Our first artist-in-residence of the year was Denver-based conceptual artist Joel Swanson. At the invitation of MAL curator Mél Hogan, on Monday February 11, 2013, Swanson gave a talk about the project that he worked on, in and for the lab, on the history of computer keyboards, asking what symbolic or cultural meaning there might be in the presence or absence of certain keys. He had already done work with keyboards by way of his ultra-minimal, conceptual piece, called “Spacebar” from 2012. Swanson also presented new work at Counterpath from September 16th to the 20th. He gave an artist talk at the closing reception at Counterpath on September 20.

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