Upcoming event: March 7: Research Routines: opening reception and artist talk

Art Exhibition: Research Routines
Where: The Critical Media Lab, 158 King St. W., Kitchener, ON
When: March 7, 2012.  5-8pm

Please join us at the Critical Media Lab for an artist talk and opening reception of our new exhibition Research Routines.

Featuring the works of Adam Bradly, Marc Ngui, and Richard Thomas, Research Routines is a playful look at how these artists contend with their research and incorporate it into a visual art practice.  From philosophical schematics to citation rigs to motion controlled poetry composition, their pieces liberate the printed word from static text to offer delightful perspectives on theory formation.

Art Exhibition: Research Routines
Critical Media Lab, 158 King St. West, Kitchener, Ont.
Wednesday March 7, 5-8pm
:
Please join us at the Critical Media Lab for an artist talk and opening reception of our new exhibition Research Routines
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Featuring the works of Adam Bradly, Marc Ngui, and Richard Thomas, Research Routines is a playful look at how these artists contend with their research and incorporate it into a visual art practice.  From philosophical schematics to citation rigs to motion controlled poetry composition, their pieces liberate the printed word from static text to offer delightful perspectives on theory formation.
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Curated by UWaterloo Experimental Digital Media Master’s student Farah Yusuf, Research Routines is an extension of the Critcal Media Lab’s Research Sharing Salon Series. These informal events serve to stimulate the University of Waterloo’sEnglish Graduate community by creating a public forum were presenters can get constructive feedback on their research projects throughout their development process. Email Farah Yusuf f3yusuf@uwaterloo.ca or Dani Stock dstock@uwaterloo.ca if you’re interested in putting together an informal presentation to share with the group.
Marc Ngui, 1000platos-intro-25

About the artists and artworks:

Adam Bradley is a PhD candidate in the Experimental Digital Media program at the University of Waterloo.  His project “Motion Poetry” uses a Microsoft Kinect to investigate the relationship between words and space.  As a tool designed to interactively compose poetry through motion, “Motion Poetry” is part of Bradley’s ongoing research regarding the links between technology and literature.

Marc Ngui‘s “Drawings From A Thousand Plateaus” are a methodical interpretation of the first two chapters of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. These charming paragraph by paragraph renderings were created as a means of understanding the ideas presented in the book.

Marc was born in Georgetown, Guyana and grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He started drawing as a kid and studied architecture at the University of Waterloo. His early creative practice centered on the production of self-published zines, posters and comics, and in 1999 he moved to Toronto where he participated in the vibrant DIY community of self-publishing and art making.  He has received several award nominations for Watch This Space, a book about public space for young adults. His recent activities include illustrations for Boone Lab, a biochemistry research lab at the Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto, and Olden County, a 400 page graphic novel currently in its first draft. Marc has exhibited across Canada with his partner and collaborator Magda Wojtyra under the name Happy Sleepy. Their most recent exhibition Let’s Glow is on view at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery until March 4th, 2012.

Richard Thomas‘ “Rapid Thought Prototyper v01: Ten Stack Jig” is part of a short run series of experiments he calls Research Machines that mimic and preserve personal research methods.  Encoding working routines into physical systems suggests we pursue ‘citation arts’ as a mechanism to explore theory formation practices. As Research Design artifacts the machines act as simple hackable ‘jigs’ that capture citation and ideation heuristics, guide the use of books, and notate the motion of texts. The aim of this collection is to propose we teach the general creation of simple machines that support ‘building about thinking’.

Richard is the Co-Head of Strategic Foresight at Idea Couture, an innovation and experience design firm where he is engaged in futures research, future organizational design, and strategic foresight practices. He is also a partner at We Rep [Ideas] working frequently with start-ups and commercialization offices at a number of Canadian universities in the areas of strategic visioning and pre-competitive intellectual property expansion. Prior to joining Idea Couture Richard was a Research Lead at the Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity within OCAD University, a not for profit think tank focused on developing and teaching foresight methodologies and pre-competitive innovation. Richard speaks at universities and conferences on strategic foresight and futures scenarios. Recent institutions include The Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CBET), Waterloo University, Ignite, OCADU, and DeSForM – the Design & Semantics of Form & Movement in the Netherlands on the future behavior of products, systems and services in the networked age.
Richard is one of three members of the Fantasy Math Club an art collective exploring analogue Research Machines, ‘remote intimacy’ through installations, art research and various design fiction projects.