Collaborative and personal art projects

Untitled Lights Untitled Lights Untitled Lights Untitled Lights

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Untitled Lights

2011

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.
  • New media art New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology.

Untitled Lights was an exploration of the act of seeing from a philosophical and dramaturgical perspective. It is influenced by the thinking of biologist Francisco Varela who argues that the brain, through perception, acts as a generator of neural “narratives”, a resonator with the environment, giving rise to cognition. By sculpting negative space with afterimages, or marking apparent emptiness, Untitled Lights seeks the concentration and self-reflection of the viewer.

Project developed during the 2010-2011 Graduate Certificate in Digital Art program in the Department of Design & Computation Arts at Concordia University. It was shown in the year-end group exhibition “Behind The Scenes” in the EV 6.720 space at Concordia.

DISPLACE DISPLACE DISPLACE

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DISPLACE

2011

xmodal.hexagram.ca/displace

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.
  • New media art New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology.

“DISPLACE is a performative environment, and was open to the general public and delegates to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings in Montreal from November 16 through 20, 2011.

DISPLACE intermingles multiple sensory phenomena in order to heighten and transform our habitual modes of perception. Over a 45 minute period, groups of 6 visitors progress through a sequence of sensory-based environments. At first, these environments intermingle gustatory and haptic stimuli and then gradually convoke all the senses inside intense, almost hallucinatory spaces where flickering color, sound and tactile vibrations and fleeting tastes and scents merge to the point of saturation.”

This project brought together artists, artisans, and academics from multiple disciplines to create a journey through sensory ethnography. It was performed/exhibited inside the Hexagram Blackbox at Concordia University.

Credits: Chris Salter, TeZ, David Howes + Anke Burger, Shannon Collis, Natalie Doonan, Florencia Marchetti, David Szanto, Harry Smoak, Matthieu Tremblay

Atmosphere Atmosphere Atmosphere

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Atmosphere

2011

chrissalter.com/projects/atmosphere

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.
  • New media art New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology.

“Planes of light appearing at the verge of seeing and a completely darkened space in which vision, hearing and touch are probed at the thresholds of perception are two of the experiences awaiting viewers in Chris Salter’s Atmosphere, an exhibition bringing together several sensorially-based, room-sized audio-visual-tactile installations. Atmosphere is a total sensory environment combining coloured light, sound, infrared heat and haze. Over a 20 minute cycle, sudden bursts of light, sound and heat transform the main FOFA gallery into a synesthetic space fluctuating between dense overload and contemplative reflection. Exploring what architecture critic Mark Wigley calls “an architecture of atmosphere,” a sensuous climate of ephemeral yet, tangibly felt effects envelop visitors, probing the ways in which the just perceivable opens up our experience of noise and order, sense and sensation.”

Atmosphere was a complete multi-sensorial installation inside the Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery and was exhibited from January to February 2011. It brought together many artists from different disciplines, myself included, in an effort to highlight the cross-discipline nature of research, and investigate cross-modal sense perception.

Credits: Chris Salter + Marije Baalman, Elio Bidinost, Shannon Collis, Fernando Leppe, Harry Smoak, Robert Tomes, Matthieu Tremblay, Tobias Ziegler

SKY CHANT SKY CHANT SKY CHANT

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SKY CHANT

2010

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.
  • New media art New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology.

SKY CHANT was a performance-oriented video and sound installation that is concerned with technology as medium and message for modern incantation and chanting.

The installation is techno-spiritual hybrid which aims to explore textural qualities of sound, color, and motion. It is a place where anyone can become a performer simply by operating a remote control.

tickertext2 tickertext2 tickertext2 tickertext2

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tickertext2

2010

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.
  • Text art Text art is a genre of computer art concerned with the letter form, typography, legibility, and forms.

tickertext2 was a video installation in the Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Office, overlooking the York Corridor of the EV building at Concordia University. It ran from September to November 2010 and invited the public to complete truisms in a collaboration with DHC/ART gallery and Jenny Holzer.

