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SCORED IN SILENCE

Chisato Minamimura collected the stories of those few remaining deaf hibakusha earlier in Japan and the stories of those now departed. Their poignant memories, alongside footage from the time are relayed through film, animation, sound and sign language, using state of the art  Holo-guaze © projection technology, Woojer © vibration straps for audiences to wear supplied through VibraFusionLab and a specialized vibrotactile wearable for Minamimura created through VibraFusionLab by Jim Ruxton.

This new artwork is one of a kind, strikingly original, providing new ways for all to experience and understand and learn lessons from the nuclear A-Bomb onslaught in 1945 and why it mustn’t be allowed to happen again.

Scored in Silence builds on Chisato’s digital enquiry in particular to Chisato’s work in immersive kinaesthetic environments that blend movement, sound, vibration and sign language – the hallmark of  Chisato’s artistic career to date with Chisato, drawing on the success of Chisato’s performance in Passages of Time (2016) at the helm of her own digital artwork.

ARTISTIC TEAM
Artistic Director | Performer: Chisato Minamimura
Animator: Dave Packer
Lighting and Production designer: Jon Armstrong
Sonic artist: Danny Bright
Vibrotactile Specialists: David Bobier / Jim Ruxton (VibrafusionLab)
Producer: Sarah Pickthall

SHOWCASE
Brighton Digital Festival 2018 @ ONCA Gallery, Brighton, UK
14th & 15th September 2018

Manchester Science Festival 2018 @ Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK
19th & 20th October 2018

 

    

Opening Night: Thursday October 11th, 6-11pm, 2018

Roll-a-thon: Guided tours for mobility-device users

                     Thursday October 11th, 5pm & 6pm

Artist & Curator Talk and Tour: Saturday October 20th, 3pm

Exhibition runs: October 12th – October 21st

 

ARTISTS

Mitchell Akiyama & David Bobier presented by the Deaf Culture Centre

Kaitlyn Bourden

The Dream Video Project

Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea

Valentin Brown

Kristina Guison presented by SAVAC

Alexandra Hong

Danielle Hyde presented by Creative Users Projects

Serena Lee

Jess Lincoln

Taimaz Moslemian & Naomi Dodds

Heather Nicol and Rebecca Campbell

PALACIT Design Studio

Roula Partheniou

Lejb Pilanski & Sean Wainsteim

Michael M Simon

Catherine Telford-Keogh presented by Bunker 2

aislinn thomas presented by Tangled Art & Disability

Erin Vincent

Johannes Zits

Curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta

Presented by Art Spin in partnership with TAS

Holding Patterns, an exhibition curated and presented by Art Spin will transform the Planet Storage facility at 1655 Dupont St. from October 11th – 21st. The exhibition, presented in partnership with TAS will animate a series of storage lockers with commissioned and site-specific art projects.

Recognizing the shifts and upheavals often associated with storage lockers, Holding Patterns explores movement, space, belonging, material culture, and transition. The exhibition investigates consumerism and the glorification of materialism, and touches on forms of marginalization in reference to issues of site-lessness, connoted by storage facilities. Storage lockers often house a unique range of objects from the precious to the useless, their contents acting as a metaphor for memory and forgetting, or the conscious and unconscious. Drawing together these varied realities of space, storage, excess, and access, Holding Patterns examines not only the personal stories, but the histories of urban development and community migration that accompany them.

In 2010 Art Spin presented their first-ever group exhibition in the same industrial building where Holding Patterns will be presented, animating a 10,000 sq ft. space. This time they are opting for a smaller footprint through a series of 5×5 to 10×20 units, and are excited to revisit this building in their tenth year of programming.

 

Other Energies

Mitchell Akiyama & David Bobier

Other Energies – ArtSpin 2018

Mustering the verve and warmth of an East Coast kitchen party, The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic hosted the biennial gathering of artist-run centres from across Canada in Charlottetown, in September 2017.

