Physical Computing with Martin Marier


Physical Computing with Martin Marier

NOVEMBER 12th 10-6pm

$40.00 For C.F.A.T. Members – $60.00 For Non Members

Physical computing with Martin Marier will provide you with basic tools and knowledge to bridge the analog and digital worlds.

Martin's instrument "The Sponge"
Martin’s instrument “The Sponge”

In the first part (about one hour) of the workshop, Martin Marier will present his work on “The Sponge”, a digital musical instrument he designed and performs with. In the remaining four hours, participants will be invited to use an Arduino board to hook up sensors or actuators to their computers.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer and their Arduino board (if they own one). It is suggested that they install the Arduino IDE as well as Pure Data.



To register email or call (902)422-6822. We will require payment before the workshop. You may pay online below or by coming into the Centre at 2238 Maitland St.

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CFAT’s Top Picks for Nocturne!


Image by Pierre Tabbiner

Don’t miss these projects from CFAT members on your tour this Saturday!

Wild at Heart – Daniel O’Neill, Lukas Pearse and Susan Tooke at City Hall in Parade Square

Place Holder III – Becka Barker at the Anna Leonowens Gallery

Prism – Andrew Coll and Craig Lang at the Maritime Museum

Oversight – Tamar Dina, Cory Bowles, and Lukas Pearse at the Dalhousie School of Architecture

Barometer Falling – David Clark at the Halifax Central Library, 5th Floor

Eshapper – Jason Skinner at Propeller Brewery

Take Cover – Ryan Josey at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal

Jackson 2Bears, Janet Rogers and Ronnie Dean Harris at Nocturne Art At Night


The Centre for Art Tapes is happy to be supporting an installation and performance by Jackson 2Bears, Janet Rogers and Ronnie Dean Harris at the upcoming Nocturne: Art at Night Festival!

For The Land: Nocturne will be a multimedia performance inspired by Sioux philosopher Vine Deloria jr.’s 1998 book that considers the incommensurability between western theology and indigenous spirituality. Performances will take place through out the night (7 – 8, 9 – 10, & 11-midnight) in the Law Courts Plaza at 1815 Upper Water St.

CFAT will also be sponsoring the Nocturne opening night party at Seven Bays Bouldering on Thursday, October 13th at 6pm. The opening night will include performances by Jackson 2Bears, Anna Sprague, DJ Fadwza and Conner Bell.

E-Lab: Call For Submissions


The Centre for Art Tapes is accepting submissions for our 2016-17 Electronic Artist in Residence. The CFAT Electronics Lab is a resource for artists learning and exploration of technology and experimental electronic media.  Be it hardware manipulation, hacking, electro-mechanics, coding, or electronic design/fabrication, we emphasize learning in conjunction with artistic and critical analysis.

The Centre For Art Tapes Electronics Lab is looking for an applicant to participate in a three-month electronic arts residency.  The selected proposal will incorporate an electronic element and make use of the facilities and supplies on offer at the E-Lab.  This residency is an opportunity for an artist to continue their ongoing work in electronics or to develop a project exploring/researching electronic media.

The selected participant will receive a $1,700 honorarium and a $300 fee for conducting an artist presentation or workshop.  They will have access to a 24 hour working space in the electronics lab from November 1st to the end of February (CFAT will be closed for 3 weeks in December), free use of some electronic stock provided by the lab, and weekly assistance from the electronics lab technician.

Submissions should include:

  • A description of your project (Maximum one page)
  • A project budget
  • A CV
  • Maximum 20 digital images in jpeg format and/or video/audio clips. All clips must be under 5 minutes and sent as a URL

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email all materials to The successful applicant will be informed the first week in November.

Submissions are due on: October 28th, 2016 by 5pm

For any questions about the program or application process, please contact Tori Fleming, Programming and Communications Coordinator at (902) 422-6822 or email


Call for Submissions


Call for Submissions: Local Curatorial Residency 2016-17

The Centre for Art Tapes is accepting submissions for our 2016-17 Local Curatorial Residency. We are looking for proposals that offer an exciting and engaging media art presentation to be presented in a public setting within HRM. The presentation could take many forms such as an exhibition, a screening or public installation. All forms of media art including electronic, new media, audio, and video will be considered. CFAT encourages proposals that critically engage with contemporary discourse of media arts.

The residency will begin mid November 2016 and continue on until March 31st 2017. The public presentation is to take place within the month of March, 2017. A catalogue with an essay written by the curator will accompany the curators presentation. The curator will be given a fee of $1500 as well as a budget of $3000 to cover all exhibition related costs. (catalogue, artist fees, venue, etc.)

Submissions should include:

  • Brief curatorial statement outlining your idea and any research that will be undertaken as part of the project.
  • An approximate physical discription of the proposed exhibition, including potential technical requirements, proposed venues/locations and a project schedule.
  • A project budget
  • A CV
  • Bio’s or CVs of the potential artists involved in the exhbition
  • Maximum 20 digital images in jpeg format. All video clips must be under 5 miniutes and sent as a URL

The sucessful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the proposed exhibition. The curator will meet regularily CFAT staff who will assist with promotion and coordinaton of the event.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email all materials to The sucessful applicant will be informed by the first week in November.

Submissions are due on: October 21st, 2016 by 5pm

For any questions about the program or application processs, please contact Tori Fleming, Programming and Communications Coordinator at (902) 422-6822 or email

Join us for an artist talk with Sam Decoste!

NEW Salon for CFAT

Join us on Monday, September 26th, 7pm at the Art Bar for an artist talk by our local Artist-in-Residence Sam Decoste! During her time her she has been working on her latest short animation Salon.  Sam is an award winning experimental animator, NSCAD Professor, and long time CFAT member. Sam will be discussing her time as Local Artist-in-Residence and her art practice.

Interested in talking to Sam one-on-one? Sam still has open studio hours from 11 – 2 on Tuesday, September 20th here at CFAT.

Local Artist-in-Residence Artist Talk

September 26th, 2016. 7pm

Art Bar, 1873 Granville St.

Free Admission

Creative Sound Recording with Martin Marier


The technical aspects of sound recording – how equipment works and how to use it – are well documented.  However, finding good sound bodies (things that make noise), organizing recording sessions and, above all, imagining novel ways to make sounds are challenges that artists often face alone, equipped only with their ears and intuition.

In this workshop, we will use Pierre Schaeffer’s work on sound objects – involving sounds named without reference to their sources – as part of a strategy that can help organize recording sessions and inspire new ideas. Having Schaeffer’s vocabulary at our disposal provides a further perspective on sound that will give birth to new sonic ideas.

This workshop will be divided in two parts: a three hour lecture, covering the aforementioned theories, and a three hour practice session, where we will make recordings of various sound bodies in CFAT’s facilities. We ask participants to bring a portable recorder (if they own one) and, more importantly, sound bodies to work with.  Sound bodies are any physical objects that can be used to make noise. For this workshop, we will exclude musical instruments.  Metal plates or sheets, glasses, bottles, pipes, wheels, grids, etc. are all possible sound sources. We will also need exciters: mallets, bows, (small) motors, etc.  Spend some time gathering, keeping in mind that a good sound body is loud.

Register by email ( or by phone (902-422-6822)

Saturday, September 24th
9:30 – 4:30 (lunch break included)
$40 for members, $50 for non-members


Performing “Origami” at NIME 2014 (excerpts) from Martin Marier on Vimeo.

Above is a video of Martin performing with ‘The Sponge’, a musical instrument he invented. You can read more about Martin and his work on his website.