Lethbridge interdisciplinary artist, Kelly Andres, speaks in Art Now, April 1, Recital Hall, 12 noon

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 6:00am - Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:00am
Event Location: 
Recital Hall 12:00 noon April 1, 2009


Kelly Jaclynn Andres is an interdisciplinary artist who applies the apparatus of
technology, portability, and location, from bicycles to communication devices, to create situations that combine the absurd with sensory-based experiences. By incorporatingbanal objects along with electronic media– often as interactions between species suchas yeast, bacteria, poultry, plant, and human, Andres deploys simple systems, objectsand performances that allow participants to explore and interact with the immediate environment. In 2008, Andres was an artist in residence for three months in the Mixed Reality Lab at the National University of Singapore for ISEA 2008 (International Symposium of Electronic Arts). This program was designed after an Artist in Labs model where artists
collaborate with engineers and scientists to produce innovative technologies or new methods for utilizing existing technologies. Andres’ project titled, Finally, We Hear OneAnother (2008), allowed pairs of visitors to be equipped with mobile telephony garments that remotely transmit and exchange their own auditory environments with each other. Through this interactive audio exchange, which oscillates between disorientation, intimate surveillance and a new form of communication, the artwork questions our relationship to locality, acoustic environments and technology. Andres was also involved in the e-MobiLArt European Lab for Interactive Artists program supported by the CULTURE 2007 program of the European Union. Through this project, Andres coformed
a group consisting of five international artists named the Grafting Parlour. The
Grafting Parlour is a collective of artists and researchers who exchange and combine their methodologies through thoughtful experimentation. Scientific collaborators include synthetic biologist Dr. Natalie Kuldell and her MIT laboratory and biologist of the North Dr. Panu Oulasvirta. The collective's creative research takes the form of live portals into the laboratory, video and audio collected from remote habitats, scientific residues and live experimentation. Through collaborative inquiry and shared research, GfP designs communications models for interacting with different living organisms. Research components include experiments for interacting with distant micro-organisms and realtime
interactions with varying views of the ecosystem, from the level of arctic bacteria to the broad sky above the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory in Northern Finland. (www.thegraftingparlour.org)
Andres’ work has been exhibited at the Science Gallery, Dublin (with the Grafting
Parlour), M:ST Performance Art Festival, Calgary, Free Radio Banff, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Babel Art Gallery, Norway, ISEA 2008, Singapore, Signal and Noise, Vancouver, CONFLUX 2007, New York, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge. Andres has had residences at Media Lab Prado, Madrid, e-MobiLArt (Greece, Finland, Austria), ISEA 2008, Singapore, Studio XX, Montreal, The Banff Centre and the Banff New Media Institute, and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim Norway. Her work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Alberta Ecotrust. She completed an Interdisciplinary MA at the University of Lethbridge in 2008 and will begin an Interdisciplinary PhD at Concordia University, Montreal, in Fall 2009. www.kellyandres.com
Attached image: Sprouts Grown in Glitter and Water, 2008, Babel, Trondheim, Norway,
medium: lentil seeds, water, pump, water bottle, umbrella, tubes, glitter