Kate Armstrong
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

Kate Armstrong is a writer and new media artist who has lived and worked in Canada, France, Japan, Scotland and the United States. Her work has taken a variety of forms including short films, essays, net.art, performative network events, psychogeography and installation. Her theoretical work centres on themes of immanence and repetition. Her first book, Crisis & Repetition: Essays on Art and Culture, was published in 2002. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally. More information: http://katearmstrong.com

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Tributaries & Text-Fed Streams

Sat May 24, 2008 00:00 - Sun May 11, 2008

What are the creative and poetic possibilities of RSS syndication and how might the introduction of iterative publishing processes affect our experience of digital literature? How can a book be transformed and reworked through an exploration of the formal and aesthetic structure of the stream?

Join us on Saturday, May 24th at 7:30 pm to launch a new artwork by Montreal-based writer and artist J.R. Carpenter.

Tributaries & Text-Fed Streams is a project by J.R. Carpenter that re-purposes the original text of an issue of literary quarterly The Capilano Review (TCR) as a raw material for a new digital artwork. The work is commissioned by The Capilano Review and curated by Kate Armstrong. The work will be simultaneously launched on Turbulence.org.

The launch event will feature a reading by the artist in addition to a programme of experimental readings by practitioners in disparate fields such as quantum physics, geography, and poetics, arranged to explore ideas of streams, seriality, or flow. Participants include Maria Lantin, Michael Boyce, Jeremy Venditti, Global Telelanguage Resources, and J.R. Carpenter.

After this short program there will be a reception. The event will take place at Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver on Saturday, May 24th starting at 7:30 pm.

In short:
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
Launch with experimental readings and a reception to follow
Helen Pitt Gallery
102-148 Alexander Street
Sliding scale: $5-$10


Tributaries & Text- Fed Streams: http://tributaries.thecapilanoreview.ca/
The Capilano Review: http://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/
TCR Issue 2-50 : “Artifice and Intelligence”: http://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/archive.php?id=series2/2_50
J.R. Carpenter: http://luckysoap.com/
Turbulence: http://www.turbulence.org


Why Some Dolls Are Bad: A Graphic Novel for Facebook

Mon Nov 19, 2007 00:00 - Mon Nov 19, 2007

Why Some Dolls Are Bad
A Graphic Novel for Facebook
By Kate Armstrong

About :
Why Some Dolls Are Bad is a dynamically generated graphic novel by Kate Armstrong. Built on the Facebook platform, the work assembles a stream of images from Flickr that match certain tags and dynamically mixes them with original text in order to produce a perpetually changing narrative.

Users who add the application in Facebook can capture pages from the novel and save, reorder, and distribute them.

The novel engages themes of ethics, fashion, artifice and the self, and presents a re-examination of systems and materials including mohair, contagion, environmental decay, Perspex cabinetry, and false-seeming things in nature such as Venus Flytraps.

How Does it Work?
Why Some Dolls Are Bad is a graphic novel built as a Facebook application. To experience it in its native environment, you will need to add the application to your Facebook account, where it will appear on your profile.

It operates by streaming images and text into a frame on your profile page. The image and text combine to create a page in the book.

As you read, advance to the next page by clicking "Next Page". A new text and image combination will be loaded. Since the novel is dynamically generated, you will never see the same page twice.

If you like the page you are reading and would like to save it, click "Capture". Pages you capture can be saved, shared, or collected into chapters.

Kate Armstrong:
Kate Armstrong is an artist and writer with interest in networks, social media, urban space, poetics, and computation. Her work examines tensions between digital and analogue systems, and looks to bring digital structures - both functional and metaphorical - into low-fi models and physical spaces as a way to interrogate contemporary culture. She is engaged with text and experimental narrative, especially open forms that bring poetics and computational function together. In the past this has taken a variety of forms including net art, psychogeography, installation, audio, performance, painting, and robotics.

Armstrong is the Director of Upgrade! Vancouver, which is part of the Upgrade! International network. She has taught at Emily Carr Institute and holds a position at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology in the Faculty of Applied Science at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

Kate Armstrong: http://www.katearmstrong.com
Why Some Dolls Are Bad: http://www.cornerdata.org/dolls
To locate the application on Facebook, search “Why Some Dolls Are Bad”, then click “Add this Application”.


Upgrade! Vancouver: TCR Launch Party

Thu May 17, 2007 00:00 - Thu May 10, 2007

New Writing, New Technologies
Launch Party for TCR 2-50: Artifice and Intelligence, guest edited by Andrew Klobucar
With panel discussion, food, & live a/v by CineCitta

Presented by the Capilano Review and Upgrade! Vancouver

May 17, 2007
7:30 pm

The latest issue of The Capilano Review: 2-50 - Artifice and Intelligence, features an array of cultural producers currently investigating the complex and rapidly evolving relationships between writing, art, and digital technology.

Join us as we explore critical questions on how contemporary developments in media technologies - its tools and methods - continue to influence many of today's most important literary and art movements, and how these new technologies affect the concept of knowledge.

