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Performative Talk, Gisèle Trudel: SENSATE WASTE

FRIDAY, March 4th @ 5pm                                                                                               @ Concordia University’s Graduate Humanities Conference
Consumption and Detritus; Stories of Destruction and Reconstruction
Free and open to the public


TRUDEL_01Ælab, Milieux associés (2014). Permutational and performative installation. Phi Centre, Montréal, 2nd International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN). Photo : Lorna Bauer.
Between 2008 and 2015, Trudel’s artist research unit Ælab created a series of major artworks informed by waste operations and processual philosophies. Waste water treatments, atmospheric and electromagnetic pollution and the waste landfill have produced blocs of sensations with residual matter which delve experientially into what waste can do to and with a technological art practice. In this talk/performance, a remix of the artworks’ documents will become another plane of composition, along with music, text, voice and drawing. A guided discussion moderated by Pamela Tudge and the public will follow.

Bio: Gisèle Trudel is an artist. In 1996, she cofounded Ælab, an artistic research unit with Stéphane Claude, who is an electronic and electroacoustic composer and audio engineer. Ælab’s commitment to collaboration and creative dissemination are ways of thinking and doing that try to bridge different methods of inquiry. Their process-oriented investigations creatively engage art and technology as intertwined with philosophy in an ecology of practices. Their work has been presented in Canada, Europe and Asia, produced with support from the CAC, CALQ, FRQSC and the Daniel Langlois Foundation.

Trudel is a professor at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM, and co-founder of Grupmuv, the research group for drawing and the moving image. Until recently, she was also director of Hexagram-UQAM (2011-13) and co-director of the Hexagram Network (2012-15). ; ; ; ;

EV Building, Concordia Downtown SGW Campus:
1515 St. Catherine West // HEXAGRAM BLACKBOX
EV S03-844-845 (Sub basement 3 – take the stairs just across from the FOFA Gallery and Atrium)

Full Conference Schedule:


Our Conference Schedule is Online

Come Join Us! March 13th and 14th

Re-Originality is the theme of Concordia University’s 2015 Annual Graduate Humanities Conference and a call to reflect on the ways in which we create and position our work.

In line with this year’s theme, the conference is also pushing the ways in which we present and share knowledge: ‘lighting round’ presentations, interactive re-eating food demonstrations, participatory workshops and traditional panels are just some of our offerings.

Keynote speaker, Marcus Boon, presents “Is There Life Beyond Mimesis?” to end the conference activities on Saturday evening.


We hope you can join us. All are welcome.

CFP: 2015 Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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CFP: Call for Papers, Presentation, Proposals



Curation, Plagiarism and Cultures of Appropriation

The myth of originality began a few hundred years ago, reached its climax with the avant-garde movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, and then receded. Today, we are swept up in a new myth of postmodernism, which demands the recognition that we are all just repeating, collaging, altering, or re-mixing. Nothing is original and everything has been done before. Or has it? Has the location and execution of originality altered? Is it still located in the agent? Is each knowledge maker a unique collagist, creating original styles of re-mixing or merely borrowing from a network of relations?  Perhaps each formation of knowledge creates a unique iteration of those relations or perhaps it’s glorified plagiarism.

As researchers, makers and creators of knowledge with interdisciplinary methods, these questions incite us to inquire about what we are doing and how we are doing it. Are we simply revising, rephrasing and regurgitating the good work that has gone before us, or is the work truly original? Does it matter?

Re-Originality is the theme of Concordia’s 2015 Annual Graduate Humanities Conference and a call to reflect on the ways in which we create and position our work.

The conference theme is supported by a reimagining of the traditional conference format with participatory mixers, keynote speakers with a twist and performative soirees.


Potential Topics for Contributions (but not limited to):


-creative and curatorial practices in the digital age

-new methods of presentation and communication

-the archiving of self


-positive plagiarism

-appropriation art, copyright, and intellectual property concerns

-theft and homage

-authorship & ownership

-conceptions of property in niche communities

Cultures of Appropriation

-appropriation or appreciation?

-adopting/utilizing non-traditional methods of research or knowledge making


Collage & Remix

-thresholds of creativity, margins of originality

-remix culture

-supercuts, mods, fusions, hybrids

Propose your own panel

-3 person panels with a topic of your choosing


Please send a 300 word abstract (English or French), CV and brief biographical note, including contact and institutional affiliation to no later than Friday, January 16th, 2015. Successful submissions will be notified on January 30th, 2015.

