Studio XX

Event X : A Whole Decade of Work with Women in Art and Technology!
October 5-6 2006, at Monument-National

In 1996, Studio XX became the first feminist artist-run centre in North America as a non-profit organisation with the main objective of supporting technological creation, exploration and critique by women. In order to highlight its 10th anniversary, Studio XX invites the public and all people engaged in the media arts to a conference on October 5th and 6th 2006 that will look back on the last ten years so as to inspire the ten years to come! Event X will feature lectures and panels by local and international artists and curators, as well as performances by Canadian artists, at the Café and Hydro-Québec Studio of the Monument National (1182, St-Laurent Blvd.).

In a world where an increasingly large number of women are technologically savvy, but where the expression “cyberfeminism” still leads to confusion, it is of special relevance to be thinking about the present state of affairs by measuring the distance achieved over the last ten years. Inspired by an article on new technologies that featured in Wired magazine and was entitled “10 Years that Changed the World”, Studio XX wants to examine its effect and affect as a site of education, production, information, dissemination and exchange within the networks that it contributed to build, in order to optimise its action for the upcoming decade.


Thursday October 5th (free admission)


Cocktail, presentation of founding members

Kathy Kennedy - concert-performance with the Choeur Maha
Kathy Kennedy is a sound artist with a background in classical singing. Her art practice generally involves the voice and issues of interface with technology, often using telephony or radio. Her large scale sonic installation/performances for up to 100 singers and radio, called "sonic choreographies," have been performed internationally including the inauguration of the Vancouver New Public Library and at the Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Series. This mix of choral activism and technological engagement are an apt introduction to our conference.

Friday October 6th
(free admission except for the 2 evening performances at the Studio Hydro-Québec of the M.N.)


10:00AM :: embodied and disembodied: motion and sensuality

- Nat Muller (Netherlands) - in english
Is an independent curator and critic based in Rotterdam. She also serves as new media curator at De Balie, Amsterdam. Nat is primarily interested in viewing social and political processes through a cultural/artistic lens. She has published articles in off- and online media, and has given presentations on the subject of media technology and art (inter)nationally. Her main interests include: the intersections of aesthetics, technology and politics; (new) media and art in Middle East.

- Isabelle Choinière - in french
Isabelle Choinière studied Fine Art with a specialization in choreography at Concordia University. Since 1984, she has been interested in the hybridization of the languages of dance and digital art. She has been recognized, since her first presentation (Communion) as a pioneer and avant-gardist. Isabelle Choinière has developed a specific language in order to explore the physical and psychic limits of the natural body and the synthetic body. Her refined performances integrate a reflection on time and space and what emerges is an increased conception of the body.
Isabelle Choinière will present the results of her residency at the Studio XX (a co-residency with Maison de la culture Mont-Royal and the Dance dept. at Uqàm) on october 6 at 6 pm at l'espace de production Hexagram, room VR-105, 209 Ste-Catherine E.

Moderator Ernestine Daubner
Ernestine Daubner is an adjunct professor at the Centre interuniversitaire des arts médiatiqures (CIAM) de l'Université du Québec à Montreal. She also teaches at the Art History department of Concordia’s University.

1:30PM :: Volumes : space and sound

- Karmen Franinovic - in english
Unfamiliar Moves and Anomalous Artifacts - ABSTRACT
What is this cyclist doing with a giant balloon attached to his helmet? Why is this elderly woman spinning a black reflective dish? Is the group of people that are holding hands celebrating something or meditating together or what? Why does my voice resound through the square? Recycled Soundscapes, Kontakt, and Sky Hooks are three responsive environments with interfaces that invite unfamiliar movements and interactions. They work to subvert established bodily practices in urban space, such as listening to others, producing sounds and touching strangers. The results are new urban ecologies in which sound acquires a more tangible and social dimension.
_Karmen Franinovic is an architect, artist, and interaction designer focused on the creative, critical and active use of technology in architecture, public space and everyday life. By introducing interactive technologies into physical architecture and immaterial space, she seeks in her work to stimulate social and bodily interaction and to raise awareness of the surroundings and its diverse ecologies. Her theoretical research on hospitality, home, exile, borders, body-action and collective events manifests in responsive spaces, digital architecture, video and interactive installations.

- Diane Willow (USA) - in english
Diane is an artist and researcher who is drawn to hybrid zones and trans-disciplinary approaches. Currently a professor in the new media area of Time & Interactivity within the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, her interests range from sound art and tangible media to interactive installation and responsive environments. Her explorations with sound have been focused on a modality broadly defined as dynamic, socially engaged spaces for contemplation. The interplay of nature, technology and community, the experience of multi-sensory engagement and her ongoing reflections on cultural dialogues embedded within interactive art have informed her work in varied contexts including her appointment as artist in residence at the MIT Media Lab.

