AXON: May 20, 2011

In this issue of AXON:

  1. Headlines
    • Current Exhibition: Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life
    • New Facebook page
  2. InterAccess Events
    • Our Ongoing Calls for Submissions
    • InterAccess OpenLab at DDiMIT
  3. Toronto, Provincial and National
    • Geoffrey Shea & Alexei Vella in conversation: Toronto School of Art, Toronto
    • Tickets for Electric Eclectics Festival: Meaford, ON
    • Common Pulse: Durham Art Gallery, Durham, ON
    • Pierre Tremblay, 300 Days of Indulgence - Negotiating with the Beyond: Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, ON
  4. International
    • Blip Festival: Eyebeam, New York
    • Migrating Forms Festival: Anthology Film Archives, New York
  5. Calls for submissions, jobs, etc...
    • Call for Applications: Executive Director, Paved Arts, Saskatoon
    • Call for Applications: Artist/Scholar-in-Residence, The University of Western Ontario, London
    • Call for Submissions: Boxed In!, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's

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1 Headlines

* Current Exhibition: Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life

Where: InterAccess
When: Thursday, May 12 -- Saturday, May 28, 2011

InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, in partnership with The New Transparency: Surveillance & Social Sorting, is pleased to present Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life. This group exhibition examines many aspects of surveillance, particularly the growing prevalence of cyber-surveillance in our daily lives and social habits.

Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life is organized in conjunction with the international workshop of the same name, that took place at the University of Toronto from May 12-15, 2011. You can read the article published in last Saturday's Globe & Mail about the recent tour of Toronto's CCTV cameras conducted by Andrew Clement, one of the conference's organisers, here.

Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life explores a number of the workshop's central themes, such as the intersections between surveillance and social networking, identity and anonymity, and monitoring techniques. The five works brought together in Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life address the ubiquitous and distributed nature of surveillance.

Featured artists: Kristen Atkins (Sackville); David Bouchard, Bruno Lessard & Pierre Tremblay (Toronto); Tomer Diamant & Matthew Hannam (Toronto); Derek Dunlop (Winnipeg); and Jon Rafman (Montreal).

* New Facebook page

InterAccess has a new Facebook page!

The new page will replace the existing profile and user group very soon so make sure to 'Like' us, if you haven't already. The InterAccess facebook page will provide a single, consolidated go-to location for everything InterAccess. Find the new page here.

2 InterAccess Events

* InterAccess' Ongoing Calls for Submissions

Call for Multiples: Electronic Bric-a-Bracs
Deadline: InterAccess is seeking submissions on an ongoing basis

InterAccess is seeking new media ephemera, multiples and publications for its new mini-shop. Electronic Bric-a-Bracs will provide an alternate platform for the dissemination of new media work by showcasing small, cheap and multiple objects. Housed in a single shelving unit nestled between our offices and the washroom, the shop will receive a high volume of traffic from staff, artists, gallery patrons and anxious members of the public.

Call for Submissions: Plexi Pavilion
Deadline: InterAccess is seeking submissions on an ongoing basis

InterAccess is pleased to announce its new project space, Plexi Pavilion, a body-sized plexiglass box on wheels, situated in our front stairway. Plexi Pavilion is best suited for single works which, since the pavilion can be moved by the viewer, can be viewed from any angle. The pavilion can be seen from the street and will be accessible to the public outside of regular gallery hours.

Projects must fit within the pavilion (and through its door, which measure 1’ 20” wide and 5’ 6” tall). The pavilion measures 6’ 1.5” x 2’ 5” x 2’ 5”.

Submissions should include:
- A brief description of the project (max. 250 words)
- Documentation or a mock-up
- a CV and bio

Please see here for more information about all our current Calls. Questions and submissions can be directed to

* InterAccess OpenLab at DDiMIT

Studio members! InterAccess has recently joined a brand new fabrication lab located at 374 Bathurst, in the old Balloon King building! “Designing Digital Media for the Internet of Things” -- or DDiMIT -- is equipped with a 3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC mill, with more equipment on the way. InterAccess studio members can access all of this equipment, after some orientation, as part of their membership.

