Re-Create 2015

6th International Conference

From 4 to 8 November 2015


Re Create 2015




From November 4 to 8, 2015, Concordia University and UQAM are hosting the prestigious international conference Media Art Histories (MAH). The Montreal edition is titled Re-Create 2015 : Theories, Methods and Practices of Research-Creation in the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology.


Re-Create 2015 offers new and unique activities around the central theme of research-creation, presenting the most current issues related to the links of research with creative practices.
The scope of Re-Create 2015 will explore the relations between theory and material practices as integral parts of the creative process. Topics of discussion will include the history of research-creation, technological innovation and the impact of new methods on research.
The conference will appeal to those interested in media art, history and technology.


Re-Create 2015 is a major event which includes 53 individual presentations and 13 group presentations taking place in 16 plenary sessions, along with 3 keynotes. The Emerging Researchers’ Symposium (students) takes place on November 4, followed by the Bridge Panel on the morning of November 5, leading to the main conference from November 5 to 8. The entirety of the event will bring together 81 researchers working in a variety of disciplines, including digital art, design, sociology, art history, anthropology, game studies, philosophy and communication.
21 countries are represented: Canada, the United States, Japan, Iceland, Germany, Chile, Colombia, Peru, France, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, India, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Croatia, Switzerland and Latvia.


Re-Create 2015 will bring a lively cultural presence in Montreal, with five public presentations, including three exhibitions to take place at Concordia University and one a large-scale architectural projection at UQAM. The programme of the event also includes several satellite activities.


Re-Create 2015 is organized by Hexagram, the International Network for Research-Creation co-founded in 2001 by Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and co-chaired by Chris Salter (Concordia) and Gisèle Trudel (UQAM). Manuelle Freire, PhD candidate at Concordia University, is MAH Re-Create 2015 conference manager. The two campuses are located in the heart of downtown Montreal’s cultural district, a privileged geographical location for Re-Create 2015. Hexagram is hosting this major event, which builds on its 14 years of experience and growth, towards becoming a unique network for research-creation in Quebec and Canada.




Cœur des sciences 175 ave. du Président-Kennedy
Pavillon des Sciences biologiques 141 ave. du Président-Kennedy




Concordia University
EV Building 1515 Sainte-Catherine W
Henry F. Hall Building 1455 de Maisonneuve W



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November 4, 2015

9 am – 5 pm




In collaboration with Re-Create 2015, the Emerging Researchers’ Symposium on November 4th highlights the contributions of emerging artists and scholars to the growing interdisciplinary field of research and creation. With nearly 40 participants, the symposium is a unique opportunity for graduate students to partake in critical discussions on practice, research and media in their different forms, as these structures develop and are questioned.


The new specialists have an important voice to be heard in these debates because they are both at the heart of discussion and the future of it, as they question disciplinary boundaries, shared values and established definitions, and redefine the goals and horizons of research and practice in creation, both within and outside institutions. Through the dialogues it will generate, the symposium will allow identifying the emerging movements and directions towards the future avenues for research and media arts practice.


The Symposium team is composed of students from the four Montreal universities, under the responsibility of Cécile Martin, master of architecture, and doctoral student at Concordia University.


As indicated in the subtitle of Re-Create 2015, the Emerging Researchers’ Symposium will discuss theories, methods and research-creation practices in the history of art, science and media technologies. The Explorations Space diversifies the presentation formats in their methodologies and research questions, ranging in nature from the theoretical, historical to creative practices in the form of video presentations, prototypes, interactive media and posters.


During Re-Create 2015, the International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology will award a scholarship to the best student presentation in the Symposium. The recipient will be awarded $ 1,000 to support his/her research. This award is generously donated by the Leonardo / International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo / ISAST), the Leonardo Book Series and MIT Press (publisher of Relive: Media Art Histories).





Agora Hydro-Québec
Cœur des sciences 175 ave. du Président-Kennedy


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November 5-6-7, 2015


3 countries, 3 trajectories, 3 keynote speakers

Re-Create 2015 : 1 panorama of research-creation


Re-Create 2015 will offer three keynote presentations by three women artists and researchers of international renown. They are video art pioneer Joan Jonas, media arts curator Christine Van Assche, and media artist Skawennati. Between the three keynotes, a rich set of views will be presented at Re-Create 2015. Their individual trajectories illustrate the wide scope of research-creation. Thus, in addition to the conference panels, delegates will benefit from the contribution of these three remarquable women to broaden their understanding of the different contexts and aspects of research-creation. This trio of presenters will offer a unique opportunity to compare exceptional perspectives on a very current subject.





Joan Jonas

Thursday November 5th 2015, 20h
Concordia University, Hall Building, room H-110

1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest


The American artist and pioneer of performance and video art represented the United States at the Venice Biennale 2015. Jonas is a major reference in multimedia art, her experiments and productions of the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to influence contemporary developments of video and performance arts, as well as theater. She is also Professor Emeritus of Art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she has taught since 1998.



Christine Van Assche

Friday November 6th, 2015, 11h
Agora Hydro-Québec, UQAM

175 avenue du Président-Kennedy
(In the interior courtyard behind UQAM’s PK Pavillon, 201 avenue du Président-Kennedy)


Van Assche is a leading figure in the media arts milieu. She is currently Honorary Curator at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, where she was Chief Curator of New Media from 1980 to 2013, during which time she was also responsible for the International New Media Collection. She currently works as an independent curator (Mona Hatoum, Chris Marker).




Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 11h
Agora Hydro-Québec, UQAM

175 avenue du Président-Kennedy
(In the interior courtyard behind UQAM’s PK Pavillon, 201 avenue du Président-Kennedy)


Born in Kahnawake, Québec, Skawennati lives and works in Montréal. She works in new media and as an independent curator. Her innovative projects have been presented in North America, namely at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) during the Montreal Biennale 2014. Skawennati is a founding member of the First Nations artists collective Nation to Nation. She is the co-director of the research network Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), which she co-founded with Jason E. Lewis.


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October-November-December, 2015


5 public presentations. Robotic Art. Bioart. Interactive Art.
Architectural projection. Music collection.

Re-Create 2015 : Hexagram members present their research and creation



Copacabana Machine Sex: Behind the Scene, Bill Vorn


The exhibition introduces the most recent robotic art project by Bill Vorn, a work-in-progress made live during Re-Create, with the presence of the artist. The work presents an unusual way to evoke a burlesque show, staged by music-producing machines and dancing robots.


Bill Vorn is the artist of automation. His installation and performance projects are presented regularly internationally, featuring robotics, movement control devices, sound, light, video and cybernetic processes. Vorn is a founding member of Hexagram, he teaches electronic arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.


Work-in-progress, the artist is present

November 5 to 8, 2015 / 12h-19h

Opening November 5, 17h, with the presence of the artist

EV building, Concordia University

1515 Ste-Catherine West, H3G 2W1


room EV OS3-845/855



Biomateria + Contagious Matters, WhiteFeather Hunter and Tristan Matheson


The exhibition combines the practice of two artists and Hexagram student members. Biomateria by WhiteFeather Hunter, and Contagious Matters, by Tristan Matheson, are installations combining digital and other, mixed media. The works addresses theories of contagion theory and microethnography, haptic epistemologies/ communications and microecologies.


Artist, researcher, teacher, consultant and writer, WhiteFeather Hunter’s practice is based on crafts that investigate the materiality, the artistic, functional and technological potential of bodily matter. For the past two and a half years, she has focused on experimenting with biotextiles engineering and connective tissue.


Tristan Matheson in an interdisciplinary artist and researcher currently pursuing an MA in Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University. He explores the intersections of art, science, technology and culture. His current research focuses on the culture of cancer cells, the impact of this disease on humanity, with parallel with the social interactions of microscopic cell cultures, as they manifest under the microscope.


FOFA Gallery

EV Building, Concordia University

1515 Ste-Catherine West, H3G 2W1

November 2 to December 11 2015 / Monday to Friday – 11h00 to 19h00

Vernissage November 5, 17h, with the presence of the artists



Tourmente (Turbulence), Jean Dubois


The exhibition Tourmente (Turbulence) is a recent project by Hexagram founding member Jean Dubois. The interactive video installation depicts the bodily, multisensory experience of the viewer engaged in an “enhanced experience of intimacy”. The work explores social relations by examining how humans react to others’ distress, and highlights the unconscious connections that can be established between them.


Jean Dubois is an artist and professor at l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM. Dubois is also a founding researcher member of Hexagram, and Associate Dean for research and creation at Faculté des arts, UQAM. His media and digital installations exploring posture, touch and breath are regularly presented internationally.

York Vitrine, FOFA gallery

EV Building, Concordia University

1515 Ste-Catherine West, H3G 2W1

November 2 to December 11 2015

Vernissage November 5, 17h, with the presence of the artist



Irradier/Irradiate, Ælab (Gisèle Trudel) with Guillaume Arseneault


This architectural projection integrates environmental data to draw electromagnetic frequencies present at the Place des Festivals. The façade of UQAM’s President-Kennedy Pavilion will become a large scale radio receiver, with a vibrating line modulated by the force of winds, as aided by open-source software, an antenna and an anemometer. A critical and poetic project about the densification of urban digital networks.


Gisèle Trudel is a media artist and professor at École des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM. She was director of Hexagram-UQAM (2011-13) et co-director of the Hexagram Network (2012-15). She co-founded the artistic research unit Ælab ( with Stéphane Claude in 1996, and the research group for drawing and the moving image Grupmuv ( in 2008. Trudel is co-director of RE-CREATE 2015.


Guillaume Arsenault is a transmedia digital artist, currently completing a Masters degree in Communication at UQAM. His interests are focused on interactiviy and body kinetic feedback. He hybridizes technology to generate reactions and interpersonal dialogues. (


Pavillon Président-Kennedy, UQAM (North Façade)

201 avenue du Président-Kennedy

October 22 to November 8

Thu+Sun – 18h30-23h
Sat+Fri – 18h30-02h
Starting on November 5th, the projection will begin at 17h30.



The Latin American Music Collection. A research project led by Ricardo Dal Farra.

(text excerpt from the Langlois Foundation:


Latin American electroacoustic music has a long, interesting, strong and prolific history, but it’s a history that is little known even within the region itself. Many composers born or living in Latin America have been very active in this field, going back as far as some 50 years, in some countries. In an effort to preserve, document and disseminate at least a portion of the electroacoustic music created by Latin American composers, an archive has been developed at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology.


Ricardo Dal Farra has been conducting activities in the merging fields of arts, sciences and new technologies as a composer and multimedia artist, researcher, educator, performer and curator focusing mainly on new media arts and electroacoustic music, for over 30 years. He is Associate Professor of the Music Department at Concordia University.


Listening station
Chaufferie, Cœur des Sciences, UQAM
175, avenue du Président-Kennedy
November 5 – 8, 10h-17h



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