- Nancy Tobin - in french
44.1 Khz / 16 bits vs 96 Khz / 24bits

High resolution audio : what does this mean exactly? How does resolution influence our perception? Using excerpts from a current research project derived from a collaboration with choreographer Danièle Desnoyers : Duos pour corps et instruments (company Le Carré des Lombes), I will address the questions raised by the increased accessibility to high resolution formats in audio.
_ Nancy Tobin is a sound artist and designer. Over the past fifteen years, she has developed a specialization in vocal amplification for theatre and in the use of unusual audio speakers to transform the aural qualities of her compositions. Her designs for multimedia installations have been presented in Montreal at the Contemporary Art Museum and at the International Festival of New Cinema and New Media. Currently, she is finishing a series of thematic compositions for compact disc on memory, play, silence and contemplation.

Moderator Marie-Christiane
Marie-Christiane Mathieu Ph. D., is a new media artist and the director of Studio XX. She teaches at the Art History department at UQÀM, she also teaches at L’École multidisciplinaire de l’image at Université du Québec in Outaouais.

3:30PM :: Women's network - bilingual conference
This panel will tackle the relevance and reasons for maintaining feminist-based artist-run centres. Representatives of La Centrale, GIV, Mawa and Studio XX will debate on this topic.

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse is an artist-run centre incorporated in 1974 which has as its mandate and general policy to give voice to the diversity of work in women’s contemporary art at local, national and international levels. La Centrale supports research, intervention and the creation of multiple discourses on artistic practices, feminisms and interdisciplinarity.

Groupe Intervention Video (GIV) came into existence in 1975. GIV, as a diffuser/distributor and producer, stands out in its implication in the diverse stages of work by video makers, and in pursuing a policy of overall assistance with the artists. Through time, use of video has been, and remains, strategic, a close companion of activists and artists, inserting itself in the intimacy of communities and processes, revealing individual and collective imaginaries and pains. Collaborations undertaken with new media artists these past years allows us to glimpse into the itinerary that the organisation pursues, with importance on exploration and multiple appartenance.

Mawa (Manitoba) Mentoring Artists for Women's Art encourages and supports the intellectual and creative development of women in the visual arts by providing an ongoing forum for education and critical dialogue. Mawa gives women artists in the early developmental stages of their practice the opportunity to work with established artists in a year-long mentorship relationship.

Founded in 1996, Studio XX is Montreal’s foremost women’s digital resource centre. Through a variety of creative activities and initiatives, the Studio works with women to demystify digital technologies, to critically examine their social aspects, to facilitate women’s access to technology, and to create and exhibit women’s new digital art. Studio XX is committed to providing digital technology training and instruction to women at all levels of experience, both artists and non-artists.

Moderator Mélina Bernier
Mélina Bernier is a graduate student in social intervention (human science faculty) under the direction of Maria Nengeh Mensah, professor at the École de travail social (UQÀM).


General Assembly of StudioXX
Presentation of Matricules



Diane Landry
(Quebec) Morse Alphabet Soup
The artist will present a brand new performance developed via the complicity of light and lenses, forming an inspiring canvas of silhouettes, images and words within which the public will be able to circulate.

Multidisciplinary artist, Diane Landry creates performances, automated installations, sonic sculptures and new dynamic works. Her projects have been presented throughout Canada, the United States, in Mexico, in Argentina, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Sweden and are included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec. She has also developed numerous projects in the framework of artist in residency programs. In January 2003 the Quebec and Chaudiere-Appalachian Regional Arts Council granted Diane Landry a prize of international acclaim. In 1995 she received a Murphy-Cadogan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. Landry received her bachelor’s degree in visual art from Laval University, which included an exchange with the University of Bordeaux, in France. She holds a master's degree in art from Stanford University in California.

Shawna Dempsey et Lorri Millan (Manitoba) Target Marketing
A piece called «Target Marketing», from the Winnipeg-based duo dempsey/millan will be performed by Shawna Dempsey in a costume which emulates the human target silhouette used by pistol marksmen. The text juxtaposes a media phenomenon (increased violence shown on the news) with a discussion on brain function.

In a collaboration that has spanned well over a decade, Winnipeg multi-disciplinary artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have created a body of internationally acclaimed work that addresses feminist, lesbian, and social concerns with biting wit. Dempsey and Millan’s controversial music video, We’re Talking Vulva, represented Canada at the 3rd Istanbul Biennial, and has screened to an estimated audience of a million people, world-wide.


Julie Tremblay
Communications Coordinator, Studio XX
Telephone: (514) 577-0226

Myriam Yates
Programming Coordinator, Studio XX
Telephone: 514 845 7934
Fax: 514 845 4941


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Founded in 1996, Studio XX is Montreal's foremost women's digital resource centre. Through a variety of creative activities and initiatives, the Studio works with women to demystify digital technologies, to critically examine their social aspects, to facilitate women's access to technology, and to create and exhibit women's new digital art.
Studio XX thanks its members and partners for their continued generous support : the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canadian Arts Council, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Monument-National, Boréale.

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