, & TEchnology Research IntersecXions (ASTeRIX) occurred on 20 May. The meeting agenda and report, as well as the annual Director’s Report, are available, below.

Upcoming:
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)

asterix@uleth.ca

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How to Raise a Ghost? (haunting 1.3) – March 5, 2020

Image: “Fredericks” Artist: Angela Deane

Continuing our collaboration with SAAG‘s Bletcher Reading Hour, the latest ASTeRIX Gathering+ event  brings together scholar-artists focused on nascent concepts and works in progress. Mia van Leeuwen invites D. Andrew Stewart, Annie Martin, Julia Wasilewski and Ekida Laurie into a performance-research process that explores the ‘life and death’ of objects through sound, movement, ritual, costume and photography.

This event builds on the readings and discussion from our last Gathering+ event in October, but no previous knowledge or preparation is required to attend – all are welcome! However, you may contact asterix@uleth.ca for copies of the previous readings if you are interested. Please join us for this free event on March 5, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm at the SAAG (601 3rd Ave South).

The readings can be found via this link as a PDF.

Schedule:

6:00-6:45pm: Context provided for performance research with reference to Bletcher Readings (from Oct 17); open for discussion.

6:45-7:15pm: Performance-research demo How to Raise a Ghost? (haunting 1.3)

7:15-8:00pm: Open discussion and conversation

ASTeRIX Gathering+ events are an informal and conversational opportunity to talk about research creation, encouraging interaction among colleagues from different fields and disciplines, and to discuss nascent concepts and works-in-progress in a more casual off-campus atmosphere.

Performer bios:

Ekida Laurie studied dance at Kyung Hee University in Korea and then went to the Netherlands to dance with the NDT 1 company. She has performed and presented her choreographic work on various stages around the world, including Korea, Japan, Belgium, England, Canada and the USA.

Annie Martin’s practice moves between audio installation, drawing, painting, textile, performance and video. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada, and also internationally.

D. Andrew Stewart is a composer, pianist and digital musical instrumentalist. A convergence of acoustic and electroacoustic instrumental praxis is at the centre of Stewart’s oeuvre. His music is dedicated to exploring composition and performance for new interfaces for musical expression by adapting and evolving traditional praxis.

Mia van Leeuwen practices the body of performance to explore wide-ranging themes, playfully blurring the lines between theatre and visual art. Altering perspective, baring process, queering, unsettling, combining different forms, making strange, fragmenting time, and juxtaposing imagery, are actions that inform the making of her various projects.

Julia Wasilewski is an Assistant Professor at the University of Lethbridge as well as a Lethbridge-based costume, set, and lighting designer. Julia’s practice embraces the intersection between traditional design conventions and contemporary renewable approaches in an effort to embrace sustainable theatre-making.

ASTeRIX Student Engagement Session

On Thursday, Nov 28, ASTeRIX is hosting a student engagement session that focuses on how the centre can better serve and represent student projects. This session will be casual and conversational in nature, and will include asking the following questions:

• What are your research interests and areas of artistic practice?
• What resources/equipment would be most valuable to support your student experience?
• What speakers/facilitators/artists would you most like to have visit Uleth to speak/present/etc (perhaps even in the Spring 2020 term)?
• What types of events/workshops/etc might ASTeRIX plan/provide that you would be interested in?

This 2-hour event will take place in the Switch Lab (W520A) on Thursday, November 28 from 4:00-6:00pm. Please drop in for as much or as little as you can. Please RSVP to asterix@uleth.ca

Intersections: Student Engagement Session

On Thursday, Nov 28, ASTeRIX will host a student engagement session that focuses on how the centre can better serve and represent student projects. This session will be casual and conversational in nature, and will include asking the following questions:

• What are your research interests and areas of artistic practice?
• What resources/equipment would be most valuable to support your student experience?
• What speakers/facilitators/artists would you most like to have visit Uleth to speak/present/etc (perhaps even in the Spring 2020 term)?
• What types of events/workshops/etc might ASTeRIX plan/provide that you would be interested in?

We will hold a 2-hour event in the Switch Lab (W520A) on Thursday, November 28. We will do our best to find a time that works well for everyone:

• Does 28 Nov. work for you?
• Are you free between 3-8pm and if yes, what is your availability during this this timeframe?
• We’ll provide some refreshments and probably some Pizza (Junction) – do you have any dietary restrictions?

