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Calgarys Arts Commons Announces Collaboration With Canon To Study The Interface Between Art And Technology Post COVID-19

CALGARY, AB and BRAMPTON, ON, February 23, 2021 / CNW / – The past year has highlighted the importance and importance of the arts in our communities and in our lives. More than ever, the need to connect with others, especially in times of lockdown and extreme isolation, has shown the importance of creative expression for our emotional and mental health and for our common humanity.

In light of these unique challenges, Arts Commons today announces its new relationship with Canon, a leading digital imaging solutions company. The collaboration will explore the intersection between art and technology in a COVID-19 world by leveraging Canon’s cinema equipment at Arts Commons to create new, innovative ways to experience and enjoy performance arts – both virtual and virtual in real life restrictions are starting to loosen up.

Since March 2020When art organizations and cultural centers closed, artists had to find new ways to create and share their work. While the consumption of digital content is higher than ever, the ability of artists to fully recreate the feel and experience of a live performance is limited. Both artists and art organizations have been forced to rethink what it means to make, perform and present art.

Therefore in January 2021The design and installation of a new Canon cinema production setup for multiple cameras began around Calgarys Jack Singer Concert Hall, the 2000-seat concert hall in the Arts Commons complex and home of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. The new equipment includes 10 cinema-quality cameras, six of which are permanently mounted on robot heads. The remaining four remain in place for maximum flexibility. The framework also contains 10 zoom lenses of different lengths, including two Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000 mm T5.0-8.9 ultra-telephoto lenses 4K Lenses that, along with the high dynamic range of the 4K Canon EOS C300 Mark III cameras bring live broadcasting and image quality to home viewers like no other. And that is just the beginning.

As recently announced, Arts Commons, in partnership with The City of Calgary and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation have initiated the design phase of the Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project. The ACT expansion and modernization project is carried out Calgary This is where the world’s first performing arts center designed since COVID-19 is located. It requires redesigning the design of buildings, art venues and cultural experiences. Conceptual camera systems that were shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, such as B. Activate My line The AMLOS camera system (AMLOS) and other emerging technologies could help Arts Commons push the boundaries of creative and narrative power and create unique, powerful experiences for audiences in the near future.

“This collaboration further positions Calgary as a city that is at the forefront of innovation and creativity, “says Alex Sarian, President and CEO of Arts Commons. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that the arts and technology sectors have only just begun to examine their relationship with one another. Between Canon’s mission to use technology to capture life and the Arts Commons’ vision for that Redefining the future of Calgarys Creative sector, this relationship is poised to become an international model for what can become art centers of the 21st century. ”

“Canon Canada was part of the Calgary Community for many years and we are excited to be working with Arts Commons on this project. We are excited about helping creators and artists tell their story. We’re excited to explore new ways for Canadians to experience performance art like never before, “he says Justin Lam, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon Canada.

“Calgarians are creators, storytellers, and innovators. As a community, we solve some of the world’s greatest challenges through technology,” he says Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary Economic Development. “At the intersection of art and technology, especially in a post-COVID world, we will find the rich experiences our community demands and support the economic diversification we will rely on for our future. With this collaboration between Canon and Arts Commons is both exciting for our arts sector and a step in the right direction for our city. “

For more information on Arts Commons, visit: artscommons.ca

Via Arts Commons
Arts Commons was built in 1985 and is the third largest arts center in Canada and an important contribution to the social, economic, cultural and intellectual life and well-being of Calgarians and visitors. As the manager of an artistic ecosystem, Arts Commons supports, promotes, and showcases the work of six resident companies that call Arts Commons home, including Alberta Theater Projects, Arts Commons Presents, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, and Theater Calgary. Approximately 200 community groups use the 560,000 square foot Arts Commons complex each year. In response to our city’s growth over the past 35 years, the Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project provides artists, art organizations and audiences with a world-class home where art can be created, shared and supported in innovative ways.

About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquarters in Brampton, Ontario, Canon Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA Inc. is a leading provider of digital imaging solutions for consumers and businesses. Innovation and cutting edge technology have been essential to Canon’s success. Canon Canada Inc. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and retention and provides 100 percent Canadian service and support for all products it markets. Canon Canada Inc. is committed to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. For more information, please visit canon.ca or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with @CanonCanada.

SOURCE Canon Canada Inc.

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