Pixelphonia
a real-time spatialized synchresis system for visual music

Light Intervals: Time-Based Gestural Night Photography
iBook photography monograph of a series shown at Design Shanghai 2013 Power Station of Art and InLight Richmond

Cursor Caressor Eraser
Images below are from the Cursor Caressor Eraser installation at the Re-new Digital Arts Festival in Copenhagen, May 2010

Writing

Teaching and Learning

Teaching Computational Creativity
Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017

Conference Dissemination:

PICA 2014 Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Edmonton, Alberta
ICET 2014 International Council on Education for Teaching. University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
• INTE 2014. New Horizons in Education Elsevier Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Paris, France

Academic Publications

Sysemics and Semiotic Informatics
Comparative Literature 67:1 (Duke University Press), journal of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA Forum)

Design Scenes of Online Code Learning Environments
Book chapter in Teaching Computational Creativity, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

A Method of Moments: the Aesthetics of Redundancy in Ikarie XB-1
Book chapter in Czech Film and the Digital Archive, Lucie Česalkova, Ed. National Film Archive, Prague, Czech Republic, 2016.

A Holistic Framework for ROI in Higher Education
Book chapter in The ROI of Higher Education, Teachers College Press (Columbia University), 2016

A Mixed Framework for New Media Art Reception
SoundEffects — An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience

The Mobile Augmented Soundscape
Hz Journal, #20, Summer 2015

The Plane of Mediation: the actual and virtual as cultural system
NMEDIAC: the Journal of New Media and Culture, Vol. 9:1, 2014

Peircing Fritz and Snow: an aesthetic field for sonified data
Organised Sound, 19:1, Cambridge University Press, 2014

Discursivity and Creativity: Implementing Pigrum's Multi-Mode Transitional Practices in Upper Division Creative Production Courses
Proceedings of the 58th ICET World Assembly, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2014

Signal: An Expanded Semiotics of Periodicity Part One
Parsons Journal for Information Mapping vol. 5 issue 2, 2013

Signal: An Expanded Semiotics of Periodicity Part Two
Parsons Journal for Information Mapping Vol. 5 Issue 4, 2013

Aesthetic Challenges of Sonified Video Gestures
Empirical Musicology Review, vol 8 issue 2, 2013

Towards a Phenomenology of the Acoustic Image
Organised Sound, 15:1, Cambridge University Press

The Noise of the World
Janus Head: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and Art Vol. 10 #1, 2007

Light Intervals
Aesthetics of the City monograph, Shanghai People’s Fine Art Publishing House, 2014

Discursivity and Creativity
Proceedings of the New Horizons in Education conference, Paris, France 2014

Intimachines
Leonardo Music Journal #18 (MIT Press) 2008>

Video Sonification/ Signal Sign Image Noise
Interactive essay, in Parsons Journal for Information Mapping Vol. II Issue 2, 2010

Stepping on the Light
Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, Vol. 1 Issue 3, 2009

Play and Fortune
ISEA 2008 Artist Presentation

Workshop Lectures
Emerging Trends in Contemporary Cinema: Voices from Hindi, Tamil & Canada Films, Sage, New Delhi, 2014

Cursor Caressor Eraser
Artist Statement in Leonardo Vol. 43 No. 4 2010

Meridiend, Cursor Caressor Eraser, Stepping on the Light
Three Artist Statements, Proceedings of ARTECH 2010: the 5th International Conference on Digital Arts, "Envsioning Digital Spaces," pp. 225-228

Creative Writing

Tatvan | a short story collection
collection of previously published short stories

Bone Whistle
Poem, The Comstock Review, Vol. 21, No.1

Tatvan (short story)
Experimental travelogue, The Capilano Review, Series 3 Issue 6 (Fall 2008)

The Constanta Suite: Three Films for Puppets
Suite of three short stories:
The Dumbwaiter Progeny, Three Wives from Geeja, The Perpetual ApprenticeThe Dalhousie Review, Summer 2009/ issue 89.2

Forty Dollar Brains
Short story, Eleven Eleven No. 7

Veil
Poem, Gulf Stream #28

Radar Ghosts
Poem, MARGIE No. 7 (AUTUMN, 2008) Finalist, Marjorie J. Wilson Award for Poetry. Anthologized in The City of Big Shoulders (University of Iowa Press, 2011)

Campfire Cosmology, Morning Chore, The Alfalfa Sublime
Poems, in The Reading Room No. 8

Anarchy and Environmentalism, [untitled]
Poems with photographs, Luminous Green (book, 2009)

Sound for Film
Essay, A Companion Guide to Rooftop Films, Fall 2002 #2

Back Roads
Short science fiction, Otoliths #12

Jack the Satellite Jockey
Short science fiction, in Fourteen Hills the SFSU Review vol 15.2

Apocalyptic Triptych
Short science fiction, New Stone Circle: Windy City Writing No. 3

