Feedback #4: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts & EDGY MEDIA Symposium



Windsor Opening & Public Reception:

Friday, 1 March 2019, 7-10 pm, SoCA Gallery and Veteran’s Hall – Armouries Building
School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor
37 University Ave. E., Windsor, ON


Photo Credit: Nadja Pelkey

Originally commissioned by West den Haag, Netherlands in 2017, Feedback #4: Marshall McLuhan and the Artstakes place as an entangled exhibition between the galleries of the School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor (17 February – 8 March 2019), Canada and its cross-border partner, the College for Creative Studies, Detroit (15 February – 23 March 2019).

Feedback #4:Critical and concerned about the effects of new technologies, McLuhan found hope and even redemption in art’s capacity to catalyse and manifest the as-yet-invisible social and physiological implications of technological transformation. This is evidenced in the radical originality of his discursive language, replete with poetry and puns, and in projects which irreverently transgressed disciplinary conventions and taboos in order to elaborate vital exchanges between the specializations. This exhibition, anchored in archival material from McLuhan’s most daring projects, examines how contemporary artists fulfill McLuhan’s prescription, elaborating the feedback circuit between technology and its social matrix, to generate the techniques and capabilities needed to confront our most urgent challenges today.

Conceived and curated by Baruch Gottlieb and Marie-José Sondeijker

Participating artists (SoCA-Windsor):

Iain Baxter& (CA)
David Clark (CA)
Willy LeMaitre (CA)
Marshall McLuhan (CA)
Wolfgang Spahn (DE)
Stephanie Syjuco (US)
Angela Washko (US)
Jennifer Willet (CA)

Participating artists (CCS-Detroit):

Iain Baxter& (CA)
David Clark (CA)
Harun Farocki (DE)
Mogens Jacobson (DK)
Marshall McLuhan (CA)
Christof Migone (CA)
Daniel Powers (US) and Lizzie Malcolm (UK)
Reynold Reynolds (US/NL)
Wolfgang Spahn (DE)
Stephanie Syjuco (US)
Angela Washko (US)

Co-curated in Windsor by Michael Darroch for the IN/TERMINUS Creative Research Collective, SoCA
Co-curated in Detroit by Susan LaPorte, Doug Kisor, and Matt Raupp, CCS

JenniferWillet_AlgaeSpiral2019Jennifer Willet, Algae Spiral (2019). Photo credit: Nadja Pelkey

EDGY MEDIA: On Borders, Migrations, Media Studies and Media Artsis a cross-border symposium in Windsor/Detroit (1-2 March 2019) that brings together scholars, curators, and artists to present studies of the ways in which communications scholarship, media studies, and media arts have been shaped by borders and migration. The symposium’s theme is framed around, but also facilitates and extends Feedback #4in each of its locations.

Public Keynote Lecture:Dr. Radha Hegde (Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University):
“Itinerant data:  Borders, Mobiles and Unveiling Gendered Security”
Friday 1 March, 5:30-6:30 pm, Performance Hall, Armouries Building, School of Creative Arts


Wolfgang Spahn, Entangled Pixel (2019). Photo credit: Nadja Pelkey.

Accompanying Special Events: 1 March

Video Installation: Who Really Owns the Information?(2019)
by Sigi Torinus, Brent Lee, Iain Baxter& (CA)
Veteran’s Hall, Armouries Building
Video loop, 5min

A short look from a clairvoyant space at how complexity, entropy and pattern function as creative forces in Baxter&’s work.

Sound Installation: Bursfelde Resonancesby Martin Slawig
presented by NoiseBorder Multimedia Performance Laboratory
Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts

Sound and Light Peformance: Self-Similarity, by Wolfgang Spahn (Berlin)
9 pm, Multimedia Studio, Alan Wildeman Center for Creative Arts

SoCA-Windsor BFA Undergraduate Exhibit: Re-Imagining György Kepes: Art + Science 1954-2019, Amphitheatre, Armouries Building

SoCA-Windsor MFA Open Studios for current MFA Visual Arts candidates in the School of Creative Arts, 7-9 pm, Armouries Building:

Jude Abu Zaineh
Audrey D’Astous
Faegheh ‘Vicki’ Kalantari
Michael Lucenkiw
Dominic Pinney
Lauren Rapp
Imogen Wilson

Previous iterations of Feedback:

  • Feedback #1 (22.09.2017 – 19.11.2017), West Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Feedback #2 (27.01 – 24.02.2018): Berlin and Leipzig, Germany:
    • Leipzig: 34th Chaos Communication Congres
    • Berlin: transmediale art + digital culture
    • Berlin: Humboldt-Universität
    • Berlin: Embassy of Canada
    • Berlin: EIGEN + ART Lab
  • Feedback #3 (26.09.2018 – 06.01.2019), The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

Creative Partners:
McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto
Kelly Library University of Toronto
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
Leddy Library, University of Windsor
McLuhan archive videos courtesy of, special collection by Stephanie McLuhan and Sandy Pearl
DEW Line Newsletterexhibit is co-curated with Graham Larkin
Explorations exhibit is co-curated with Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault
with support from Simon Rogers

Stephanie, Michael and Andrew McLuhan
In Memoriam: Eric McLuhan

City of The Hague
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands
Embassy of Canada, The Hague
Marshall McLuhan Salon Berlin
University of Arts Berlin
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
McLuhan Institute
Toyota Lecture Series

Supporting Partners in Windsor:
Art Gallery of Windsor
SB Contemporary, Windsor
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Windsor
Department of Communication, Media, and Film, University of Windsor
Department of History, University of Windsor
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Cross-Border Institute, University of Windsor
INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology, University of Windsor

Feedback #4 Design: Asha Cook and Emily Johnson, College for Creative Studies

Research for the Explorationsarchival exhibition (Darroch/Marchessault) was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Feedback #4and EDGY MEDIA are generously supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connections Grant.


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