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In the Middle, a Chimera Symposium

2022-05-13 @ 10:30 - 15:00

Clusters: Milieux

About midway through the exhibition portion, we present to you the Symposium segment, where you’ll be able to hear presentations about exciting research-creation projects and participate in a Gameboy workshop led by Alex Custodio and Michael Iantorno! What a variety! It’s all happening May 13th, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Milieux Resource Room and MakerSpace, AND online (for the morning presentations)!

Moderating the symposium will be Mona Hedayati, an artist-researcher and a joint PhD student in the research-creation stream of Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia University and the digital arts doctorate program at Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts at University of Antwerp, Belgium.


Alex Custodio & Michael Iantorno, Ali Kenefick, Hanine El Mir, Melina Campos, Kregg Hetherington, jacqueline beaumont, Rythâ Kesselring, Miranda Smitheram, Laurent Simon (HEC Montreal), Helen Brunet (Vestechpro),  Alicia Turgeon (Eastern Bloc), Chris Salter & the Animate Team, the Solar Media Project team, & the Minecraft and Modernity Student Research Cabal.

1:30 PM EST—Milieux MakerSpace (10.825)

Our proposed intervention interrogates the black boxing of technology and empowers users to repair their own hardware to extend the lifespan of their consumer electronics. We begin with a brief presentation to situate videogames within the narrative of planned obsolescence and challenge assumptions around the legality or authenticity of altering proprietary hardware. We then demonstrate how to perform a simple act of repair: replacing a CR1616, CR2025, or CR2032 battery in a Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance cartridge. We spend the remainder of the time supporting participants as they repair their own hardware.

We ask interested participants to please register via email directly to Alex at alexandra.custodio@concordia.ca so that the coordinators have a general sense of how many people will be there!



10:30 - 15:00
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