What is Interstices?
We are a media arts research-creation group based in Montreal. Founded in 2000, the group aimed initially to bring together artists from the French and English speaking art/design communities to work loosely together on individual or collaborative projects that explored the aesthetic, poetic and critical significance of interactive technologies.
The group’s activity up to now has consisted of two cycles during each of which a group of about eight artists worked to produce works which were then exhibited together (before going on to more separate destinies).
During the first cycle (2001-2005) we deliberately worked without a common theme, relying instead on working towards the group exhibition using shared space and technical resources. We also shared some thematic concerns such as the body and the environment, ambiguity in interpersonal relations, the cooperative reception of works and site-specific integration. During the second cycle (2006-2010) we chose the idea of proxemics 1 as a way to produce works around a common theme that was intended as open and flexible rather than constraining. (See essay on Amplified Intimacies/ Quotient d’intimité) .
The projects use a broad range of technologies -some commercially available and some custom designed. More importantly, work in and across the group juxtaposed or crossbred different types of art and design practices, including sculpture, video installation art, games, architecture, music, fashion design, etc.