Lauren Schaffer


Lauren Schaffer is a multidisciplinary artist living in Toronto. Inspired by the limits of perception and research around the intersection of human and non-human behavior, she works with sculpture, installation, audio and video. She has received her undergraduate degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine and Espace Magazine.


Why did you get involved in this project?

Midi reached out to join in.

Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?

It was an effective time frame to commit finished work and be layed back as well. Good and wicked constraints.

How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?

Odd…how do you gauge working with and not over-riding an anonymous process? With this multi-media approach, the ‘borders’ are not as distinguished as the source referent.

Excited…what was going to come your way, authorship is nebulous but also potentially very transformative. There are stages preceding this final presentation that were completed in their own way.

Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?

I have enjoyed the combination of the evident and the unknown in this collaboration. It affirmed my interest in fragmented and diachronic process in creative work.

If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?

3 – Bite size mystery and risk. The time constrain also allowed for a few rounds over this summer. I was however a little concerned for my interest in the offering. Midi’s prompts and casual directives made the project feel more alive.

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