When do I see photons?

Artists’ talk presented by Hexagram-Concordia Center for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies and the Goethe-Institut Montreal
Friday, September 28, 2012, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Montreal, Hexagram-Concordia is happy to welcome artists Vera Drebusch, Verena Friedrich, Jan Goldfuß and Hörner/Antlfinger to speak about their work being shown in the inaugural exhibition of the Goethe-Institut’s new space at Lofts des arts.

When do I see photons? asked the cyberneticist, author and linguistic theorist Oswald Wiener in his tome Problems of Artificial Intelligence (1990). Photons are the smallest particles of light which stimulate the retina, but can we see them? Wiener’s question about the physical laws of seeing led us to fundamental questions of consciousness: seeing is, for the most part, a construction; can we see what we don’t know? The first show at the Goethe-Institut’s new location presents selected works from the Transmedialen Raum der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (the Transmedialen Raum of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne) that have as a theme the making visible of processes and relationships. For three months the windows of the Goethe-Institut will become membranes for the transmission of images and sounds in the public space. The artists in the exhibition explore the connecting patterns in software and nature, the societal construct of human-animal relationships, and the power of language and cell material in laboratories. As part of the exhibition programming, the public is also invited on a photon-assisted walk through nocturnal Montreal.

Hexagram-Concordia invites everyone to attend the talk by four of the artists on Friday, September 28, at 4:00 pm at the Hexagram-Concordia Resource Centre.

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