CRITICAL MEDIA and the Faculty of Art, Ontario College of Arts& Design
presents "Art Creates Change"
April 8, 2002 6pm @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. West

"When Robots get emotional"
Machiko Kusahara in conversation with Norman White

Takashi Koezuka Consul General of Japan inaugurates the event. The Japanese/Canadian Xchange2 project examines the attitude to and the use of robotics in varied cultural environments. Machiko Kushara has an international reputation on the topic of the Japanese robotic culture and Norman White is Canada's most outstading artist involved with robots. In the dialogue proposed between Kushara and White current issues will be examined and discussed such as the new push in Japanese robotics toward "emotional" sophistication. The Toronto event, hosted by the Ontario College of Art and Design forms a part of a well advertised series with a large audience.

Machiko Kusahara curator/media researcher
Associate Professor
Kobe University Graduate School of Science and
Technology Rokko, Nada, Kobe 657 JAPAN

Machiko Kusahara is an internationally recognized curator in
media art and is an Associate Professor of Media Research
in Kobe University Graduate School of Science and Technology.
With her background both in art, science and technology, she
has been teaching computer graphics, multimedia and media
study since 1985. She has been invited to teach regularly at
both IAMAS and IMI, Japan's major schools of media art,
since the beginning. She has been an active researcher and
writer on the subject of new media since 1984.

Norman White is an artist and an inventor with a special interest in obsolete technology and robotics. He began teaching at OCAD in 1978 and since 1988, Norman has been working with his students at OCAD to present the annual Sumo Robot Challenge. This year's event takes place on Saturday, May 4th at the Ontario Science Centre. In his own words, the event is an extension of his interest in "...build(ing) machines which bash, taunt and insult each other."

The first phase of the Japanese/Canadian Xchange2 project by Critical Media has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts with the assistance of the Japan/Canada Fund, a gift to the Canada Council for the Arts from the Government of Japan.


Sunday December 2, 2001 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Canada

A one-day public forum on the topic of the current state of new media art and its place within our galleries and production/distribution centers, following from recent seminars on new media curating co-hosted by CRUMB in England (Baltic, May 2001; Media Centre Huddersfield, October 2001). With moderators Sara Cook of Curatorial Resource Upstart Media Bliss and Nina Czegledy of Critical Media. The symposium represents a timely and unique opportunity to consider and discuss among peers from across Canada, the issues arising from the burgeoning field of new media, highlighting some of the fissures and opportunities that have arisen in the shifting ground between traditional, institutionally-based curatorial practice and new models less bound to specific locales. It seeks to initiate a dialogue between artists, venues, funders and audiences by defining and discussing relevant issues and Canadian practice.

The event will be comprised of three sessions, centered on the key areas of Production, Distribution, and Consumption. Each session will feature 2 to 3 presentations followed by open discussion. The presentations will focus primarily on inclusive, overall issues of producing, presenting and experiencing new media in Canada and will be illustrated by novel approaches, practical examples and will indicate directions to take in the future. These include: the shifting relationship of art to industry the hybrid role of artist-curator online communities/local community education global network dissemination the changing role of museums and collections the creation of new media production centers in regional galleries, audience interactivity art and science collaborations.

Symposium schedule and speaker list:
Introductions from Renee Baert, Nina Czegledy and
Sarah Cook
10:30 – 12:15 PRODUCTION
Nichola Feldman-Kiss (artist, Ottawa)
Michelle Kasprzak (artist and co-curator of year.01,
Catherine Richards (artist, Ottawa)
12:15 - 13:45 LUNCH BREAK
13:45 – 15:00 DISTRIBUTION
Kathleen Pirrie-Adams (Interaccess Gallery, Toronto)
Skawennati Tricia Fragnito (independent curator,
cyberpowwow, Montreal)
15:00 - 15:20 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
15:20 - 16:50 CONSUMPTION
Jean Gagnon (Fondation Daniel Langlois, Montreal)
Liane Davison (Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC)
And speaker TBA
16:50 - 17:00
Sarah Cook and Nina Czegledy

CURATING NEW MEDIA received generous support from the
Canada Council for the Arts and the Ottawa Art Gallery.Trinity Square Video and CRITICAL MEDIA presentation
Thursday, October 11, 2001 9pm


curated by Nina Czegledy & Iliyana Nedkova
at T R A N Z < - > T E C H
the 2nd Toronto International Video Art and new Media Biennial
October 11-14, 2001,
Latvian House, 359 College Street, Toronto

CROSSING OVER http://www.mediascot.org/co/ was born in the aftermath of the bloody, velvet, singing, virtual -and often misunderstood-revolutions that have been delineating a new Europe since the late 1980s.

From its inception in November 1996 CROSSING OVER has been fostering contacts between the isolated young art-practitioners. The immediate goal was to initiate prospective contacts, discuss various production possibilities and end up with a clear-cut concept and production strategy.

CROSSING OVER has presented five incarnations in mainland Europe, the UK and USA. In October 2001, Toronto becomes the first Canadian city to host the event. CROSSING OVER#6 explores the issues of tower block living, urban/rural regeneration, cultural migration and networking. The new series will be introduced by co-curators Iliyana Nedkova (Foundation for Art&Creative Technology, Liverpool) and Nina Czegledy (Critical Media).

CROSSING OVER6 Comunities, 2001
Featured artists

KINGA ARAYA (Poland/Canada) , LUCHEZAR BOYADJIEV (Bulgaria), OKSANA CHEPELYK (Ukraine) , PHIL COLLINS (England/Northern Ireland), ANNE-MARIE COPESTAKE (Scotland), SAMANTHA HARRIE (England) , ANDREA LANSLEY (England), LALA RASCIC (Bosna and Hertzogovina/Croatia).
GUIA RIGVAVA (Georgia/Germany), PAUL ROONEY (England).

co6 has been produced with the financial assistance of the Daniel
Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, North West
Arts Board, Liverpool School of Art and Design, John Moores
University, APEXChanges, European Cultural Foundation and Critical Media.

co6 has been co-curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Nina Czegledy.
It has been co-produced by FACT in partnership with Mersey Film
and Video, First Take, Media Station, International Centre for Digital Content, MITES, Tenantspin, Liverpool Housing Action Trust and Odeon Cinema.

July 12, 2001 6 p.m.
Faculty for Information Studies, University of Toronto
Room 307, 140 St. George Street, Toronto, Canada.

CRITICAL MEDIA presents TELEANAMNESIS, a Brazilian initiative
involving online and onsite events and publications, curated
by Simone Michelin PPGAV/EBA/UFRJ ; CAIIA-STAR/UK (chair).
As part of this project, Kátia Maciel - CPM/ECO/UFRJ;
Arthur da Távola -Secretary of Culture, Jacqueline Bellotti -
Director of Centro Cultural Oduwaldo Vianna Filho of Brazil participated in a teleconference with Michael Alstad, Mark Jones, Michelle Kasprzak, and Dmytri Kleiner artists of Toronto. The teleconference was moderated by Nina Czegledy.

1. 'Telenoia', telematic culture and radical constructivism: building Nature II;
2. the artistic appropriation of the technologies of telecommunication: strategies; purposes; experiments; 3. how the technologies of inteligence can help in the re-materialization of the world;
4. envisioning the cities of the future; Broadcast live cable TV MULTIRIO.

The web site, launched prior, contains info about the event,
the participants (texts, links to their sites) and works specially created for the TELEANAMNESIS project. The site also allowed users to follow the videoconference on-line and participate.