Gigi Minor Videos (redux)

Gigi Minor, a loose collective of artists based in Durham, Ontario, invited four accomplished filmmakers (Philip Hoffman, Ilse Gassinger, Iriz Pääbo and Myke Dyer) to make works which visually interpreted four of our their songs. Gigi Minor has performed the music live with the films at film festivals in Ontario and created a DVD / CD version.

The musicians are Geoffrey Shea and Philly Markowitz as well as Paul Nielsen, Gillian Inksetter, Randy Martin, Robin Rich and Chris Risk.

Tentacles in Mumbai

Michael is presenting Tentacles in Mumbai:


Great War Online

An anachronistic retelling of Canada’s involvement in World War I, as a contemporary event. The original site, created by Geoffrey Shea and Rodney Werden, used Flash and Cold Fusion and all sorts of technology that won’t play today. This is a sampling: the emails and headlines work, as do the sound clips…







Screenplay Launches at Holland Bloorview

This interactive waiting room has a pressure sensitive floor and an interactive video environment for kids to play with as they’re waiting for clinic appointments. Elaine Biddiss spearheaded the project and invite my class of senior design students to create the ambient play experiences. It just launched to the public this week.


GRAND conference in Montreal

Just attend Grand 2012 with my grad student research team. Barry Wellman made an interesting observation about the GRAND network: that the NSERC (science) and SSHRC (social science/humanities) people were like two solitudes, and the art / tech practitioners were the bridge between them.

Off to Istanbul

I’m presenting at ISEA next week in Istanbul. The intersection of Asia and Europe, Muslim and Christian, old and new. I can’t wait to drink the coffee and hear the music. Tons of interesting stuff at ISEA, too. Plus the Biennial is on.

Plastic Houses (working title)

I’m just about to begin shooting a new micro-budget feature film performed by Sonja Posod and myself. We’re shooting in the Durham training facility operated by the New Tribes Mission. (Google it.) And of course the inimitable Michael Tweed in behind the camera.

Sonja Posod in Plastic Houses

Centre for Art Tapes

Aviary with Leola LeBlanc

I’m just back from a visit to Halifax next week for a workshop at CFAT on cell phone controlled installations. I have lots of fond memories of Halifax, having shown at CFAT more than 20 years ago!

CHI 2011

I’ll be making two presentations at this year’s conference in Vancouver later this week: The Art of Waiting – Interactive Displays in Healthcare Settings (with E. Biddiss, P. McKeever) and Identity Play in an Artistic, Interactive Urban Projection (with Michael Longford). I’m really interested to hear what the other presenters have to say about the topic of Large Displays in Urban Life. The abstracts are online.

Tentacles at MoMA

Tentacles will be included in the Talk To Me exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, July 24–November 7, 2011. The show is being organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Kate Carmody, Curatorial Assistant, and explores the communication between people and things. Hope to see you at the opening!