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Friday, April 14, 1967

City Group Receives Grant For Sensory Experiments

A Vancouver group which plans to pioneer electronic exploration in sound and light has received a $40,000 grant from the Canada Council.

The organization, known as Intermedia of Vancouver, was awarded the money to establish and operate a "multimedia workshop" and make its findings available to Canadian artists.

West Coast artist Jack Shadbolt, chairman of Intermedia, said today the organization will be the first of its kind in Canada.

"We plan electronic exploration in sound and light and the whole area of sensory experiences," he said.

We are seriously interested in the theater and in opera and films but our proposals are not confined to any definite patterns."

Shadbolt said that the group made its proposals in a brief to the Canada Council.

"Education will play a function in our work — examining patterns of response," he said.

He said that Intermedia has not started work yet because it is still negotiating for the workshop.

"But we are confident that we will be in business in the near future," stated Shadbolt. and then we will announce full details of our project."

He said that the group had planed to release details of the workshop when it opened but had been taken by surprise by the Canada Council announcement.


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