Electric Fields
Electronic music and media arts festival
November 13th to the 23rd, 2008

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Electric Fields is a biennial festival dedicated to the presentation of new and significant performance and installation works created at the crossroads of art, science and technology.

Started in 2003 as a collaboration between Galerie SAW Gallery and SAW Video, Electric Fields is now in it's third edition. The festival strives to bring a snapshot of the most innovative Canadian and international electronic art, from music performance to installation, to the nation's capital, and this year we hope to raise the bar for not only the festival but for the city itself.

This year also marks a significant rebirth of Electric Fields. With the general direction of the festival now within Artengine, we strove to foster a network of organizations enabling us to bring Ottawa-Gatineau a unique experience on the scale that these artists deserve.

This collaboration of art institutions, media art production centers, film presenters and promoter/DJs, as well as other festivals, demonstrates the importance of the intersection of art and technology. Each of them have already expanded beyond the traditional definitions of the discipline at the heart of their organizations, presenting visual art that is no longer just visual, music that is not really music, club nights that are not just a party or video and film that has little to do with tape, glass tubes or celluloid. This messy spill-over between disciplines is almost always a given when artists creatively engage with technology, and what Electric Fields does is highlight and coordinate the spill-over to create an audience experience that is at once fragmented and seamless.

We are delighted at the collaborations that enabled this festival to grow to the size it should be, and want to thank everyone who helped make this happen. We hope that the experience for you, the audience, is as fun and rich as it has been for us here at Artengine.

Electric Fields is presented by Artengine and SAW Video

Including co-presentation with The Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, The Canadian Film Institute and Daimon


The Promoters

Festival Funder



Festival Passes

Festival Passes are $15.

Electric Fields passes are valid for all events excluding Thunderheist.

Festival Highlights

Thursday, November 13th

Festival launch
Vernisage: Sophie Bélair Clément Web Launch: Cheryl L'Hirondelle

Friday, November 14th

Electronic Evangelicals
Big screens and big sound in a big church. Audio-visual fantastic!
Saint Brigid's Centre for the arts and humanities

Tickets are available online in advance for $7 or $10 at the door.
Tickets are available in person at Canteen, 238 Dalhousie,

Saturday, November 15th

Artist Talk: Danny Perreault and Thomas Ouellet Frederick (Tvestroy)
Join these artists for an in detailed demo of the complex experimental electronic work. DAÏMÕN

Sunday, November 16th

Technology vs Democracy Debate hosted by Steven Loft
Library and Archives of Canada

Tron Screening
Library and Archives of Canada

Monday, November 17th

Vernisage: Reverse Engineered
Alexandre Castonguay and Mathieu Bouchard
Carleton University Art Gallery

Wednesday, November 19th

Screening: Video Music
New works of visual music.
The Ottawa Art Gallery

Saturday, November 22nd

Closing Party
Acadian and Aboriginal Hip Hop Night
Club SAW