[caption id="attachment_99348" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Open Air, Relational Architecture 19 (2012). Photo: James Ewing[/caption]
Beyond mere decoration, civic spectacle and city branding, media architecture shapes our collective identity through digital place-making, 24-hour architecture, and reanimating public space
The Media Architecture Summit 2016 explores the role of urban screens, interactive media façades, and large-scale public projections in architecture, public art, civic engagement and urban renewal.
Held for the first time in North America, MAS 2016 brings together an international group of artists, designers, architects, scholars, and representatives from the cultural sector and industry, presenting a wide range of projects including context-aware illuminated spaces, architectural projection, animated building facades, and interactive installations inviting spontaneous public performance.
MAS 2016 opens with an evening keynote by internationally acclaimed media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and continues with a day of featured talks and panel discussions, followed by an evening social hosted at InterAccess. The final day of the summit comprises a morning panel at the University of Toronto and afternoon workshops and industry sessions held at OCADU.
[caption id="attachment_99358" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Public Visualization Studio: In The Air Tonight (2014). Photo: Maggie Chan[/caption]
Featured presenters at MAS 2016 include experimental sculptor and architect Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo, Canada); Amahl Hazelton, communications director of Moment Factory (Montreal); media architecture scholar Scott McQuire (University of Melbourne, Australia); and art historian and urban studies scholar Dietrich Neumann (Brown University, USA).
Panelists and workshop presenters include artists/researchers Di Mainstone (UK), Veronika Pauser (Austria), Nathan Whiford (Canada) and Ali Momeni (USA); Isabelle Rousset of Derivative and Mason White & Lola Sheppard of Lateral Office (Toronto); curator/researcher Tanya Toft (Denmark); and Graham Wakefield, Canada Research Chair in Active Information Visualization (York University).
Complementing the summit proceedings, MAS 2016 presents Nuit Talks, a series of conversations and presentations by artists whose large-scale public art installations are featured in this year’s Nuit Blanche Toronto, MAS closes with a curated walk at Nuit Blanche Toronto, one of the world’s largest outdoor dusk-to-dawn art events.
Registration for MAS 2016
General Admission: $90
Students and Underemployed: $50
Registration includes access to the keynote, featured talks, panels, workshops and events.
Nuit Talks are free and open to the public.
Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction
This movement-based workshop utilizes belly dance vocabulary designed for self-soothing. Learn movements that support the reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms. Participants will leave with applications on how stress responses can be experiences on a spectrum from hyper-arousal (feelings of overstimulation) to hypo-arousal (feelings associated with low-energy or burnout). Belly dance used as mindfulness offers gentle wavey movement designed to down-regulate physical stress responses. This workshop also combines more energizing vocabulary through shimmying and shaking as well as core engagement to support up-regulation of the nervous system, based on internal rhythm and percussion.
About the Facilitator :
Shaila is completing her Masters in Dance at York University. She concurrently training as a Dance Movement Therapist through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on belly dance practices that use sensuality as a healing tool within dance interventions. Her movement offerings look at building resiliency, decoupling stress responses and promoting body positivity. Shaila provides a unique framework that maps belly dance vocabulary for nervous-system regulation. Shaila has been an active member of the Toronto belly dancing community for over a decade, both as a performer and instructor. She currently works as a Health Educator and Training Specialist and enjoys offering students training on mental health and well-being.