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Marconi and the Titanic: From Hero to... Public Lecture - Paul Heyer and Exhibition Opening - Marconi's Ruins (installation)

Sep 19/12


Dr. Ghislain Thibault

Date:  September 19, 2012
Time:  4:00 - 6:30pm
Location:  Maureen Forrester Recital Hall
Cost:  Free

The event launches the Marconi's Ruins exhibition | Michael Longford & Robert Prenovault
  September 19 - October 27, 2012
  Robert Langen Art Gallery
  John Aird Centre

The Robert Langen Art Gallery hosted the exhibition Marconi’s Ruins from September 19 - October 27, 2012. The exhibition featured the work by two Canadian artists: Michael Longford (Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University and co-director of the Mobile Media Lab) and Robert Prenovault (artist and designer from Montréal, member of the Mobile Media Lab). The exhibition was displayed once at the Media Gallery at Concordia University (Montréal) in Winter 2011 and it was a great opportunity for the Wilfrid Laurier University community to see the exhibition.

The exhibition complemented the Communication Studies Department's CS100 course, Introduction to Media History, since the early experiments by Marconi in Newfoundland are an integral part of the course content. The instructor (Dr. Ghislain Thibault) created in Fall 2012 an assignment specific to the exhibition where students were asked to create a promotional campaign via Twitter to discuss about Marconi and the venue at the Gallery. The two artists also visited campus for a guest lecture in CS100 in October 2012.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Dr. Paul Heyer, Professor in the Communication Studies Department, gave a public talk on Marconi and the Titanic. This talk was held in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall in September on the same night as the official opening. A reception and chat with the artists followed.

This successful event was an opportunity for all Faculty of Arts students to learn more about the history of telecommunications and to approach history through the lenses of art.

Graciously supported with funds from:
CICDA, The Council for the Intellectual and Cultural Development of the Arts and
Department of Communication Studies

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2012 Poster: Marconi and the Titanic: From Hero to... Document

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