House of Voltage
October 23, 2008
By Mike Landry
Beginning just four years ago short term electronic workshops at Halifax’s Centre For Art Tapes begot long-term master’s classes. Those in turn got the wheels turning and director Ilan Sandler cobbled funding together to establish a pilot electronics program at the media centre. Now, set to begin its second Electronics Residency Program, the pilot program has become part of the centre’s core operations. Such was the demand for electronic arts in Halifax.
“CFAT has been around for 30 years and has looked on the horizon for the development of artwork. And as a media centre it’s not a huge stretch of the imagination to set up an electronics lab.”
The fruits of the first electronic residency will be on display at Halifax’s Eyelevel Gallery for the exhibition House of Voltage. Featuring the work of five primarily visual artists, the pieces combine programmable microprocessors, electronic circuits, and sensors applied to audio, video, and new media applications with their own artistic practices.
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