When I Breathe the Ocean Curls by Lauren A.M. Scott (Toronto, Canada)

InterAccess is pleased to present When I Breathe the Ocean Curls, a performative environment by Lauren A.M. Scott. Scott is the recipient of the 2015 InterAccess Media Arts Prize. This prize, which InterAccess has sponsored for nearly twenty years, is awarded to a graduating Integrated Media student at OCAD University whose work exhibits innovation in new media practice. As an artist integrating kinetic and electronic elements into her performance practice, Scott is a deserving recipient of the 2015 award.

When I Breathe the Ocean Curls utilizes Scott’s physical body to extend her breath into space. The artist wears a stretch sensor around her torso, and as her chest rises and falls with breath, six small electronic fans produce the effect of wind as she exhales. Scott’s breath becomes the force that connects her to the audience as an invisible extension of touch.

Scott will perform this work four times throughout the exhibition period. In the intervening days, visitors to the gallery can view video documentation of her performance and engage with its physical trace.

An essay by Francisco-Fernando Granados accompanies the exhibition.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2015 (Toronto, Canada)

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, new media and radio. Each October, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival’s screenings, panel discussions, industry initiatives, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

October 3, 2015 • sunset to sunrise
A free all-night contemporary art event

Experience Toronto transformed by contemporary art projects created by hundreds of artists.

The 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche will feature more than 70 independent projects by Toronto’s arts community and four curated exhibitions produced by the City of Toronto.

Exhibition Projects by the City of Toronto

Under the director of four curators, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 features more than 45 public art projects by local, national and international artists. See below to view the curatorial vision and select participating artists from the 2015 line-up.

Wear Me: Art|Technology|Body at UOIT (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)

Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair and Director of the Decimal Lab at UOIT, and Olexander Wlasenko, curator of Whitby’s Station Gallery, are co-organizing a wearable technology curated art exhibit and small academic symposium from September to October of 2015. The event will be hosted at the Whitby Station Gallery from September 19th until October 11th while a shorter exhibit will take place at UOIT from September 24th- 26th, 2015.

Art Exhibit

September 19th – October 11th, 2015

The proposed title Wear Me: Art|Technology|Body speaks to the motives we hope to explore through the exhibit. The exhibit will discover a body that is constantly negotiating demands made by technology – both humanizing and dehumanizing. Wear Me imagines devices and gadgets as agents in dialogue with the human subject/body. It will probe relationships between the two such as collaboration, co-sensing, co-authorship, friendship, hegemony, nostalgia, play, surveillance, symbiosis, amelioration, parasitism, imprisonment and many other relationships. It will imagine humans and wearable components contextualized within physical, social, political, and phenomenological networks rather than in isolated subjectivity. The intent is to incite artistic exploration through provocative, playful, or challenging submissions. We will encourage a range of artistic media including media installations, photography, film, painting, drawing, and sculpture; in sum, a wide range of artistic responses. Station Gallery will be the central location for the exhibit with some installations or artifacts appearing at Decimal Lab on UOIT campus.

Academic Symposium

September 24, 2015

The Wear Me symposium will encourage dialogue concerning art, wearable technology, media, and the human body in this collaborative effort between Decimal Lab at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Whitby Station Gallery. The focus for this symposium is to engage a humanities perspective on wearable technological devices and art, in addition to discussing academic perspectives, of how new technology is disseminated through popular media to the masses. Technologies that might be of exploratory interest for this symposium will include wearable computers, heads-up display technology (e.g., Google glass), augmented reality art worn or projected on the body, lifelogging worn devices, implants, wearable brain headsets and interfaces, wearable game controllers, and future-proposed wearable components such as digital tattoos.

Graduate Student Conference

September 25, 2015

Wear Me imagines devices and gadgets as agents in dialogue with bodies. It probes relationships such as collaboration, co-sensing, co-authorship, friendship, hegemony, nostalgia, play, surveillance, symbiosis, amelioration, parasitism, imprisonment and many other relationships. It will imagine humans and wearable components contextualized within physical, social, political, rhetorical and phenomenological networks. Relevant research foci might include materialism, transhumanism, posthumanism, and nonhumanism contextual- ized through this wearable turn in mobile culture. Academic fields that might be hailed by this call include digital rhetoric, transhuman- ism/posthumanism, utopian studies, actor-net- work theory, quantified self, cyborg studies, digital humanities, political economy of com- munication, maker culture, futurism, and many other fields. Technologies that might be of exploratory interest for this symposium include wearable computers, display technology, augmented reality, lifelogging worn devices, implants, wearable brain headsets, Internet of Things, wearable game controllers, and future-proposed wearable components (e.g., digital tattoos), or many other instantiations of mediation.

