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Centre [3] for Print and Media Arts presents:

Marla Hlady, Gordon Monahan, Alison O’Daniel, Lindsay Fisher, Ellen Moffat, David Bobier & Lynx Sainte-Marie
VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices In Accessibility, Art and Communication

Curated by David Bobier
March 3 to March 31, 2018
Opening reception: Friday March 23, 2018 (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

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Touch~Sound~Pulse - Bobier, 2016-17 (Photo credit - David Bobier)

Established as a media arts centre based in London, Ontario VibraFusionLab (VFL) provides opportunities for the creation and presentation of multi-sensory artistic practice. As an interactive creative media studio VibraFusionLab promotes and encourages the creation of new, accessible art forms. VFL focuses on inclusive technologies that have the potential of expanding art-making practices in the deaf, blind, disabled and non-disabled communities and for creating more inclusive experiences for audiences from those communities.

In focusing on a holistic reliance on the senses of sight, sound, smell and touch as acceptable modes of knowing, understanding and communicating, VFL encourages the creation of new, inclusive art forms and supports efforts to develop art practices of greater accessibility and audience participation. The Lab features several inclusively designed systems aimed at accommodating and inspiring artists, participants and audiences of all abilities.

‘VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication’ brings together seven artists, all with an affiliation with VFL over the past three years – four self-identified deaf and/or disabled and three non-disabled. The works selected for this multi-site exhibition specialize in the exploration of “vibrotactility” in technology, investigating it as a creative medium with a capacity to combine visual, audio and tactile elements into a highly emotional and sensorial art practice. In considering accessible technologies as creative tools and mediums, these artists explore the bridging of methods of communication and language and of interpreting or transforming one modality to another.

It has always been the intent of VFL to be inclusive in its programming; believing that greater accessibility can be beneficial to all and that bridging ability differences within the shared creative space leads to greater insight, understanding, tolerance and expansion of the notion of art and art-making as an inclusive practice and experience.

Exhibition Link: http://centre3.com/exhibition/vibrafusionlab/


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About the Curator:

David Bobier is a self-identified hard of hearing media artist with a mental health diagnosis and is the parent of 2 deaf children. His work has been exhibited internationally and has been the focus of prominent touring exhibitions in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. Bobier has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Grand NCE, Ontario Arts Council and New Brunswick Arts Council.

Media Contact: info@centre3.com

This multi-site exhibition takes place at Centre[3] for Print at Media Arts at 173 James St. N. (an Accessible venue) as well as 126 James St. N. in Hamilton, ON (an Accessible venue). An ASL interpreter will be present at the opening. Audio description is available. For more information, please contact info@centre3.com or 905 524 5084.

Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts
www.centre3.com
173 James St. N,
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K0
905.524.5084

Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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