The event brought together artists, administrators, thinkers, curators and the public to consider the flexible, responsive and provisional forms of organization that are increasingly necessary for the sustained evolution of contemporary artist-run culture. Innovative platforms for artistic collaboration were a key focus.

The event will explored and shared ideas around the theme Flotilla, a nautical metaphor that identifies a loose structure—boats and ships of varying dimensions banding together in open water—with a particular resonance in a maritime region characterized by nomadism, temporary location, isolation, and the presence of the sea as a shifting ground and a vehicle for exchange.

“More than 20 artist-run centres and collectives installed projects in vacant storefronts, on the open water and in home spaces, inviting visitors to test-drive their newest programming.

During this decentralized artist-run biennial, arts workers from across the country roamed through a network of loosely-bound satellite projects, embodying the nautical metaphor of a flotilla. Co-hosted by the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference and the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic, Flotilla faced the realities of the Atlantic artist-run sector, focusing on themes of nomadism, isolation, site-specificity and fluidity.”  Amanda Shore is a curator and writer currently based in Montreal. canadianart

      

 

DAVID BOBIER, JENELLE ROUSE, LINDSAY FISHER, LESLIE PUTNAM, TJ CHARLTON, JIM RUXTON & MICHAEL RINALDI

CURATED BY

Becky Katz and Christina Tarsitano

JUNE 8 – JULY 31, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 8 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Centre(3) for artistic and social practice, Hamilton, Ontario and VibraFusionLab, London, Ontario

Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts in Hamilton and VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario present Hear Feel See What!, a collaborative speculative soundscape and interactive installation. Five artists from Hamilton, London, and Toronto, including hearing, hard of hearing and Deaf artists, and an archivist co-authored a piece that captures and documents both the audio and vibrations of historical, existing, and future sounds of Hamilton and London. In a society that is in a constant state of rapid change, this piece aims to collect and preserve city sounds before they are lost to history.

The multi-sensory work invites spectators to engage either through sound, audio description, visual interpretation and/or vibrations while facing a video projection of Jenelle Rouse, a Deaf dancer whose practice responds, interprets and composes movement. In this work, Rouse offers us an embodied reflection and translation; an experiential and corporeal response to the local and digital soundscapes. Her dance embodies a symbolic intersection of the two cities as she streams the vibrations through her movements. Transmitting the speculative soundscape through dance, the two cities converge in a sentiment of live streaming, and digitization. Hear Feel See What! challenges the conventional ways in which we engage with and experience the arts and encourages us to question our notions about accessibility in both art making and presentation.

 


David Bobier, who identifies as having a hearing disability, and Leslie Putnam are from the o’honey collective. Their collective explores the relationship in which humans either oppose or connect with their natural environment. They take iconic elements from the natural world and place them within the realm of human experience and transversely place human constructions within the natural world. The two artists work toward community engagement and the exploration of the intersection between the human and natural world, attempting to bridge the gap between what people know as the truth of their natural world, and the way we have come to experience it through our own constructed realities.

Jenelle Rouse lives an exciting life juggling between various roles. While working as a classroom teacher at a Provincial School for the Deaf for almost 10 years and working towards a doctorate in the Education field of Applied Linguistics, Rouse works as a part-time evolving dancer. She is a self-taught deaf artist with a desire to express thoughts and emotions through body movements and dance.

Lindsay Fisher is a visual artist and curator, disability arts advocate, and identifies as being a deaf artist. Fisher’s practice critically examines cultural understandings of disability, accessibility, and disability arts as an interventionist tactic to be used to make the city more inhabitable to people living with difference.

Michael Rinaldi is an actor/sound designer/writer living in Hamilton Ontario. He has been fortunate to have collaborated with some of Canada’s most exciting theatre companies: Tarragon, Factory, GCTC, Blyth Festival, Common Boots/Theatre Columbus, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, The Arts Club, Electric Company Theatre, Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and many more. He has been nominated for multiple awards in acting, collective creation, and sound design, most recently the 2017 Dora’s for Outstanding Sound design, and the OAC’s 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Designer.

