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Workshop, Artist Talk & Text Launch - Santiago Tavera

Forest City Gallery
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Along with the current exhibition at Forest City Gallery, Reverberations of a Topological Daydream, the artist Santiago Tavera will be leading an experimental multimedia workshop on April 11th from noon to 4pm.

The workshop, Reverberations of a Topological Daydream, invites 10 participants, interdisciplinary artists and researchers to collaborate on an experimental multimedia intervention in the current exhibition space at Forest City Gallery. While reacting to the current exhibition space, a new collaborative and cumulative installation will emerge as a virtual collage in space. This workshop will allow participants to experiment with interactive video projections, live-sound and live-video set-ups, as well as with a live broadcasting 360° camera and VR headsets (Google Cardboards). The workshop will be broadcasted live on Youtube, allowing participants and everyone else to navigate the workshop space virtually by moving their smartphones around their current physical place. Furthermore with the use of VR headsets like the google cardboard, participants will be able to virtually watch themselves being in the current workshop space, creating a mise-en-abyme of virtual sites. Participants are welcome to also bring their own projection equipment and video files (mov, mp4).

Experiments with digital media will explore experiences of dislocation, as participants will combine fictional and personal narratives of belonging in order to construct a multimedia space. The use of digital media presents the potential to simulate a state of disembodiment (elasticity, alteration, translation) for viewers and participants. With this workshop, Santiago Tavera is interested in providing a space of dialogue about virtual narratives and personal disembodied experiences, reflecting on the position of each participant within the site where the workshop is taking place. The workshop session will focus on the potential of technology and digital media, to expand the body by constructing virtual narratives of the re-presentation of the self. With the ubiquity of digital media in our current cultural state, the self remains in a constant state of dislocation, similar to the state and experience of a displaced body. This workshop will further explore the sense of a virtual body as 360 VR footage will be recorded and played back all at once. The goal is to blur the lines of the observer and the performer, as participants will engage with each other, the space, and the technology, both physically and virtually.

You can register to participate in the workshop here : https://bit.ly/2GHFSQR

As part of his practice, Santiago Tavera is interested in expanding his exploration of virtual narratives of dislocation into workshop sessions that become experimental and pedagogical studio-based multimedia collaborations. In 2017, Tavera led a VR workshop session at Bath Spa University, UK during the 3rd International Elastic Spaces Symposium, a performative audio-visual workshop at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto during the Hemispheric Institute GSI Convergence, and finally a video projection workshop at the Universidad de Caldas in Colombia part of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and the International Images Festival. http://www.santiagotavera.com/workshops

On Thursday, April 12th, Santiago Tavera will give an artist talk from 7pm, followed by a reception and launch of the text, "The Notion of a Home In Our Past, Our Present, And Our Future" by Nicki Borland on the exhibition.

The talk and reception are open to the public.