The Reorganized Organ mentorship project
Order tickets: https://reorganized-organ.eventbrite.ca
Entrance is free, but you must order a free ticket for dinner
Join us for the final showcase of our current youth mentorship project, The Reorganized Organ, a collaborative instrument-building project and experiment in using electronic waste to make an orchestra of experimental musical instruments.
This free public event will give us a chance to discuss and experience the possible roles or repair and repurposing in relation to our technological culture and education, and to do so over a shared meal.
Ten artists are half way through the twelve-week project with the help of lead mentor-artists George Rahi and assistant artist Sasha Ford, and special guest mentors Marc St. Pierre, Chris Anderson, Giorgio Magnanensi, Brady Marks, and Simon Lyons.
The project culminates in a final presentation and performance event on December 1 at VIVO Media Arts Centre presented with the help of Vancouver New Music. This project is funded by the BC Arts Council, and has received help from Free Geek Vancouver, MakerMobile, and Maker Cube.
The Reorganized Organ intends to offer a fun and inviting approach to learning about the extraordinarily complex subject of wasted electronics by unraveling and investigating the relations that artists have to the electronics they use. More generally, it aims to help grow a more thoughtful technological culture.
Participants are learning:
→ how to make a musical instrument
→ how instrument design affects sound-making possibilities
→ how different sonic textures are produced mechanically and electronically
→ how the electronic organ relates to modern day synthesizers
→ skills like woodworking, soldering, listening, and improvisation
→ about “e-waste”
→ about organizations that process electronic devices we throw away
→ how to collaborate with other artists
Further study below
See below for online resources about e-waste
The outstanding photo documentation for this project is being done by Jennifer and Seoyeon, as a work placement through their high school. They’re making three photo stories (below) and the poster for the Reorganized Organ’s final event.
♦ Final Event ♦
♦ Story Three ♦
♦ Story Two ♦
♦ Story One ♦
George Rahi is the lead mentor-artist on this project. He is a composer, sound artist, and instrument maker exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural. He works across a diverse array of interests including electro-acoustic music, public space, the soundscape, and large-scale instruments such as the pipe organ and the Indonesian Gamelan. He is a founding member of the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike-Bike and art collective Publik Secrets, in residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse in Vancouver since 2015. He has produced work for the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, Miscellaneous Productions, and Vancouver Co-op Radio’s Media Arts Committee. Recent projects include pulses // patterns, a sound installation using re-purposed pipe organ and electronic organ technology supported by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Western Front. More info at georahi.com
Sasha Ford is a researcher, theorist, and composer. Her practice is broadly concerned with the psychic and political stakes of aesthetic encounter, and most often takes the form of experimental electronics, art criticism, and philosophical writing. Recent work includes the 2017 essay and hybrid writing collection Ephemeral Institutions, as well as performances at the International Noise Conference in Miami, FL; the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation in Brooklyn, NY; and the Lines of Flight Festival of Experimental Music in Dunedin, New Zealand. She holds an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University. More info at sashaford.com
Marc St Pierre is a researcher and a community engaged artist in the classroom. His main creative medium is data, which he maps to sound in a practice called sonification. In his lab as well as his maker space, Marc blurs the lines between science and art by building technology to express environmental data as sound. Fostering an ecological and environmental sensibility through data communication, his practice challenges and extends existing systems of scientific knowledge distribution. Marc has won a handful of awards for his work, the most recent being Best Use of Sound at the International Conference for Auditory Display for his publication on air quality sonification. He regularly teaches in a range of topics including programming, sound editing and making, and has also been commissioned to work with community organizations like City Opera Vancouver, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the City of Surrey among others.
Simon Lyons is a physicist, engineer and experimenter who enjoys exploring the creative possibilities of technology, primarily electronics – both analog and digital. Having taught for four years in Vancouver, his priority now is to develop engaging and open-ended experiential learning opportunities that challenge the technology-as-sealed-black-box stereotype and get people involved in their own technological evolution. He is a cofounder of MakerMobile.org, a local collaborative venture featuring a unique multipurpose mobile workspace and hacker lab.
Born and raised in Italy, Giorgio Magnanensi currently lives in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. His diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music and Laboratorio, and lecturer at the School of Music of the Vancouver Community College. He received the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Music.
Brady Marks is a digital media artist working primarily in audiovisual practices, new media and kinetic art. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Masters in Interactive Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. As a graduate of Simon Fraser University taught by faculty including original members of the World Soundscape Project (WSP), and as a member of the Soundscape Collective at Vancouver Co-operative Radio, Brady Marks is an inheritor of the WSP legacy of Acoustic Ecology. She is a frequent host of Soundscape on Co-op Radio, as well as a member of the Vancouver Electronic Ensemble and a DJ working under the alias of furiousgreencloud.
Chris Anderson is a developer, composer, musician, and instructor. His recent interests and projects have been in investigating alternative approaches to music composition and performance using various generative based systems. Chris is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and has a BMus. in Jazz Studies from Capilano University. He has previously worked at SFU as a research assistant on generative music projects and as a sessional instructor. He is currently working as a prototype developer at Dasz Instruments in Vancouver Canada.
Learn more about Electronic waste:
- The Story Of Electronics: https://youtu.be/sW_7i6T_H78
- The Cathode Ray Tube’s Strange Afterlife — An Object Lesson in how presumed-dead technology lives on (Josh Lepawsky): https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/a-terminal-condition/361313/
- Digital Rubbish (Jennifer Gabrys)–free online book and podcast interview with author: http://www.jennifergabrys.net/2011/03/digital-rubbish-a-natural-history-of-electronics/
- Urban Mining Innovation Centre (UBC): http://mining.ubc.ca/research/urban-mining-innovation-centre/
- “E-waste” entry in Discard Studies Compendium (Josh Lepawsky): https://discardstudies.com/discard-studies-compendium/#ewaste
- Electronic Waste Is Piling Up. Here’s Why You Should Care: https://globalnews.ca/news/2194391/electronic-waste-is-piling-up-heres-why-you-should-care/
- Death By Design (by Al Jazeera): http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2017/10/death-design-171019054750796.html
- E-waste geographer Josh Lepawsky’s talk at SFU:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr0MwogZdkA