TJ Charlton is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, arts educator and archivist currently based in Hamilton, ON.

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Exhibition hosted by Thames Art Gallery

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VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication

Exhibition Dates: May 5 – July 2
Opening Reception: May 19 @ 7:00PM
Location: Thames Art Gallery, Chatham

VibraFusionLab (VFL) began in 2014 in London, Ontario, growing out of an artist residency and collaboration between media artist, David Bobier and the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University. The vision, to provide access to emerging inclusive or adaptive technology and design, to artists of all disciplines and abilities, will be illustrated in the upcoming retrospective: VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication. The Thames Art Gallery is proud to host this immersive exhibition, which will feature educational ephemera on the mezzanine level, and works by seven artists involved in the residency program: Marla HladyGordon MonahanLindsay FisherAlison O’DanielEllen MoffatLynx Sainte-Marie, and David Bobier.

The works specialize in the exploration of “vibrotactility” in technology, investigating it as a creative medium, with a capacity to combine visual, audio and tactile elements into a highly emotional and sensorial art practice. Viewers can expect wearable devices, and new approaches to art making that champion the senses beyond vision and hearing, to build new methods of communication and language. Tours for the hearing impaired and/or visually impaired are scheduled periodically throughout the exhibition; please visit our website to find out dates.

The exhibition will run from Friday, May 5, to Sunday, July 2, 2017. An opening reception and website launch will take place Friday, May 19 at 7pm, audio and visual interpreters will be present. All are welcome to attend the free and all-inclusive reception. VibraFusionLab and The Thames Art Gallery would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support. The Thames Art Gallery is located at 75 William Street North, Chatham, and is open 7 days a week, from 1-5pm. Contact Emily Cadotte, Assistant Curator at emilyc@chatham-kent.ca or 519.360.1998 or visit our website http://www.chatham-kent.ca/ThamesArtGallery for more.

Image credit: Marla Hlady, Soundball (Dancehauling), 2013, sound (in collaboration with Eric Chenaux), 2 custom guitar amps, 2 custom soundball stands and 2 soundballs (stainless steel rice ball, microprocessor, sound board, accelerometer, LEDs and cable), software design by Wild Rhombus Software. Image courtesy of the artist.

 Tangled Art Gallery

by Deirdre Logue in collaboration with VibraFusionLab. 

April 7 – June 30, 2017Co-presented with Images FestivalGallery 44, and A Space Gallery, Tangled will host an exhibit of new work by Deirdre Logue in collaboration with VibraFusionLab.

Logue pulls in close, withdraws, and attempts to go into the fabric of everyday spaces and objects.

Private tests become public in these performative self-portraits, which push beyond the limitations of the screen. Logue’s personal experiments explore repetition of movement, sound and tension in ways that allow us to think about the multifaceted complexities of our own bodies.

Logue’s collaboration with VibraFusionLab’s David Bobier invites multi-sensorial exchanges between the audience and the work. Vibrational haptics set the backdrop to a polyphonic soundscape integrating tactile audio and video extensions to engender disability art aesthetics. The audience and artist’s interactions in this work are distinguishing features of Deaf and disability art, exploring the space concerning our embodied experiences and the world.

    

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, improviser, percussionist, visual artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, educator, and community activist dedicated to re-imagining the spaces between artistic disciplines.

Jesse spent 5 memorable days at VibraFusionLab in April, 2016. Here is a short video of Jesse by Pam Haasen of London Fuse.

http://londonfuse.ca/blog/13125

Stewart’s style of percussion–and most tangibly drumming–is a blend of control and loose, jangly improvisation. His use of the drum kit as more than a 4-on-the-floor time-keeper is remarkably engaging to witness. The meld of jazzy twitches and taiko-style booming war drums has the kind of influence on time that a really good kiss does. You get lost, you stop thinking about your daily woes, and you live presently for the time being.

What’s really intriguing is his addition of the Reactable in his performance. Reactable

is an electronic musical instrument with a tabletop Tangible User Interfaceand backlit display facing up. The user places tangible objects on the surface of the table which creates a virtual modular synthesizer, creating music or sound effects.

