October 18, 2018

Elements of Oz by The Builders Association. Photo by Gennadi Novash, courtesy of Peak Performances at Montclair State University.
Elements of Oz by The Builders Association. Photo by Gennadi Novash, courtesy of Peak Performances at Montclair State University.

Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design presents Intermedial Narrative & Performance: New Approaches, a one-day symposium focusing on new forms of storytelling at the intersection of performance, film, mixed media, and installation. Bridging diverse approaches to media arts, the symposium will ask: how do artists and collectives working across disciplines engage with technologies—“new” and “old”—to experiment with alternative ways of staging self, community, and cultural memory? How do intermedial artworks—in challenging the methods and expectations proper to discrete art forms—provide a testing ground for unique, and often politically challenging, narrative structures? In what ways do these mediatized explorations of the spaces in between the arts, and in between art and technology, create engaging and at times disorienting audience experiences?

To explore these questions, we have invited a group of interdisciplinary makers and scholars from across Canada and the United States to discuss their intermedial creation work in and outside the “black box.” Through their use of a variety of intermedial methods—virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, live projection, interactive and immersive environments, mobile and geolocation technologies, and more—these artists trouble conventional perceptions of space, time, and boundary. In doing so, their practice-based artistic inquiries offer vibrant and urgent forms of social critique.

Keynote Presentations:

The Builders Association (New York City)
Artistic Director Marianne Weems
Writer and Performer Moe Angelos
Video & Interactive Media Designer Larry Shea

IRL Labs (Pittsburgh)
CEO – Design & Pedagogy Ali Momeni
COO – Operations & Development Aparna Wilder

Panel 1: Immersive Social Spaces:
Nyla Innuksuk (Mixtape VR), Tim Carlson (Theatre Conspiracy) & David Mesiha (Sound Designer), Michael Wheeler (SpiderWebShow), Lisa Jackson (Filmmaker)

Panel 2: Intermedial Narratives:
M. E. Luka (Narratives in Space+Time Society, University of Toronto), Alison S. M. Kobayashi (Say Something Bunny, UnionDocs), Liz Miller (Concordia University)

Read the full schedule on the Sensorium website.

The Symposium is free and open to everyone, but please Register with Eventbrite to secure your seat. Free registration includes access to the full-day symposium and closing reception. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This symposium is sponsored by Canada 150 @ York University, with support from Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, the Graduate Programs in Cinema & Media Arts, Digital Media, and Theatre & Performance Studies, and the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series.