Connor Gottfried is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and technologist living and working in Calgary, Canada. He was exposed to technology at a very early age when his father brought home an Apple II computer in 1982 and this sparked a lifelong interest in computation and interactivity. As the founder/CEO of Leara eLearning, Connor uses technology to teach learners all over the world with a focus on projects with a positive social component. As a musician, he has released 25 albums of experimental music with some albums reaching the Canadian College Radio National Top 40. Now, in his work as a visual artist, he combines novel materials, electronics, and a unique analog/digital hybrid approach to connect the viewer to lost/obsolete technologies of play.
My work explores themes of time, technology, obsolesce/death, rediscovery/rebirth, memory, and nostalgia. Sometimes what we’ve discarded on our race forward is beautiful and fascinating to revisit. I use dimension/scale/deconstruction to draw attention to the work of the industrial designers/engineers/illustrators of the past whose creations aren’t usually elevated to the realm of fine art. For me, these cultural artifacts represent their actual lives lived and I see in their circuits and code the innovation and passion that brought joy to millions. I include embedded interactive games in the works to connect with the audience viscerally through multiple senses and neural pathways. My work also features a vital element of chance and emergence through scraped paint, improvised layering, etc. I believe the errors that we make along the way become the background for our future and provide the context for our successes.