Intersections Digital Studio, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
IDS is Emily Carr’s dedicated research space. It is composed of three themed studios: the Motion Capture and Visualization studio, the Wearables and Interactive Products studio, and the Prototyping + Media + Programming studio. The studios give faculty and graduate students access to state of the art digital technologies to develop or enhance projects in all disciplines. These technologies were chosen to bridge digital and material practices and promote collaborations between departments. Examples include 3D scanners, a 3D printer, a CNC machine, a stereoscopic projection system, and a 20 camera Vicon motion capture system. IDS allows training and education of a new kind of art and design researcher – one whose understanding of technology is informed by a strong sense of aesthetics and ethics. In a field that moves so quickly, and where today’s innovations may be obsolete, tomorrow’s students and researchers will gain more than just technical skills. They will gain an understanding of the underlying structures that fuel the dynamism between technology and creativity.

IDS occupies a physical space of approximately 10,000 square feet of Emily Carr’s Granville Island campus, and offers opportunities for collaborations with industry and other educational institutions.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
ECUAD was founded in 1925 and is one of British Columbia’s oldest post-secondary institutions and one of the world’s leading arts institutions. ECUAD is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in Visual Arts, Media Arts and Design. It stimulates its students to develop new and innovative ways of thinking and creating. At the same time, ECUAD invites students to prepare themselves for life after school. The curriculum is flexible, personal, multi-disciplinary and based on the learning needs of students. ECUAD is dedicated to fostering an educational environment that is professional, practice-oriented and at the same time rooted in history and critical theory. ECUAD is providing facilities and infrastructure support for IF’11.

Gallery Gachet , 88, East Cordova Street, Vancouver, Canada
Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators and curators. The organization’s cultural services have grown from the operation of a small, basement studio in downtown Granville South, offering one exhibition a year in 1993, to coordinating approximately 3,000 square feet of public-access arts space with up to 12 exhibitions each year, in addition to workshops, artist talks, symposia, special projects and other events.

Our exhibition schedule features a range of contemporary and experimental performance and installation work in addition to community arts programming. This balance allows us to involve our community of developing artists and professionals alike in collaboration and dialogue, in the interest of exposing each other to new ways of seeing. Collective Members are the governing body of Gallery Gachet, guiding management and programming while building professional art skills and capacity. This structure grows out of our central mandate as a space for the interplay of art and healing.

We strive to provide a focal point for dialogue and community gathering amongst outsider/dissident/non-mainstream artists. Our intent is profoundly political: through artistic means, we aim to demystify and challenge issues related to mental health and social marginalization in order to educate the public and promote social and economic justice. We believe that the expression and practice of art and active participation in culture-building is a human right, and that art and culture are critical elements of a healthy society.

Minding Animals International (MAI) provides an avenue for the transdisciplinary field of Animal Studies to be more responsive to the protection of animals.  It is recognised that animal protection in this context encapsulates environmentalism, animal liberation, animal rights, wildlife protection, animal welfare and animal justice (in no particular order of importance).  MAI aims to enable discourse between the various interests within this rapidly developing transdisciplinary field in ways that will improve the status of non-human animals and alleviate nonhuman animal exploitation.  As such, MAI facilitates research in Animal Studies as a conduit of non-governmental politics and action.

Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, was founded in September 2006 by Giovanni Aloi, a London-based lecturer in history of art and media studies. The Journal combines a heightened level of academic scrutiny of animals in visual culture, with a less formal and more experimental format designed to cross the boundaries of academic knowledge, in order to appeal to diverse audiences including artists and the general public alike.
Ultimately, the Journal provides a platform and encourages the overlap of the professional spheres of artists, scientists, environmental activists, curators, academics, and general readers. It does so through an editorial mix that combines academic writing, interviews, informative articles, and discussions with an illustrated format, in order to grant accessibility to a wider readership.

The Animal Gaze Returned

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