Developed the website as well as the custom software displaying text submissions over three large flat-screen monitors.

tickertext tickertext tickertext

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tickertext

2010

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.
  • Text art Text art is a genre of computer art concerned with the letter form, typography, legibility, and forms.

The tickertext project was a part of the Espace Recherche section of Congress 2010 hosted by Concordia University in the summer of 2010. The project converted the stock market LED board in the John Molson building foyer into an ever-changing research collage of short “ticker texts” contributed by Congress participants. It addresses the production and dissemination of new creative writing in relation to informing features of the historical stock ticker—text in motion, instantaneous telecommunication (transmitting messages across a distance), periodic updates and “telegraphic” brevity.

Developed the website as well as a custom software solution to program the RISE ticker installed in the lobby.

Concordia Journal article on the project, dated April 15, 2010.

Night Routes Night Routes Night Routes

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Night Routes

2010

Drawing inspiration from my last portfolio where I explored my frequented personal and public spaces, this work presents 18 night photographs of an area of Montreal that I travel through on a daily basis, mixed with shots of its textural constitution. I embraced the idea of the wanderer trying to better understand an environment by taking photos.

Shot on 35mm and printed on 11″x14″ matte photo paper. Portfolio for the Winter 2010 term of PHOT 210 at Concordia University.

Plasticity Plasticity Plasticity

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Plasticity

2009

emtee.net/plasticity

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.

PLASTICITY is a UV-lit plastic bottle/plant life hybrid sculpture/installation created in the context of CART 411: The Ecosophic Turn at Concordia University. It is made of approximately one thousand plastic bottles arranged in modules, suspended by fishing wire. Each bottle is either empty or contains some combination of water, plant life (moss or commiphora) and tonic water (quinine). The imagined macro organism grows out of a void between three circles of accumulated trash, represented by the labels of the bottles. Two fluorescent tubes and three CFL blacklights make quinine glow, illuminating subdued life forms and installing an atmosphere of reflection and tranquility where an abnormal nature exists.

Two fluorescent tubes and three CFL blacklights make quinine glow, illuminating subdued life forms and installing an atmosphere of reflection and tranquility where an abnormal nature exists.

Motion typography Motion typography Motion typography

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Motion typography

2009

mrsoftie.net/gallery

  • Text art Text art is a genre of computer art concerned with the letter form, typography, legibility, and forms.

This series started with my involvement in the Mr. Softie project at Obx Labs in Winter 2009. Mr. Softie is a vector-based typographic text editor that allows easy manipulation of glyphs. I sought to design motion and shapes out of letterforms with an illustrative approach. Mr. Softie became the starting point for a design workflow that I developed alongside Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

My Spaces My Spaces My Spaces

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My Spaces

2009

A series of 10 prints depicting my frequented spaces, exploring the relationship between space, objects, and lighting in the absence of people. Shot on medium format and printed on 11″x14″ matte photo paper. Portfolio for the Fall 2009 term of PHOT 210 at Concordia University.

Blackbox Blackbox Blackbox

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Blackbox

2009

emtee.net/blackbox

  • Installation art Installation art is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.
  • New media art New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology.

Blackbox is an audio-visual experience designed around a single-person enclosure containing surround sound and surround image in the form of physical objects. The project was born from a desire to explore minimalistic cinematic experiences using LED lights, recorded sounds, and a re-imagining of the theater space.

This project was completed for CART 356 Audio-Vision at Concordia University in winter 2009.

HDR Photography HDR Photography HDR Photography

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HDR Photography

2008

Collection of photographs with multiple exposures taken while travelling. They are merged, tone-mapped, and edited for illustrative effect.

Cities & cityscapes Cities & cityscapes Cities & cityscapes

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Cities & cityscapes

2007-2009

Collection of digital photographs taken from 2007 to 2009 in various cities during my travels.