bookings and lab access
Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner
(16mm & 35mm, Up to 4k Raw Scan Size)
Fall 2022 Reservations
This term, reservations for mobile equipment will be made via appointment with the lab technician. You can still access the Patron Portal to see what equipment is available, but please email Teagan at teagan.lance(at)concordia.ca in order to request a reservation.
Mobile equipment reservations will be for a standard period of ~2 weeks, longer term reservations can be requested and will be evaluated based on demand for the equipment in question.
Workstations will continue to be available 24/7 on days that the university is open (and the lab is not hosting an event) via the Patron Portal.
Please submit the keycard access form at least one week before you plan to visit the lab for a reservation. All cards have been reset at the start of the year, so even if your card has worked previously it will likely need updating.
If you have any questions regarding reservations, accessing Adobe Creative Suite on site or anything else, please contact Teagan the lab technician at teagan.lance(at)concordia.ca.
joining the lab
Access to lab equipment and stations via Patron Portal is limited to cinema faculty, staff and graduate students with active standing at Concordia University who have filled out the lab membership form. Special requests for access should be directed to the lab technician.
Equipment can be booked for a two week period through Patron Portal (GEM Lab Checkout Center)
The pickup and return times must coincide with technician availabilities listed in webcheckout and below on this page.
Some advanced equipment requires accreditations, please contact the technician for this, for discussing longer term bookings or for off-hours pick-ups and drop-offs
To freely access the lab space you must be a Concordia affiliated researcher or graduate student and have an RFID access card. Request for access are made through the Fine Arts Academic and Research Facilities website. (You can request a new card or simply reprogram an existing card that has lost authorization.)
Indicate that you are requesting access to "FB 630.15 Research Lab". If you are a lab member having difficulty accessing the lab, or if you are an outside presenter/researcher who has been granted access for a short term period you can contact the lab technician for more information.
accessing the lab areas
The lab is located on the 6th floor of the FB Building of Concordia University within the Graduate Study Space (FB Room 630.)
If you have an authorized access card, you can enter through this main door and proceed to the lab (630.15.) If not, please refer to the next section.
If you are a guest, there is an intercom next to the door to the Graduate Study Space area, which will ring the intercoms in the lab and other offices and someone should come to get you.
Workstations are available 24/7 through Patron Portal (GEM Lab Workstations Checkout Center).
This is with the exception of classes and events taking place in the lab. (This is also dependent on university wide holidays, access requirements and building closures.)
You must book your sessions in the Patron Portal or contact the technician to have them book for you. Classes and event periods will display as unavailable in the portal.
presentation area bookings
The main lab area (with the lab tables and main display) are available for reservation by lab clusters and research groups through contacting the lab technician.
Please contact the technician with first and second choice dates at least a week in advance. Reservations are first come first served.
These reservations do not guarantee that the workstations will be vacant, if you wish to run an event in the space, contact the lab coordinators.
lab technician office hours
By Appointment Only
The lab technician is available to assist with any of the lab's equipment including workshops on lab stations/programs and accreditations on advanced equipment to allow for booking.
Troubleshooting is also available at all times via email or by appointment with a reasonable response period.
other university resources
fine arts academic and research facilities
This is a major source of equipment and research space support to graduate members who are eligible members of the GEM Lab. They also administer the keycard access system and patron portal.
They are housed in the EV Building of Concordia and you can find out more about what they offer at the following links. Notable resources are audio editing suites, a recording studio (with separately bookable quiet room), surround studio, video editing rooms and a variety of portable equipment.
The Milieux institue for Arts, Culture and Technology hosts many different clusters of researchers and graduate students at Concordia University and is a possible bridging point for GEM Lab researchers looking to engage in research that meets their mandate. You can read through their application process and find all necessary information below.
Milieux hosts the Post-Image cluster which manages large scale still image printing facilities, the Technoculture, Art and Games (aka. TAG) cluster which manages various media labs and the Textiles and Materiality cluster which manages a variety of workspaces related to physical creative endeavors among many others.
*Members should note that access to Milieux resources is not automatic for GEM Lab members and is based on a researchers ambitions and interests matching the area of research of the relevant cluster.
feminist media studio
The Feminist Media Studio is research center housed at the Loyola campus of Concordia in the communications department.
The studio supports creative and critical engagements with the gendered, racialized and classed dimensions of social life as well as other topics and supports research creation that focuses on such issues.
If your work involves such research interests they have a host of complimentary resources to the GEM Lab, including a voice recording booth and various portable equipment.
In order to access their resources you must first become a member of the studio via their membership program.