Calling ACAD Media Artists: CE3C to partner with CPO on new project

September 30th, 2015


ACAD and the Calgary Philharmonic will be partnering on a new production in late November 2015 and we want YOU to work with us.

ACAD Media Arts students are invited to apply to contribute on one of two projects:

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s “Seven Deadly Sins”

This odyssey of sin works its way across 7 cities in the continental US. Our production will replace those cities with Canadian locations putting a new spin on this 1930s critique of capitalism.

Students will produce stylized durational backdrops of the seven cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and St. John’s which will be projected in HD behind the orchestra. Participants will receive a professional credit on a formal production and help earn a contribution to the Media Arts Fundraising Account to support student programmes.

To apply you must submit at least one jpeg image of a mock up of what your city back drop might look like. be creative; be innovative; be artistic. what would your city look like if it were greed, sloth, pride, gluttony, lust, envy or wrath? Send your jpeg to kurtis.lesick(at) along with your expression of interest, why you should be selected, and what you have to offer the project no later than 5pm, MONDAY OCTOBER 5th. Questions?


Phillip Glass’  “The Fall of the House of Usher”

more information on this project will be released shortly

CE3C presents JR Carpenter, February 7, 2013

February 6th, 2013
Visiting Artist Talk | J.R. Carpenter

“Notes on the Voyage: From Mainframe Experimentalism to Electronic Literature”

February 7, 2013 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Room 595 | ACAD

JR Carpenter has been using the internet as a medium for the creation and dissemination of experimental texts since 1993. In this lecture she will explore much earlier works of Electronic Literature dating back to the 1950s, setting a critical and historical context for the vibrant and experimental field that we find today. She skilfully excavates layers of computer/ communication/network history to offer insight into contemporary practices. Through commentary, analysis, historical images, and examples new and old of computer-generated texts and other non-traditional forms of writing, speaking, and interacting, this talk takes a practice-led approach to navigating the ever shifting creative, critical, and political terrain of this fast-growing form of digital-expression.

CE3C Featured in the Journal of Computational Media Design

February 6th, 2013


The research and residencies conducted at CE3C are featured on this internationally significant journal of cutting edge digital practice. An article by director, Kurtis Lesick and articles by 8 students and alumni help establish ACAD as a leading think tank for the creation of digital culture.

Journal of Computational Media Design

C4 Workshop!

March 21st, 2012

It’s Wednesday and the first C4 workshop of 2012 is off to a rolling start!

Travis Kirton is teaching students how to work with his evolving library of C4 classes that all feature an array of intuitive control methods. The students are already developing iPad apps that would make Steve Jobs (r.i.p.) drool…

Jordan Peterson’s work with C4

March 12th, 2012

Jordan Peterson, a programming assistant at CE3C and ACAD alumni, has been working on using OpenGL within C4. Travis Kirton is mentoring him on the new features that C4 offers and helping him troubleshoot his applications. He is also providing assistance with beta testing and advising on potential features to include in the finished product. Here are some screenshots of his work with three dimensional geometry, texture shaders, and interaction architecture.

Inner Waters Flowing Faster at Illingworth Kerr Gallery

March 12th, 2012

This interdisciplinary collaboration between CE3C and the Bee Kingdom features video projected on blown glass.

Written and Directed by Kurtis Lesick
Video by Kurtis Lesick
Glass Sculpture by Kai Scholefield
Audio Engineering and Original Music by Greg Debicki

March 16 – April 4, 2012
Opening reception | March 15, 2012 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | The Candahar
Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Part of a continuing series of exhibitions that showcase the diversity of work being produced by ACAD’s creative community, this exhibition gives students a glimpse of the issues their instructors are currently exploring in their own practices. A broad cross-section of activity is represented, including illustration, sculpture, graphic design, advertising, photography, ceramics, fibre, glass, print media, media art, digital technology, to painting and drawing.

Inter(media)tion artists exhibit work at Free Exchange

March 12th, 2012

On Sunday a group of works incubated in and curated by the CE3C workshop Inter(media)tion, were exhibited at the Free Exchange conference on ‘Media and Excess’ at the University of Calgary.

The Inter(media)tion group certainly offered a change of pace for conference goers and the reviews were very positive. There have been rumors already that the organizers were inspired by the presentation of the Inter(media)tions group, and plan to imitate their mode of critical investigation in upcoming years.

Performance by: | Leah Desmond and Maria Samaniego |
Installations by: | Jessie Altura and Sarah Grodecki | Dee Fontans and Nicole Tritter | Mihaela Slabe, Teresa Tam and Victoria Braun |
Kathleen Brown and Greg Debicki chaired the panel for the presentation.

Free Exchange is an annual graduate student conference organized entirely by graduate students at the University of Calgary Department of English. Founded more than fifteen years ago, it has grown to attract participants from across Canada, the United States, and elsewhere in the world.

Inter(media)tion meets In(ter)vention

March 6th, 2012






Kurtis Lesick, Kathleen Brown, JR Carpenter and Greg Debicki curated a selection of 3 installations and 1 performance to take to the Literary In(ter)ventions performance night at the Banff Centre, to be displayed alongside performances by Steve Tomasula, J.R. Carpenter, and Brian Kim Stefans.

Selected artists:
Jessie Altura, Sarah Grodecki, Leah Desmond, Maria Samaniego, Dee Fontans, Nicole Tritter, Mihaela Slabe, Teresa Tam and Victoria Braun

The works were incubated in the Inter(media)tion workshop, in which a large number of students from a variety of departments developed interdisciplinary works at breakneck speed. The performance and installations wowed the audience and videos are coming to the CE3C website soon. In the meantime, some photos as a taster…

Inter(media)tion; a one month intensive production bootcamp.

March 5th, 2012

INTER(MEDIA)TION was a one month intensive production boot camp for artists to create collaborative works that explore the intersections of language and technology. It was held in the CE3C Lab in February 2012, and we have two showcases of the works created by the participating artists. In late February, we brought the works to the Banff Centre for the Arts for an evening showcase with the Literary In(ter)ventions program. The student generated works and performances were displayed alongside performances by Steve Tomasula, J.R. Carpenter, and Brian Kim Stefans as a part of StageFest 2012. On March 11th the workshop group will take part in a featured panel at the Free Exchange conference on ‘Media and Excess’ at the University of Calgary, where the student works will be displayed and performed. Kurtis Lesick, Kathleen Brown (writer in residence), and Greg Debicki co-curated the workshop and mentored the students. J.R. Carpenter, a visiting artist, also helped to mentor the students in the final phases of production.

The collaborations produced in the workshop examine and interpret our relationship(s) with technology: how technology affects meaning, context and (mis)communications, how language is translated and transmuted through technology and how consumption and excess manifests as productive or destructive aspects of media and technology.

C4 optimization and workshop plans

March 1st, 2012

Travis Kirton’s long term C4 project is kicking into high gear this spring. Recently experiencing a change of heart, he rewrote and optimized the framework and is currently working to integrate a set of digital signal processing (audio) tools. He is planning upwards of three immersive crash courses for students over the spring and summer. C4, in it’s newest form, is a programming framework that streamlines the development process for building applications for Apple devices.

Currently he has been organizing a series of lectures and workshops at the University of Calgary that have been promoted in part by CE3C. He is now working in his newly renovated office in the CE3C lab where he is mentoring and assisted by Jordan Peterson (an ACAD alumni and new media artist).