WWTO & Best Buy Canada present “Capturing the Future: The Evolution of the Camera” (Toronto, Canada)

Wearable Cameras, Lifelogging, Bionic Eye Implants, Drones, 360-degree cameras & 3D scanning the focus of September’s WWTO.

As far back as our cave dwelling days we have been compelled to document and tell the stories of our lives. We have come a long way since chiseling pictures on rocks with nearly 2 billion of us walking around with cameras in our pockets but new technologies such as wearables and drones are taking us even further.

We Are Wearables and Best Buy Canada are pleased to present”Capturing the Future” an event that looks at the evolution of the camera and the documentation of our lives. This event will feature bionic eyes, body worn cameras, drones, 360-degree filming, 3D scanning and more from some of the leading minds and companies pushing the boundaries with camera technology.

This month’s event features iON Worldwide, Narrative, Recon Instruments, HWKI, Bubl Technology, DreamQii, DEEP Inc., Proto3000, Vertical, Brizi, Myle and will feature talks from Steve Mann, inventor of HDR and the first person to do lifelogging with a wearable camera; the Toronto Police; the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada; Casie Stewart, one of Canada’s top bloggers and a pioneer in the social media space; and Dr. Robert Devenyi who performed the surgery of Canada’s first “bionic eye” implant.

Smarter. Faster. Tougher. An Exhibition on Sports, Fashion + Tech (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Hit the road – or take a trail – this summer to experience some of the most revolutionary fitness fashion and performance gear that’s helping competitive athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts’ get healthy, train and win big!

Sport is ubiquitous. It touches almost every aspect of our lives from health, fashion and culture to technology, design and architecture. With a history that spans little more than a century, sportswear has evolved rapidly due to an interwoven association with technology. Opening on July 8 and on until October 12 in The Distillery District, Smarter. Faster. Tougher. Presented and Commissioned by Panamania, Presented by CIBC dives into the evolution of sportswear and uncovers how technology, fashion, nature, and culture have contributed to the rapid innovative growth of athletic clothing, equipment, and wearables.

Curated by Marie O’Mahony, a professor of Digital Futures at OCAD University this exhilarating exhibit examines cutting edge advancements in sportswear and its wider cultural, social, and aesthetic significance. Divided into four sections – ethnography, nature, fashion, and performance – find dozens of looks and gear from Umbro, Rip Curl, Bioracer, Mountain Hardware, Valiant, Descente, Puma x Cedella Marley, Fred Perry, Speedo, Tommy Hilfiger, Canada Goose x eepmon, Blue Glue, Loudmouth, Marloes ten Bhömer, Stella McCartney x Adidas, and more. See innovations such as a 3D printed bikini, shark-resistant wetsuits, cardigans that incorporate bulletproof material, and shirts with heart rate monitoring systems.

Plus, a fifth interactive zone provides an opportunity for visitors to explore some of the most exciting new materials and technologies that have been developed for use in sports. And, a special app designed by Digital Futures at OCADU can be used throughout the exhibition via a smartphone or tablet to access more information, images and videos.

3DXL – A Large-Scale 3D Printing Exhibition (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

This mind-melting exhibition brings some of the world’s most innovative and challenging large-scale, never-before-seen 3D printed projects to Toronto for an unprecedented presentation of the intersection of design, art, science, construction, and community.

Curated by Sara Nickleson, DX Curator and Director of Collections, 3DXL marks the museum’s first major offsite cultural experience. In a glass box at the corner of King Street and Blue Jays Way, the exhibition will provide an immersive opportunity for visitors and passersby to experience 3D printing.

Massive projects on view include a central component from DUS Architects’ 3D Print Canal House in Amsterdam (which was recently visited by President Barack Obama). Swiss architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have created Arabesque Wall, an strikingly intricate 3D printed building component made from sandstone. California’s Emerging Objects erects Saltygloo, the world’s first 3D printed pavilion printed entirely from locally harvested sea salt, while Toronto’s Denegri Bessai Studio sets up its Mangrove Structure, a airy alcove constructed using flexible rods and 3D printed connectors.

Plus, we’re flipping the switch on 3D printers for live and interactive installations and workshops, hosting talks and events with the industry’s most forward-thinking minds; offering 3D printing camp sessions for young, inquisitive creatives; and so much more.