emig research | Exploring Transdisciplinarity

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EMIG RESEARCH is a transdisciplinary vehicle driven by Kenneth Emig, an Ottawa, Canada-
based artist exploring the sensory intersection of visual art, dance, and technology.

Artist Statement

I am trans-disciplinary artist who integrates sound, sculpture, optics, dance and technology within my artistic practice encouraging my audience to be sensorially observant and curious about the world around them.

My art is influenced by an extensive background in acoustic research, design and global manufacturing for the telecommunications industry, along with developing and constructing large-scale collaborative environments over broadband networks to explore user interface design.

My work is often called sculpture, but I see it as sculptural in only the most generic, spatial sense. I approach my dance performance, light work, installations or physical pieces built from found technology from a position of physicality—how we as physical beings relate to the space around us and the objects within it—that changes and challenges our experiences of our surroundings as we move among them.

As a painting hung on a gallery wall is an installation, it can never be divorced from the context of its exhibition, and it is changed in both existence and perception by its environment and in relation to observers sharing that space.

As I explore intersections and amalgamations of body, space, motion, light, technology, and sound, my work strives to remind us that our perceptions are of objects and ideas have no beginning, boundary or end.

Biography

I am a transdisciplinary artist who integrates visual art, dance, sound and technology into my practice encompassing sculpture, installation, stage design, performance, technology and public art.

I explore perceptions, senses and environment, influenced by the spatial understanding of a dancer, the sensorial understanding of an acoustician, and the process, methods and materials of high tech research and design.

My artwork is a response to the natural and constructed world, focusing on curiosity, observation, and awareness that I hope to instill in my audience.

My art practice runs parallel to years of experience in acoustic design, high technology, manufacturing and operating my own consulting business, Emig Acoustics. This science and business understanding parallels the integration and production of public art, has aided my art and dance commissions, and ultimately influenced my art practice.

Recently, I completed the architectural acoustic design of Club SAW, an artist-run, multidisciplinary performance space accommodating an audience of 289 and completed “Sphere Field”, a public art commission for the uOttawa LRT station in Ottawa.

My public artwork, “A View from Two Sides” was used as a book cover image for “InterViews – Insights and Introspection on Doctoral Research in Architecture”, edited by Federica Goffi, and published in 2020 by Routledge. My consultancy, Emig Acoustics, is an industry partner of the Responsive Ecologies Laboratory at Ryerson University in Toronto.

I continue to create new artworks and look for new opportunities.

Contact

Location

Ottawa, Canada

General Inquiries

For more information, send an email to info(at)emigresearch.com.

Bookings

To book Kenneth Emig for a performance or to commission an artwork, send an email to bookings(at)emigresearch.com.

Website Concerns

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