Lectures

  • "Trading Clay for Pla: A Sculptor's Journey From Hand Built to Digitally Created" by Steve Mazza (Practicing Artist, Scenic Artist and Prop Maker with IATSE)
    • Steve Mazza talks about his art practice and how in recent years it has transitioned from the ceramics that he has worked with his entire life to contemporary digital sculpting. Steve will showcase the programs he uses to draw, and some of the 3D printers he has built, borrowed and bought to experiment and explore with in this rapidly developing medium. 
       
  • "Open-Source Learning: Education From A Wider Community Perspective, Technology, and Culture" by Beatrice Ekoko (Practicing Artist and Writer/Radio Free School)
    • We have heard of the concept 'open source' in internet circles; anything can be learned over the internet. There is a new openness to educational resources; for example MIT (Open CourseWare) is now offering up to 1800 online course materials for free - their motto being "unlocking knowledge, empowering minds." The underlying premises of open source learning is that learning is available everywhere in life and not restricted to 'places of learning,' namely schools. Open source learning is a shift in consciousness; a fresh wind that is sweeping out the old ideas of what, how, and when one should learn. Questions arise that challenge the entire concept of education at it's roots; whose education anyway? Do we even have the right to impose on another human being our own ideas (the states ideas, the religious establishments ideas...) of what another person should learn?
      Open source learning enables ability and talent by giving youth opportunities to be active participants - captains of their own education. "Nobody can give you an education. Education must be taken by those who want one. The will and dogged persistence of the seeker are the only essential tools needed to become educated. Teachers, text & money play only minor roles and papers, pencils & tests play no role at all."
       
  • "VibraFusionLab: Innovative Centre for Arts-Based Vibrotactile Research and Creative Practice" by David Bobier (Practicing Artist/VibraFusion Lab)
    • Reflecting on adaptive technologies originally designed for deaf consumption, and mirroring considerable immersion within the Deaf community, David Bobier's presentation will expand on the initiatives of VibraFusionLab in researching and implementing the unique potential of the vibrotactile in generating artistic development and innovative research in the broader arts community and thus impacting greatly on our larger society as a whole. The use of this type of interactive multi-sensory approach provides those with different abilities to experience equal participation and enjoyment and provides the potential to make various forms of artistic expression more accessible.
       
  • "BioArt: One Artist's Perspectives and Experiences" by Julie René de Cotret (Bio Artist/Cultural Worker)
    • This talk will explore instances of bio art throughout history to exemplify the human instinct/tendency to manipulate and alter/understand our "natural" environment. What are the goals and intent of this art form and how does it affect the freedom to cross disciplines and explore technologies as one's art practice evolves in a fluid instinctive way? Julie will provide an overview of the Artist in Residency program, which she c-founded, at the University of Guelph. She'll discuss her experiences of crossover and collaboration, which have been at the core of her art practice (bio-art or not). She believes Artists and Scientists are problem solvers, that are challenged by general perspectives in their fields are are limited by ill-informed regulations, government control/censorship and ethical perceptions. Using examples of her work she'll demonstrate how BioArt is a means to attain a better understanding of "the genetically modified" and can lead to a broader understanding of an individual's own internalized taboos and fears.
       
  • "Simulating Everything and its Consequences" by Randy Heydon (Practicing Artist/ThinkHaus Member)
    • This presentation covers some of the various ways modelling and simulation are used today in engineering, art, architecture, computer graphics, science, health, and beyond (there are a lot of ways and it is growing faster every day). We'll examine computer modelling and its capabilities. Finally, we'll speculate about progressions in technology and science that will affect the world of modelling and simulation, and that new modelling and simulation programs will affect everything else.
       
  • "Art and Technology's Role in the Redefining of Sexuality: Franken Hookers, Queer Dinosaurs and Other Shreds of Post-Human Radicalism" by Sarah Beth Mann (Practicing Artist, Activist and Writer)
    • From the campy violence of Frankenhooker to the "authentic" wave of Jurassic Park; from Essex Hemphill's undead sensuality to Kathy Acker's literary terrorism; from the delights of dyke porn to the repressed horrors of the surreal pornographic film Night Dreams, this lecture makes a broad examination of postmodern culture's absorption of and influence on the body as technology. Recent theoretical work in literature and geography has begun to understand human experience in "non-representational" terms. That is, in terms of extreme materialism - the "stuff of life" - rather than in terms of understanding and interpretation. These new theoretical directions challenge Donna Haraway's cyborg theory, shifting focus from a discrete assemblage of technologies, of which the physical body is only one. The assembled body is delimited by its capacity to "affect and be affected" - or to sense and to cause sensation. This lecture argues that radicalism, HIV, the surveillance state, globalization, history, cloning, trauma, and even NAFTA, in the 1980s and early 1990s, emerged as new technologies of being; the stuff of life from which our bodies were assembled.
      Tracing the manifestation of new technologies of being in representations of bodies assembled, disassembled and reassembled in popular and underground artistic productions, Mann asks what these new forms mean for queer, feminist and anti-capitalist radicalism. Are we - and the art we produce - still composed of radically resistant technologies? If our bodies come to us with "some assembly required," how can art help us to compose radically resistant lives?
       
  • "Developing Tools for Contemporary Electronic Music Performance" by Adam Tindale (Practicing Artist/OCAD University)
    • Adam Tindale develops new interfaces for musical expression through a combination of physical modelling synthesis, machine listening and learning, and custom hardware development. The talk will provide a survey of Adam's past work in addition to new explorations in audio reactive visuals, APIs for artists, electronic music performance pedagogy, and assistive technology. 
       
  • "Ed Roy and the History of the World" by Ed Roy (Practicing Artist/University of Guelph)
    • The History of the World is described as a theatre hybrid-performance-lecture play because it employs a highly theatrical vocabulary (integration of staging/theatrical stage design, multimedia, etc.) to an interactive lecture format that utilizes researched information, text, story-telling, and improvisation to take the audience on a journey from the "Big Bang" to the present. However the "lecture" is not just a literal chronological travelogue of the history of the world but a participatory exploration of the nature of mind, the development of consciousness, the formation of identity/individuality, the evolution of societies and culture, and the interdependence of human relationships.
      The lecture format is also used as a framing device for the revelation of the "personal story" of the "Lecturer." The History of the World not only takes the audience from the "world view" of primitive humanoids, the ancient Greeks, the Middle Ages, Dark Ages, the Italian and English Renaissance (with stops along the way to ancient Japan, India, and Tibet to name a few), the Restoration, Victorian Era, and the various periods leading up to the Twenty-First Century; but it also delves into various revolutions; scientific, political, social, and cultural revealing the inescapable reactive interdependence of the evolution of technologies, societies, religion, culture, and philosophy. 

Workshops

  • Raspberry Pi Workshop with Peter Rogers
  • Build Your Own Mobile Music App Workshop with Adam Tindale

Performances 

  • The Cybernetic Orchestra