May 19, 2020

Immersive realities in the time of pandemic

Access to the physical space of the immersive reality lab at the Milieux Institute is forbidden during the COVID-19 lockdown. Marco Luna, a virtual and augmented reality technologist and our lab coordinator, is adapting new workflows for students and faculty to keep working on their projects. Here’s a peek at what they’ve been working on:
May 7, 2020

Building an ‘escape room’ to draw attention to elder abuse

One day, you stop by your good friend Sandra’s studio apartment to drop off some medications. She’s an older woman who struggles with mobility, so the landlord lets you in. Looking around the apartment, you begin to notice subtle signs that don’t quite sit right with you. Canned goods are tucked under Sandra’s bed. Empty pill bottles lay about. The fridge has no food in it. What do you do? This is the narrative behind...
May 6, 2020

Virtual gallery opening features 11 indigenous artists

By Alaina Perez, IIF social media coordinator When COVID-19 caused cancellations and postponements, we saw the entire globe migrating to cyberspace. We at Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, part of Milieux’s Indigenous Futures research cluster, realized that we were ready for this moment. We have been creating Indigenous art spaces on the internet for years. On May 1, 2020, we were thrilled open our virtual doors and inaugurate our online gallery space. We welcomed approximately 30...
May 6, 2020

Summer 2020 Online Music Courses

This summer, Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra, a faculty member with the LePARC Cluster and a professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, will be leading two online music courses at Concordia. Dal Farra is a composer and transdisciplinary artist, historian and curator, the founder-director of the international conference series Balance-Unbalance (on art-science and the environmental crisis) and Understanding Visual Music. Dal Farra has been a consultant on media arts for UNESCO, France, and is a...
April 16, 2020

Volunteers sewing masks during COVID-19 pandemic

When Concordia University shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Barbara Layne got to work. As co-director of the Textiles and Materiality Cluster at Milieux, she is busy organizing 18 volunteers to sew about 2,500 masks. The first challenge was figuring out if the project was feasible: Who has an iron? Who has access to a sewing machine? Where can we source materials when everything is shut down? Finding materials was the most difficult part,...
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