With Erin Sexton, Cyan and Pink Rubber Lady

4001 Berri, Suite 200
(OBORO’s New Media Lab)

Free admission for members;
$5.00 for non-members

Hors d’œuvres and drinks will be served

Wired Women S@lon #77 closes Studio XX’s 2009-2010 season with an evening of sound performances and the launch of .dpi 18Resistance-Violence.

Sound artist Erin Sexton will present shot/silence, a field recording featured in .dpi 18 and part of an ongoing installation series that documents trips to gun ranges across North America through sound, video and found objects, and explores violence, pleasure and the experience of extremes. Erin will follow-up with an artist talk, discussing her experience working with analog electronics and firearms, minimalism and excess, the meeting of extremes, things bodily and visceral, knowing and not knowing, and her overall artistic approach. To expand upon her ideas, Erin will perform a live audio improvisation with hand built oscillators, amplified objects and radio frequencies.

The evening and volume get turned up as audience members mingle, sip on martinis and enjoy sounds and images produced by DJ/VJ duo Cyan and Pink Rubber Lady as well as thematic podcasts by media artists Guylaine Bertrand, Valérie d. Walker and Britt Wray based on the XX Files Radio Project Archive.

Erin Sexton grew up in British Columbia. She studied media arts at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver from 2001 to 2004, exploring the performative aspects of sound, video and electronics. Experimental and improvised, her work became increasingly about sound and its experience, prompting a move to Montreal in 2004 where she performed in concert and gallery spaces and released her first album aircraft. Erin continued her studies in electroacoustics, intermedia art, installation and performance at Concordia University, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006. She currently lives in Montreal and spends her time recording, building instruments, making installations, performing solo and improvising with other local and international sound artists and experimental musicians.

Cyan (Corina MacDonald) is a DJ, producer, writer and radio host. Upon her arrival in Montreal in 1996 she began hosting an electronic music program on CKUT Radio and organizing local musical events. Her radio programming, dj sets and event organizing have always aimed to explore a diversity of electronic music, juxtaposing common sonic threads across genres. She is a founding member of music collectives such as Phoniq, Women On Wax MTL and Dark Disco, a member of the editorial team of the online journal Vague Terrain and a contributor to the Artengine blog.

Pink Rubber Lady (Florence So) is a VJ, filmmaker and system engineer based in Montreal. She mixes live videos in local venues. Her visuals incorporate narrative elements and depict human behaviours. She performs regularly with Neä’s Sweet Factory, SAT[MixSessions], Komodo Dubs, Ono Records’ We Are Robots, Accès Asie’s Asia in Fusion and even corporate events. She played in Divers/cité, Fantasia Festival, Festival de Nouveau Cinéma, Journée de la Culture and Festival Trans Ameriques. She is currently involved in two artistic experimentation residencies at the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology).

Studio XX’s electronic journal: .dpi 18, Resistance-Violence
Editor-in-Chief: Tania Perlini
.dpi 18 is the third and last issue in a three-part series focusing on the theme of resistance. This issue examines the controversial status of violence in the arts. While addressing various artistic practices, the contributors of this issue do not hesitate to question the potential effectiveness of violence as artistic matter and as resistance strategy, and to propose alternate forms of resistance to violence. In addition to its social, political and moral dimensions, this issue invites readers to examine the aesthetic properties of violence, while questioning its impact on the evaluation of a work’s potential artistic value: may artistic merit accommodate fictive and/or real representations of violence?

Surface Violence: Pamela Masik’s The Forgotten | by Amber Berson
All Too Human: A Critical Examination of Portraiture, Representation and Motivations in Jenn Ackerman’s Photojournalistic Series Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons | by Olivia Pipe

Project Femme codées: The “burqua mini-skirt,” how to resist? | by Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle
The Confinement of Elisabeth | by Albertine Bouquet
“In the Studio”: Take Care of Yourself – A Conversation with Social Practitioner Lori Gilbert | by Mel Mundell

New Media Artwork:
shot/silence | by Erin Sexton