Milena Placentile on Thu, 14 Aug 2008 20:10:02 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Video Pool Media Arts Centre is pleased to present Jessica Thompson's "Freestyle SoundHack"


Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents
Jessica Thompson's "Freestyle SoundHack"

Winnipeg, MB (August 12, 2008) – Video Pool Media Arts Centre is  
pleased to host Freestyle SoundHack, a performance/workshop led by  
Toronto-based artist, Jessica Thompson.

On Saturday, September 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Jessica  
Thompson will present Freestyle SoundHack, a collaborative  
performance in the form of a workshop. The performance/workshop  
involves building Freestyle SoundKits – wearable sound pieces  
prototyped by the artist – that generate and broadcast electronic  
beats as users move through the urban environment. During the  
performance, the artist will give her project to the public by  
teaching workshop participants how to make their own Freestyle  
SoundKits, which they can distribute as they wish, using whatever  
sounds they choose.

The workshop begins at Video Pool (300-100 Arthur Street) with a  
Freestyle SoundKits building session, followed by live sonic and  
movement-based interventions in the public spaces of the Exchange  
District. Thompson regards her transmission of open-source  
technological skill as the core component of the performance. She is  
interested in sharing technological knowledge so that the sonic  
transformation of public space becomes less of a specialized artistic  
activity and more of an ordinary occurrence.

The workshop/performance is open to anyone aged 14 years and older.  
No previous electronics, hacking, coding or performance experience is  
needed – just a desire to experiment and play. Enrollment is limited  
to 10 participants and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The fee for the workshop is $40, which will cover the cost of  
workshop materials. Participants should bring their own snacks/ lunch  
to the workshop.

This workshop is presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre as part of  
the performance festival, (in)visible Cities, which is a co- 
presentation of aceartinc., Urban Shman Gallery, and Plug In ICA. For  
more information, visit

ADDITIONAL EVENT – Please join us on Friday, September 12 at 300-100  
Arthur Street from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. for an artist talk presented by  
Jessica Thompson during which time she'll talk about her past work,  
current projects, and future ideas.

ARTIST BIO -- Jessica Thompson is a new media artist whose practice  
encompasses sound, performance, and mobile technologies. Her projects  
enable audience members to create user-defined spaces and situations  
within urban environments. Her projects have been shown in  
exhibitions and festivals such as New Territories (ARCO 2005,  
Madrid), MACO (Mexico City), dp003 (Dundee, Scotland), ISEA 2006 (San  
Jose, CA), the 2006 Conflux Festival (New York), Kunsthallen  
Brænderigården (Denmark), and InterAccess Artist Run Centre  
(Toronto). Her project, SOUNDBIKE, was featured at Art Basel Miami  
Beach in 2005 and, more recently, she was one of five international  
artists invited to participate in Reinventing the Wheel, a residency  
held at *.artlabs in Sibiu, Romania. For more information, please  

These exhibition is presented thanks to generous financial support  
from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and  
the Winnipeg Arts Council.

VIDEO POOL MEDIA ARTS CENTRE is a non-profit artist run centre  
dedicated to advancing the discipline of media art by providing media  
artists, non-profit organizations and community groups with access to  
professional video and media equipment, training, distribution, and  
programming. Video Pool strives to be a national leader fostering  
innovation, experimentation, critical dialogue, and advocacy in media  

Contact:	Cam Woykin, Education Coordinator
                 300-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB R3B 1H3
		204.949.9134 ext 4 //

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Milena Placentile, Programming Coordinator
Video Pool Media Arts Centre
300-100 Arthur St., Winnipeg MB R3B 1H3  +++ +++
204.949.9134  x 1

On now: Robert Hengeveld's "Staging the Gap", an audio/visual  
spectacle of challenging proportions.  Exhibition runs from July 29 –  
August 21, 2008 and is available for viewing from Tuesday - Friday:  
12:00 to 5:00 in Video Pool's Studio (300 - 100 Arthur Street). Join  
us on Friday, July 25, for the exhibition launch and artist talk at  
6:00. A reception will follow.

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