WATERLOO REGION, ON – (September 21, 2007) – Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, is the lead corporate sponsor for CAFKA.07 HAPTIC, an international forum of contemporary public art being held in Kitchener and environs, September 20 – 30. Carl Zehr, Mayor, City of Kitchener, will officially launch the biannual event at a gala opening reception on Friday, September 21, 7:00 PM at Kitchener City Hall. The reception will include a demonstration of Nicholas Stedman and Kerry Segal’s The Blanket Project, a fully autonomous robotic blanket that navigates bedrooms seeking out people for intimate encounters.
Throughout the exhibit, Christie’s industry-leading projection systems will play an integral role in projects by many of today’s renowned contemporary artists. Among the highlights, the Christie Roadster HD18K 3-Chip DLP® projector – the world’s brightest true High Definition projector in its class – will power Meyer’s Tuchfuhlung, an installation constructed of stretched fabric and cable that creates a walk-through architectural space touching and changing the façade of Kitchener City Hall. At night, images will be projected upon the fabric, utilizing ChristieTWIST™ edge warping and edge-blending module to create the dramatic visual effects.
In addition, two Christie Roadster HD18K projectors will beam CAFKA.07 HAPTIC trailers onto the Kitchener City Hall beacon tower.
Other pieces using Christie projectors include Australian Mark Cypher’s musical Concrescence, which depicts visitors’ shadows as they combine with household objects projected upon a screen, at the Zero to One; Canadian Artist Wyn Geleynse’s video piece, Guilt at the King Street Theatre Centre; and Prosthetic Head an interactive projection by Australian performance artist Stelarc and featuring the Christie LX120 projector. The piece is a provocative 3D prosthetic head that has real time lip-synching, speech synthesis and facial expression featured at the Rotunda of Kitchener’s City Hall.
“The buzz on this year’s festival is enormous, with some of the most recognized, contemporary artists from around the world coming together to display their installation works,” noted Suzanne Ronald, executive director, CAFKA.07: HAPTIC. “Waterloo Region has always been known for its industriousness and its synergy. It is a place where diverse elements are combined in new ways. Today, it is becoming a community where art and technology converge, and CAFKA further confirms its growing reputation as a center of innovation. As the only international contemporary art forum in Canada, CAFKA’s prestige continues to grow every year. It is a catalyst helping to bring awareness of the important role played by creativity in the IT community. We are grateful to major sponsors like Christie whose support is critical to our success and the success of our community.”
CAFKA’s artistic director Rob Ring noted that the Waterloo Region is seeing a confluence between art and technology because so much of the media are similar. “Technology plays a prominent role in contemporary art because the hard line between digital and artistic media is blurring. They may offer different interpretations of reality, but they share similar interests,” he said. “Forums like CAFKA demonstrate that technology and art do coexist; that they can feed off each other to communicate an even bigger, more exciting message.”
“The growing popularity and world-wide appeal of CAFKA reflects the great shift that is happening in Kitchener. The Waterloo Region is finally taking its place as a true international city, with a cultural and technological sophistication on par with the best in the world,” remarked Gerry Remers, president & COO, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc.. “With our roots firmly in Kitchener, Christie is proud to support exciting public art projects like CAFKA that are helping to bring international acclaim to the Waterloo Region.”
Many of the exhibits will be located at City Hall, with others in the surrounding public areas and cultural institutions across Waterloo Region, both inside and out. The exhibitions feature cutting-edge installation works utilizing projection technology, video, new media, installation, and other art forms by living artists around the world. The forum invites people to engage and interact with artists of today and the art they create. Most of CAFKA.07 HAPTIC’s events are free or request modest donations.
For more information about CAFKA.07: HAPTIC, log on to www.cafka.org. Virtual tours and additional information can also be found at www.cafka.tv.
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