The Upgrade! Vancouver

David Floren discussed his recent work as artist in residence at the University of British Columbia with remote event collection, mapping, and networked art and present a work-in-progress data streaming project, darwin. Currently he is occupied with the social implications of translocalism as it relates to the personal and the everyday. This interest centres upon the concept of data visualization and the amplification of unseen events.

David Floren holds an MFA from Concordia University where he studied sculpture and integrated media. Currently Floren’s creative work focuses on event collection, discrete networks, and remote systems. Floren’s work has been shown internationally at venues including Berlin’s Sony Centre, Répliques in Algiers, Send and Receive in Winnipeg,  la nuit tombe in Grenobles, and at Icons in Washington state.

His projects have been funded by Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener, Send + Receive, Winnipeg, the British Columbia Arts Council, the University of British Columbia and Concordia University. He has produced numerous art books, written two collections of prose, ships of amber and rosesudden, and the acoustic mapping project verysonic. In 2001 he presented his defense of acoustic phenomena, Onomatopoeical Sonora: the etymological dis-chord and sonic apocrypha of the New Jazz Lexicon, at Concordia University. Prior to teaching, Floren was an author of multimedia content, and a producer/designer at Propwerks, a Vancouver based film props producer. Floren has taught digital art and integrated media studies at the University of British Columbia, Concordia University (Montreal), and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. He currently teaches at the University of British Columbia and lives and works in Vancouver.

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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