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An Afternoon with Michael Century

2022-09-14 @ 13:30 - 16:00

Clusters: Milieux

Milieux presents:

An Afternoon with Michael Century

Come spend an afternoon with Michael Century, in conversation about his new book Northern Sparks: Innovation, Technology Policy, and the Arts in Canada from Expo 67 to the Internet Age.  

Wednesday, September 14, 1:30 – 4:00 pm in the Milieux Institute Resource room (EV 11.705) at Concordia University. The event will be followed by a reception on the terrace. 

There will be a short presentation by Michael followed by a discussion of the book with participants moderated by three Milieux faculty: Lynn Hughes, Darren Wershler and Fenwick McKelvey.  Folks coming to the session are invited to read chapter 1 and either one of chapters 3 or 7.  The whole book is available as open access here.

We hope you can join us for what will be an excellent afternoon of discussion of this important book that speaks to the heart of Milieux’s history and future. Please RSVP on the eventbrite if you are coming so we can plan for the reception. For more information or questions about this event please contact Harry Smoak.

Michael Century

Michael Century, a musician and media arts historian, is Professor of Music and New Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He founded the Media Arts program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.


Northern Sparks

Understanding how experimental art catalyzes technological innovation is often prized yet typically reduced to the magic formula of “creativity.” In Northern Sparks, Michael Century emphasizes the role of policy and institutions by showing how novel art forms and media technologies in Canada emerged during a period of political and social reinvention, starting in the 1960s with the energies unleashed by Expo 67. Debunking conventional wisdom, Century reclaims innovation from both its present-day devotees and detractors by revealing how experimental artists critically challenge as well as discover and extend the capacities of new technologies.


13:30 - 16:00
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