Patti Schmidt - Artistic Director
Jen Mizuik - Artistic Director
Robin Fox - Lead Faculty
Uwe Schmidt - Lead Faculty
Dasha Rush - Guest Artist
Markus Heckmann - Guest Faculty
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Guest Faculty
Alex Burton - Guest Faculty
Timothy Allan - Guest Faculty
We have entered into a post-instrument era in which music and visual art born of technology produce contemporary, dynamic and convergent new forms. Traditional apparatus and techniques are displaced by computer based processes, virtual instruments, electronic hardware and custom machines, stems, patches, waveforms and midi. This inaugural residency welcomes artists working in rhythmic and experimental electronic music realms, digital visual artists, and those pursuing work that creates synergies between sound, music and art.
This residency provides the context for artists to research, conceive, prototype and present new artistic works, tools, techniques and perspectives for electronic music, sound, and visual creation. Under the artistic direction of Patti Schmidt and Jen Mizuik, and led by faculty Robin Fox and Uwe Schmidt with guest faculty who are specialists in their fields, the program will offer sessions and workshops on modular synthesizers, electronic music software and hardware, visual creation software and methods, artistic process and philosophy, and the nature of live performance in these technologically dominated fields. Together artists, peers, and world-renowned faculty will exchange knowledge, discuss ideas, experiment with processes, create, collaborate, perform, and share artistic experiences.
Artists will have the chance to present their works-in-progress throughout the program. The nature of the practices involved will determine the presentation format and may range from a live performance, an informal presentation, an installation, a talk or workshop, or something else entirely. Artists will receive technical and artistic guidance during the development of their projects and research.
What does the program offer?
Sessions and workshops on related software, equipment, processes, techniques, and project conceptual development. A personal studio space available 24 hours a day is also provided. Production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency. Participants have the freedom to structure their time around the needs of their projects within a supportive community of their peers, and develop their work through interaction with the Artistic Directors, faculty mentors, and guests, and presentation.
In addition, there is an opportunity for one or more projects to be identified for future commissioning support by The Banff Centre and MUTEK, with a public presentation in Banff and at the MUTEK festival in Montreal.