May 17: Public Forum on the Status of Electronic Equipment in Montreal


05/17/2012 (All day)

A collaboration between articule and the Artifact Institute, this interdisciplinary event will explore perspectives on the consumption, use, disposal, repair, re-use and obsolescence of electronic equipment. The forum will consider how the Montreal community is responding to the ever-increasing volume of electronic equipment that is perceived as obsolete, valueless or disposable, and engage the wider contexts of these issues.


The forum will bring together presenters from community organizations, activist milieus, the art world, universities, small businesses and the general public in a single space of encounter. Presentations by invited panelists will be accompanied by a facilitated public discussion, workshops and a community fair.

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Thinking very differently: Fresh approaches to engaging recycled technology

Presentation by James Wallbank
Thursday, May 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Hexagram-Concordia Resource Centre, Room EV 11.705
1515 Ste-Catherine O., Montréal QC

co-organized by Hexagram-Concordia Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies and articule English artist and free technology activist James Wallbank will use Access Space Network, the longest-running free digital learning centre in the UK as a model to explore artistic, theoretical and environmental aspects of our relationships with technology and the ways we can creatively engage with recycled technology. The discussion will consider how environmental footprint, and cultural and political objectives can be reconciled in organizational operations and technology planning for creative work.

Wallbank will examine :

  • the roles of the artist and of a creative approach in recycling, re-use, urban regeneration and social engagement
  • the principals of operation that have led to Access Space's longevity
  • the positive, green impacts the Access Space model develops and how a comprehensively green approach can transform the business planning process