Group Chat 4
June 29, 2016

263 Adelaide St. West
Unit 310
Toronto, Ontario

$2 Cans of Beer

Greg J. Smith
We are awash in electromagnetic waves, surrounded by the hard infrastructure of the network and yet our understanding of technology is pedestrian at best. We effortlessly integrate new communication tools into everyday life but the art world is glacial in accepting new mediums and methodologies. Drawing on observations gleaned from publishing and curating activities over the last five years, this talk will survey a range of device and installation art in hopes of identifying what constitutes an 'authentic' digital experience.

Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based writer and editor that is interested in media art and its broader cultural implications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of HOLO magazine and a Contributing Editor at Creative Applications Network.

Dave Colangelo
What is the digital life of a building or a monument? How do addressable LEDs, projectors, ubiquitous computing, networks, and urban screens change how we engage in processes of meaning making with buildings? Can we envision how the social life of buildings might change in the future?

Dave Colangelo is an artist, academic, researcher, and consultant based in Toronto. He is a founding member of Public Visualization Studio. His writing, research, and practice engages with massive media (urban screens, reactive architecture, and public projection) as a means to support critical and creative engagements with the city, public art, and information.

He is currently a Research Consultant at Streaming Museum in New York City, and Director, North America, of the Media Architecture Institute.

Miles Gertler / Common Accounts
The biological end of life is no longer the end of your existence. Death exerts itself in home d├ęcor, in your fitness regime, and in virtual space, yet architecture has so far failed to acknowledge the potential posed by the latent social situations and infrastructural networks around death, and failed to recognize these entities as a site for action. Today, the complexity of the urban ecosystem has made the sites of death ubiquitous yet less evident. What we lack is the architectural and urban protocol to engage the body whose very subjectivity is shaped by, yet extended beyond, biological death. How can a greater embrace of death's potential as body and city builder yield a more productive, socially active, urban ecology, at the scale of the everyday? How might death be evolved as an architectural technology to more fully serve society? How do we equip the ceremonial and material business of death with an urban platform?

One thing is for sure: preparations for your death are already underway. Closer Each Day: The Architecture of Everyday Death is architectural parafiction that proposes a reintegration of death into daily life.

Common Accounts is an architecture office led by Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler. Their recent work has been published by Metalocus, Pidgin, and Uncube Magazines. The office is currently in development of a weekend cabin in Ontario inspired by the ceremonial military logistics of tarmac, as well as a new body of research to be presented at the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial.