The theme for Digifest 2015 is “Privacy, Money and Pleasure” in the 21st century showcasing the most innovative trends driving change today.
At Digifest, you can expect to watch engaging performances, learn from top innovators and be part of a savvy and dynamic audience. From architects to app designers, creators and entrepreneurs take centre stage to share their stories and showcase the digital and technological discoveries that will re-shape some of today’s pressing urban challenges.
Digifest showcases groundbreaking creations and trending content in digital media, art, design and technology. The festival fosters connections by bringing together industry, academics and the public, and inspires us to think about how digital tools and technology will shape our lives and our future.
The 2015 Digifest Digital Pioneer Award recognizes Dr. Steve Mann, a researcher and inventor who has made significant contributions to digital culture in Canada, specifically wearable computing. This award acknowledges Mann’s accomplishments as well as his journey to achieve such success. Often coined “the Father of Wearable Technology”, Mann has been experimenting with ways of integrating technology and the body for nearly forty years. Toronto has been pinpointed as the birthplace of wearable technology, with Steve Mann as one of the pioneers of this industry.
Curator: Jennifer Willet
April 28 to May 31, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, April 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bioart is art that uses biological media in the production of art. Stemming from a long tradition of land art, taxidermy and indigenous arts practices, Bioart is a growing field in Canada and abroad. This group exhibition explores contemporary collaborations between human artists and other species in the lab, the wilderness and cities towards the production of biological artworks.
Presented by Artengine, INCUBATOR Lab, the City of Ottawa and the NAC’s Ontario Scene
Established in 1987, the Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Images has presented thousands of vanguard media-based projects in its 26-year history and is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: Alongside film and video screenings (ON SCREEN), the festival presents groundbreaking live performances (LIVE IMAGES), media art installations (OFF SCREEN) in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists. Images provides audiences with an annual extravaganza of contemporary moving image culture.
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In the urban landscape, movement, light and colour are what immediately attract the eye to their presence. Opie’s animated walking figures, rendered with minimal detail in the black line drawing that is a hallmark of the artist’s style, occupy a 24-foot-high, four-sided LED tower on the gritty edge of the downtown and Calgary’s East Village, a 49-acre district with river frontage that is now under development. The sculpture, a $650,000 commission by the Calgary Municipal Land Development Corporation for its Art in the Public Realm program, is called Promenade.
Get ready for our third annual gala! it will once again showcase wearable technology fashion from teams including Canadian professional designers and engineers, emerging designers and international designers. The combination of skills and ideas creates stunning results and groundbreaking fusions of light, fashion and performance.
From awe-inspiring responsive runway dresses to scientific wearables with practical applications, Make Fashion designers are inspired by fashion with functionality.
Art-Mersion will launch with the opening of Amy Ferrari’s Serene Yellow Spaces exhibit at Button Factory Arts. Drop in Friday, March 13 from 5-7pm or Saturday March 14 from 1-4pm. Immerse yourself in Amy Ferrari’s paintings and experience art like never before through a variety of interactive technologies.
Join us for another interactive adventure! At TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, kids can engage with emerging creative media technologies and share innovative artistic experiences.
Step into a luminous forest growing from floor to ceiling and navigate your way through twisting organic strands and interactive paths where bubbles of light slosh and flow, in this large-scale interactive light sculpture that encourages play, curiosity, and collaboration.
Forest is a creative collaboration between internationally acclaimed visual and new media artist Micah Elizabeth Scott and the New Media program at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media. This work is commissioned by TIFF for the 2015 digiPlaySpace.
Here is a great article about Forest
An alien visitor has landed in digiPlaySpace! Any type of verbal communication we’ve tried has failed, but some people are reporting that it responds to presence and touch. Can you help us welcome our new guest?
Commissioned by TIFF for digiPlaySpace 2015 and the digiPlaySpace travelling exhibition, Visitor is an interactive LED sculpture conceived and produced by Vancouver-based interactive design studio Tangible Interaction, designed to elicit a sense of wonder and discovery through open-ended group play.
And many more!
As with last year’s 15 continuous hours celebrating 15 years of MUTEK, the festival teams up once again, with Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp for Nuit Blanche 2015. More than 6,000 people attended this milestone event in 2014.
Mixing emerging local and national talents programmed by MUTEK with participants in the second edition of the RBMA Bass Camp in Montréal, Espace Reunion will host 8 hours of cutting edge electronic music. The event runs from 10AM to 6AM and admission is FREE before 2:30AM.
The Vector Festival is a participative, not-for-profit, and community-oriented initiative dedicated to showcasing experiments in digital games and interactive experiences. New media art is a diverse field characterized by a wide variety of creative practices; the works shown at Vector act as a critical bridge between digital games and the larger worlds of new media art practice. The festival will be running at multiple venues over four days from Feb 19 to 22 in Toronto, Canada. Vector 2015 will feature exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances and discussions, all with the ambition to create a critical dialogue focusing on digital games and new media
The sound of empty space explores relationships between microphones, speakers, and surrounding acoustic environments through controlled, self-generating microphone feedback.
Amplifying and aestheticizing the acoustic inactivity between technological “inputs” and “outputs” – stand-ins for their corporeal correlates, the ear and mouth – the notion of a causal sound producing object is challenged, and questions are posed as to the status of the ‘amplified’.