Kate Armstrong
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

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BIO
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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EVENT

Upgrade Vancouver//with Jeremy Isao Speier


Dates:
Wed Dec 14, 2005 00:00 - Fri Dec 09, 2005

It's that time again!

At the Upgrade on Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm we will be hearing from Jeremy Isao Speier. After the talk we'll adjourn to the Whip Gallery [209 east 6th avenue] for a little holiday drink. Join us for the last Upgrade of 2005!

In his work Isao Speier manufactures objects using obsolete technologies, creating new art forms and visual models. Isao Speier will talk about his kinetic sculptures, which work with rudimentary technology and explore the science of motion, space and time, and about the process of working with electro - mechanical bodies of motion. He will also talk about his background in film and painting, and show work from his installation, Kinetics.

Jeremy Isao Speier is a graduate of The Emily Carr College of Art & Design. A Japanese-Canadian, Speier is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, new media, kinetic sculpture and sound, painting and assemblage and installation. He is a Vancouver based artist and his work has been exhibited in Canada in various group or solo exhibitions, including at: The Red Head Gallery, Latitude 53, Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver New Music, p | m Gallery, Helen Pitt ARC, The Ministry of Casual Living, Gallery 101, The Western Front.

When: Wednesday, December 14th 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/node/24813


EVENT

Upgrade Vancouver//with Mark Brady


Dates:
Tue Nov 01, 2005 00:00 - Thu Oct 27, 2005

Our exciting third season of Upgrade Vancouver is now underway. The next event, a talk by Mark Brady, is happening Tuesday, November 1st at 8pm.

WIth the notion that "our current cultural interregnum may be defined more by the questions we ask than the answers we come up with", Brady will attempt to answer the following questions:

--What is the relevance of collaboration in contemporary art practice? What is our relationship to failure?
--What are the alternative cultural and cognitive hypotheses in our techno-fetishistic milieu? What is the virtual?
--Who are we, artists? researchers? designers? producers? socialites? What is transdisciplinarity?

Brady will discuss these questions with reference to the 3 streams that inform his practice - the intermission artist collaborative, computational poetics, and his physical object designs //sculptures.

Mark Brady
Mark Brady makes software, sound and light art. As a collaborative and reflective practitioner the ephemeral qualities of software, sound and light afford him opportunities to explore alternative cultural and cognitive hypotheses in our techno-fetishistic milieu. Brady has exhibited work in London and Tokyo, teaches at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, is a founding member of Vancouver’s Intermission Artists Society, was arrested once, and has performed once at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Hope to see you all there!
Kate Armstrong

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EVENT

Upgrade 2.0//with Jonathan Eric Tyrrell


Dates:
Tue Apr 05, 2005 00:00 - Thu Mar 31, 2005

The Upgrade 2.0// Vancouver is an informal monthly meeting of new media artists and curators held at the Western Front at 303 East 8th Avenue in Vancouver, Canada. Now in its second season, the Upgrade series is a forum for the presentation of new work and is meant to foster dialogue and create opportunities for collaboration within the media art community. For more information visit http://www.katearmstrong.com/upgrade/vancouver or contact Kate Armstrong, Curator, at kate@katearmstrong.com .
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Join us Tuesday, April 5th at 730 pm for a talk by Jonathan Eric Tyrrell. Jonathan will discuss his work and interest in the specific properties of digital forms, and will present new work from his current series of interactive video paintings.

Jonathan Eric Tyrrell
Jonathan Eric Tyrrell is a British-born artist with a background in film and video production. His recent practice focuses on issues of media specificity as they relate to the digital moving image. Before emigrating to Canada, he received an MA in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick in England. His work has been shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Western Front, Video In, Trinity Square Video, and as part of the New Forms and Open Circuits Festivals. Jonathan is an Assistant Professor in the Media Arts area at Emily Carr Institute.

Tuesday, April 5th at 730 pm
Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada

See you there!

Kate Armstrong
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http://katearmstrong.com
Upgrade Vancouver: http://www.katearmstrong.com/upgrade/vancouver/

Upgrade NYC: http://www.treasurecrumbs.com/theupgrade/
Upgrade Montreal: http://theupgrade.sat.qc.ca/
Upgrade Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade/


EVENT

Upgrade 2.0//with Eric Deis


Dates:
Tue Mar 08, 2005 00:00 - Wed Mar 02, 2005

The Upgrade 2.0// Vancouver is an informal monthly meeting of new media artists and curators held at the Western Front at 303 East 8th Avenue in Vancouver, Canada. Now in its second season, the Upgrade series is a forum for the presentation of new work and is meant to foster dialogue and create opportunities for collaboration within the media art community. For more information visit http://www.katearmstrong.com/upgrade/vancouver or contact Kate Armstrong, Curator, at kate@katearmstrong.com .
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Join us Tuesday, March 8 at 730 pm for a talk by Eric Deis. Eric will discuss the problems of obsolescence in Media & Digital Artworks, and methods of responsible artistic production. He will also provide a survey of his work, which continually jumps between traditional forms and digital processes. Eric is currently developing policies for preservation and cataloguing of digital artworks at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and teaches cross digital practices, “From Drawing to Digital”, at Emily Carr Institute.

Eric Deis
Eric Deis is an emerging interdisciplinary artist from Vancouver, Canada. He has produced impactful works in video, installation, digital media, sculpture, drawing, and photography. Deis is a graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver (B.F.A.) and the University of California, San Diego (M.F.A.). His work has been exhibited in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, United States, and Germany.

URL: http://ericdeis.com/

Tuesday, March 8th at 730 pm
Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue
Vancouver, Canada

See you there!

Kate Armstrong
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http://katearmstrong.com
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Upgrade Vancouver: http://www.katearmstrong.com/upgrade/vancouver/
Upgrade NYC: http://www.treasurecrumbs.com/theupgrade/
Upgrade Montreal: http://theupgrade.sat.qc.ca/
Upgrade Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade/


DISCUSSION

Re: Turbulence Commission:


Hi Jim & Pall
Thanks for the comments about Grafik Dynamo. Yes, I wrote the texts. They are pulled from a flat file and randomly fed into the piece using javascript. There are two documents, one for the thought and speech bubbles (upper texts) and one for the expository notes (lower texts). So there is a level of organization that governs the way the fragments are distributed. Regarding the fragments themselves: I wanted to use some of the formal structures you find in comics, such as "meanwhile...", lots of exclamation points, and speech patterns like "ack!" etc. I was initially drawn to using references to science fiction and 1940s spy fiction. I was loving the brilliant innocence of both comics and that literature, where everything happens in either London or Damascus, people carry around suitcases of gems, and scientists become deranged by their magnificent powers. As I was working with these themes I found myself adding references to things that seemed more current, like evangelicals, lobbyists and apocalypse, and started to pull in other concerns, not usually associated with comics or hard-boiled crime novels, such as existential freedom & metaphysical structures like extra-temporal essence. These things started to feed back on each other so that all of a sudden I was discovering implications that philosophical states were being influenced by these mysterious machines, or that powerful non-specific figures were motivated by the desire to have outre religious experiences. So that's how the material evolved in the beginning. When it started to run against the influx of images I was happy to see that these associations became even more complex.
Kate