[-empyre-] thank you / website / first guest artists

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 12:49:42 AEDT 2020

Dear Empyre list,

Firstly, thank you to Renate Ferro and Timothy Murray for having me as
moderator this month! We have known each other for many years since I was a
student at Cornell and I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in a number
of projects together since.

The website for this month's topic is online! It can be viewed here:
https://accumulations.online/. Projects will be added to the site as they
are introduced during the month.

Now, I'm excited to introduce the first guests / artists for this
month: Oscar Alfonso, Simon Fuh, Matt Nish-Lapidus, Sophia Oppel, Benjamin
de Boer, Rowan Lynch, Sameen Mahboubi, and Philip Leonard Ocampo. The
artists will post to the list shortly to introduce their project, View
Recent Changes. Please find their biographies below.

I was particularly interested in how the artists made creative use of so
many different features of the wiki format, including categories,
definitions, references, hyperlinks, images and tracked changes. The result
is a collaborative project that speculatively and fantastically crosses
boundaries between literary, poetic, technical and documentary text and

I'm looking forward to discussing this, and other projects during the month
that work at intersections between networked collaboration, distributed
storytelling and digital community building.

And once again, we also warmly welcome subscribers to share projects that
you're working on or would like to share!

Till soon,

Artist Biographies:

Simon Fuh is an artist from Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 territory, and
is currently based out of Toronto, ON, Treaty 13 territory, where he is an
MVS candidate at the University of Toronto. He completed his BFA
(with distinction) from the University of Regina in 2016. Simon has
exhibited across Saskatchewan, and in Winnipeg, Toronto, Taiwan, and
France. His writing has been published in C Magazine.

Matt Nish-Lapidus is an artist and musician prodding at our ever-changing
life with computation, media, and information. Through sound, text, video,
and software Matt plumbs the aesthetic, ethic, and politics of contemporary
computation technology through an examination of its history and the edges
of utility. Matt has performed and exhibited at InterAccess, Vector
Festival, ACUD Macht Neu, Mayhem Copenhagen, Click Festival, Electric
Eclectics, and more. His ongoing musical projects include New Tendencies,
må, 160ppm, and numerous collaborations. Matt is currently completing the
Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto (2021).

More: http://www.emenel.ca

Sophia Oppel is an artist and researcher born and based in
Tkaronto/Toronto. Oppel’s work addresses the insidious positions of
embedded power in networked infrastructures, and its manifestations in
embodied experience. Oppel received her BFA from OCAD University and is
currently a co-director of Bunker 2 Gallery, and a Master of Visual Studies
candidate at the University of Toronto. Oppel has exhibited in Ontario and
internationally, including shows at Crutch Contemporary Art Center,
Toronto, InterAccess, Toronto, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, and
Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm.

Oscar Alfonso works with text, photography, digital media, and
installations. He may also write, but he remains unsure if he qualifies.
Born en La Ciudad de México and raised in Vancouver, his artistic and
research practice focuses on identifying with and reconstructing a
relationship to home through a process of Contingent Belonging. This focus
takes him to Mexico City, and manifests itself through food, the market,
storytelling, the representations of urban childhood in film, and
city-building video games as sites of the urban imaginary and architectural

He holds a BFA in Visual Arts, and a BA in History and Print & Digital
Media Publishing from Simon Fraser University on the unceeded Coast Salish
Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations. He is
currently a Masters of Visual Studies Student at the University of Toronto
on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the
Mississaugas of the Credit.

Benjamin de Boer is a writer and bookseller living in Toronto, Canada.
Benjamin is currently developing their poetics within an ecological
framework, to experiment with the chance of combinations inhabited.
To see more of de Boer's work please visit: https://www.benjamindeboer.com/

Rowan Lynch is an artist/writer/worker from Hamilton, ON, based in
Tkaronto. They are a graduate of OCADU’s Criticism and Curatorial Studies
program and the 2018 recipient of OCADU’s medal in Criticism and Curatorial
Studies. They are a co-founder of Hearth Gallery and have worked with
8eleven gallery, Art Metropole, Critical Distance Centre for Curator's, the
Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN), The Peripheral Review, OCAD U galleries,
and Xpace Cultural Centre.
Contact them at rowanhlynch at gmail, or see @rowanly/rowanlynch.com

Sameen Mahboubi was born on the territories of the Anishinabewaki, the
Attiwonderonk and the Haudenosaunee. Sameen currently resides on the land
of the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat. Sameen is one of
four co-founders and directors of Hearth, a DIY space at the intersection
of Bathurst and Ulster in Tkaronto. You can connect with me on Instagram


Philip Leonard Ocampo is a queer Filipino artist and arts facilitator based
in Tkaronto, Canada. Ocampo’s multidisciplinary practice primarily involves
painting, sculpture, writing and public programming. His work
usually explores phenomenon, magic, and memory, using the extraordinary to
reconcile and better understand personal and collective experiences; often
through a diasphoric focus. Ocampo is interested in the poetics of
information and the allure of the unknown. Through this curiosity, he seeks
to access aspects of existence that are invisible, intangible, or inhuman
in nature.

He holds a BFA in integrated Media from OCAD University (2018) and is
currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre and one of the
four founding co-directors of Hearth.

To see more of Ocampo's work please visit: https://www.philipocampo.com/
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