Media Arts Residency: Jane Kirby and David Parker

In conjunction with the Culture Development Fund (Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport), Modern Fuel is pleased to announce an extensive media artists-in-residence featuring collaborative duo Jane Kirby and David Parker. Selected from a submissions call in late 2014, Kirby and Parker's echolocation will inaugurate our new flexible Workspace (formerly the NMW) at Modern Fuel.

From February 17 to June 20, Kirby and Parker will explore the potential of the moving body as an instrument mediated by technology, combining interactive technologies with dance and choreography.  While Parker has studied philosophy and software development, and Kirby theatre and acrobatics, together they bring to the fore many concerns of emerging technological practices, especially in relation to wearable devices, tracking and the body. It is a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes technology and digital means in both production and presentation.  Both have been involved in public art, theatre, sound and media arts events, and it is their exciting collaborative approach and active engagement with the Kingston arts community that make them the ideal artists to launch this inaugural Media Artist-In-Residence Program. 

A schedule will be made available of all public activities shortly. 

David Parker is a multi-instrumental musician, composer, sound designer and digital media artist based in Kingston, Ontario. David’s musical background involves bands and collaborations in punk, free jazz, improvisation, drone, and metal. He writes and records music and audio art in a variety of contexts, for performance as a solo act and with other musicians. He has created sound design for theatrical productions and for circus choreography. David’s academic research in human-computer interaction gave rise to his digital media art practice. He combines microcontrollers, sensors, audio manipulation and feedback loops to question the musicality of lived experience and of incidental noise and sound. David is interested in inter-disciplinary collaborations, and considers digital media an avenue for drawing on various disciplines in his own work.

Jane Kirby is a circus artist and movement-maker with a focus on aerial acrobatics. After years of serious dance training, she found circus and her passion in her early twenties. Specializing on silks, rope, and modified rope apparatus, Jane has performed her solo, duo and ensemble work at numerous artistic, community and corporate events and festivals across Nova Scotia and Ontario. While she loves sequins, fake eyelashes and big tricks, she is also interested in exploring contemporary and experimental forms of circus, and in interdisciplinary collaborations. She works extensively with improvisation and embodied impulses as creation tools, and is interested in exploring questions of embodiment, the subversion of spectacle and intimacy with the audience in her work.