To help you get acquainted, InterAccess hosts an OpenLab at DDiMIT night every Tuesday from 7-10pm. InterAccess OpenLab is an opportunity to learn and experiment with these new tools and connect with folks making some nifty stuff. We are thrilled to offer our members access to DDiMIT and its unprecedented facilities, so come nerd out with us on Tuesdays.

While the DDiMIT facilities are only open to InterAccess' Studio Members, OpenLab Tuesdays are open to all InterAccess members and the general public so come on down.

3 Toronto, Provincial and National

* Geoffrey Shea & Alexei Vella in conversation

Where: Toronto School of Art, Toronto
When: Wednesday, May 25th, 6:30pm

The Toronto School of Art is pleased to welcome Geoffrey Shea and Alexei Vella to our studios on Wednesday May 25th, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about their work.

Geoffrey Shea and Alexei Vella have entered into a research dialogue at OCAD University, exploring the opportunities for developing unique creative vocabularies together with artists with disabilities. While in its early stages, they will open up and share that evolving dialogue in this public discussion.

* Tickets for Electric Eclectics Festival

Where: Meaford, ON
When: June 29-31, 2011

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th annual Electric Eclectics Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art, which takes place on the Funny Farm near Meaford, ON, at the top of the Big Head River Valley, overlooking Southern Georgian Bay. This year's festival features multiple live performances, on-site installations, on-site workshops, a DJ tent with dance area, and a film program TBA. A limited number of weekend passes are now on sale for $62.50 (including camping), a discount on the regular weekend pass price of $75. Day passes, which also include camping, cost $40.

Acts confirmed for this summer's festival include the world's oldest noise band, the Nihilist Spasm Band featuring Alexander Hacke on bass, the acclaimed American voicescape artist Julianna Barwick, U.S. Girls, Chelsea Wolfe, machine art pioneer Matt Heckert, and return appearances by the New York-based Loud Objects and Berlin's FANCIE. More headliners will be announced soon.

* Common Pulse: Residency / Symposium / Exhibition / Festival

Where: Durham Art Gallery, Durham, ON
When: May 19 -- June 12, 2011

Common Pulse is a multi-faceted look at a range of current media art practices across Canada and beyond. It includes exhibitions, workshops, residencies, a symposium, a festival and more. It's a conversation among artists exploring new ideas around media, technology, art and culture. It's a celebration, an inquiry and a dialogue.

The Common Pulse Festival will be on the weekend of June 10 – 12 and kicks off with two engaging, multimedia exhibitions: CrissCross – a presentation of the output from the artists-in-residence, and InterPlay – featuring the interactive artworks by Steve Daniels and Isabella Stefanescu. Sessile, by Daniels, is a network of interconnected creature-like objects that respond to our presence and each other. The Notebook Project, by Stefanescu, opens up and exposes the artist's process for physical manipulation by the viewer.

The Festival weekend will also include a performance by robot-suit-clad Alexis O'Hara who will gather questions from the audience in the weeks leading up to the June 10 show, and then incorporate them into her live act. Also on the bill is Parsons and Morel, Durham's own musical comedy duo who will celebrate local luminaries John Diefenbaker and Agnes Macphail with a multi-media performance. Resident artist Karo Szmit will conduct two public, ambient performances: one at the exhibition opening and one the next day at the community Herb Fair where she'll create Facebook avatars for the public as a real-time performance. Another resident artist, Andrew McPherson, will present From Mali to Mumbai, a tapestry of dub, funk, jazz and cinematic electronics with his band Eccodek in a Saturday evening performance, June 11.

For more information about the Common Pulse festival, exhibitions, workshops, residencies and symposium please see

* Pierre Tremblay, 300 Days of Indulgence - Negotiating with the Beyond

Where: Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, ON
When: May 29 -- June 26, 2011. Opening reception Sunday, May 29th, 2pm.