Panel discussion with Jim Andrews, Kate Armstrong, David Jhave Johnston, Laura Marks, Sandra Seekins, and Darren Wershler-Henry, moderated by Andrew Klobucar.

Join us for food, drinks and live a/v by CineCitta 7:30pm
Panel discussion: 8:30 pm

Intersections Digital Studios (IDS)
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island

More information:

Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Capilano College, Upgrade! Vancouver, & Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design. Darren Wershler-Henry appears courtesy of Capilano College's new Creative Writing Program reading series OPEN TEXT.

The Capilano Review: 2-50 - Artifice and Intelligence
Global Telelanguage Resources
Sandra Seekins
Kate Armstrong
David Jhave Johnston
Laura U. Marks
Sharla Sava
Antonia Hirsch
Kevin Magee
Jim Andrews
Gordon Winiemko
Nancy Patterson
Darren Werschler-Henry

http://www.thecapilanoreview.ca ORDER ONLINE WITH SECURE PAYMENT


Upgrade! Vancouver//with Matt Rogalsky

Wed Oct 18, 2006 00:00 - Thu Oct 12, 2006

Hi Everybody

Just a quick note off the top to say a massive Thank You to everyone who participated in ArtCamp on September 21, 2006. It was a really amazing event which far surpassed expectations in terms of attendence, the brilliance of projects and talks that y’all came up with, and with the flabbergasting smoothness of logistics on the day. Yay principles of self-organization! I was really happy with the whole thing and I hope that you were too. I am writing up a report about the event which I will circulate soon.

In the meantime you can see (and add) pictures at NowPublic: http://www.nowpublic.com/artcamp_is_here and also at a newly established Flickr group for ArtCamp: http://www.flickr.com/groups/86885591@N00/pool/ . There is talk about another one next year...stay tuned!

*Next up for Upgrade! Vancouver is a talk by Matt Rogalsky on Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm.
Matt Rogalsky's work as a media artist often focuses on exploration of abject, invisible/inaudible, or ignored streams of information. Since 1985 his performances and installations have been seen and heard across North America and Europe. Most recently he presented the installation When he was in high school in Texas, Eric Ryan Mims used a similar arrangement to detect underground nuclear tests in Nevada, in a solo show at the Agnes Etherington Art Center in Kingston Ontario, and a new multi-channel sound work Memory Like Water, in a solo show on Hornby Island BC, presented by the GroundWater Foundation. A double CD documenting the past ten years of live performances, also entitled Memory Like Water, was released in July 2006 on XI Records.

At Upgrade, Rogalsky will discuss his installation Ellipsis (2001), on view at the Western Front, in which software "listens" to a single talk radio input. In the exhibition space we hear only the gaps between the words-the "silences"-as they occur in realtime, but amplified to a louder than normal listening level. A time counter projected on the wall shows the hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds of accumulated "silence", inexorably advancing with each fragment. This piece is one of several exploring aspects of "silence" in the media and in musical performance. It has previously been shown at Diapason (New York City, USA), Sleeper (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Slade Gallery (London, England), SoundPlay Festival 2004(Toronto), as part of the Digital Poetics and Politics symposium at Queen's University in 2004 (Kingston, Canada) and in the exhibition Disquiet curated by Christof Migone in 2005 for Modern Fuel Gallery (Kingston, Canada).

Upgrade! Vancouver ( http://www.katearmstrong.com/upgrade/vancouver/) is curated by Kate Armstrong. It is one of 22 nodes currently active in Upgrade! International (http://theupgrade.net), an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. If you would like to present your work or get involved, please email kate@katearmstrong.com.

When: Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm
Where: Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada
FREE! Everyone welcome.
URL: http://www.katearmstrong.com/upgrade/vancouver/
On NowPublic: http://www.nowpublic.com/matt_rogalsky_at_upgrade_vancouver_on_october_18_2006



:::::::IN[ ]EX:::::::::

IN[ ]EX is a distributed audio sculpture in which thousands of wooden blocks with embedded technology are released into the city to engage the public as active agents.

As the blocks circulate, they transmit data which is collected by mesh networks and processed to create a constantly remixed sound environment in a shipping container.

IN[ ]EX explores the migration of capital, goods, and people through the ports and public spaces of Vancouver, Canada, and San Jose, California.
IN[ ]EX launched at Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) on June 16, 2006 and on August 7, 2006 IN[ ]EX will hit San Jose, California during ISEA 2006.


The IN[ ]EX shipping container, where you can hear the soundscape created by the movements of people through the city of San Jose, will be on location at South Hall (435 South Market Street).

:::::::::On the fly : Keep a lookout for blocks in the city :::::::::

IN[ ]EX is a collaborative project by Kate Armstrong, Bobbi Kozinuk, M. SImon Levin, Laurie Long, Leonard J. Paul, Manuel Pina, and Jean Routhier. Curator: Alice Ming Wai Jim.


On NowPublic: http://www.nowpublic.com/in_ex_to_hit_san_jose_california