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Talks and Workshops

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To register for these events at CFAT please email or call (902) 422-6822

Glitch – Artist Talk with Nathan Ryan
Thursday October 23, 7PM – 8:30PM

The word “Glitch” began with Buzz Aldrin, meant to describe curious electric anomaly. The history of glitch is now much wider and deeper, and has embedded itself into popular culture, creating everything from musical genres to iPhone apps. Whether asking questions about communications systems, or simply wanting to add new strategies to your visual repertoire, this talk will inform you about the development, history and specific aesthetic constructs which form “glitch”. This talk will concentrate mainly on video and software effects, with specific artists and excerpts of work screened.

Glitch Workshop with Nathan Ryan
Sunday, October 26, 12:30 – 4:30PM
$50 members, $75 non-members

This workshop will build upon prior knowledge of the general workings of video formats. Freely available software will be introduced to allow participants to play with the nuts and bolts of video data. Through multiple strategies the aesthetic of glitch will be explored. Areas discussed will include specific types of image breakdown such as datamosh, databending and generational loss. Participants will explore how specific strategies and work patterns induce specific aesthetic experience.

Interactive Media in Performance and Installation – Artist Talk with Lukas Pearse
Thursday, November 6, 7PM – 8:30PM

Interactive media software, such as Isadora and MAX/MSP-Jitter, offer real-time responsiveness and open creative possibilities for performance art, theatre, dance, music events, gallery or site-specific art installations. When combined with media hardware such as cameras, projectors, speakers, microphones, game controllers or other sensors, these software packages enable artists to build works that react and change in relation to performers and audiences. Interactive media software allows for what might be termed “performative post production”, making real-time editing and processing decisions, offering a quick and intuitive alternative to the linear construction paradigms of post-production. Approachable to average computer users, yet expandable by experienced programmers, multimedia software allows for an open-ended relationship between artists and their digital tools.

Isadora Workshop with Lukas Pearse
Saturday, November 8, 12:30 – 4:30PM

$50 members, $75 non-members

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to some of the software used in the field of performative post production, focusing on Isadora made by Troikatronix, and Max/MSP-Jitter made by Cycling 74, and touching upon others. Additionally, there will be discussion about some of the linking applications that allow diverse software to share media in real time, such as Syphon, and Soundflower. This workshop will walk participants through the first steps of navigating these software environments and connecting them to hardware. It will introduce educational resources and tutorials for further exploration.

Local Artist in Residence, Krista Davis – Artist Talk
Thursday, November 13, 7PM

Davis will be giving a presentation on her time as artists-in-residence at the Centre for Art Tapes. Davis’ video project will look at the experience of an outsider as they attempt to navigate and connect with communities that they are entering into for the first time. Using the visual metaphor of skinned animals, Davis explores the skeletal structure of social interactions that cage the experience of fitting-in.

CFAT Family Day!
Saturday, November 15, 11AM – 3PM


Bring your kids to CFAT and introduce them to the world of media arts. We will be running simple electronic workshops and fast film making
starting at the beginning of each hour.

• Video Academy Teaser with Luckas Cardona
• Circuit Bending with Jesse Mitchell
• 3D printing demonstrations

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