Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) is an interdisciplinary centre for research/ creation in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art


Sep 05, 2013

September 5th 5a7 Symposium – FIELD TRIP! To the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Having just moved here, I recently discovered the Canada Centre for Architecture here in Montreal. Imagine my joy when I found out that it’s FREE on Thursdays after 5:30! What’s more, they offer free public events as well. This thursday, Sept 5th there’s a talk by Mariana Siracusa (Ph.D, Politecnico di Milano), called An operating manual for the obsolete machine. Here’s the description from the CCA website:

“Mariana Siracusa talks about computers and their relation to interior space and the human body. While new technologies initially require professional expertise to be operated, their evolving sophistication infiltrates everyday use and makes the operation of these machines second nature”.


It coincides with the CCA’s exhibition that’s on right now called Digital Archaeologies, which examines the role of computers in architectural practice. It’s a historical exhibition, discussing the rise of CAD (computer assisted drawing) tools in architecture, through the work of several well known architects: Frank Gehry, Shoei Yoh, Peter Eisenman, and Chuck Hoberman.

I figured this might make a great 5a7, due to our interdisciplinary nature as members of TAG. I think it’s a great opportunity to discuss issues centred on the materiality and immateriality of the digital in our own practices/ scholarship. So what I propose is this, we meet at TAG at 5, and then at 20 after we walk the short distances to the Centre, take in the talk, maybe spend some time in the exhibition (or the CCA’s INCREDIBLE bookstore!), and then go grab a drink somewhere nearby.

If you can’t make it to TAG for that time, you could also meet us at the CCA for 6pm for the talk:
Canadian Centre for
1920, rue Baile
Montréal, Québec
H3H 2S6

Looking forward to seeing you all out!