presented by David Bobier — Media Artist
The multi-media, multi-sensory performance incorporates several adaptive technologies and resources that are standard to VibraFusionLab. Various innovative audio producing systems are used as a range of sound elements that are also presented as tactile experiences for the performer and the audience. This vibrotactile technology, originally developed for the deaf, is essential in Bobier’s artistic practice and preoccupation for creating more accessible ways of connecting and communicating through art forms that can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone.
ABOUT THE PERFORMER
David Bobier is a self-identified hard of hearing media artist and is the parent of 2 deaf children. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and England, and has been the focus of prominent touring exhibitions in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. Bobier has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Grand NCE, Ontario Arts Council and New Brunswick Arts Council.He is currently partnering with Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto and Tactile Audio Displays Inc. in researching and employing vibrotactile technology as a creative medium. As an extension of this research Bobier has established and is Director of VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario, Canada. The Lab emphasizes a holistic approach to considering vibration as a language of creation and exploration and to investigating broader applications of the sensory interpretation and emotionality of sound and vibration in art making practices. He is also Founder and Chair of London Ontario Media Arts Association and a Board Secretary of Media Arts Network Ontario.
Reflecting on this adaptive technology, originally designed for deaf consumption, VibraFusionLab specializes in researching and implementing the considerable potential of the vibrotactile in generating artistic development and innovative research in the broader arts community and thus impacting greatly on our larger society as a whole. The use of this type of interactive multi-sensory approach provides those with different abilities to experience equal participation and enjoyment and provides the potential to make various forms of artistic expression more accessible.