The Art of Time Ensemble goes all Metal Machine Music for its latest showcase. Okay, not that particular album—but it will be featuring a mix of electronic and instrumental music by contemporary composers like Jonathan Goldsmith, Jean Piché, and Christos Hatzis, for Electro/Acoustic. As with most Art of Time shows, there’ll be a variety of performers (besides the musicians, of course): for instance, the Hatzis piece will feature Benjamin Kamino dancing choreography by Peggy Baker.
While the question of whether videogames should be considered art has always been a contentious one, and the subject may have been hashed out within the gaming community in great and terrible detail, from outside that inner sanctum it remains pertinent. The medium has experienced an indie renaissance in the past few years, and as creators and developers are increasingly producing stranger, more diverse, and more artful games, the question is raised over and over again. It also seems a particularly relevant query considering a gaming event with over 700 confirmed guests is going to be taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Polish performance group the Open Program has spent the past week participating in performances and workshops arranged in conjunction with University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. With its time in Toronto drawing to a close, it’ll be introducing one more concept to Torontonians. Electric Party Songs is a night of poetry and song based on Allen Ginsberg’s legendary salons, and the Polish performers will be collaborating with local singers and actors to bring a unique blend of performance styles to life.