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Input/Output plugs in

The Centre for Art Tapes sets up its electronic art residents' installations for an interactive show.

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As soon as you step into Eyelevel Gallery, parts start moving. You hear a whooshing sound to your left, and look over to see what looks like a simulated car wash made up of winter wear. At the back left of the gallery you hear a faint clicking noise coming from found transmissions on FM radio receivers. The former is Chantal Tardiff's installation, Winter Wash, and the latter is Chris Myhr's piece, Sweepings; both are part of a larger, joint exhibition between Eyelevel and The Centre for Art Tapes, showcasing in-progress work from former CFAT Electronic Art Residency Program participants who studied under artist Adam Kelly's instruction. "Each artist kind of took a sense of inspiration from their residency," says Mireille Bourgeois, director of programming at CFAT, who worked with the artists to install their pieces at Eyelevel. "Each piece is motion sensored, so when you enter the gallery space it starts the motion." The pieces all incorporate electronic media, which Bourgeois explains through the name of the show. "'Input/output,' it's a term used in electronics and computing and it refers to the communication between an information processing system and its users. In a sense, we're using that in a quirky way---the artwork is communicating with its audience." Walk into the gallery to see the activity for yourself, and check out the closing reception Thursday, November 25.

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