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Posted on | November 3, 2005 | No Comments

Code Zebra: Sifting Time, Shifting Space

An Exhibition from the CodeZebra Archive
By Sara Diamond
November 5-26, 2005
Toronto Presentation of Code Zebra curated by Nina Czegledy
WARC Gallery Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut
401 Richmond St.W. Suite 122 Toronto, Ontario 416 977-0097

Sifting Time, Shifting Space Opening
Saturday November 5th 5 pm.
Exhibit Opening: Artist’s Walk through followed by reception
WARC Gallery
401 Richmond St. W. Suite 122 Toronto, Ontario 416 977-0097

Sifting Time, Shifting Space, A Panel discussion
Saturday November 26 3-5 pm
Goethe-Institut, Knowelt Hall
163 King St. W. Toronto, Ontario 416 593 5257
Sara Diamond, Ontario College of Art & Design; Dr. John Dubinski,
University of Toronto,
Dr. Markopoulo-Kalamara, Perimeter Institute; Andy Patton, Artist
Co-moderators Sara Diamond and Nina Czegledy

Code Zebra Fashion and Costume Show, the Closing Party
Saturday November 26 6 pm
WARC Gallery
401 Richmond St. W. Suite 122 Toronto, Ontario 416 977-0097

Code Zebra is a collaborative project led by Sara Diamond. CodeZebra draws
upon debates about the relationship between art and science, the behaviors
and characteristics of the inhabitants of those disciplines to create a
series of provocations. CodeZebra includes spoken word and dance
performances, club nights, games, workshops, and software development. In
2003 Diamond locked up pairs of artists and scientists in Habituation Cages
for 24-hour periods and asked to discover new inventions, art works and
concepts while real time video streams, documentary footage and online
chats captured their every move. Such events and processes are captured in
DVD form and on the CodeZebra website and are the core of this exhibition.
CodeZebra OS software uses data visualization to provide analysis of
dialogue and conversation taking place on the Internet. Responsive garments
and costumes of CodeZebra bring communication, display and social
camouflage back to the body.

Panel discussion
This panel of artists, scientists and curators considers the ways that
current questions of space/time have opened new parameters in scientific
research, visualization, popular culture and art and curatorial practice.
The panellists will discuss their discoveries and reflect on the ways that
art and science provides new insights into the operations of space and time
whether at the universal or human scale.

Sara Diamond is an artist and researcher. She will frame the panel
discussion and discuss her own work. In 2003 CodeZebra included a series of
twenty-four hour Habituation Cages in which artists and scientists were
locked up together and asked to invent new processes or products. Over the
twenty-four hours time became a malleable medium, raising questions about
linear, parallel and simultaneous forms of time and space, although
constrained, became limitless.

Dr. John Joseph Dubinski mixes an award-winning career in astronomy with
his work as a visualization and simulation scientist, studying problems of
galaxy interactions and cosmology. He teaches and researches in the
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Physics in Toronto. He is currently
developing a current project Gravitas, a synthesis of art and science.

Dr. Markopoulou-Kalamara is a broadly talented researcher who recently
shared First Prize in the Young Researchers competition at the Ultimate
Reality Symposium in Princeton, New Jersey and is currently at the
Perimeter Institute. Her research interests include Pre Quantum gravity,
quantum cosmology, and discrete structure of space, causality, string
theory, topological quantum field theory, quantum computing, category
theory and logic.

Andy Patton is an artist and curator who recently assembled the exhibition
Dimensionality. It takes the assumption of perspective coming to an end, or
mutating under new environmental pressures -video games, computer
animation, 3-D computer models- as its generative trope. Artists in the show
declare an involvement with information-a space that’s only convincing if
it streams rapidly by, before its too-generalized surfaces can be
inspected. As Patton states, “Star Trek was wrong: space is the initial

Nina Czegledy, media artist, curator and writer, has collaborated on
international projects, produced digital works and has lead and
participated in workshops, forums and festivals world-wide. Resonance,
Digitized Bodies and the Aurora projects reflect her art&science interest.
She exhibited as part of ICOLS and the Girls and Guns Collective and
curated over 35 media programs presented internationally. Her academic
lectures lead to numerous publications. Czegledy is the president of
Critical Media, Senior Fellow of KMDI, University of Toronto, member of LEA
auhors and Leonardo SpaceArt Network. A key advisor to the UNESCO DigiArts
Portal and the current Chair of the Inter Society for the Electronic Arts

Code Zebra Fashion and Costume Show, the Closing Party
Put on your spots and stripes and let the fur fly! Join us for a thematic
closing cocktail party where models fluff and preen in samples of
responsive garments and costumes from the CodeZebra collection.

Sara Diamond Biography
Sara Diamond is an artist, researcher and educator who was born in NYC.
Her work as a video and installation artist began in the early 1980s and
investigated problems of social history and memory. It resides in
collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of
Canada. She is currently a software and experience designer. She writes
extensively on the history and practice of media art. Diamond led Media
and Visual Arts and created the Banff New Media Institute at The Banff
Centre. She has moved recently to Toronto, to become the President of the
Ontario College of Art and Design.


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