Lack of Information Booth 1…

3 lack-of-information booths …bring your lack …feed on the lack …3 Mile Meal: Care to speculate? 3 days, 3 meals, 3 boroughs, 3 bikes [nggallery...

Upcoming Reading Group: July 11, 5pm

We’ll be starting chapter 3 (“Savages, Barbarians, Civilized Men”) and reading the first four sections, i.e. including “Psychoanalysis and Ethnology.”

Boston Love: Visit with ‘Design Studio for Social Intervention’ May 18-20, 2013

In early May 2013, the SenseLab went down to Boston to collaborate with the Design Studio for Social Intervention. For three days, we explored how collaboration across different social fields, and different ecologies of urgency, could be conceptualized. In particular, the SenseLab is eager to continue to learn from the Design Studio’s creative approach to problem-solving. Or, perhaps theirs is an attitude less of problem-solving than problem-engaging. With their belief that we must engage social and local problems horizontally, we spoke about how the next decade of our collaboration might play out, and how this horizontal approach might look in different communities. One of the outcomes of our creative weekend was the organization of the Three Mile Meal / Lack of Information Booth event (Bouffe sur trois bornes / Kiosque de manque d’information), which will take place in Montreal from August 22-25 2013 in collaboration with the Design Studio for Social Intervention across the Montreal communities of Outremont, Mile End and Parc Extension. [nggallery id=5] [nggallery...

Movement Workshop June 18, 2pm: Unmapping the Body’s Architectures

Join us  Tuesday @ 2pm for a two hours session called “unmapping the body’s architectures”. We’ll do some partner work with some Shiatsu techniques of body pressure and breathing, in order to explore how our bodies are doing and how could we travel through their neuro-tissue knots and passages. You don’t need any movement experience to do this, if you fancy a soft massage and have a desire to have a “my body feels great” kind of experience and are not afraid to touch or to be touched by others, then, please… do come by! 2pm – 4 pm at the one and only SenseLab Hope to see you there! –...

Upcoming Events for April

Hi everyone, Our next reading group meeting (Anti-Oedipus, the rest of chapter 1) will take place at 5:30 on April 11. We look forward to seeing you there!   We are also organizing an open and informal round table on enabling constraints in the fields of performance/activism on Thursday April 4 at 6:30. The discussion will be led by Erik Bordeleau, myself and curator of Tino Seghal’s This Situation Asad Raza, but we are only there to get it going. I wanted to organize this to begin to think pragmatically about what kinds of enabling constraints can flash-mob-like create the conditions for experimentation (leading to emergent collectivities) in settings that are not where we usually work. This is part of the beginning stages of planning for our October event that will be housed in Arakawa and Gins’ Bioscleave House in New York, but is also relevant, I think, to opening up our collective practices to environments that may be less conducive to activism and collective engagement.   Finally, you are always welcome to our movement experimentation lab – the next one is happening on April 4 at 2pm in the Black Box which has recently received 13 tons of sand, thanks to the Topological Media Lab. The black box is in the basement of the EV. Zila and Mayra and anyone else interested, Xin Wei suggests you take a look at it and participate in it beforehand if you like. See you soon!...

SenseLab Reading Group – March 21 6pm

SenseLab Reading Group – THURSDAY MARCH 21 6pm 11-435 Hi everyone, after almost 10 years we’ve decided to jump in and tackle Anti-Oedipus. So come and read with us. We will start with the first chapter. Erin   **AMENDED reading proposal: H i everyone, I spoke to Erin today and we agreed that reading a whole chapter of Anti-Œdipus for one meeting might be a bit much. So we suggest reading the Bifo Adam sent around and the first three sections of the first chapter (“Desiring-Production”, “The Body without Organs” and “The Subject and Enjoyment”). Hope that is a relief (as it was for me). Berardi, Reassesing Composition.pdf Cheers,...

Book launch / Inflexions launch: February 15th at PHI center

Dear Senselabbers, I would like to invite you to celebrate both the launch of my new book, Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance (Duke UP) and the launch of the new issue of Inflexions on Arakawa and Gins (Ed. Jondi Keane and Patricia Glazebrook). The launch will take place at PHI downtown in old Montreal (407, rue Saint-Pierre) from 5-7 on February 15th. Roger Sinha will be dancing a short solo, and there will be wine. It would be great to see you there! Erin PS Toni suggested we might want to make it a potluck. Perhaps it would be nice to have small morsels of food? Maybe make a whiteboard? I will also need someone to sell the books, so let me know if you might want to take that...

