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MWX 2018


An “Open Platform” of Featured Artworks and Special Projects

Co-curated by Vince Dziekan and Kate Hennessy

Check out the dedicated exhibition website here for up-to-the minute news and views of works in progress: www.mwx2018.org

MWX provides an alternative platform for showcasing emerging and innovative practices by artists using creative technology through exhibition and other modes of engagement. The aim of MWX is to be inspired by and learn from work by artists using digital tools, platforms, and emerging cultural practices in creative and critically challenging ways. This year’s instalment of MWX extends an invitation to artists and audiences alike to consider the ways and means by which cultural histories and heritage can (re)generate the shape of the future.

Co-curated by Vince Dziekan and Kate Hennessy, the curatorial programme of MWX2018 Vancouver has been designed to function as an “open platform” featuring artworks and specially commissioned projects that demonstrate de-institutionalizing practices (artistic, interpretive, collaborative) centered around themes of cultural agency and digital equity.

This ambitious program will intersect with the main conference program and occur at different times and places throughout the conference – opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery and continuing over the three-days of the conference at the Sheraton Wall Center. MWX2018 Vancouver has been realized in association with the Vancouver Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, and
Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

*** At the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the Welcome Reception ***

Wednesday, April 18
6:30pm – 9:30pm
‘Respire’: Immersive VR experience

‘Respire’ is an Immersive Virtual Reality (VR), biosensing and Musical AI system that generates an affective sensory environment from breathing patterns. Created by artist/researchers Mirjana Prpa, Kıvanç Tatar and Philippe Pasquier, the piece draws upon mindfulness principles to refocus the user’s attention to their own breathing in order to create a reconnection with rich embodied experience that is often lost in our interaction with new and emerging technologies.

‘When is a Museum?’: Studio work, exhibition and performance

‘When is a Museum’ invites you to bring in a personal object and tell us its story. From treasures to trinkets each item will be temporarily collected, archived and reproduced as part of the collection, honouring the personal and the everyday.

‘When is a Museum’ will begin collecting your objects and stories tonight (you will get them back!)

This MWX Special Project has been coordinated by Gillian Russell with Pete Fung and Samein Shamsher, and Nova Olson (Emily Carr University of Art & Design).

Curators’ acknowledgements: The curators wish to acknowledge the generous contribution made by the contributing artists, designers, educators and students towards this year’s MWX exhibition. Their committed involvement is an inspiring testament to how perspective on our historical and contemporary position can be gained by learning together–critically and creatively– at the cultural interface that exists between Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. We recognize and acknowledge, in turn, that this exhibition and conference is being convened on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.