Quantum Catwalk, wall installation at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Quantum Catwalk, 2017, 50ft x 7ft, 4-colour laser-cut vinyl

July 2017 - July 2018

PASSAGE + OBSTACLE, University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG)

images l-r copyright Andrew James Smith, Laura De Decker; Exhibition brochure, 2017

July 27 - 30, 2017

P A S S A G E  +  O B S T A C L E
Patrick Cull
Laura De Decker
Paul Dignan
Soheila Esfahani
Andrew James Smith

Open Daily: 12–5 PM Exhibition Reception: Friday July 28, 5–8 PM
Presented in cooperation with BRIDGES WATERLOO 2017 bridgesmathart.org

PASSAGE + OBSTACLE features a selection of work by multidisciplinary area artists Patrick Cull, Paul Dignan, Laura De Decker, Soheila Esfahani, and Andrew James Smith. Sharing a rigorous approach to materials and subject matter, their artworks parallel Bridges' stated goal to explore "mathematical connections in art, music, architecture, education and culture”.
The exhibition sets out to complement and expand on the theme by contrasting subtle and overt links between the use of geometry, pattern, and optical effects across mediums ranging from painting and installation to digital media. Using the bridge as a metaphor, the artworks can be appreciated as a means of getting from A to B by overcoming obstructions, whether perceptual or otherwise.

Exhibition is free and open to both conference visitors and the public

University of Waterloo Art Gallery East Campus Hall 1239 519.888.4567 ext. 33575 uwag.uwaterloo.ca facebook.com/uwag.waterloo
CONTACT Ivan Jurakic, Director / Curator 519.888.4567 ext. 36741 ijurakic@uwaterloo.ca

Images (left to right): Andrew James Smith, The Protogon Spiral (detail), 2016. Laura De Decker Interzone 003 (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artists.

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Bridges Math-Art Conference, University of Waterloo

Exhibition overview, 2017

July 2017

Randomness: A Visual Study, part of The Big Bell Test global initiative


Wednesday 30 November, 2016

The Big Bell Test: Worldwide quantum physics experiments powered by human randomness

On November 30, 2016, more than 100,000 people worldwide participated in the BIG Bell Test, providing unpredictable measurements in the form of ones and zeros. Scientists around the world used the data in their Bell tests to perform real-time measurements.

Former Artist in Residence at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) used three different sources of random data, including the data collected by the BBT, to create Randomness: A Visual Study. The resulting visualization, which used nearly 50 000 000 ones and zeros gathered globally, is a unique creation.

More info and a link to Laura's video on YouTube from the Institute for Quantum Computing website

The Next 40 Years: The Future of Media Art, Ed Video Media Arts Ctr.

The Next 40 Years: The Future of Media Art Symposium

Saturday 1 October, 2016

The Next 40 Years: The Future of Media Art Symposium

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 12pm-9pm - Ed Video, 404 York Road, Guelph (all are welcome)
Celebrating 40 years of Ed Video by looking forward to the next 40 years
Talks by Artists, Tech Gurus, and Media Theorists, Google Cardboard Demo/Workshop, keynote by Andrew McLuhan

    12pm-1pm  |  Maya Ben David
    1pm-2pm   |   Google Cardboard Demo featuring projects by JunJun Zhu and Theo Bakker
    2pm-3pm   |   Thirza Cuthand
    3pm-4pm   |   Laura De Decker
    4pm-5pm   |   Nick DenBoer
    5pm-7pm   |   Dinner Break
    7pm-9pm   |   Andrew McLuhan

Our Mutual Friend, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Our Mutual Friend at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Friday 3 June – In Trust: Curator’s Talk with Crystal Mowry at 7 pm
followed by the Opening Reception at 8 pm

Wednesday 8 June – Artists’ Tour of Our Mutual Friend from 7–9 pm

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen St N, Kitchener

Our Mutual Friend: A Conversation with the Collection
June 3 to September 4, 2016

Robert Achtemichuk, Lisa Birke, Patrick Cull, Barbara Hobot, Laura De Decker, and selected works from the Permanent Collection

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. In celebration of this milestone, we have turned our attention towards cultivating new relationships between our visitors and the works in our Permanent Collection. As with our exhibitions, the Permanent Collection reflects the many complex relationships that individuals may have with any given history; a collection can be a record of what we aspire to, cultivate, witness, negate and imagine in our respective and shared worlds. Moving beyond a traditional institutionally-directed approach to how meaning is ascribed, we have invited five artists based in the Kitchener-Waterloo to select works in the Permanent Collection which inspires a sense of kinship. Our Mutual Friend will premiere new work by Robert Achtemichuk, Lisa Birke, Patrick Cull, Laura De Decker, and Barbara Hobot alongside works by other artists of their choosing.

In the last sixty years, our definition of conversation has flexed to make room for the increasing influence of technology on daily life. Real-time conversations can unfold virtually and instantaneously, using language or other forms of code. For the artists in Our Mutual Friend, different forms of conversational research are crucial to the creation of their work. Inspired by a bonfire painted by Alfred Laliberté, Robert Achtemichuk revisits the wonder of fiery illumination. Lisa Birke examines the tropes of femininity found within art history, mythology and popular culture through an absurdist perpetual conflict. Patrick Cull and Laura De Decker both seek out uncertainty and the unexpected within their respective painting and animation practices. Using the language of abstract sculpture, Barbara Hobot proposes an animism wherein material may be capable of self-directed forms of production. Whether it is by drawing inspiration from the work of others, or seeking out conceptual allegiances, the artists in Our Mutual Friend echo a familiar desire to be connected to a broader culture of ideas, a desire that connects them to the gallery's origins.

