Curated by skot deeming and Martin Zeilinger
Vector Festival is a participatory and community-oriented initiative dedicated to showcasing digital games and creative media practices. Presenting works across a dynamic range of exhibitions, screenings, performances, lectures, and workshops, Vector acts as a critical bridge between emergent digital platforms and new media art practice. The 2017 Festival will take place July 13- 16, 2017 across multiple venues in Toronto including Artscape Youngplace, Electric Perfume, Celebration Square Mississauga, Loop Hole Gallery, Black Cat Artspace, and InterAccess.
Among the highlights are Vector’s flagship exhibition, Pattern Recognition, which explores the mediation of human perception through algorithms and machines...
"It features new works by artists based in Canada, the US and the UK, including virtual reality pieces, video installations, interactive sculptures, and digital environments. together, the works shown raise questions such as: What might it mean to see like a machine? Do led screens have optical nerves? What kind of vision emerges when artists attempt close readings of software code? How do artificial intelligences perceive their surroundings, and how do they make sense of narratives about AI? Is the social and political meaning of images lost when such images are simulated and commodified? as in previous years, the exhibition showcases both emerging and established artists, and brings into dialogue an exciting mix of creative perspectives that experiment with new and established digital technologies. Featuring works by Ben Bogart, Henry Driver, Samantha Fickel, Molleindustria, and Jordan Shaw."
..And Clint Enns's curated series Execute! From Scene to Screen:
Vector co-founder clint enns curates an extraordinary screening that pays homage to the extravagant, edgy, and plain crazy history and continued activities of the demoscene, a loose international community of programmers, hackers, musicians, and designers (originally involved in cracking video game copy protection) who create self-contained, audio-visual code-based works that range from minuscule visual abstractions to over-the-top epics. The majority of the work will be screened from executable files, rather than video, reframing their data as a micro-cinema formats.
Artists: Peter Rahul, Marta Di Francesco, Tillmann Ohm, Udit Mahajan, Ben Bogart, Henry Driver, Jordan Shaw, Samantha Fickel, Paolo Pedercini, Spaceballs, Trond Michelsen, Rrrola (Jan Kadlec), Cory Arcangel And Paper Rad (Jacob Ciocci, Jessica Ciocci, And Ben Jones), Strobe, Stewart Smith, Hack’n’trade, Shape, Peter Burr + Mark Fingerhut + Forma, Tasman Richardson, Foci + Loci, Gabe Knox, Daniel Zabawa, Tanja Vujinović, Hannah Epstein (Aka Hanski), Alex Myers, Zev Farber, Sagan Yee, Jasmeet Sidhu, Jan Swinburne, Robert Seidel .
LINK: Vector Festival