Philomene Longpre

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
Artist and Multisensory Media Researcher
I am engaged in exploring the intricate interactions between the physical and virtual worlds. My artwork juxtaposes robotic membranes, virtual characters, digital interfaces, and abstract sounds to elicit sensorial communication between visitors and their environments.

Currently, I am pursuing a PhD on the topic of Screens and Senses - A multisensory approach to responsive video membranes at Concordia University, Montreal Canada. Previously, I taught mechatronics and robotics in Art and Technology Studies at School of The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as experimental video at DXARTS, University of Washington in Seattle, United States.

Exhibitions:
. March 22 to April 12, 2011 - FORMICA, one of my robotic video systems, will be exhibited at the Collider3 Digital Art Festival, Emily Davis Gallery, Ohio, USA
http://colliderexhibitseries.com/
. July 2011 - XIA will be exhibited at Gallery 101,
Ottawa, Canada
. September 2011 - CEREUS, my most recent robotic sculpture, at FOFA Gallery, Montreal, Canada

** To keep updated about my upcoming exhibitions and conferences, please join my mailing list at philox@philox.net.

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
Inspired by the books of Isaac Asimov and fascinated by Leonardo DaVinci's mechanical devices, as well as by the automata by Jacques de Vaucanson, I started to study robotics with the artist Bill Vorn during my bachelor degree in electronic arts. Since then, my insterest in robotics has just continously amplified.

Recently, I had the opportunity to study self-organizing robotic systems with Eric Klavins at the SOS Lab, University of Washington. This was also a tremendous inspiration, allowing me to push forward my robotics systems to another level.

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
Robotics is taking over numerous areas of studies in many fields. We need more exhibitions, conferences, public events, and publications to share research and developments to the community.

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
Robotics is not only an extension of a human's body, but can also be a vehicule of poetry.

Links:
Homepage:
www.philox.net

Articles about FORMICA System:
Isa Tousignant. Philomène Longpré single-handedly reinvests video art with appeal. Hour
http://www.hour.ca/visualarts/visualarts.aspx?iIDArticle=11424
Julie Bélisle. What binds us. Rhizome
http://rhizome.org/announce/events/45828/view/
Julie Bélisle. Ce qui nous attache. Archee
http://archee.qc.ca/ar.php?page=article&no=276
Michel Hellman. Exposition - Interaction virtuelle. LeDevoir
http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/arts-visuels/130846/exposition-interaction-virtuelle
Molior Group. Philomène Longpré. Press Release
http://www.molior.ca/communiques/comm_paris_formica_2007-01-05_eng.pdf

[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Philomene Longpre

Philomène Longpré's artwork juxtaposes robotic membranes, virtual characters, digital interfaces, and abstract sounds to elicit sensorial communication between visitors and their environments.

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FORMICA Poster.

 

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