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  • 26
    Nov

    Contemporary Circus Arts Funders Forum at CircusFest in Vancouver

    By Claude Schryer
    Contemporary Circus Arts Funders Forum at CircusFest, Vancouver (Photo: Claude Schryer)

      Vancouver is a very “inter-arts” city with a long tradition of interdisciplinary and socially-engaged art practices, including a wide range of contemporary circus art.  On November 8, 2014, I had the pleasure of leading a discussion, along with other funders, service organizations and presenters, at a funder’s forum as part of the inaugural edition of CircusFest in Vancouver (see background article). The session was lively, engaging and informative....

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  • 25
    Nov

    Convergence: Interview with Cindy Poremba

    By Cindy Poremba
    kondition pluriel's Intérieur, 2011, Société des arts technologiques, Montréal

    This is the third in a series of posts from guest bloggers at Convergence: an International Summit on Art and Technology  at The Banff Centre, from November 27-29, 2014  Part 1: It's Time to #ConvergeBanff  Part 2: Convergence: Anthropomorphized Futures and Relationships With Technology   Digital media researcher, gamemaker and curator, Cindy Poremba is a leader of gaming and technoculture. She is a professor of Game Design in the Faculty o...

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  • 24
    Nov

    5 Questions: Serge Bennathan, dancer, choreographer, poet

    Serge Bennathan (Michael Slobodian)

    Vancouver-based Serge Bennathan has been awarded the 2014 Canada Council Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. This annual award is given to the year’s most deserving applicant from the Grants to Dance Professionals Program and Grants to Aboriginal Dance Professionals program.  Serge is originally from France, where he directed his own company in Cannes for 4 years. Since he arrived in Canada in 1985, he has indelibly shaped Canada’s dance milieu. He is currently t...

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  • 21
    Nov

    Convergence: Anthropomorphized Futures and Relationships With Technology

    By Sheri Nault
    Telenoid R1, developed by Osaka University and ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory

    This is the second in a series of posts from guest bloggers at Convergence: an International Summit on Art and Technology, at The Banff Centre, from November 27-29, 2014 Part 1: It's time to #ConvergeBanff One of the most interesting and disarming pieces of art + technology that I look forward to seeing at Convergence, an international summit at The Banff Centre in Alberta is the Telenoid. The Telenoid is a “teleoperated android robot… that can effectively transfer ...

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  • 20
    Nov

    It's Time to #ConvergeBanff

    By Kirstie McCallum
    Akousmaflore. Parc Floral de la Source - Orléans. Courtesy of scenocosme : Grégory Lasserre & Anaïs met den Ancxt.

      What do a remote-operated robot, a garden of hanging plants, or a keynote by the partner and executive producer of Montréal’s lead interactive design company have in common? Each project merges creative thinking with cutting-edge technology, and each will be on display at the Banff Centre during Convergence: an International Summit on Art and Technology from November 27-29, 2014. Convergence was born out of the desire to celebrate how artists across Canada and ar...

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  • 20
    Nov

    The Artist in the Ecosystem

    By Canada Council's Visual Arts section
    Visual arts consultation

    Part 4 in series of blog posts on the Visual Arts Section's consultations It’s clear; we can’t have a conversation about support to arts organizations without considering the situation and role of artists. Listening to artists and cultural workers across the country, it’s obvious that it’s getting harder to maintain an artistic practice – certainly more challenging than it was 10-15 years ago. It’s getting more complex too. There are many ways to be an...

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