SenseLab reading group featuring Davide Panagia: Feb. 14, 6-8pm

We invite you to a complete the reading of Empiricism and Subjectivity from 6pm-7pm, followed contextualization from Davide on Hume , within the arena of contemporary political thought. Davide is research chair in political and cultural theory at Trent. We will go out for Szechuan food afterwards, around 8. Even if you haven’t read Hume, come! Davide is fantastic!...

Upcoming Talks in December

DECEMBER 13, 6-9pm Laura Ilea “On Blindness” In this presentation, I’ll talk about the trope of blindness as introducing an alternative regime of knowledge, centered less on the primacy of the rational and the visual than on a new cognitive capacity. In this respect, I have chosen three authors that have extensively written about blindness, Orhan Pamuk, Ernesto Sábato and José Saramago. Of course, I will not present their works since time is too short. I would rather try to explain the assumption that looking is not equivalent to seeing and I will attempt to formulate a logic of seeing indebted to vision rather than to logical accuracy. The figure of blindness serves as a springboard towards the imaginal world (Pamuk), magical thought (Sábato) and dystopia(Saramago) – ontologically different spaces where the authors counter rationality with new modes of vision. I will argue that these texts on blindness propose a regime of « knowledge » that challenges the dominant discourses on vision, rationality, and the mind – the legacy of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment – in modern visual culture and modern philosophy.For Pamuk, blindness represents the paradoxical culmination of a traditional, Islamic world view, which was challenged in the 16th century by the perspectivism and the realism of Renaissance. This conception is regarded as the royal road to an imaginal world that remains inaccessible to the western imaginary. In Sábato’s novel, blindness prompts the reversed version of a quest for absolute, which passes through incest, hell and crime. In the dystopic world depicted by Saramago, this trope is symptomatic of a continuous decay, which follows an implacable logic....

Workshops & Speaker Series

Please join us for a series of events in November/December 2012. If you would like to give a talk or participate in the creation of a workshop, let us know! See you soon! NOVEMBER 1, 3-6pm Silvia Pinto Coelho Talk around her PhD Research, *”Body, Image and Thought”*, Thinking with choreographers Lisa Nelson, Mark Tompkins, Joao Fiadeiro and Olga Mesa. Adam Szymanski “The Free Indirect” NOVEMBER 8, 11:00-2:30 Erin Manning, Mireille Painchaud, Lyndal Jones – Feldenkrais and Relational Movement *please sign up in advance by responding to this message as space is limited. NOVEMBER 9, 3-6pm Gerko Egert, PhD research on dance. Zila Muniz, PhD research on dance and choreography NOVEMBER 13, 3-6pm  Sam Spurr and Mike Hornblow: ‘Post-traumatic Urbanism / Affective landscapes and Geopolitical territories’ Sam and Mike will discuss teaching design studios in Architecture and Landscape Architecture – with case-studies in Beirut and Western Sahara – exploring issues around speculative projects and spatial politics in post/conflict contexts.   NOVEMBER  15, 3-6pm  Mike Hornblow: ‘Sponging the Chair: a diagrammatic approach to affect through Architecture and Performance’ Mike will present video installation and performance work from his PhD at RMIT (Melbourne), followed by more recent collaborations in Indonesia. This is lead into a workshop process – Trans Global Hotel – an open brainstorm for a festival concept he is developing with Indonesian performance-artist Iwan Wijono and Australian theater-maker Eloise Maree. NOVEMBER  22, 6pm  Ronald Rose-Antoinette & Adam Szymanski, after Erin’s Reading Around Deleuze class.   I’ll be using the concept of the ‘free indirect subjective’ to address how the film Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt, 2006) expresses a depressive mental state that colours...