Laura gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship program administered by the Ontario Arts Council, and also additional funding from the Visual Arts program of the Ontario Arts Council, and Laura gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

Our Mutual Friend Artist Tour at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
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Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Artist in Residence (2015)

Laura received an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Arts Fellowship grant for 2015 to work with Dr. Raymond Laflamme to learn about quantum phenomena.

Learn more about De Decker's artistic look at the quantum realm in the 2015 IQC Annual Report (pages 22-23), and also in the IQC NewBit Issue 27, Fall 2015 (page 15)

Laura De Decker received her BA in Art and Art History (University of Toronto and Sheridan Institute), an MFA in Visual Arts (University of Victoria), post-graduate diploma in Interactive Multi-Media (Sheridan), and taught at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Her work has been presented at Banff New Media Institute, at Toronto’s Red Head Gallery, at Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph, at Factory Media Centre, Hamilton, and with Penderecki String Quartet’s Quantum to Cosmos Festival performance at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She was Christie Digital/CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener + Area) Artist-in-Residence (2012), creating interactive 3-D immersive environments. She completed a video animation commission for University of Waterloo’s Stratford Digital Media Campus’ thirty-foot-tall video wall in 2013. In Fall 2014 she was visiting artist, with her husband artist Stefan A. Rose, at Hochschule Offenburg in Germany, exhibited a video animation at the Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai International Finance Centre, and presented a paper at ISEA2014 (The 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art) at Zayed University in Dubai. Her work is in private collections in Canada and Europe. Laura lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Laura gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship program administered by the Ontario Arts Council.

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THEMUSEUM presents LIGHT Illuminated (2015):

LIGHT Illuminated at THEMUSEUM

Opens Thursday, October 15, 2015

Exhibition runs until March 28, 2016


10 King St. West Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A3

LIGHT Illuminated: Come experience art and technology at play while learning about the value and importance of light and light-based technologies. LIGHT Illuminated celebrates the United Nations' International Year of Light by presenting a new, interactive exhibition that invites visitors to explore the worlds of optics and physics.

THEMUSEUM has partnered with the University of Waterloo's student chapter of The Optical Society and other global leaders in the fields of optics and photonics to present a new exhibition: LIGHT Illuminated. This exhibition enables students to learn about the basic principles and properties of light by bouncing, bending and reflecting light through hands-on interactives. This exhibition will feature numerous interactive installations that visitors of all ages can enjoy, including a laser maze, body heat cameras, colour-mixing stations and more! The exhibition includes artworks by Laura De Decker and Stefan A. Rose.

LIGHT Illuminated is being presented in partnership with the University of Waterloo, UW's student chapter of The Optical Society, the Institute for Quantum Computing, Christie Digital and more.

Factory Media Gallery Series presents (2014):

Superposition: Light and sound at Factory Media Centre

Curated by Steve Hudak

Opening reception Friday, June 13, 2014 | 7-11pm

Exhibition runs until Friday, June 27, 2014

Factory Media Centre

228 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2L3

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Featuring work by Laura De Decker, Dave Dyment Manuéla Lalic, Tor Lukasic-Foss, Ellen Moffat Janet Morton, Daniel Olson and Stephanie Vegh

Opening Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7 PM

Walper Hotel

For those of you still wondering what you will be doing this Thursday evening, CAFKA has invited everyone to attend the opening reception for CAFKA@The Walper Hotel at 7 PM. And if you really want to get your art on, earlier in the evening, the University of Waterloo Art Gallery is opening two MFA Thesis Exhibitions, "The Gesture and the Drip" by Nicholas Breton and "Possibly, Maybe" by Jessica Massard at 5 PM.

Since its inception CAFKA has been a fall festival of contemporary art in public spaces. Following SURVIVE. RESIST., CAFKA’s last biennial exhibition, the organization decided to become a biennial spring event and that it would in the future collaborate closely with our sister festival, the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound. CAFKA @ The Walper Hotel and Between the Ears is our first spring event, our first collaborative program and a hint of things to come. The CAFKA Biennial will return as a month-long exhibition of art in the public spaces of the Waterloo Region in June of 2014.

CAFKA @ The Walper Hotel is a program of contemporary art installations that engage the unique spaces of the historic Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener. The exhibition consists of sculptural intervention, photography, animation, sound installation, and mixed media installation. The projects presented here, we hope, will engage the Walper’s patrons and the staff and animate the life and history of this busy urban hotel.

Artists featured in CAFKA @ The Walper Hotel will be Laura De Decker (Waterloo, ON), Dave Dyment (Toronto, ON), Manuela Lalic (Montréal, QC), Tor Lukasic-Foss (Hamilton, ON), Ellen Moffat (Saskatoon, SK), Janet Morton (Guelph, ON), Daniel Olson (Montréal, QC), and Stephanie Vegh (Hamilton, ON).

CAFKA is pleased that this exhibition is also part of another event, Between the Ears co-produced with the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, a weekend festival of music and sound art featuring improvisation, mechanical music, live concert music and micro performances, taking place at Kitchener City Hall, the Walper Hotel, and the Registry Theater on May 31 and June 1, 2013.

CAFKA is a non-profit, artist run organization that is supported by its members and donors. CAFKA @ The Walper Hotel and CAFKA’s participation in Between the Ears is made possible with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund, Christie Digital, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, City of Kitchener, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Arts Council, and City of Waterloo.

For more information please contact Sarah Kernohan (sarah@cafka.org) or Gordon Hatt (gwhatt@cafka.org) at 519.744.5123. For more information about the Walper Hotel please go to www.walper.com.

Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Poster Ontario Arts Council logo

I have previously had an exhibition, Interzone 003, at Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts (BMFA) in Collingwood, Ontario from February 28 to April 5, 2013. I would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council for this exhibition.

©Laura De Decker