Events

Sep
29
Thu
Media Architecture Summit 2016
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day

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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.

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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.

Register on Eventbrite

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Mar
27
Wed
2019 Wendy Michener Lecture: Anna Maria Tremonti
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”

Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.

Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Feb
3
Mon
Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication Exhibition
Feb 3 – Feb 13 all-day
The Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication exhibition explores the relationship between digital fabrication processes and social design that increasingly revolve around prototyping and iterative testing.  Digital tools are today ubiquitous in academic and community settings, yet engaging with these goes beyond any particular technologically enhanced capacity.  In what Katherine Hayles calls a ‘Regime of Computation’, works today increasingly involve a co-evolution of life and mind, individual and society.  The ‘disruptive’ technologies that will be introduced reflect on the infrastructural machinic processes that are pervasive in digital culture today, and reveal biases and stereotypes in their design through alternative networking of edge sensing, assistive technologies, Google Homes, wikiLeaks, artscience visualizations and more. 
 
Through the symposium, we hope to create an opportunity for artists and theorists to engage in a discussion of critical making, accountability and experiential learning through their works and research projects.  The exhibition provides an experiential context to their works and for visitors to gain experience into their working processes.  

 

Exhibition features works by :

Garnet Hertz, Mark-David Hosale, Evan Light, Lorena Salome, Robert Towmey and more.

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Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.