Originally from Winnipeg Manitoba, Lorraine Oades has been working as an artist in Montreal, Quebec since the late 1980s. Her sculpture/installations incorporate time-based media such as sound, video and film in order to invite viewers to engage physically with the work and explore their creative potential. For Oades, art making is a performance-based activity where the process of time is implicit in the final artwork. Early works like the Diane Piano and Fuse use multi-track audio and multiple tape-recorders to examine three-dimensional aspects of sound. Her recent work incorporates electronics and digital media within large-scale installations to investigate the impact of artificial intelligence and new technologies on human communication and social engagement.
In addition to her art practice Oades has initiated a number of community-based collaborative projects that emphasize alternative forms of public intervention aimed at addressing timely social concerns from a local perspective. She has co-founded several artist groups, the most recent of which, Cut Rate Collective, published USED/Goods, a bilingual book based on the project of the same name that took place at the Montreal Salvation Army Thrift Store. The book and exhibition consider the social significance of artistsâ€™ use of everyday objects in real world environments where audiences have little or no knowledge of contemporary art. Oadesâ€™s work has been included in exhibitions across Canada and internationally. She teaches in the Intermedia: Video, Performance and Electronic Arts and ARTX programs at Concordia University.