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Vera Frenkel
Cartographie d'une pratique / Mapping a Practice
Vera Frenkel, String Games: Improvisations for Inter-City Video (1974)
Vera Frenkel, String Games: Improvisations for Inter-City Video 1974)

From October 2 to December 4, the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art presents Vera Frenkel : cartographie d'une pratique / Vera Frenkel: Mapping a Practice, curated by Sylvie Lacerte. Canadian artist Vera Frenkel is the focus of this hybrid exhibition that examines the work of this pioneer in new media art and the 2006 recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Lacerte's synthesis brings archives and works together to reveal a little-known side of the artist's remarkable creative process that began in Montreal more than 40 years ago.

The Daniel Langlois Foundation is hosting the Web version of the exhibition catalogue:

David Rokeby, Very Nervous System
David Rokeby, Very Nervous System (1983-)
David Rokeby, Very Nervous System (1983-)

A new documentary collection has been added recently to our Web site. This new publication is about Very Nervous System by David Rokeby. It is a particularly interesting case study for two reasons. Firstly, it offers an unmatched demonstration of the importance of experience in media art. Very Nervous System is essentially an empty room until someone walks in and activates it. It is a work that is brought into being very literally through experience. Secondly, it is a seminal work in the history of media art, with a lifespan of more than 28 years. Its celebrity and longevity pose some particularly interesting questions about documentation and contextualisation of media artworks over time and through change.

This documentary collection was compiled by Caitlin Jones and Lizzie Muller while the piece was being shown at Ars Electronica 2009 in Linz (Austria). [More..]

More to explore:
Caroline Langill, Shifting Polarities
Shifting Polarities
Caroline Langill documents the production of electronic and new media works by Canadian artists between 1970 and 1990.
Vera Frenkel
Vera Frenkel
Interview with Vera Frenkel, produced by Caroline Langill in 2006 while researching for her publication Shifting Polarities.
Pontus HultÚn, The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age (1968)
9 Evenings and E.A.T.
In this publication, Sylvie Lacerte asks why the activities of E.A.T. have been largely overlooked by the majority of works that examine art history of the past four decades.
David Rokeby, Very Nervous System (1983-)
Very Nervous System
Documentary collection: David Rokeby, Very Nervous System (1983-)
Tmema, The Manual Input Workstation
Manual Input Workstation
Documentary collection: Tmema, The Manual Input Workstation (2004-2006)
Telematic Vision
Telematic Vision
Documentary collection: Paul Sermon, Telematic Vision (1993-)