From: Jeff Morton
Date: Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Subject: Error Benders Call for Submissions — DISTRIBUTE IMMEDIATELY —
Error Benders: Audio/Video Object Exhibition and Performance Series
Saskatoon/Regina March 28 – April 4 2011
Curated and performed by Give & Make
Presented by Regina-based audio art organization, Holophon
The title for Error Benders refers to a technique of modifying
electronic circuitry (circuit-bending) and to the acceptance/
celebration of unwanted or unintentional sounds that may result. As a
point of departure, this aesthetic of exploration and acceptance
challenges traditional paradigms of music composition, control, and
parameter, as well as the relationship between composer and performer.
Error Benders engages with these ideas through exhibition and
performance of, and its goals include:
To curate objects in the form of modified or rebuilt musical or visual
instruments from artists across Canada, and to present these objects
To present the instruments and the artists’ methods and technologies,
including a consideration of physical objects as musical score and
modes of composition.
To design and deliver hands-on workshops for building simple
electronic or electroacoustic musical and visual instruments.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Holophon is now accepting submissions for Error Benders: a performance-
based exhibition with home-made, modified and/or rebuilt electronic
audio or visual instruments. Selected artists will be paid an
honorarium in exchange for the “borrowing” of their instrument, and
all shipping costs will be covered. Selected artists will also receive
documentation of their instrument in performance and as part of
workshops and artist talks in Saskatoon and Regina, in which audiences
will see and hear their work, methodology and technical approach.
Unfortunately, funding for travel is not available for selected
artists. To participate, artists are required to submit a digital
photo or video of the instrument and a brief description of technique
and practice. Please see below for submission instructions.
Give & Make tread unpredictable territory with performances and
installations that encourage outside participation and exploration.
They welcome glitches and other errors in their works, feeding off the
irregular and not always palpable control. In the current project,
Error Benders, the duo will perform with and present the work of
artists across Canada who build unique and fascinating electronic
Prairie artists Jeff Morton and Leeane Berger formed the duo Give &
Make in 2009 during a collaborative exhibit in Saskatoon, as part of Z-
Axis, at PAVED Arts, curated by Carrie Gates. Their installation
piece was a neon twilight environment of circuit-bent electronics and
generative video built from hackable consumer electronics and make-
able software, a visually tangible array of sound controlled by the
participation of the public. Z-Axis also featured Leeane Berger and
Jeff Morton in a series of workshops on tools and techniques for live
electronic media performance and collaboration.
To submit your instrument for consideration as part of Error Benders,
please provide the following items in an email:
(1) Photo and audio, or video of your instrument being played
(2) Short description of the technique(s) used to build the instrument
(3) Short bio including a description of your artistic/creative
(4) Dimensions (width, height, depth) and approx. weight of the object
Artists should consider size, durability, and feasibility of shipping
the instrument, because these attributes will partly determine the
selection process. Only Jeff Morton and Leeane Berger will handle the
instruments, and with proper care and respect. Selected artists may
also attach a sale price to their instrument, and if sold the entire
fee would be forwarded to the artist.
Email submissions are due by Feb 10, 2011.
Contracts and shipping forms will be forwarded to selected artists
Please submit proposals and questions to: