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DECON3: (DE) CONSCIOUSNESS What if we took what is restricted to some, nonpolitical, personal, concealed, domestic, tacit and implicit and made it open to everyone, in physical view of others, impersonal, acknowledged and explicit? That is precisely what will be happening @ the Deconism Gallery (330 Dundas West) on Thursday, August 14th, @ 8pm. Post-post cyborg, performance artist and visionary Steve Mann as well as virtual reality artist Maurice Benayoun and the French cyberspace philosopher Pierre Levy will take part in a HOT TUB PANEL discussion mediated by the director of the Marshall McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, Derrick de Kerckhove. The topic of discussion will be fictitious truth, virtual fiction, realiction, and conjured reality. The personal will turn political as the three intellectuals debate what is real, whilst submerging themselves in a translucent, networked, interactive and IMMERSIVE multimedia art installation. Displaying the private (de)conversation as a public event will allow for an interactive reversal between the counterpublic and the counterprivate. The reversal will come into full effect as microphones and cameras will project the communal bath by means of simulation and simulacra, in the guise of Plato^Òs Caves, into another spatial reality. Professor Steve Mann^Òs vision that: ^ÓIn the coming decades we will live in an age of shared realities and new levels of cultural discourse^Ô , will be exposed in the process of becoming. Come and enjoy a SPLASH of (DE) CONSCIOUSNESS @ the Deconism Gallery (330 Dundas West) August 14th @ 8pm (Cost to be announced) Michelle Rosshandler PR/Curator Deconism Gallery email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 416.835.2837
Cyborg Echoes: Collective Consciousness beyond the Post-Cyborg Era Current Exhibition March 21-22, 2003 Be part of cyborg history as the Deconism Gallery hosts the world's first collective brainwave musical concert. The Deconism and Interaccess galleries are to host three events and ongoing exhibitions that explore the relationship between cyborg art, science, technology, architecture, design, and business. Each of these works explores the premise that we've already (and in some cases unwittingly) become cyborgs, but that this transformation has occurred without an understanding of the implicit opportunities and threats to our collective minds and bodies. Tickets for each of Friday and Saturday evenings are $10, and are available at Flavour Hall (500 College St. Toronto 416-839-9943) or at the door, first come first served. Space is limited. Following a noon speaker series, March 21 12:00pm-1:50pm, Prof. Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa, R. Owens, and Prof. Steve Mann for Speaker Series, in Flavelle Dining Room, University of Toronto, Speaking on Cyborg Law. Open to the public. Friday March 21st, 2003; 7pm DECONversation at Deconism Gallery Robotic Body vs Cyborg Mind: A Live Probe Into the Continuum of Existentiality With Steve Mann and Stelarc Held at Deconism: 330 Dundas Street West. (Deconism is located directly across the street from the main entrance to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).) phone: 416-593-9330 http://eyetap.org/deconism.htm and http://wearcam.org/deconism.htm The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto presents an evening's dialogue between Stelarc, an internationally recognized Australian performance artist and public intellectual in the area of new media and technology, and Steve Mann, the acclaimed inventor of the wearable computer and the world's first photographic cyborg. Stelarc and Mann have both probed the nature and workings of the body and mind through technological mediation. The dialogue will be a probe into a future of awareness, the nature of consciousness reacting to technological extensions, and the ensuing effects upon individuals, culture, and society. Audience questions and participation are encouraged, and a glogged transmission of the evening's event as seen through Steve Mann's wearable EyeTap system will be broadcast to the AD ASTRA 2003 science fiction & fantasy convention. This event follows the opening of Stelarc's "The Prosthetic Head" at Interaccess Gallery. Saturday March 22nd, 7pm DECONcert at Deconism Held at Deconism: 330 Dundas Street West. (Deconism is located directly across the street from the main entrance to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).) phone: 416-593-9330 http://eyetap.org/deconism.htm and http://wearcam.org/deconism.htm DECONcert in the Key of EEG: Regenerative Music An outgrowth of Toronto cyborg and PhD candidate James Fung's research into biofeedback, DECONcert presents the world's first regenerative soundscapes in which audience members actively (and unconsciously) choreograph a collective cyborg consciousness by contributing their own brainwave patterns. The resulting atmosphere is an open-ended and participatory experience incorporating leading-edge EEG (brainwave) technology. Regenerative Music places the human being into the feedback loop of a computational artistic process. DECONcert Hertz: Wearable Brain Waves The conception of neuroscience researcher-cum-fashion designer Ariel Garten, "DECONcert Hertz" is a play on the popular music concert phenomenon, wherein one walks away from the performance with a t-shirt of the band. However, in DECONcert, the audience is the band so the concertgoer walks away with a print of his or her own band width, in Hertz, on an EEG shirt. As our recorded brain waves are continually emitted unbeknownst to us, they may constitute yet another form of communication or surveillance. Ongoing Exhibitions March 22 - 31, 2003 DECONsciousness: Building as Blog Ever had cause to wonder what a house or building is thinking? In an age of networked consciousness, that thought is an echo that slips frictionlessly past the soapy surface of time's constraints. Agile, flexible, and invasively curious, the spaces of this exhibition are collaboratively curated and designed by Steve Mann and architectural designer Stewart Morgan. March 22 - 31, 2003 The History and Future of Wearable Computing This exhibit features selected highlights from the invention, research, design, and development of the wearable computer. The continuum between seminal art installations and Steve Mann's next-generation wearable computing prototypes will be presented in a rare public display. The exhibit condenses thirty years of design into an "executive summary" interval of time and space by using high-thoughtwidth demonstration media. Press contacts: * Mark Federman - McLuhan Program - 416-978-7026 * Ariel Garten - Flavour Hall - 416-839-9943 * Steve Mann - Deconism Gallery - 416-946-3387 Deconism events are presented in association with the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, University of Toronto. Funding for this event is provided by Thought Technology Ltd. Ongoing work is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.