For 300 Days of Indulgence - Negotiating with the Beyond, Toronto-based artist Pierre Tremblay has created a new integrated work. Tremblay’s artistic practice involves a variety of different media. His interest in moving images and sound questions a world in flux. In recent years he has re-visited the traditional genres of portraiture, landscape and abstraction. His work has screened in festivals in Canada, Italy, Australia, China and Brazil. He has also appeared as part of the Toronto Nuit Blanche.

4 International

* Blip Festival

Where: Eyebeam, New York
When: May 19-21, 2011

The Blip Festival is a festival that celebrates chiptune music with musical performances, workshops, and screenings of movies. The annual festival, now in its 6th year, is organised by 8bitpeoplesone, one of the foremost labels in the chiptune scene, and the New York-based non-profit, The Tank.

This year's line-up includes around 30 acts, various events and the on-line Blip Gallery.

* Migrating Forms Festival

Where: Anthology Film Archives, New York
When: May 20-29, 2011

Migrating Forms is a 10 day festival presenting a program of film and video from more than 50 artists representing a broad spectrum of contemporary moving image practices. Also featured are nearly a dozen guest-curated and retrospective screenings. Migrating Forms is the new incarnation of the New York Underground Film Festival (1994–2008).

5 Calls for submissions, jobs, etc...

* Call for Applications: Executive Director

Where: Paved Arts, Saskatoon
Deadline: June 8, 2011

PAVED Arts in Saskatoon is currently seeking a new Executive Directors. PAVED Arts is a not-for-profit, charitable artist-run centre in Saskatoon for research, production, presentation and dissemination of contemporary photographic, audio, video, electronic and digital art. Our overall mandate is both to present contemporary media and visual art with an emphasis on new media practices, and to operate a production facility to support the creation of media and new media artwork. Through our production and presentation activities, PAVED Arts supports local, regional and national artists working in the ‘PAVED’ arts, as well as regional audiences and local Communities.

* Call for Applications: Artist/Scholar-in-Residence

Where: The University of Western Ontario, London
Deadline: June 15, 2011

The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario invites applications for an Artist/Scholar-in-Residence to take place from September 1 -- December 31, 2011. The Residency celebrates contemporary art and innovative scholarly research in art history and visual culture. The competition is open to artists and scholars at any stage of their career; emerging artists and junior scholars are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be provided with a $5000.00 stipend, a paid one course teaching allocation, assigned studio or office space, and an exhibition or public lecture opportunity in the Department's ArtLab Gallery.

* Call for Submissions: Boxed In!

Where: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's
Deadline: June 30, 2011

To bring Canadian artists together, and considering the size of our country and the cost of shipping, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery proposes an exhibition of small sculptural works that would fit in a specific box and spring from the idea of the box itself or of one of its metaphors. The works must be three-dimensional and can be presented on a shelf, plinth, suspended or mounted on the wall.

Your proposed work should fit in a box no bigger than 16 x 12 x 12 inches, wrapping included with the lid on, without any alteration to the box. Of course, the work can be smaller but not bigger than this set size. The proposal should be for a work of expression, functional or not, that pushes the limits of your practice within a conceptual approach.


InterAccess thanks Scott Rogers for his Artist AXON, which will be featured throughout May.

Scott Rogers is a Canadian visual artist who also writes about art and curates. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has participated in artist residencies in the Yukon, Iceland, Berlin, Saskatoon, the Crowsnest Pass and at the Banff Centre. Upcoming projects include exhibitions at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, collaboration with Jason de Haan), Stride Gallery (Calgary), Khyber ICA (Halifax) and Artcite (Windsor). In July 2009 Scott is co-curating (with Renato Vitic) the exhibition Base Camp at Truck Gallery (Calgary) which will turn the gallery over to four artists who will develop public projects outside the space. Additionally, Scott is a founding member of the collaborative suburban art project the Arbour Lake Sghool and co-curates Pocket Projects (an artist multiples commissioning project) with Jason de Haan.


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