Schedule

  • Friday, March 13
    8:00am - 9:00am
    Registration
    9:00am - 9:45am
    Opening Remarks
    9:45am - 10:45am
    Keynote: Merging Paradigms: Accessing and Actualizing the Unlimited Potential at the Intersection of Art, Tech and Business.
    Cirque du Soleil is one of the rare companies to achieve worldwide success through combining art and business. As the Director of the Creative Lab at Cirque du Soleil Media, my mandate was to translate the success and the DNA of Cirque into the new media landscape. The merging of these three paradigms was seen as a significant challenge by many, and as impossible by a few. What I discovered in the process was a vastly inspiring and dynamic landscape of creativity and unlimited potential. While collaborating with highly innovative and ambitious tech and business partners, we were able to create a shared common language, as well as identifying the exact intersections where our respective expertise could leverage and mutually improve each other. In this talk, I share the principles, the attitudes and the actions that supported us along the way.
    10:45am - 11:00am
    Refreshment Break
    11:00am - 12:15pm
    Art in a Laboratory
    Digital art forms require new space formations and the use of expensive assets. How do we develop knowledge, capacity, and research while encouraging experimentation in a community like Winnipeg which has limited resources and is physically isolated? How do we share and prosper within the digital realm while moving towards equality and improving access? What systems and new forms of collaboration are born out of non-lateral thinking?
    12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Lunch Buffet
    12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Installation Showcase
    Experience and experiment with digital art. The Installation Showcase will feature unique pieces from local and visiting artists and tech industries highlighting the synergy of art and technology. Immersive VR, 360 videos, wearable technology, projections, augmented reality and more will be on exhibit. The showcase will also feature ‘CharBagh’, a participatory digital art project by new-media artist Faisal Anwar that creates ornate geometric patterns through conversations in real-time.
    12:30pm - 1:15pm
    Round Table: Virtual Hub
    People are unaware of the resources and skills that exist locally. How can we create an online space that provides digital tech support and communication tools for artists, organizations and companies? What can it do? Who does it serve?
    12:30pm - 1:15pm
    Round Table: Our Neighbourhood
    The Exchange District is already a vibrant hub of arts, creativity and digital tech – what can be done to grow this organic cluster? How do we ensure cross pollination and interaction between the arts, creative industries and interactive digital media practitioners?
    1:15pm - 2:15pm
    Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Info Session
    Do you want to learn more about the Digital Strategy Fund? Are you thinking about submitting an application in the next months or this fall? Our Digital Strategy Fund team wants to help you! Join program officer Marc Fournel for an information session in Winnipeg during the Merging Mindsets Conference.
    2:30pm - 4:00pm
    The Ethics of Digital
    Every time we read the news there seems to be a story about how both big and small tech companies are sacrificing our privacy, security and autonomy. With very little political and academic policy concerning the responsibilities associated with powerful tech tools, how do we protect ourselves? How do we make these technologies available to artists and art administrators for cultural purposes?
    4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Presentation: Much More Than the Stars, the Sun and the Moon
    Join Scott Young, Manager of the Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum as he reveals the inner workings of the tech that drives Planetarium projections. Scott will explain how both the old and new tech in the facility work and will demo some examples of collaborations he has done with local artists and musicians. Scott is hoping that by sharing his experience more artists will be inspired to work collaboratively with him on future projects. This is not your mom’s planetarium, it is much more than the stars, the sun and the moon!
  • Saturday, March 14
    9:00am - 10:00am
    Hot Breakfast Buffet
    10:00am - 11:15am
    OK Millennial. OK Boomer. Making Connections
    To the surprise of some millennials, there are artists who have been making tech-based artworks for decades. Other millennials are taking a step back and using analogue methods to make art despite being born in the digital age. The panellists will be discussing their journey toward and away from tech-based artwork, considering the outcomes of DIY vs. ready-made tech, comparing their experiences and creating generational connections.
    11:15am - 12:00pm
    Round Table: Art Lab?
    A physical space that houses digital tech and expertise to support artists using digital technology in their work. Where would it be located? What would be in it? Who might run it?
    11:15am - 12:00pm
    Round Table: The Resistance
    Not only an electrical current measure, ohm… but there is real resistance for artists to adopt digital tech and also for interactive digital tech folks to understand how artists can help create them new opportunities. Where does the resistance come from? How do we overcome it?
    11:15am - 1:00pm
    Lunch Buffet
    11:15am - 3:30pm
    Installation Showcase
    Experience and experiment with digital art. The Installation Showcase will feature unique pieces from local and visiting artists and tech industries highlighting the synergy of art and technology. Immersive VR, 360 videos, wearable technology, projections, augmented reality and more will be on exhibit. The showcase will also feature ‘CharBagh’, a participatory digital art project by new-media artist Faisal Anwar that creates ornate geometric patterns through conversations in real-time.
    12:30pm - 12:50pm
    Performance: Primary Assembly
    An Electroencephalography (EEG) system enables Jason to compose electronic music with his thoughts. The EEG system takes the electrical activity of his alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta waves, processes them through a series of algorithms, and output MIDI to control a synthesizer. It is essentially telekinesis with a machine, he never touches the synthesizer but has full control over it. What began as a curiosity in mental music composition has become an exploration of how this technology can expand consciousness and the internal sentience of the psyche.
    1:00pm - 2:15pm
    Mixing Forms: Is It Art? Design? A Game? Craft? Are There Boundaries Anymore?
    For years there have been rumblings about defining the boundaries of art. Many hours have been spent debating the roles of art, craft and design. Questions have arisen around identity, authorship, naming and presenting. Currently, similar conversations are occurring about the role of technology in art. Are there limits any more? How does continuous and easy access to digital tools open up our definition of art? When does art become art?
    2:15pm - 3:30pm
    Refreshment Break
    2:30pm - 3:15pm
    Round Table: Wouldn’t it be Nice?
    A discussion focused on issues that arise from the first four roundtables and general discussions at the conference. These may be a deeper dive into one of the first four topics or it may delve into something new.
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Keynote: Interdependent and Interdisciplinary: A New Creative Mindset
    As creative fields increasingly collide and cross pollinate, innovative leaders must unite a growing number of disparate disciplines if they want to succeed. From her experience designing projects for stage production, museums, events, and architectural installations, acclaimed creative director Mary Franck has developed a unique strategic toolkit for leading interdisciplinary projects. In this talk, she will unpack that toolkit and highlight real-life examples of leadership in action. Whether you’re a designer or craftsman, an artist or a maker, this talk will reveal the techniques needed to succeed in today’s diverse creative landscape.
    4:30pm - 4:40pm
    Closing Remarks