Émile Durkheim proposed that the dichotomy between the Sacred and the Profane can serve as a basis for understanding religion. Things that are Sacred are surrounded by ritual practices, have prescribed methods for how people are meant to encounter them, and can form the basis of social structure or control. The Profane references the mundane physical world that we can know or experience through our senses. Neither is inherently good nor evil. In this panel discussion, Lindsay MacDonald, Peter Redecopp, Tasman Richardson and Trevor Van den Eijnden will examine how their work presented at PARTICLE + WAVE challenges the Sacred and the Profane dichotomy and pushes the boundary between the two.
Special thanks to the Computational Media Design Program at the University of Calgary.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Lindsay MacDonald is a PhD student in the Computational Media Design Program at the University of Calgary. Her approach to research and creative production combines ideas from computer science, design and art. Her research interests include behaviour and performance in interactive art installations, interaction design and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has published her research in various computer science and visual art venues, and her interactive installations been exhibited across Canada. She has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures. She has an MFA in Computational Media Design from the University of Calgary, a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Practice from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and another BFA in painting and digital media from the University of Calgary. She previously worked at The Banff New Media Institute, where she served as Production Coordinator for the Coproduction Program. Currently, Lindsay serves on the board and programming committee of EMMEDIA.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Peter Redecopp is an artist and experimental musician whose practice incorporates sculpture, sound, electronics and digital media. His work has been exhibited in Calgary + Montreal, and his audio performances have taken him to venues across Canada. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design, and an MFA in Open Media from Concordia University.
Peter is exhibiting his work, Pentaphonic Sound System, at the festival group exhibition, Digital Artifacts. For more information, go to: http://emmedia.ca/2017/01/digital-artifacts/
Culture making and Iconoclast since 1996, Tasman Richardson has exhibited extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His practice focuses primarily on video collage using the JAWA method (the manifesto he authored in 1996), fully immersive media installation, live a/v performance, and experiments in decorative limited editions under the alias Pseudonym. His solo installation Necropolis exhibited at the MOCCA (Toronto) and Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), receiving wide critical acclaim. He recently performed his live media collages Temple and Doppelganger at Sled Island Music and Arts Festival. Based in Toronto, Tasman is currently curating a program of international media artists for his live-generative abstract expressionist program, The New Flesh, at The Music Gallery (Toronto) for January 2017.
Tasman is exhibiting his installation, Janus as part of the festival. For more information, go to: http://emmedia.ca/2017/01/janus/
Trevor Van den Eijnden was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, of Dutch and mixed Nova Scotian background, but has lived in Vancouver since 2007. He studied English literature (BA, Dalhousie University, 2005) and photography (BFA, NSCAD University, 2005), and recently completed a graduate degree in visual arts (MAA, ECUAD, 2015). He currently teaches design with a focus on inclusion, empathy, and ethical approaches to marketing and communications. His art practice focuses on the current geological epoch, the Anthropocene, and of coming to terms with the historical, contemporary, and future underpinnings of that term.