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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^s Caves, into another
spatial reality. Professor Steve Mann^s vision that: ^In the coming decades
will live in an age of shared realities and new levels of cultural discourse^
, 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: tel: 416.835.2837

Past Releases

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

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

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

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.