October 22nd, 2020

U of L Fine Arts hosting Crossing Boundaries Symposium on Saturday

By Mabell, Dave on October 23, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


Art, audio, agriculture and algorithms – they’re all part of a University of Lethbridge event aimed at linking many fields of study.

Interested members of the public are invited to attend the one-day Crossing Boundaries Symposium, presented by the fine arts faculty on Saturday. This year it’s part of the university’s Open House weekend, welcoming prospective students and their families to campus.

“Crossing Boundaries invites our community to experience the collaborations, creative activities and research across multiple disciplines,” says Mary Ingraham, the dean of fine arts.

“It is about discovering and celebrating those cross-collaborative intersections and synergies, and finding inspiration to explore new areas of thought and research in the fine arts and across the university.”

This year’s theme – Languages | Landscapes | Algorithms – will be evident in the opening event, presented at 9 a.m. by new media faculty member Leanne Elias. It will include the premiere of “Visualizing Agriculture,” a documentary revolving around creative works based on agricultural data developed by Jaime Larson and Andre Laroche at the Lethbridge research station.

The production, she says, “considers the counterpoints of art meeting science and investigates the effect of intensive collaboration.”

Later in the morning, master’s degree candidate Michelle Sylvestre will outline her research, “Physicalizing Control, Disruption and the Body,” which examines the parallels and differences in contemporary pharma and contemporary technology in relation to control of the body. Then Migueltzinta Solis, a PhD candidate, will describe “LandMarks: Site-Based Arts Pedagogy in Treaty 7 Territory.”

Morning sessions will end with psychology department member Javid Sadr and drama faculty members Aaron Taylor and Douglas MacArthur reporting on projects developed by the university’s screen acting and “embodied recognition” research group.

Afternoon sessions will include Amandine Pras’s presentation focusing on compositional and improvisational tools used by studio technicians as part of her research in the recording studios in war-torn Bamako, Mali. Tyler Stewart will examine the roles sound has played as a political instrument to silence dissenting groups and individuals – and how language and sound can be used to rise against such powers.

Later in the afternoon, fine arts faculty members Dana Cooley, Denton Fredrickson, Mia van Leeuwen and D. Andrew Stewart will explore the relationships and interactions of material objects, and their associations as a link across artistic disciplines.

A concluding event, set for 5 p.m., will showcase works by Arlan Schultz and Daniela Sirbu along with a collaborative presentation by Bryn Hewko, Stewart and Jordan Berg. It will show how new algorithms for real-time immersive audio can be used to enhance and augment real-time acoustic performances, how algorithmic animation can be demonstrated through samples of live animation, and how film combines with live digital coding.

Audience members will be invited to use their own personal tablets to create their own viewing experience, and one will be outfitted with the Oculus Rift for a full virtual reality experience.

“Co-ordinating the symposium during (Open House) gives future students the opportunity to see a sampling of a few of the fascinating research opportunities and collaborative activities on our campus,” says Ingraham.

“It allows these students to experience the types of work and study they will engage in and provides great interaction with many of the faculty who will also be in attendance at the symposium.”

Registration for Crossing Boundaries events is open to all at uleth.universitytickets.com.

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