HELLO TOMORROW: Culture
Meet the curators, artists, and designers who are leveraging new technologies to reimagine cultural institutions, how art can impact our environments, and how culture can meet the needs of society in unexpected ways.
Thursday, April 25 Digifest Kick Off
This year’s conference begins with an appearance by award-winning information designer and artist, Giorgia Lupi. Lupi will discuss her work exploring Data Humanism.
Humans have created a powerful relationship with data, but what information is left unseen when we strip information down to numbers? How can we make a real difference now that the ways we relate to information are evolving? How can data visualization design make data more meaningful? Giorgia Lupi will discuss her humanistic approach to data and jumpstart a new renaissance of opportunity. By questioning the impersonality of a merely technical approach to information, we can demand more from data and connect numbers to what they really tell us: our life stories.
Giorgia Lupi, Accurat Studio (Italy/USA)
Thursday, April 26
Created in 1960 as a modernist architectural landmark, Brasilia became the country’s symbol of bad politicians and corruption. After two generations, its population has already taken root and now seeks a new identity. Entrepreneurship, design, and food are among the industries most committed to this change, providing a new perspective to the city and its people.
Claudia El-moor, Eye Design
Curating Virtual Reality: Immersive Tech in the Exhibition Space | 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Tina will discuss her role as a curator and mediator between the audience and the artists dealing with alternate reality media and share her experience of organizing and curating VR exhibitions.
Tina Sauderländer, Radiance (Germany)
Critical Approaches to Virtual Reality | 3:30pm – 4:00pm
What can we learn from pioneering VR pieces by Canadian artists about embodiment and the politics of territory? This talk explores pioneering VR pieces by Canadian artists and engages with questions about embodiment, the politics of territory, location, and subjectivity in virtual reality.
Erandy Vergara, Eastern Bloc, (Montreal/Mexico)
Media Arts and the Creative City Panel | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Norman White, Alex Mayhew, Nyla Innuksuk, and Guillaumit join moderator Patrick Tobin for a panel discussion on how innovative thinking in media practices today will shape our creative cities tomorrow. The City of Toronto recently received the UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts designation, learn how media arts is helping cities like Toronto be more creative and engaging more participation with the public in arts and culture.
Guillaumit, Graphic Designer
Nyla Innuksuk, Mixtape VR
Alex Mayhew, Impossible Things
Norman White, Artist
Moderated by Patrick Tobin, City of Toronto
This event is co-presented with the McLuhan Salons series, an initiative of the St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.
Join us in honouring Norman White as he receives the 2018 Digifest Digital Media Pioneer Award. With special appearances by former colleagues, artists, and alumni, we will celebrate all that Norman has done to push contemporary artistic landscape and technology forward in Toronto and beyond Canadian borders.
The Digital Pioneer Award recognizes outstanding Canadians who have made significant contributions to the field of digital media. They are a true trailblazer within technology and culture. By embracing the unknown and standing at the forefront of innovation, their work explores previously unimagined uses for emerging technologies.
Friday, April 27
Keynote | 10:00am-11:00am
Collectif MU | 3:00pm – 3:45 pm
Old Toronto Haunted Tour | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, April 28
Rijksmuseum and International Game Jam | 10:00am – 11:00am
Old Toronto Haunted Tour | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
On Foot | Pop Sandbox
The Medium | McLuhan Salons