Like, whaaaaa…?

Thank goddess for David Bobier at the Vibrafusion Lab for inviting Jesse to bring his travelling instruments to London, Ontario for a week in residence at 355 Clarence Street from April 12th – 15th. Jesse will also be performing live at VFL on Friday night alongside Transmorphous Ensemble and Timothy Glasgow and as a special treat for Londoners, he will be playing a short set on Thursday April 14th as part of Cailen Dye’s Open Mic for Original Performance (also at Vibrafusion Lab).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDEoTVz-QCg

Jesse’s website is http://www.jessestewart.ca/home.html

TANGLED LONDON

Perfect World by Barbara Greene Mann exhibition

VibraFusionLab.

Thursday March 3 to April 3, 2016

Opening Reception – March 3, 7-9 pm

355 Clarence Street

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Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Palace Theatre

Friday March 4, 2016

710 Dundas Street

7-9 pm

Tickets: Free Here

FIXED

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FluxDelux

The ARTS Project

203 Dundas Street

A movement workshop with Peggy Baker Dance Projects

Saturday March 5, 2016

2-4 pm

Register

 


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The Mighty Rhino Live

VibraFusionLab

355 Clarence Street

Saturday March 5, 2016

8:30-12:00 am

Tickets: $7

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http://tangledarts.org/london/

VibraFusionLab is hosting 2 of Tangled London events and we are hyped!!!

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Tangled London 2016 is presented by “Tangled On Tour”: an annual series of disability arts events in cities across Ontario.

TANGLED LONDON 2016
MARCH 3-5

EVENT SCHEDULE

VISUAL ART
March 3 – April 3
Perfect World
by Barbara Greene Mann

Opening reception: Thurs, March 3rd
7-9 PM
VibraFusionLab
355 Clarence Street

My Art comes from subconscious thoughts, dreams, and unseen possibilities. I paint in watercolour and love the flowing qualities of this medium. Sometimes by adding collage I increase the novelties I may discover. Guided by My Muse, I can transform these images into new attainable achievements, discovering the tales I am here to tell…..see more at tangledarts.org/london
FILM
Friday March 4
7-9 PM
Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
Tickets: http://guestli.st/402915
Palace Theatre
710 Dundas St

From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world? See more at tangledarts.org/london
WORKSHOP
Saturday March 5
2-4 PM: FluxDelux
A Movement workshop with Peggy Baker Dance Projects
The ARTS Project
203 Dundas Street
Register:http://guestli.st/402906

In 2014 Peggy Baker devised Flux, in which a simple set of guidelines followed by dancers, non-dancers, and wheelchair users instantly creates a spontaneous, ever-evolving, and gloriously eventful group choreography.

FluxDelux is literally the deluxe version of Flux, and marries contemporary dance with cutting-edge new media technology through a tailor-made iOS app, designed by creative technologist Jacob Niedzwiecki. Movement instructions are delivered to pedestrians and wheelchair users via the app, though earphones. Tangled Art + Disability and students from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts have partnered with us throughout the creation of FluxDelux. See more at tangledarts.org/london
MUSIC
The Mighty Rhino live
Saturday March 5
8:30 PM-12 AM
VibraFusionLab
355 Clarence Street
Tickets: $7
Buy tickets here: https://guestlistapp.com/events/402861

Rhino is a game-spitter par excellence, with a knack for that special turn of phrase that cuts to the quick and makes you scrunch your face up like, ‘Damn!’. Building on that reputation, He Whom The Beat Sets Free Is Free Indeed, intertwines the sacred and the profane, with Rhino’s persona equal parts restless intelligence and foul-mouthed insanity……see more at tangledarts.org/london

CONTACT
info@tangledarts.org
647 725 5064
www.tangledarts.org/london

Funders: Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council

Partners: Disability Studies at Kings, VibraFusionLab,The Independent Living Centre London & Area (ILCLA), UnLondon