Artists may also include several images (less than five, maximum 72dpi). Please send in a single PDF, RTF, ODF or Word document. Conference information online at

In addition to traditional 15-minute paper presentations, our theme is supported by a reimagining of the normative conference format by also inviting proposals for innovative forms of knowledge sharing such as immersive and interactive workshops, performative or demonstrative presentations, installations and exhibitions, and ‘lightning round’ presentations (5 minutes, 5 slides). Please indicate your preference for one or two of these presentation formats in your submission. If you are interested in presenting a performative demonstration or workshop, please include a paragraph or two about how you envision that working (space, time, logistics, tech needs, etc).



Appel à contributions, présentations, propositions


conservation, plagiat et cultures d’appropriation

Le mythe autour de l’originalité a pris forme il y a plusieurs centaines d’années pour atteindre son apogée aux XIXe et XXe siècles avec les mouvements avant-gardistes, et ensuite s’est estompé. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes sous l’emprise d’un nouveau mythe du postmodernisme qui exige d’admettre la répétition, le collage, l’altération ou le mélange inévitable de nos créations. Plus rien n’est original et tout a été fait précédemment. Ou est-ce vraiment le cas? Le lieu et l’exécution de l’originalité ont-ils été altérés? Est-elle toujours localisée dans l’agent? Chaque créateur/trice de connaissances n’est-il en fait qu’un collagiste singulier, créateur de styles originaux de remixage ou ne faisant qui puiser à même un réseau de relations? Chaque formation de savoir crée sans doute une itération unique de ces relations, ou peut-être son plagiat glorifié.

En tant que chercheurs/eures et créateurs/trices de savoir fondant nos méthodologies sur l’interdisciplinarité, ces questions nous incitent à nous questionner sur ce que nous faisons et sur notre manière de faire. Révisons-nous, reformulons-nous et régurgitons-nous tout simplement le travail de qualité qui a été fait avant nous, ou ce travail est-il réellement original? Cela importe-t-il?

La Re-originalité est le thème du Colloque annuel 2015 des étudiants en études supérieures des sciences humaines de Concordia, ainsi qu’un appel afin de réfléchir sur les manières dont nous créons et positionnons notre travail. Le thème de la conférence s’étend au-delà des présentations en réimaginant le format traditionnel des conférences académiques, y mélangeant un éventail de contributions participatives, d’hardis conférenciers et une touche de soirées performatives.


Sujets potentiels de contributions (liste non exhaustive) :


-pratiques de commissariat et de création à l’ère digitale

-nouvelles méthodes de présentation et de communication

-l’archivage du sujet, du moi


-plagiat positif

-art de l’appropriation, droits d’auteur et le souci de la propriété intellectuelle

-vol et hommage

-paternité et propriété

-concepts de propriété chez les communautés d’intérêts et groupes sociaux

Cultures d’appropriation

-appropriation ou reconnaissance?

-adoption/utilisation de méthodes de recherche non traditionnelles ou création de savoir


Collage & Remixage

-seuils de créativité, marges de l’originalité

-culture du copier-coller/remix

-ré-éditions, modifications, fusions, hybridités

Proposez votre propre panel ou table ronde

-trois personnes par groupe sur un thème de votre choix


Veuillez soumettre un résumé de 300 mots (français ou anglais), un C.V. ainsi qu’une courte notice biographique incluant vos coordonnées et votre affiliation universitaire à au plus tard le vendredi 16 janvier 2015. Les personnes retenues seront avisées le 30 janvier 2015. Les artistes peuvent également inclure quelques images (moins de cinq, maximum 72ppp) en un seul document PDF, RTF, ODF ou Word. Pour plus de détails sur le colloque, rendez-vous au

En plus des présentations traditionnelles de recherche de 15 minutes, notre thème vise à réimaginer le format normatif des conférences en invitant les candidats à soumettre d’autres formes innovatrices de présentation et de partage de connaissances, telles que des ateliers immersifs et interactifs, des présentations performatives ou démonstratives, des installations et expositions d’œuvres, et des “présentations éclair” (5 minutes, 5 diapositives). Veuillez indiquer votre préférence pour un ou deux de ces formats de présentation. Si vous êtes intéressé/e à présenter une démonstration performative ou un atelier, veuillez inclure un paragraphe ou deux sur la façon dont vous songez diriger cette activité (espace, durée, logistique, besoins en matériel technologique, etc.).


