Toro embistiendo
Jean-René Leblanc and Carl Spencer
Interactive installation
December 13, 2016 at 5 pm / Ground floor 107-B
December 13, 2016 to January 28, 2017


From December 13th, 2016 to January 28, 2017, TOPO presents the interactive installation Toro embistiendo by Calgary Canadian artists Jean-René Leblanc and Carl Spencer.

Toro embistiendo – the raging bull – is based on an artwork that gravitates around the notion of the bull as an iconic figure within the rodeo, cowboy and Canadiana culture. This installation employs interactivity combined with a video representation of a bull in its pen. Participants are invited to experience the responsive video imagery by moving in proximity to the concealed sensors. As they move closer to the projected imagery the representation of the bull is larger, simulating a closer proximity to the animal, once you get too close, the bull charges. Our artistic intentions are to create a playful yet powerful metaphorical installation that uses interactivity as a bridge between the virtual and the real.

Where : TOPO’s Window Display / 5445 de Gaspé Ave. / Ground floor
When : December 13, 2016 to January 28, 2017
Opening : December 13, 2016 at 5 PM / Ground floor 107-B

piece-jointeJean-René Leblanc and Carl Spencer are Calgary-based artists. They are both actively involved in the arts community as Board Directors at Emmedia Gallery and Production Society and co-founders of the Sensorium Lab a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on artistic research that develops systems of interaction that encourage kinesthetic perception and interpretation. Their collaboration on the artwork Toro Envistiendo was commissioned by the French CBC to be presented as a documentary as part of the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, it was also featured in the web documentary series Cowboy: a Canadian Dream in 2013. Their artworks individually have been presented in Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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5445, avenue de Gaspé, local 608
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