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[Nettime-bold] The Daniel Langlois Foundation

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Press Release



Montreal, October 3, 2000 - This morning, The Daniel Langlois Foundation for
Art, Science and Technology opened its Centre for Research and Documentation
(CR+D) to researchers working in the field of art and new technologies. The
Daniel Langlois Foundation also took the opportunity to introduce its new
Web site.  "In establishing this Centre for Research and Documentation, the
Foundation wishes to offer the Montreal community of researchers, creators
and members of the public interested in multimedia and new technologies in
the arts a valuable resource for understanding the new culture emerging in
this new century," said Daniel Langlois, President of the Foundation.

The only resource of its kind in Montreal, and one of a handful in the
world, the Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) will be instrumental
in fulfilling one of the Foundation's objectives, namely to make public the
fruits of its own research and the research it has made possible through its
funding programs.  More specifically, CR+D's mandate is to document the
history, works and practices associated with technological/media arts and
electronic and digital arts, and to make this information accessible in an
innovative way using telematic means. The CR+D collection covers the main
trends and practices seen in electronic and digital arts from the early
sixties to the present. The collection comprises books, exhibition and
festival catalogues and periodicals of historical and current importance. A
collection of rare CD-ROMs and other digital material has also been
assembled and is available for consultation.

The Foundation's collection includes the Images du futur Collection,  the
Steina and Woody Vasulka Archive  and the Experiments in Art and Technology
(E.A.T.) Document Collection. The Images du futur Collection includes
printed material (catalogues, conference proceedings, periodicals, etc.),
videos, slides and documentary files on artists, groups and organizations.
This collection, which runs from the eighties to the mid-nineties, brings
together international documentation corresponding to the 10-year history of
the Images du futur event organized, from 1985 to 1996, by Hervé Fischer and
Ginette Major with La Cité des arts et des nouvelles technologies de

The Steina and Woody Vasulka Archive contains extensive printed material,
technical drawings and manuscripts, final shooting scripts, videotapes,
correspondence and photographic material. Put together by the Vasulkas,
founders of The Kitchen, an alternative arts centre in New York, this
collection covers the pivotal era - from the late sixties up to today -
during which these two pioneers experimented with electronic media,
electronic instruments, analog computers, early digital synthesizers and
other audio and video processors.

As for the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) Document Collection,
it is made up of more than 350 reports, catalogues, bulletins and copies of
articles published by E.A.T., mainly between 1965 and 1980. The mission of
E.A.T., founded in 1966 by engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and
artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman, was to act as an
intermediary and to promote interaction between the arts and technology. The
material contained in this collection traces the history of the many
different projects organized by E.A.T. during the sixties and seventies.

"The Images du futur Collection and the Steina and Woody Vasulka Archive
provide documentation and information on a critical period in the
development of electronic and digital arts, namely from 1970 to the present.
It was during this time that creative artists began to "play" with
electronic images and sounds, whether it be the Vasulkas, for example, using
analog signal processors and the first digital synthesizers, or those
developing digital image processing, which we are well acquainted with here
in Montreal and which Images du futur diligently presented for 10 years.
With the ongoing addition of similar collections, as well as the research
and publications of the Foundation and other researchers, this resource will
continue to grow in the future," noted Jean Gagnon, the Foundation's
Director of Programs.

The Foundation strongly encourages organizations and individuals to pass on
to CR+D any relevant material they produce (printed publications, press
releases and electronic, digital, video, audio or any other documents) in
order for it to be added to the CR+D collection, and for users of the Centre
to be able to peruse. "CR+D indexes, in detail, every document which it
acquires or is sent, in a relational database. Researchers using our
resources can therefore readily access this material. The Foundation also
plans to promote telematic - i.e., Internet - access to the data and
documents," adds Alain Depocas, Head of CR+D. 

The Centre for Research and Documentation of The Daniel Langlois Foundation
will be open to researchers, by appointment, Wednesday to Friday, from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. A reference service on technological/media, electronic and
digital arts is also available to CR+D users and to researchers worldwide
via E-mail,  at:

Contact information: Centre for Research and Documentation, 3530
Saint-Laurent Blvd., Suite 402, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2V1. Telephone (514)
987-7177. Fax (514) 987-7492. -

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