by Barbara Black
the new inter-university project in digital art that is led by Concordia,
has been awarded an Innovation Grant by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The grant is for $21,963,639, of which 40 per cent is funded by CFI, 40
per cent by provincial agencies, and 20 per cent by other sources.
About $8 million will go to building Hexagrams research space in
the arts/engineering complex to be built at Guy and Ste. Catherine Sts.
Nearly $500,000 will be spent on renovation in the Drummond Building on
the Loyola Campus to accommodate communications and sound researchers
in a multi-media evaluations lab.
About $1.5 million will go to Concordias main partner, the Université
du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), to build an interactive
explorations centre that will match and be connected to the one in Concordias
The CFI application was made by Concordia Fine Arts Professors Lynn Hughes
and Barbara Layne under the name Converging Digital Content: Interdisciplinary
Research in Emerging Cinema and Interactive Media Arts. The interim director
of Hexagram is Dean Christopher Jackson.
Professor Layne said that the rest of the money will buy exciting new
equipment for researchers, including two Sony high-definition cameras
($355,000 each), Avid production and post-production facilities, a robotic
arm, digitally-assisted jacquard weaving looms, and two rapid-prototyping
machines, which she describes as a 3D photocopier.