Angela Plohman on Tue, 3 Oct 2000 20:49:38 +0200

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Syndicate: The Daniel Langlois Foundation

> Apologies for cross-posting
> 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 Montréal. 
> 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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