The Institute of Everyday Life (IEL) is an art-ideas studio/lab led by Ingrid Bachmann. IEL looks at the everyday as a site to generate, create and present artworks. IEL also serves as a metaphoric umbrella for a range of activities that includes interactive installations, site-specific projects, the design of functional items, and the-re purposing of existing goods and machines into art to rethink value, in a climate of consumer excess and waste. IEL is a lively, somewhat chaotic, dynamic, multidisciplinary studio/lab that explores the potential for art in all aspects of daily life.
It is currently housed at Hexagram-Concordia in Montreal, Canada. The Hexagram Institute is the largest arts and design based new media lab in Canada and is recognized internationally as the Canadian pole for interdisciplinary research in new media art, design, and interactive performance and technologies.
Members: Dana Dal Bo – undergraduate student | AF Wauthy – undergraduate student | Sarah Comfort –graduate student | Val Boxer – undergraduate student | Jonathan Villeneuve- graduate student | Martin Peach – programmer, staff researcher
Associate Members: Chris Flower | Pal Thayer | Alan Groombridge
Ingrid Bachmann Director
Ingrid Bachmann’s work is polymorphous and multi-disciplinary. She works across a range of materials, techniques and ideas. Her interests span obsolete technologies and new digital media. She is interested in a lateral model of art where interactions between artist, audience, artwork and the site of production and dissemination become more fluid. Ms. Bachmann has published numerous essays on textiles and cultural analysis, and is co-editor of Material Matters, a critical anthology on the relationship between textiles and culture now in its third edition. She is a founding member of the Interactive Textiles and Wearable Computing Lab of Hexagram and is the Director of the Institute of Everyday Life, an art/ideas lab at Hexagram/Concordia.