e-Leo: an event with a future and some cool sound installations

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The cool people at the CFC Media Lab sent me an invitation to a Toronto early December event with an intriguing logo, featuring the face of Rennaisance star  Leonardo da Vinci .

Bringing Leo’s  flare into today’s world was the event’s mantra.

Tom Barker (twits @TomBarkerDesign), the event’s mastermind and Toronto based OCAD University’s Digital Futures Initiative Program Chair , was on hand to explain.

And so was Ana Serrano of the CFC Media Lab, as co-organizer.

On the invitation the event promised, among other cool tech-crossover stuff, “sound installations” by alumni of the Digital Futures program. So I attended. And I am happy I did.

The first encounter was with Anne Stevens’ retro-innovative installations.

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Anne Stevens’ rotary phone installations made me want them for Christmas! As a child, I used rotary phone and I miss the feeling of a circling dial.
textDIAL uses four rotary phones to send text messages to the screen in front.
textDIAL – by Anne Stevens – uses four rotary phones to send text messages to the screen in front. The middle ones are for writing, the one on the right for spacing, backspace and send. the red one is for style -) and listening instructions
my "writing on the wall" using textDIAL by Anne Stevens
my “writing on the wall” using textDIAL by Anne Stevens
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this closeup shows how dial numbers were re-assigned to functions such as DELETE or SEND

The next installation by Anne – stereoPHONEic – must be the best mp3 player I’ve ever seen.

testing stereoPHONEic , a rotary phone mp3 player by Anne Stevens
testing stereoPHONEic , a rotary phone mp3 player by Anne Stevens

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Next, I was knocked by a surprising sound installation  . And I knocked it back.

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Have you ever played in your childhood by knocking a wall and waiting for a response? Jackson’s installation allows you to do it not only from 2 sides of the wall, but from 2 sides of the world.
Jackson McConnell and one of the 2 panels of his Knock Knock installation.
Jackson McConnell and one of the 2 panels of his Knock Knock installation.

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Finally, I went to see the DJ – he was moving his hand strangely on top of his kit and I didn’t know why.

DJ Tuno working magic with his left hand
DJ Tuno working magic with his left hand – note the two sensors right in front of the mini keyboard at where his right hand is.

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Check Maz’s stylish home on the web; he tweets @maziart

Maziar "Maz" Ghaderi and his best smile for the readers of Canadian Immigrant Song
Maziar “Maz” Ghaderi and his best smile for the readers of Canadian Immigrant Song

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  1. Let me/us get to the essence of things …

    “Leo, as the painter of Gioconda is called on the event poster, watches behind an X that would be deciphered during the event by Tom Barker, the event’s mastermind and OCAD University’s Digital Futures Initiative Program Chair.”

    please, could you a little, but just a little ,,, rephrase that … for just us … the people not so native like you with the English language!

    Dan.

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