workshop @ Landmark:
Participants : 20 maximum
No experience necessary, only an interest in arts, free software and hardware, social and environmental concerns. The workshop will be in French and English
Length of the workshop : One day for the assembly and explanation of the circuits that is to be followed by a collective experience and gathering of data in the city.
Everyone is invited to keep sending data to the collective map.
Code : https://github.com/reseauducommun/cociclo
This performative workshop aims to render visible the pollution in our cities. The participants will first create an electronic circuit that translates Carbon Monoxide (CO) concentrations into audible sound. This design uses a piezo element and, in base station mode, enables the visualisation and sharing of the collected data on a collective map.
The project mixes artistic, environmental and social concerns and adheres to the design principles of open hardware and software : Everyone is invited to learn how the electronics and the code functions in order to be able to modify it. The workshop part occurs over about 6 hours in which the operations of the circuit and the code will be explained while assembling the circuit. The group will then ride or walk in order to collect the data.
Participants are invited to keep their Cociclos in order to conitnue building a collective map online where the contaminants’ variations over time can be accessed by a growing community of users.
Alexandre Castonguay’s practice is based in digital and conceptual art, his work uses obsolete technology and open source software. His installations and photographic work have been presented in Canada and abroad in New York, Beijing, Madrid, Berlin, Beyrouth, São Paulo and Graz. His works are included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary photography as well as private collections. He is represented by the gallery Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (http://pfoac.com/). Professor at UQAM’s École des arts visuels et médiatiques in Montréal, he studied at the University of Ottawa (B.F.A. 1991 and B.A. 1993) and at Concordia University, Montréal (M.F.A. 2004). He is a founding member of the not-for-profit media lab Artengine.