Barbara Layne is a member of The Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology at Concordia University in Montreal where she has been on the faculty since 1989. As the Director of Studio subTela she works with a team of artists, engineers and graduate students in the creation of interactive textile projects. As an artist, she is most concerned with the creative potential of cloth and how to activate communication between people, their clothing and the places they inhabit. Layne lectures and exhibits internationally, recently at The Subtle Technologies Festival in Toronto, at Columbia University (NYC), and The Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Mexico. Her work is sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster at Concordia University.
Born in Switzerland, RythÂ Kesselring moved to Québec during her childhood. She is about to obtain her Baccalaureate in Fine Arts at Concordia University with a specialization in fibres and material practices. She is part of studio subTela, where she works as research assistant on electronics and embroideries for smart textiles. Her research focuses on sound, textiles and the rhythms of craftsmanship as imprints of the textile memories. She is a recipient of several research grants and obtained the Milieux, institute for Arts, Culture and Technology undergraduate fellowship 2017-2018. Kesselring is also active as a studio art teacher in elementary and high schools. Her work has been shown in Québec, Switzerland, France and Iceland.
Stephen Kelly is an artist, computer programmer, and musician living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has exhibited and participated in residency programs both nationally and internationally. His work incorporates sound, electronics, mechanics, and other media in the creation of thematically diverse, often complex systems of cultural exploration. Stephen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design as well as a Master of Computer Science degree from Dalhousie University, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Computer Science. He plans to continue crossing art and science within public installations and ongoing research projects in Machine Learning.
Nicole Clouston is a practice-based researcher currently completing her PhD in Visual Art at York University. In her practice she asks: What happens when we acknowledge, through an embodied experience, our connection to a world teeming with life both around and inside us? Nicole has exhibited across Canada in Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, and Toronto. She is currently the artist in residence at the Coalesce Bio Art Lab at the University at Buffalo.
Olivia Wong is an audiovisual archivist specializing in media preservation, digitization and creating accessible film and video collections. She holds an MA in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University and a BA in Communication Studies specializing in Media Production from Concordia University. Olivia is passionate about audiovisual preservation as a means to protect significant historical assets for future generations. She has worked as a production coordinator and visual researcher for several documentaries and television film productions in Montreal and Toronto. Olivia currently sits on the board of Breakthroughs Film Festival, the only festival in Canada dedicated exclusively to exhibiting short films by emerging women-identified directors. She is also a member of the Film Advocacy Task Force, which organizes film workshops to inspire youth from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to think about careers in the film industry in order to address the current lack of diversity and inclusion in the field.
Tony Vieira is a musician, composer and media artist who creates immersive visual and sonic landscapes for mobile and locative media. He has composed original music scores for television, film, and interactive media, and has created augmented reality and alternate reality projects that have exhibited internationally. Tony holds an MA in Music Composition from York University where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology and Digital Studies. He is a senior researcher with the York University Augmented Reality Lab and a Music Program tutorial instructor.
Todd Murray (aka SixbySeven) is Hamilton artist who creates electronic musical synthesizers using found objects, recycled or reclaimed electronic components. His creations incorporate elements from both the analog and digital technologies and range from small box sized mini-synths, to drum machines and a full-sized modular. Todd also teaches workshops in various aspects of DIY technology including musical synthesis, Arduino and basic electronics.
Jim Ruxton has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. After working for a few years as a high frequency design engineer he began to pursue his interest in the arts by attending the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since then he has been working as an artist and engineer in installation, performance, theatre, dance and film and collaborated with many other artists throughout his career. His company, Cinematronics, has helped numerous artists realize their technically ambitious projects. Jim uses electronics in multiple creative ways, whether it be in creating interactive systems , developing evocative lighting installations or robotic systems. He is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, was recently awarded a Chalmers Fellowship and has been the recipient of numerous arts grants. Jim is also a founder and former Director of Programs for Subtle Technologies, an organization that creates links between artists and scientists with events throughout the year and during its annual festival in Toronto. He was an instructor of hybrid media at Ontario College of Art and Design for many years and founded the Toronto Art Science Salon with physicist Stephen Morris . Jim is also the inventor of ColorWave , a lighting technology that has revolutionized the decorative lighting industry . He has been granted numerous patents for this work.
Orphx have been developing their signature fusion of hypnotic rhythms and experimental noise for the past twenty three years. Using modular and analog synthesizers, software, location recordings and feedback circuits, Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker, psychedelic fringes of electronic dance music and combine these elements with the aesthetics and themes of early industrial music.
Jonah Kamphorst (Jonah K) and Jackie Levitt (Jaxamuse) are multimedia artists, performers and event producers who have been active in the late-night, underground electronic music community for over a decade. Jackie mixes and projects abstract and textural video creations onto three dimensional installations. Jonah creates and performs dark, percussive and atmospheric electronic music. Along with with a network of like-minded artists, they specialize in animating raw and unconventional spaces with light and sound. They’ll be teaming up with Ryan Webber, multimedia artist and creative programmer, who’s known for creating rich interactive and data-driven installations, to program a night of audio-visual delight! The Dark Rooms session is a curated experience that features a selection of electronic music and visual performances, and evolves into a dance party!
Usually, 'artists" have a bio, which is short for biography, to give to a vague idea of who they are, what they have done artistically, what they are about and what they are going to bring to an event, creatively, but Onyx Ashanti doesnt have a bio. Yeah, he has played with alot of interesting people and in many interesting places for the last 25 years or so, but none of that is relevant anymore...right now, he is in the process of transforming himself into...whatever his poly-dimensional process of 3d printing, programming, sound design, cybernetics and iterative philosophy, turns him into. He designed sonocybernetics as a way to consolidate his many interests into a single form, whose efficacy is determined by his iterated ability to create and evolve complexity, efficiently. He is on the other side of a singularity which produces a trajectory of singularities. there is no bio for that yet. Coming and interacting with him is the best way to get the most reliable temporal status.
After graduating from Concordia University in 2013 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, Allie moved to Toronto to further her artistic journey. As a founding member of Toronto based dance collective Open Fortress, Allie explores collaboration through movement to to explore and challenge the way dance is commonly expressed and experienced. She is also a member of the musical group DOOMSQUAD and a founding member of Heretical Objects Cooperative.
Samay Arcentales Cajas & NOMVDSLVND
Samay Arcentales Cajas is a (Kichwa) filmmaker, digital media and community artist born in Tkaronto. In her creative practice she explores her tangled ancestry/history, connection to land, and the meaning of urban indigeneity.
Samay held her first solo show “Will You Listen?: Latinx Voices in Tkaronto”, a projection based media installation at the Whippersnapper Gallery in 2017. Her short film “In Moment” was commissioned by imagineNATIVE and premiered at their 2017 film festival. She currently works collaboratively, using projection mapping as a way to beautifully enhance collective decolonial messages.
Nigel aka Nomvdslvnd (Nomads Land) is a DJ based out of Toronto, Canada. Nomvdslvnd has been djing internationally for 6 years, His widespread music has been celebrated across all genres of dance and a strong essence of crowd control. This open minded mentality visits sounds collected from various parts of the world
OPTICKS is an experimental projection/light art initiative based in Hamilton, ON.
‘OPTICKS’ was a book written by Sir Isaac Newton, in which he examines the “reflections, refractions, inflections and colours of light”. We felt this, in it’s simplest form, is what we all share as a common interest when exploring video/projection arts. It’s a fitting name for us to explore, experiment, create, and learn under.