The Pool Hut
Short story, New Stone Circle: Windy City Writing No. 2

Sounding Stella
Short story, New Stone Circle: Windy City Writing No. 1

PLAAH STEEE Kobum!
Creative nonfiction in New Plains Review Fall 2009

Of Guns and Sheep
Flash nonfiction in The Yalobusha Review, Vol. XIV

Zealots and Landlords, Mop and Mirror, Attachments
Three flash nonfictions in Glossalalia, Winter 2010

Featherhead
Poem in A Joint Called Pauline

A Million Things
Creative nonfiction in New Plains Review Spring 2010

The Amarylis Sluys
Short fiction in the MOTIF 2: Chance Fiction Anthology
(Pushcart Prize nominated)

Space Walker
Poem in Science Poetry anthology, 2011

Net Art

Cursor Caressor Eraser
Artist Team: self + Andres Wanner & Melanie Cassidy
This work is featured in Reframing Photography (Routledge)

Interview in Copenhagen:

CURSOR CARESSOR ERASER is an interactive installation and net artwork contemplating the erotic image and themes of sensuality in time. Caressing gestures of the interactors produce erasures of digital photographic imagery, resulting in visual palimpsests.

Exhibitions:

Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography Switzerland, 2016
Pixilerations v.8 Providence RI, USA, 2011
Nude 2011 Lexington Art League (USA)
MONA (Museum of New Art, Detroit), New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century 2010
23rd Festival Les Instants Video 2010
IDEAS 10 Art and Digital Narrative IDMAA Conference, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC 2010
Web Biennial 2010 Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum
Buffalo Infringement Festival New York, 2010
SIGGRAPH 2010 Art Gallery
Artech 2010 5th International Conference of Digital Arts
Re-New 2010 Digital Arts Festival

Meridiend is a work of internet art combining literary writing and digital photography to explore the interstices between writing and the real places that served as a point of contact for these texts. Neither word nor image "explain" or "caption" the other, but rather viewing and reading relies on the memory of each, as texts and images are not viewable simultaneously. Once the image has been replaced by its accompanying text, it cannot be easily gotten back to unless an effort has been made by the viewer-reader-interactor to keep track of their moves.

Exhibitions:

Anomalous Press #2, 2011
Buffalo Infringement Festival New York, 2010
23rd Festival Les Instants Video 2010
Artech2010: Envisioning Digital Spaces Portugal (Installation Award)
Fake Web Festival Mistake, Falsity & Misunderstanding, Web Art Center, 2010
FONLAD 2010 Digital Arts Festival
00130gallery (work #29, Sites 2) Helsinki, 2009
ESPACIO ENTER international digital arts symposium and exhibition, 2009
Spring Gun Press

Stepping on the Light Interactive

Stepping on the Light explores two extremes of video display scales, that of pocket video and large scale projection. The protagonist of this video is modeled on the notion of an avatar in a virtual space, only this avatar is wandering ‘real space’ (downtown Chicago) in a semi-virtual environment (video footage). The approach of the protagonist in Stepping on the Light is to highlight the embodied and pleasurable aspects of navigation. The noise in the imagery, an effect of the technology of portable image capture, is reproduced in the soundtrack, which marries noise and video game soundscapes.

Exhibitions:

60x60 / Congress 2010 FoFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal
23rd Festival Les Instants Video
Buffalo Infringement Festival New York, 2010
Intermedia Festival 2010
Artech 2010 Envisioning Digital Spaces Portugal
Stuttgart 23rd Filmwinter
Beauty, Horror, Silence 12 Nights of Electronic Music and Art Miami FL
Parsons Journal for Information Mapping vol. 1(3)
Electroacoustic Juke Joint 2009
Unknown Artist Virtual Museum FONLAD#5: Byte Scrapers
Cafe for Contemporary Art North Vancouver

Art Games

Minimalist conceptual ludological experiments

It's Gonna Rain | a Ludoremage

It’s Gonna Rain | A Ludoremage is a ludological re-mix and hommage (thus: ‘ludoremage’) of Steve Reich’s classic tape loop work, “It’s Gonna Rain.” Here, Reich’s sound work has been reincarnated as a game. The game is largely generative but integrates some minimal interaction, which is appropriate for a work of re-embodied minimalism. The reward for the player is not in points to be scored but rather in the new possibilities (e.g. moments of silence) afforded by this remediation of the composition on a gaming platform.

Download the artwork, a stand-alone Mac application, by clicking here.

Exhibitions & Publications:

ArticulAction 0.1 (April 2013)
USB Shuffle Show Institut fur alles mogliche, Berlin, Germany 2013
Espacio Artmsferas Mexico, 2013

Roswell Antistory

Roswell Antistory composes a borderlands anti-narrative depicting an anonymous runner in the American Southwest desert racing through cactus bushes and careening off an alien, who eventually teleports out of the scene taking the giant maracas in the process, which rattle bounce and shake and at times halt the progress of the runner, giving the interactor something to do. After the severe loneliness of the desert runner becomes unbearable, the interactor can click on the runner to return to the beginning, if that indeed is where things began.

