matralab - Concordia
matralab is a research space of inter-x art directed by Sandeep Bhagwati at Concordia University in Montréal. We are dedicated to using interdisciplinary art practice to bridge the gap between emerging art forms and their aesthetic reflection.
Their research is leading to the establishment of a practical and theoretical framework for the creation and evaluation of interdisciplinary, intercultural, intermedia and interactive art.
Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple awardwinning composer, theatre director and media artist. He studied at Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), Institut de Coordination Acoustique/Musique IRCAM Paris (France) and graduated with a Diplom in Composition from Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (Germany) His compositions and comprovisations in all genres (including 6 operas) have been performed by leading performers at leading venues and festivals worldwide. He has directed international music festivals and intercultural exchange projects with Indian and Chinese musicians and leading new music ensembles. He was a Professor of Composition at Karlsruhe Music University, and Composer-in-Residence at the IRCAM Paris, ZKM Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Institute for Electronic Music Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow. He also was a guest professor at Heidelberg University in 2009 and has been invited as a visiting research fellow to the University of Arts Berlin in 2013/14.
As Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Arts at Concordia University Montréal since 2006 he currently directs matralab, a research/creation center for intercultural and interdisciplinary arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, intertraditional aesthetics, the aesthetics of interdisciplinarity, gestural theatre, sonic theatre and interactive visual and nonvisual scores. From 2008 to 2011, he also was the director of Hexagram Concordia, a centre for research-creation in media arts with a faculty of 45 artist-researchers and extensive state-of-the-art facilities. Since 2013, he also is the artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Extrakte Berlin.
Hardware / Software
(TAG) Game development
Sylvain Payen is a game Designer and PhD student in INDI Program with TAG. His thesis works revolves around the engendering of emotions in video game especially within ludic situations and without strong narrative context. Prior to beginning his doctorate he worked in serious games industry and held a BA in Computer science from Paris-XI and an MA in Video Game Design from ENJMIN (FR). During this time he was awarded prizes for his video games – Avenue de l’école de Joinville and Coeur. In his free time he continues to create indie game with the collective – Iterative Deepening.
Felix Del Tredici
The New York Times has described Felix Del Tredici as an “extraordinarily versatile trombonist” whose performances are “disturbing yet fascinating” and “hair-raisingly virtuosic”.
He has performed with Ensemble Signal, Musikfabrik, Fonema Consort, No Hay Banda, Klangforum Wien, Kollektiv Totem, The Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and the Lucerne Festival Academy. He has been lucky enough to blow his horn in many different contexts through Finland, Hong Kong, Greece, Switzerland, Central Europe, USA, Mexico, and his home: Canada.
He studied at the Schulich School of Music, and for a brief time at the Musik-Akademie Basel. His teachers and mentors include David Taylor, Pierre Beaudry, Mike Wilson, Dave Martin, and Mike Svoboda.
His personal work centers around improvisation and the theatre of daily life.
Jen Reimer is a sound artist and performer based in Montréal. Her work explores urban soundscapes and resonant spaces through site-specific composition, performances and installations. She has curated and presented her work in numerous abandoned and public spaces in Montréal and abroad. She received a Bachelor of Music in composition and performance from the University of Alberta, a Graduate Diploma in music performance studies from Concordia University in Montréal
Adam Basanta is a composer and media artist, whose work traverses electroacoustic, acoustic and mixed composition, audiovisual installations, and interactive laptop performance. His work often explores aspects of listening, cross-modal perception, unorthodox performance practices, and the articulation of site and space.
He holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University, where he studied extensively with Barry Truax, and is currently an MA candidate at Concordia University, supervised by Sandeep Bhagwati and Chris Salter.
Csenge Kolozsvari is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the embodied relationship between thought, movement and sound through the process of change – a transformation by repetition. Through the materiality of sound and movement and the performativity of mundane aesthetic choices (plastic sheets, toys, human bodies, ropes, elevators, aquarium, etc.) she creates multisensory pieces that propose ‘durational escape routes’ for thinking and acting differently.
Her artworks have been exhibited internationally, most recently at Eastern Bloc, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros, (2017) OFF Biennale I-II. Budapest (2016, 2017) the Darling Foundry, University of Amsterdam, (2016), MFA Gallery,The University of Melbourne (2015), FOFA Gallery, Futura Prague (2014). She has participated in residencies across Europe and is the recipient of awards including the National Cultural Fund of Hungary Award, the Stanley Mills Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Eötvös Hungarian National Scholarship, the Concordia Merit Scholarship, the Carolyn and Richard Renaud Teaching Assistantship Award and the Student grant – SSHRC Partnership Grant ”Immediations” and Step Beyond Travel Grant from the European Cultural Foundation.
She is also part of the Senselab, a laboratory for thought in motion. Here, she is participating in the process-based research-creation at the crossroads of philosophy, art, and activism, focusing on embodied relational movement and emergent collectivities.
Joseph Browne is a musician, composer, and new media artist based in Montreal.
His work encompasses: sound design for theatre and film, audio production, interactive design, computer music and performance.
Julian Stein is a composer and sound artist currently residing in Montréal, QC. His work often explores musical applications of the everyday with a large focus on intuition and present-experience. Exploring both composed and realtime environments, his work has ranged from multichannel composition and theatre sound-design to collaborative performance and kinetic sound installation. In specific, his work is interested by methods of audio-visual synchronization, phonetics, animal communication, and the urban environment.