2014 Annual Conference Schedule @ Concordia University


Thursday 3 April, 09:30 – 21:00
Humanities PhD Annual Conference

MB 2.130 (Floating Box)
Concordia University, Montréal

Institutionalized: On knowledge-production and academic becoming

Thursday, 3 April 2014
Schedule of Panels & Presentations 

09:30 Registration & Coffee

09:50 Welcome remarksAnnie Rollins, Dana Samuel

Morning Sessions:

10:00 Feminist RepresentationsDebbie Lunny, Julián Fernando Trujillo Amaya, Amanda Feder

11:20 Spatial Politics & InstitutionsShaun Gamboa, Abelardo León

12:10 Lunch Break

Afternoon Sessions:

13:00 Museums & IdentityNatalia Grincheva, Mark Schilling, Zofia Krivdova

14:15 Coffee Break

14:20 Research-Creation ApproachesAnnie Rollins, Carolyn Jong & Joachim Despland, Peter Weibrecht


16:00 Keynote LectureDr. Marie-Luise Angerer, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, on “Affective Knowledge: Movement, Interval and Plasticity” Co-presented with Hexagram-Concordia & the Senselab


18:00 Reception & Closing RemarksErin Manning

18:30 ReadingNorman Hogg

19:30 Performance WorkshopSarah Manya

Detailed schedule with abstracts and biographies online shortly!


All presenters and current Concordia Humanities PhD students are automatically registered. For others: email to register your attendance.

Presented by

Humanities PhD Student Association
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture


Friday, 4 April, 12h00 – 20:00
Open Presentations & Social
Everyone is welcome!

MB 2.130 (Floating Box)
Concordia University, Montréal


12:00 Lunch

13:00 Open Presentations

Schedule to be announced

17:30 Social @ Kafein!

Presented by

Humanities PhD Student Association
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture

Don’t miss both great events April 3 & 4!

2014 CFP for Annual Grad Conference

Call for Papers + Presentations – Institutionalized: Humanities Annual Conference

Call for Papers & Presentations

Interdisciplinary questions of knowledge, innovation and academic becoming

3-4 April 2014

Montréal, Canada

Humanities PhD Annual Graduate Conference
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Concordia University

RESEARCHERS DEAL WITH INSTITUTIONS on a daily basis, and despite or because of various bureaucracies, the institution is often taken as given. But what of this often silent infrastructure which frames our activity, ideas and intellectual work, making demands of innovation and originality?

While Foucault notes that institutions freeze relations of power, Merleau-Ponty views ‘institution’ dynamically, as a creative force that brings about life. In either conception, institutions are powerful actors. While the word’s Latin root, statuo, gives rise to a number of English possibilities, institution and instituting encapsulate these different registers of noun and verb, static and dynamic, being and becoming.

This annual Graduate conference takes up the question of critical institution, asking how researchers see themselves and their work in relation to these processes of power and control.

How is knowledge constituted and instituted? Philosophy and theory can imbue the institution with life, vitally mediating subjectivity and nature. For Merleau-Ponty, the event of institution implies duration and “the demand of a future.” Knowledge and creation are instituted through a process of investigation, repetition, search and re-search.

Within the arts, as Andrea Fraser notes, historical practices of “institutional critique,” today, seem institutionalized—staid and uncontroversial. Should cultural workers instead, as Irit Rogoff states, “occupy and inhabit [institutions], in ways that can be interesting, critical and inventive?” Or, is it productive, following Fraser, to shift focus to the “institution of critique,” examining “critical claims of legitimizing discourses”? Such a shift may be imperative for practices of research-creation.

These trajectories are already asserted in similar threads of inquiry within activist, queer and feminist histories, posing critical challenges to organizational, social and cultural institutions. Can positing alternate models for new institutions and micro-institutions affect relevant social change? What can an examination of such institutions tell us about power relations in general or academia in particular?

We invite abstracts of 300 words or less in English and French, plus a 100 word biography.

For more detailed information, you may download the full PDF Call for Papers here.

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 21, 2014 at midnight. Applications can be sent to or through our Submissions Form.

Since 1973, the Humanities PhD Program has served Concordia University as a premier site of innovative research, providing students with opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary projects across fields in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. In 2007, the Humanities PhD Program became part of the newly created Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. Learn more here: