Eastern Bloc

Sight & Sound

8 - 29 May 2013

Sight & Sound 2013


Area C [US], Arthur Heist [DK], Bill Doran [IE/CA], Brendan Howell [US/DE], Constant Dullaart [NL], Dan Phiffer [US], Doug Jarvis [CA], Ellie Irons [US], Emilie Gervais [CA/FR], Erin Sexton [CA], Future Archaeology [US], Garnet Hertz [CA/US], Heather Dewey-Hagborg [US], Jackson 2Bears [CA], Jean-Baptiste Bayle [FR/PT], Jennifer Chan [CA/US], Joseph Moore [US], Mario De Vega [MX/DE], Matthew Radune [US], Melissa F Clarke [US], Michelle Lacombe [CA], Nat Roe [US], Nicolas Maigret [FR], Noxious Sector Arts Collective [CA], Paolo Cirio [IT], R.Lyon [US], Ryan Jordan [UK], Steve Bates [CA], Tasman Richardson [CA], Ted Hiebert [CA], Thomas Dexter [US], Victor Mazón Gardoqui [ES/DE], Vincent Chevalier [CA]

For this fifth edition of Sight & Sound, we are inviting the public to join us on an unparalleled experience. For the first time ever, in the aims of highlighting the Eastern Bloc’s and Sight & Sound’s five years of existence, we have expanded the festival programming to span nearly a month. We see this important change in the structure and content of the festival as a necessary step in our ongoing mission to present innovative, experimental, experience-based and provocative work. More so than ever, we have assembled a program this year of exceptional artists whose work will challenge our expectations of festival programming. The thirty invited artists and theorists are representative of a new generation of practitioners in digital art. This fifth edition of Sight & Sound promises to deliver our most exciting and extensive program of work – by local and international artists – that is not only stunning and engaging on an aesthetic level, but also critical of contemporary digital culture and decisive of our technological future.

Under the heading “Black Market,” this edition of Sight & Sound seeks to explore the rhizomatic and permeating structures of society’s concealed systems. We ask ourselves how we can demystify the black market and its perceived impenetrability. Whether we can actually succeed in unpacking the mechanisms embedded within global – and localized – clandestine networks. In today’s connected world, does the black market retain its (seemingly) dark aura? These and other questions compel us to reveal a grander mythology at play – one in which the illicit, enigmatic aspects of the black market are peeled away, suggesting parallel economic and technological systems, which we are made to believe function in overt ways. These systems govern the global markets; they determine what information appears in our search results; they manufacture the “like” commodity; they sustain a cashless economy. These are systems that are anchored in contemporary sociopolitical discourse.

Why, then, do we still observe this esoteric, almost metaphysical, narrative unfolding in parallel to the dominant narrative created and perpetuated by prevailing power structures? One would argue that it is the esoteric flow of information – in our globalized and networked reality – that is gaining in importance on a societal level. We aim to shed light on these concerns, through a carefully curated program of performances, installations, conferences, on and offline interventions, as well as a series of workshops exploring the act of hacking the network. In doing so, we have adopted a deconstructive process and applied it to the digital domain, exposing the mechanisms, both visible and invisible, which co-exist and are maintained by dominant economic and political power structures.