The Upgrade! Vancouver

Winnipeg artist Ken Gregory has worked with DIY interface design, hardware hacking, audio, video, and computer programming for over 10 years. His provocative and creative performance and installation work has shown publicly in Winnipeg, other parts of Canada and many international media and sound arts festivals. Anything is part of Gregory’s palette, and by using cut-and-paste techniques, random juxtapositions, and careful manipulations, he crafts unique art works. These works are presented in the form of gallery installations, live performances, live radio broadcasts, custom computer software and audio compact discs. Gregory has also done extensive work as a sound engineer, composer, and audio designer for independent film, performance, media and video.

Ken Gregory discussed a staggering number of projects including under the influence of ether, a computer controlled audio/radio transmission, 12 Motor Bells a computer controlled electro-mechanical audio installation and Hyperball System, a MIDI audio performance device. Ken also talked about The Sun Suckers, an order of Real Artificial Life he launched in Tasmania in 2002 that was designed to improve the local sound scape with artificially produced digital noise, and described how The Sun Suckers had come into play again during his recent residency at the Western Front.

Curated by Kate Armstrong, The Upgrade! Vancouver is a forum for artists and curators working with new media and technologies to informally present their work, and is meant to foster dialogue and create opportunities for collaboration within the media art community.

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