Chris Salter + TeZ + Valerie Lamontagne – Ilinx

Chris Salter + TeZ + Valerie Lamontagne – Ilinx

Date
25 September 12:00 - 15:00
25 September 20:00 - 00:00
26 September 12:00 - 00:00
27 September 12:00 - 00:00
28 September 12:00 - 23:00

Venue
Blue Building

Module
works

Country
INT

Year
2014

Co-producer
TodaysArt

Supported by
Canada Council for the Arts’ GRAND NCE Media Artist and Scientist Collaboration grant

Participation in ‘Ilinx’ is only possible if you make a reservation. After filling in the registration form you'll receive an invitation Register: http://phonomena.net/ilinx/res/

TodaysArt 2014 will see the world premiere of ‘Ilinx’ by Chris Salter, TeZ and Valerie Lamontagne, developed together with numerous collaborators. ‘Ilinx’ is a performative environment for the general public provoking an intense bodily experience.

In the environment, a group of four visitors at a time wear specially designed garments. These wearables are outfitted with various sensing and actuating devices that enable visitors to interface with the performance space. During the event, a ritualistic progression which lasts approximately twenty minutes, the natural continuum between sound and vibration, vision and feeling becomes increasingly blurred, extending and stretching the body’s boundaries beyond the realm of everyday experience.

The project is inspired by work in the area of what is called sensory substitution – the replacement of one sensory input (vision, hearing, touch, taste or smell) by another, while preserving some of the key functions of the original sense. The term “ilinx” (Greek for whirlpool) comes from the French sociologist Roger Caillois and describes play that creates a temporary but profound disruption of perception as is common in experiences of vertigo, dizziness, or disorienting changes of speed, direction or the body’s sense in space. “…An attempt to momentarily destroy the stability of perception and inflict a kind of voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind.”

Credits:
Chris Salter + TeZ: Direction
Valerie Lamontagne: Wearables Direction and Design
Isabelle Campeau: Wearable Development
Marie-Eve Lecavalier Lemieux: Wearable Development
Ian Hattwick: Technology Direction/Hardware-Software
Omar Falleh: Lighting Collaboration
Panagiotis Tomaras: Production Assistance
Marcello Giordano: Hardware-Software/Haptics Research
Ivan Franco: Hardware-Software
Deborah Egloff: Haptics Research
Morgan Rauscher: Robotics development/Production Assistance
Ian Arawjo: Sketching Software