MediaLive brings together artists who explore forms of live audiovisual performance. Experience performances by visiting artists, explore live media tools first-hand, and discuss the technology and underlying theoretical, formal, and conceptual considerations.
MediaLive 2014, kicks-off with a series of performances from artists investigating the intersection between analog techniques and digital realms. Featuring performances by Jenna Maurice (Denver), Andrew Blanton and Michael A. Morris presenting Analogous Recursions (San Jose & Dallas), Nick Briz (Chicago), and ::VTOL:: (Moscow). With a keynote by Chris Salter, Ph.D. (Montreal).
Nick Briz is a new-media artist, educator, and organizer based in Chicago, Illinois. He is an active participant in digital culture and experimental new-media, specifically through his work, research, and writing on glitch art, remix-culture, and digital literacy. Briz teaches courses on these theories and practices at the Marwen Foundation & the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions, including the FILE Media Arts Festival (Rio de Janeiro, BR); the Images Festival (Toronto, CA); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Museum of Moving Image (NYC); Furtherfield Gallery (London, UK); Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas (Venezuela); and LEAP Berlin. Briz has been featured in on/off-line publications including Rhizome.org; Furtherfield.org; the Creators Project; Creativity Online; PSFK; and Neural Magazine. Briz is a co- founder/co-organizer of the GLI.TC/H international festival in Chicago
Chris Salter is Concordia University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses, Co-Director of the Hexagram network, Director of the Hexagram Concordia Centre for Research and Creation in Media Art and Technology and Associate Professor, Computation Arts in the Department of Design and Computation Art at Concordia University, Montreal. His artistic and research interests revolve around the development and production of real time, computationally-augmented responsive performance environments fusing space, sound, image, architectural material and sensor-based technologies. Such projects range from small and large scale, public driven installations where the line between spectators and performers is blurred to traditional performance environments with trained performers that are augmented with computational and media systems.
Salter’s works have been written about in the New York Times, We Make Money Not Art, Design Boom, ID Magazine, The Wire, Leonardo and Decouvrir and received major grants from SSHRC, FQRSC, Hexagram, CINQ, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, the Creative Work Fund/San Francisco and the LEF Foundation, among others. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, has given invited talks at universities and festivals worldwide.
Dr. Salter is the author of numerous publications in the areas of technology and performance, real time responsive environments, mobile real time media and cultural politics. His book Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance was published by MIT Press in 2010 and his new book Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making, will be published by MIT Press in March 2015.
Jenna Maurice is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Denver, CO. Relationships, relational dynamics, communication and problems with language are the things she questions, ponders, and experiments with in her work. She is interested in the human experience of empathetic response, as well as the subtleties of the body as a tool for non-verbal communication.
She received a BFA in Photography from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Deluge Contemporary in Victoria, Canada, and the Contemporary Living Gallery in Lecce, Italy.
Analogous Recursions is an exploration of the blurry lines between analogue and digital technology and their uses in cinema and music using 16mm film projection, video synthesis, digital projection and custom software.
Mike Morris and Andrew Blanton are a collaborative team working with the ideas of narrative and non-narrative mixtures of visual and sound through custom-built hybrid instruments.