Into the Midst: Schedule for Oct. 18

Hi everybody! We are ALL meeting at the DOME at 9 AM, Oct 18 2012. Some people are working straight with the system, others are building up on movement composition. No meeting at Le GYM- we will use the dome floor to warm up. Bring any images you want to test (Stills or video) we have the whole  day with the system to try things out. We will need to have separate working groups, lined up at our meeting  this eve- so, come well rested and with braveness! We are also planning a lunch break with a proper chinese meal- where we can keep on filtering the trials and composing.  An evening meeting for editing ideas and experiments is a...

Into the Midst: Schedule Update for Oct. 17, 2012

Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012 6 AM- Runners (contact Nathaniel and Andrew for location details) 9AM to 10:45AM: Moving Indoors building up on body experiments we started yesterday all are welcome! As we mentioned- the way we are thinking to compose includes voiceovers and task based movement- to be explored with all interested and the public. at LE GYM- EV building- metro level. 11AM to 1PM: Knitting Meeting at the SL (??) to walk to the parks in the SAT neigborhood. 1PM to ??: Tech Meeting at the SAT first encounter with the `owners of the game’ 1PM to 3PM: Movement External Research outdoors take over- with urban furniture- mountaining redness and other impro/composition games 5 PM: Weaving and gathering materials, movement, nods. This is a crucial time to plan a structure for our limited moments at the DOME tomorrow! What and how are the things we wish to test? It is important to have a sketched plan- including all the working groups and their overlaps. Also important- feel free to circulate from group to group- Movement people will need a video and/or sound person at our outdoor time- at the studio would also be nice- since we would like to use two-dimension takes from the...

Pre-activities for ‘Into the Midst’

PRE-ACTIVITIES: those who are in Montreal before the 16th will be getting together to prep/brainstorming, informally and at these designated times: Sun Oct 14 – 11:00am in front of the SAT – explore the area, collect images, sounds, materials – experiment with dying for pattern generation & interaction with public (Self-Crocheting writeboard) – experiment more with connecting with people who use the “Peace Park” next door to the SAT (Interview write board) Mon Oct 15  continue activities from Sunday — extend to Victoria Square, where 1st anniversay activities for Occupy Montreal will be going...

Into the Midst: all things Red

In preparation for the Dome event Into the Midst, in and around the SAT, SenseLab members are cooking all things red. Playfully mingling and surprising the senses through culinary trickery, these crimson concoctions don’t taste quite the way one would expect. Red resonates not only with the red-light district location of the SAT, but also with the red square symbol worn in recent student protests in Quebec. > view schedule and...

Into the Midst: Upcoming Dome Schedule

Here’s the current schedule for the Dome: FINAL SKYPE MEETING Sat Oct 13 7pm PRE-ACTIVITIES: those who are in Montreal before the 16th will be getting together to prep/brainstorming, informally and at these designated times: Sun Oct 14 – 11:00am in front of the SAT – explore the area, collect images, sounds, materials – experiment with dying for pattern generation & interaction with public (Self-Crocheting writeboard) – experiment more with connecting with people who use the “Peace Park” next door to the SAT Mon Oct 15  continue activities from Sunday — extend to Victoria Square, where 1st anniversay activities for Occupy Montreal will be going on GATHERING OF THE DOMEHEADS – ORGANIZING MEETING Tues Oct 16, 10am at the SenseLab (EV Building 1515 Ste-Catherine St W, Room 11-435) We have access to IN THE DOME Thurs-Fri Oct 18-19 and Mon 22, 9am-5 PUBLIC EVENT Mon. Oct 22, 5-7pm     WRITEBOARDS Will be active – please contribute If you’re coming in from out of town, please put down your arrival time on the Arrivals...

Senselab Meeting Oct 11, 2012

Come and read chapter 2 of Deleuze’s Hume on October 11 6pm, in  rm 435 11th floor EV building of Concordia University. Bring some food if you’d like and we can eat and plough our way through Hume (not an easy task, but we had lots of fun last time!).Deleuze – Empirisme et subjectivité.pdf Deleuze – Empiricism and...

SenseLab Meeting Sept 20, 2012

Hi everyone, We are gearing up for our first meeting in our new space, EV 435 (just down the hall from the other one). The meeting will take place at 6pm on Thursday the 20th of September. We are suggesting Deleuze’s book on Hume as the first reading, and we are suggesting Chapter 1. Note the introduction (Boundas wrote it, and it’s very good). Looking forward to reading and...