Sonya Stefan

LCD Teardown


       photo by Justin Desforges

The opening event of the 8th edition of SIGHT & SOUND : Per Capita will feature the vernissage of all the installations, a performance, and a chance to meet the artists!

 

The festival delves into one of the most rapidly growing social phenomena, that of the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. The fascination with this growing economic system comes from its promise of remodelling not what individuals consume, but rather, the way in which they consume. This “economic revolution,” however, is not without controversy: although some affirm that it allows disadvantaged social classes to gain access to otherwise inaccessible products and sources of revenue, others point to the fact that these multinational platforms are often built on the circumvention of economic regulations and current labour laws.

 

The 2016 edition of SIGHT & SOUND addresses these questions, exploring the ways in which artists and participants in digital culture contribute uniquely to the debates and issues surrounding the sharing economy. SIGHT & SOUND wishes to critically approach these issues and encourage a collective reflection on the sometimes obscure dynamics underlying these phenomena and the impact of these on our lives. The artists and speakers who will participate offer answers to the following questions: What does “sharing” or “collaboration” precisely mean? What are the objects of this sharing – things, subjects, ideas, time? Who benefits from these systems and structures, and what are their limits?

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LCD TEARDOWN

Artists Stephanie Castonguay (Perte de Signal) and Sonya Stefan (Ibrida*Pluri)


          photo by Justin Desforges


Stephanie and Sonya take apart a LCD monitor and reveal the sandwich-like layers of its' guts. They demonstrate the materiality of the liquid crystal display and the polarizer filters to manifest visual information, while the sound echos a dialogue between the obsolete and actual technologies.


Stephanie et Sonya désassemblent un écran LCD pour révéler ses diverses couches en sandwich, montrant ses tripes. Elles démontrent le dispositif de cristal liquide et les filtres polarisant a travers lesquels l'information visuel et le son, tel un dialogue entre passé et présent, font écho aux technologies obseletes et actuelles.

 


      photo by Sonya Stefan

 


      photo by Justin Desforges

 

 

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