Concordia University/Milieux Speculative Life Artist Talk, Workshop and Research Residency 2022
Following his presentations at ISEA2022 in Barcelona, Julian Stadon was invited to present the TeleAgriCulture platform and his own arts based research, first giving an overview of his arts practice, then undertaking a short artist research residency and ending with a full day workshop.
The talk: From Augmentation to Ecological Aesthetics: Artistic Methods for Empathetic Engagement with Post-Nature offered an overview of Stadon’s individual and collaborative research in the fields of Augmentation and Ecological Aesthetics. With a specific focus on the recently developed TeleAgriCulture Platform, and the subsequent projects that were developed using it, such as The Island of the Day Before Project, the presentation addressed how these practice-based methods for collaboration and public engagement can go beyond art exhibitions, toward empathy and action and offer means by which to better understand our complex and multi-scalar relationships with ecosystems.
In the workshop: TeleAgriCulture: Developing Crowd/Cloud Approaches to Creative Cultivation and Empathetic Engagement in Post-Natural Ecologies, participants engaged in urban environmental sampling (water, soil, air etc.) and were introduced to the TeleAgriCulture platform. Based on previous and novel projects, as well as case studies that aim to engage creatives, farmers, cooks, and the general public in food, urban, and post-industrial ecologies, the workshop offered an overview of how the digital sensor systems operate and are modified, along with other peripheral sampling methods.
Participants were introduced to the system technics and its data flows, from sensor/sample to server, to creative outputs, along with being introduced to an ideation and rapid-prototyping method for using the platform. Participants then broke into transdisciplinary teams and, using available samples, developed project concepts that used the platform, with the results presented at the end of the session.