Generator Toronto 2016: The Explorers at Home (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

A science-based variety show aimed at blending knowledge, music and comedy

Hosted by Chris Hadfield

Generator is back!

Having first conquered Massey Hall, and now the Arctic ocean, we think of Generator as more than just a stage show. It is an idea.

Our aim is to find the best of the world’s niches and bring them to light in one special, weird, and interesting crossover of a night. It is comedy, and music, and art and science. It is biomechanics and celebrity and world-altering actions. It is a sum that equals more than its parts. We want more people to expand their horizons, and spend some time on the interesting fringes they rarely encounter. We want them to do it with us.

If you haven’t heard about us yet, you will soon. Generator is back and better than ever! Come out come out wherever you are, and join us November 12th for the greatest show we’ve ever put on.

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 (Canada)

Estimated times

October 1, 2016 • sunset to sunrise

A free all-night contemporary art event

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

Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) 2016 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms. FIVARS is the first Canadian festival of its kind featuring many world premieres and in our preview screenings and events, audience responses are consistently full of contemplation, surprise, delight, controversy and wonder.

Great article about the festival in the Huffington Post:

Vector Festival 2016 (Toronto, Canada)

Canada’s pioneering game and new media art festival, Vector Festival, is dedicated to showcasing creative media practices. Now entering its fourth year, Vector Festival has developed an active presence in regional and international communities related to contemporary art and critical game cultures.

Vector 2016 will take place July 14-17, 2016, featuring exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, and lectures across a number of Toronto venues.

The title exhibition will be mounted at InterAccess, a preeminent Canadian media arts and technology centre dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art, and new media culture.

Subtle Technologies Festival 2016 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Seamless Visions: New Textiles and Wearable Technologies

Ancient in origin, textiles have enabled our civilization to grow and prosper for thousands of years. Yet, these prehistoric beginnings have little impact on their continued significant role in the development of future technologies. The evolution of textiles parallels our innate fascinations with body augmentation and pattern recognition and has birthed new industries and subcultures in every generation. From architecture and medicine to fashion and space travel, textiles are a literal and figurative thread that binds the aspirations of humankind.

The 19th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival will build on this lineage, showcasing leading research and expressive applications of the art and science of textiles. Through a wide range of programming, the Festival will create opportunities for the critical exchange of knowledge about experimental processes, cultural trends, socioeconomic challenges and philosophical implications. In geographical context, the Festival will also draw upon Toronto’s increasing role as an international hub for innovations in wearable technology.

Topics and sub-topics for programming include:

+ Prosthetics and cybernetics
+ Second skins— devices & fabrics for protection
+ Wearable technology in posthumanist studies
+ Fashion for assistive devices

+ Weaving, as it relates to other disciplines
(cognitive science, biology, computer science)
+ Computerized textile design and production
+ Informatics through fabric (coded textiles)

+ Research and development of synthetic fibres
+ Smart textiles and responsive environments
+ 3D-printed textiles and 3D knitting
+ Fabrics for physical computing

+ Biometric clothing and devices (and the politics therein)
+ Wearables that disrupt surveillance (active and passive)
+ Critical responses to the appropriation of indigenous dress
+ Bio-hacking and security concerns around wearables

On May 13, 2016, the festival will include Future Proof, a wearable technology fashion show.

Images Festival 2016 (Toronto, Canada)

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 28-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 Canadian and international artists. Images provides audiences with an annual array of contemporary moving image culture.

Once Is Nothing: A Drone Art Exhibition (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Once Is Nothing is Canada’s first exhibition dedicated to exploring drones as a subject, material, and tool of artistic production. Through their engagement with the uses and perspectives of drones, the artists of Once Is Nothing generate a paradoxical view of both the infallibility and invincibility of drone technology while questioning borders, surveillance, identity, and place.

The exhibition includes new and contemporary works in video, sculpture, and photography by Lawrence Bird (Winnipeg), David Bowen (USA), IOCOSE (UK/Italy/Germany), Joe Ford (USA), Mona Kamal (USA), and Morgan Skinner (Toronto).

New video work by Laura Millard (Toronto) will be visible from the street in our window galleries every evening throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Morehshin Allahyari – Material Speculation (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Trinity Square Video is pleased to present, Material Speculation, Morehshin Allahyari’s first solo exhibition in Canada. The exhibition is titled after her ambitious and widely anticipated series Material Speculation: ISIS, which we will be showing for the first time in its completed form. Also on view is Allahyari’s collaborative video with Daniel Rourke, The 3D Additivist Manifesto.

Material Speculation presents radical propositions for 3D Printing that inspect petropolitical and poetic relationships between 3D Printing, Plastic, Oil, Terrorism, and Technocapitalism. Allahyari addresses complex contemporary cultural and political dynamics the sophistication and nuance it deserves, weaving multiple dynamics together for a holistic image of contemporary relations with objecthood and ideology. The exhibition addresses the precarity of material and digital artifacts, the location of authenticity, the transformative potential of additive production, the malleability of cultural icons, the geo-politics, collective trauma from the loss of non-human bodies, emotional investment in abstract and specific objects, the ethical and political dimensions of new technologies, and archival practices in both historical and contemporary contexts.

More information on Material Speculation: ISIS

Material Speculation: ISIS is a digital fabrication and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of selected (original) artifacts (statues from the Roman period city of Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh) that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Material Speculation: ISIS presents a practical and theoretical proposition for the preservation of artifacts while also proposing 3D printing technology as a tool both for resistance and documentation. It intends to use 3D printing as a process for repairing history and memory.

Material Speculation: ISIS, goes beyond metaphoric gestures and digital and material forms of the artifacts by including a flash drive and a memory card inside the body of each 3D printed objects which contains information, maps, and images gathered about the artifacts. Like Time Capsules, each object is sealed and kept for future civilizations.

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.