Please RSVP to asterix@uleth.ca to let us know if you can make it!

Meeting Agenda Update 15 October and Intersections/Gatherings reminder

Hello everyone

Below, you will find a link to an updated agenda for the upcoming ASTeRIX meeting (tomorrow) – same agenda that was distributed, last week, but with a few changes and additional embedded link: “New draft policy for university centres”, which will require ASTeRIX, and all other centres or institutions, to revisit their applications to become a university centre.

In addition, the ASTeRIX Gathering no. 1 takes place on Thursday.  The SAAG has indicated that they will make hardcopies of the readings available.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the scheduled delivery date for the limited number of hardcopies, which we’ll put in the mailroom. In the meantime, feel free to access an unformatted electronic PDF copy. Please come to the Reading Group, which is normally quite intimate and informal.  Light refreshments served.

Lastly, please, at your earliest convenience, respond to the messages about “Intersections” and “Gatherings”, if you were one of the respondents to the May Questionnaire, in which we asked for proposals for “Intersections” and “Gatherings” (recent e-mails dated 7 October). It’s still early days and so, we would enjoy having everyone’s feedback on our “Intersections” and “Gatherings” series.

Upcoming:
15 October Meeting Agenda

Past:
19 September Meeting Agenda
19 September Meeting Minutes

 
Thank you,
Art, Sound, & Technology Research IntersecXions (ASTeRIX)

asterix@uleth.ca

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Object studies and more at the SAAG Gathering+ on October 17, 2019

 

This inaugural Gathering+ event will be presented in partnership with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery’s (SAAG) Bletcher Hour Reading Group on Thursday, October 17 from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

ASTeRIX members Mia van Leeuwen (Fine Arts – Drama) and D. Andrew Stewart (Fine Arts – Music) will be providing context about their art practices and objects studies in relation to the extracts from the following readings.

In Praise of Shadow (Tanizaki, 1933)
The Tears of Things (Schwenger, 2006)
Free Play, Sex and Violins (Nachmanovitch, 1990)
Death and Performing Objects (John Bell)
Guide to Sound Objects, Reduced Listening (Chion, 2009)
View with a Grain of Sand (Szymborska, 1995)

If you can attend, the SAAG is able to provide the reading extracts for you. Traditionally, they provide a limited number of printed and custom-bound copies. If you’d like a copy, or would prefer to receive an electronic version, please let us know at asterix@uleth.ca

Of course, reading everything upfront is not a necessity … we would enjoy seeing you at this ASTeRIX gathering very much. Light refreshments provided.

Gathering+ Presented by ASTeRIX in partnership with SAAG
Thursday, October 17
6:00-7:00pm
601 3rd Ave South

The SAAG’s critical reading group, The Bletcher Hour, is named after the gallery’s first librarian, Mary Hazel Bletcher. Regular readings relate to current exhibitions and dig a little deeper, exploring key themes in the exhibited works.

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Graduate student “Intersections” workshop

Developing a multi-day workshop for interdisciplinary R-C in the spirt of the 2014 New Media Intersections with Evelyn Eastmond. Co-taught, collaboratively led, bringing into play present-day R-C projects and activities of the workshop leaders. Alternatively, directed by a prominent scholar-artist invited to the university by ASTERIX. The workshop can be a launchpad for an FFA inter-departmental, co-instructed, studio and project-based course on interactive art. Moreover, the workshop can include, for example, project development and dissemination strategies, leading students toward exhibiting at Crossing Boundaries 2020.