Download the artwork, a stand-alone Mac application, by clicking clicking here.

Exhibitions & Publications:

Sound Design

Feature length independent film in the horror genre. See Dr. Terror's blog

Wolves at the Table

This animated film tells the story of Katerina Bagatova, a bourgeois heiress who struggles to maintain a cannibal who lives under her staircase as a band of mysterious profiteers conspire to undermine her carefully crafted facades. Co-produced with Alex Gorelick, and winner of Best Experimental Film at the Indie Film Talent Awards, 2012

The Tale a Peacock Could Not Tell

A film by South Indian filmmaker Sujatha Shankar Kumar. Two dieties, or are they ghosts?, comment on the philosophical meanderings of a Bharata Natyam dancer as she ponders the strange sayings of a wandering Jew's harp player.

The Siamese Connection

Feature length experimental documentary by Duke University filmmaker Josh Gibson, on the life of Chang and Eng, the original twins from Siam. Festival screenings: Fullframe Film Festival , The Heart of England International Film Festival, The River Run International Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, The Arts Center, Asia Pacific Film Festival, & the Ava Gardner Film Festival

Video

Pixel Phonia

Pixelphonia is an interactive and generative audiovisual installation that synaesthetically maps video projection across an array of 32 sound exciters attached to the back side of an acrylic screen, in which screen areas are averaged for color, movement and luminosity that sculpt real-time sonifications in a spatialized relation to moving image.

Interworld
This work is featured in the book Infinite Instances: Studies & Images of Time.

The flux of experience is typically characterized by artists and thinkers as an undifferentiated continuum of sensuous particulars, haphazard, unorganized, a ‘raw stuff’ to be ordered and structured by our sense organs and the cognitive structures of the mind. This video work of visual flux seeks to counter the traditional notion of flux. It is based on a phenomenological investigation in which flux is explored, not as a random sequence of unstructured percepts, but rather as a concatenation of rhythms. This work is composed of very brief fragments of overlapping visual pulses- each pulse being a momentary articulation of the body.

Exhibitions:

Art Currents Institute New York 2011
IDEAS 09 Arts at the Digital Edge
Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2009
Archetime Cross-Disciplinary Conference and Exhibition 2009
Fresh- ABSTRACTIONS Bangkok 2009
ElectromediaWorks '08 Athens, Greece
Mediatonic 3Uncensored

This study takes as its starting material a photograph of window blinds. Every video image is a potential sonograph, and the built environment is a natural source for sonographic explorations due to the high incidence of repetition. The horizontal striations of the window blinds are reminiscent of spectrographic representations of sound. This work explores a sound palette created by mapping video effects and processing directly into the sound domain through various acoustic ‘windows’ (Hamming, Kaiser, von Hann, Sinc, Rectangle) that are part of the common tool set of sound synthesis.

Presented at ISEA 2008 Singapore
Published in the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping

Stepping on the Light explores two extremes of video display scales, that of pocket video and large scale projection. The protagonist of this video is modeled on the notion of an avatar in a virtual space, only this avatar is wandering ‘real space’ (downtown Chicago) in a semi-virtual environment (video footage). The approach of the protagonist in Stepping on the Light is to highlight the embodied and pleasurable aspects of navigation. The noise in the imagery, an effect of the technology of portable image capture, is reproduced in the soundtrack, which marries noise and video game soundscapes.

Exhibitions:

60x60 / Congress 2010 FoFA Gallery, Concordia University
YEAH C-Minivideoart Festival, Atlanta, GA 2010
Electroacoustic Symposium 2010 Toronto
Intermedia Festival 2010
Artech 2010Envisioning Digital Spaces Portugal
Stuttgart 23rd Filmwinter
Beauty, Horror, Silence12 Nights of Electronic Music & Art Miami, FL
Parsons Journal for Information Mapping vol. 1:3
Electroacoustic Juke Joint 2009
Unknown Artist Virtual Museum FONLAD#5: Byte Scrapers
Cafe for Contemporary Art North Vancouver

Public Art

Permanently installed outdoor pavilion in Bear Creek Park, Surrey BC combining fountain, 4-channel audio and underwater video.

Artist team: Michael Filimowicz, Melanie Cassidy, Philippe Pasquier

Academic/Administrative:

Festival & Conference Director, Cinesonika

Co-Editor, The Soundtrack journal

Senior Lecturer, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University

Faculty Director of Interdisciplinary Programs, Continuing Studies: Philosophers' Cafe, Writer's Studio, Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars

Interviews:

The Rush

Teaching:

Simon Fraser University School of Interactive Arts and Technology
IAT202 New Media Images
IAT206W Media Across Cultures
IAT235 Information Design
IAT244 Digital Photography
IAT309W Writing for Design, Media & Informatics
IAT313 Narrative & New Media
IAT340 Sound Design
IAT344 Moving Images
IAT403/405 Capstone Design Studio I & II
IAT443 Interactive Video

Contact

You can contact me by email @ my faculty page @ SFU