Playful Generative Art: Computer-Mediated Creativity and Ephemeral Expressions

WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 1800 (SFU Harbour Centre)
Fee: Free (to reserve a seat, please email pubworks@sfu.ca)

“Generative art” is a blanket term for any creative work produced in part through programmatic or algorithmic means. “Playful generative art” makes use of highly technical disciplines—computer programming, statistics, graphic design, and artificial intelligence—to produce chat bots, digital poetry, visual art, and even computer-generated “novels.” These pieces may be motivated by serious social or political issues, but the expressions are decidedly unserious, often short-lived or quickly composed. Creators working in this medium are rarely artists first—as programmers, designers, game developers, and linguists, they use the tools of their trade in unexpected and delightful ways. Generative art also has much to teach us about issues at the intersection of ethics and technology: what is the role of the artist in a human/machine collaboration; what is our responsibility when we design programs that talk with real people; how do we curate and study ephemeral digital works? Digital artists, writers, technologists, and anyone interested in media studies are invited to attend.

Guest Speaker:

lizadalyLiza Daly
is a software engineer and occasional corporate executive who lives in Boston. She is currently focusing on providing technical assistance to non-profits that work to uphold civil rights and protect vulnerable populations. Her personal projects revolve around digital art, interactive narrative, and digital publishing. Formerly she was CTO at Safari and prior to that, founded a digital publishing company called Threepress, which Safari acquired. Her new company is World Writable. She has been quoted about “Digital Detox” and the effects of the iPad on reading (NYT, 2010), ebooks in the cloud (Wired, 2011), and on strategies to help introverts network (FastCompany, 2015). Liza has presented about great engineering teams and digital publishing. She wrote a short book on Next-Generation Web Frameworks in Python (O’Reilly, 2007), which, she says, is “out of date so please don’t read it”.

Vancouver Literary Arts Centre: Call for tenant expressions of interest & open house

The Vancouver Literary Arts Centre is envisioned as a diverse and vibrant literary hub that will raise the profile of the city’s writing and publishing communities while providing them with affordable office space. The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is spearheading the initiative with several interested publishers as well as the Association of Magazine Publishers of BC, and has already completed 3 feasibility studies with the support of the City.

The ABPBC is now working with BC Artscape, who is actively working to establish its first project in Vancouver. Negotiations are being finalized on approximately 48,000 square feet of vacant space at the Sun Wah Centre at 268 Keefer Street. The building will be transformed into a dynamic, multi-tenant creative hub that meets the need of artists and cultural organizations and responds to the unique neighbourhood around in Chinatown.

BC Artscape is seeking partners to help inform the project vision, design, and operation of the space and potential tenancies. Based on the space needs identified in earlier feasibility studies, the VLAC could potentially occupy one floor of the building (floors range between 14,000–20,000 sq. ft).

The Vancouver Literary Arts Centre is now looking for expressions of interest for tenants that fit within the scope of writing and publishing.

Call for Tenants Expression of Interest

With the 268 Keefer Street property in mind, the ABPBC is administering expressions of interest in office space for the Literary Arts Centre floor of the building (floor TBD), with the understanding that other amenities (such as a reception play roulette online in canada area, kitchen, meeting rooms, warehouse space, and event space) and programming space could be shared among VLAC tenants or with other tenants in the building. The ABPBC is now seeking non-binding confirmation of tenant space needs from potential VLAC tenants.

Please email Heidi Waechtler, ABPBC executive director, at heidi@books.bc.ca with the following information by Friday, December 23:

  • name of company
  • square footage needed for offices
  • square footage needed for storage
  • other desired amenities (e.g., event space, meeting space, warehouse space)
  • experience or relationships with the Chinatown or DTES community, if any

The deadline for responses to the call for tenants/partners is Friday, December 23, 2016.

If you are interested in tenancy apart from the VLAC floor of the building (e.g., as an individual artist or an arts organization) or in renting programming space in the building as a non-tenant, more information, including the call for tenants in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, can be found on the BC Artscape website.

Open Houses: Tour the Building

BC Artscape will be holding open houses at 268 Keefer Street on the following dates:

  • Friday, December 2, 9–11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 12–2 p.m.(presentations will start at 12:15PM, 12:45PM and 1:15PM followed by tours)
  • Thursday, December 8, 5–7 p.m. (presentations will start at 5:15PM, 5:45PM and 6PM followed by tours)

The open houses are open to all interested tenants in the building, including potential VLAC tenants and will consist of a presentation on the project context, a question and answer period and a guided tour of the space. Please RSVP at info@bcartscape.ca if you plan to attend an Open House.

*A number of ABPBC publishers and staff will attending the December 6 open house.

John Willinsky Honoured with SSHRC Impact Award

John Willinaky onstage
John Willinsky in his bandleader role.

On November 22, 2016, John Willinsky, professor (part-time) in the SFU Publishing Program, was awarded the 2016 Connection Award at a Social Science and Humanities Research Council ceremony held in Ottawa. The Connection Award is one of SSHRC’s five annual Impact Awards, recognizing the highest level of achievement among Canadian scholars working in the social sciences and humanities. The Connection Award recognizes outstanding contributions in facilitating the flow and exchange of research within the academic community and beyond. In Willinsky’s case, this was achieved through his Public Knowledge Project (PKP) at SFU and Stanford University, which has grown into a major pillar in the movement to provide open access to research and scholarship. Read more

Editors needed – SFU’s Film Academic Journal

Cinema in Practice
Simon Fraser University’s Film Academic Journal

Editor / Selection Committee Member
[Part-time, temporary] Volunteer Position

In collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief and the Academic Advisor, the three selected Editors / Selection Committee Members will assist in selecting the submitted articles to publish in this year’s journal, and copy edit its text to meet the quality standards of Cinema in Practice.

Key responsibilities include:

● Reading all submitted articles and helping choose which to publish
● Detailed copy editing alongside fellow editors
● Enforcing standards for academic honesty and accuracy
● Maintaining bi-weekly meetings Successful candidate will be:
● Enrolled as an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University
● Interested in and have a deep understanding of film studies
● Skilled in copy editing other people’s writings
● Able to collaborate with colleagues and writers
● Punctual and capable of working under pressure with short deadlines

START DATE: January 2, 2017
END DATE: April 30, 2017

How to apply:
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to sfufilmjournal@gmail.com by November 27 at 5pm. Interviews will be taking place the following week.