People & Partners

SCHOLAR MEMBERS

Rolf Boon
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Music
Keywords: Music design, film and digital media, sonic art installation
Weblink: https://musiccentre.ca/node/37539/biography

Lee Burckes
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Drama
Keywords: lighting design, scenography, digital media and creation
Web link: leeburckesdesign.com

Christine Clark
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – New Media
Keywords: web design, web development, design/science collaboration, data viz, public engagement
Weblink: chrisann.ca

Dana Cooley
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – New Media
Keywords: material and aesthetic manifestations of the intangible and ephemeral, natural frequencies and energies in art / sound art, ecologies of empathy and cultures of compassion, art and ecology, expanded cinema & paracinema, embodied interaction
Web link: danacooley.net

Athena Elafros
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Arts and Science – Sociology
Keywords: cultural sociology, sociology of popular music, qualitative methods, Pierre Bourdieu
Web link: uleth.academia.edu/AthenaElafros

Leanne Elias
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – New Media
Keywords: Data visualization, data physicalization, community engagement, inter/cross disciplinary exploration
Web link: datavizexperiments.org

Ryan Harper-Brown
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – New Media
Keywords: sketch comedy, social media, web series production, developing media for children, French-language video production
Web link: ryanharperbrown.com

Mary Kavanagh
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Art
Keywords: visual art, conceptual art, feminist theory and practice, post-atomic studies, nuclear, anthropocene
Web link: marykavanagh.ca

Mia van Leeuwen
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Drama
Keywords: movement, devised theatre
Web link: uleth.ca/fine-arts/profile/mia-van-leeuwen

Paul McKenzie-Jones
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Arts and Sciences – Indigenous Studies
Keywords: Indigenous pop cultures, Indigenous activism
Web link: uleth.academia.edu/PaulMcKenzieJones

Annie Martin
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Art
Keywords: TBC
Web link: uleth.ca/fine-arts/study/faculty-and-staff/annie-martin

David Miller
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Art
Keywords: drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, media
Web link: davidmcmiller.squarespace.com

Brad Parker
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Music
Keywords: piano, performance, ear training
Web link: uleth.ca/fine-arts/profile/bradley-parker

Amandine Pras
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Music
Keywords: studio practices, digital ethnography, 3D audio applications, Improvisation processes, gender studies
Web link: uniweb.uleth.ca/members/1049

Arlan N. Schultz
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Music
Keywords: music composition, computer assisted composition, real-time audio spatialization, electronics for music applications, philosophy of music Composition
Web link: arlanschultz.com

D. Andrew Stewart
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Music & Digital Audio Arts
Keywords: composition, performance practices, digital musical instruments, live electronics, gesture-controlled audio systems
Web link: dandrewstewart.ca

Aaron Taylor
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – New Media
Keywords: screen acting, cognitive film theory, comics and transmedia
Web link: uleth.ca/fine-arts/study/faculty-and-staff/aaron-taylor

Janet Youngdahl
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Music
Keywords: performance practice, medieval music, Baroque music, feminist musicology
Web link: uleth.ca/fine-arts/study/faculty-and-staff/janet-youngdahl

PARTNER MEMBERS

Breeanne Fuller
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Fine Arts – Conservatory of Music, Director
Keywords: early childhood, communities of practice
Web link: uleth.ca/music-conservatory

James Phelan
Affiliation: Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society, Director (Lethbridge)
Keywords: music, technology, video art, local artist-run collectives
Web link: amaas.ca/about/current-board/

Kristy Trinier
Affiliation: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Executive Director
Keywords: sound art, design, collaborative practice
Web link: kristytrinier.ca

STUDENT MEMBERS

Tyler Stewart
Affiliation: University of Lethbridge, Cultural, Social, and Political Thought
Keywords: sound, affect, unisonality, silence, aurality, nationalism, settler-colonialism
Web link: teestewww.com

Centre statements

Mission

ASTERIX supports the research and creation of objects, narratives, and experiences that investigate the intersections of the arts and technology.

ASTERIX provides the infrastructure (space, equipment, training, collaborative opportunities, residencies, exhibitions, performances, workshops) to make ULethbridge an internationally recognized destination for those (academics, artists, industry, general public) interested in critically and creatively exploring, through a transdisciplinary research-creation lens, the ramifications of emergent technologies.

ASTERIX brings together educators, researchers, students, artists, and the community at large to work across disciplines, fostering training/mentorship and collaborative research opportunities which will be transformational for Southern Alberta.

Vision

Generating necessary dialogues around pressing concerns of our time, ASTERIX will invite communities to participate in rethinking what is possible. ASTERIX’s speculative approach is not about a rigid methodology with expected outcomes. Rather, we are interested in what emerges in the process of thinking through, of constructing “critical fabulations” of what might be. The collaborations, conversations, as well as the construction of the “results,” can lead to real social change.