storytelling the future

tissue as fabric

Despite the broad and multilayered notion of tissue and tissue culture, a number of participants in the conference and the exhibition interpreted the term as a synonym of skin, as a text, as fabric. However, all the explorations revealed a much deeper and complicated understanding of the above notion.   […]

Tissue Culture

 the notion of tissue as metaphor (tissue as fabric, as texture, as coded material, as networked code) AND beyond, that is , as an element of connectivity that  bridges the gap between nature and culture, material and symbolic exchange, informatics and biology. As Joanna Zylinska noted during her introduction to […]

Transbiotics- exhibition

as anticipated, conference and exhibitions were nicely coordinated. discussions and artistic interventions appered to responded to each other creating a strong thematic continuum. The exhibition and the performances were widely documented through videos and blogs. you can see Garret Lynch’s blog here with a description, a brief commentary and some […]

Subtle Technologies Festival 2010. A review by Joseph Ingoldsby

The use of the word ‘Festival’ versus ‘Conference’ or ‘Symposium’ for the Subtle Technologies Festival, which was held in Toronto June 4-6, explained that this was a public celebration.  This 13th anniversary of the Subtle Technologies Festival was focused on Sustainability. Artists, scientists, inventors, architects, linguists, writers engaged the future […]

responsibility…complexity…responsibility…complexity…I feel like a rant should be in place….

In general, I was impressed by the variety and the depth of certain presentations. However, I was deeply bothered by a number of  statements that had creeped in the presentations. I am not sure if those presenters meant what I heard or they were fretted by the tyranny of time […]

Adam Zaretsky drops a bomb

If Emma Master appeared almost resigned and at peace with the possible loss of diversity, bio-performance-comedian(etc…)artist Adam Zaretsky  is committed to recuperate some of the lost diversity …in quite creative ways…. using the motto “reuse, rewild and recycle”, Zaretsky suggests that in order to preserve diversity we have to “become […]

art technology environment: geography and the voice of the people

in order to record or to examine issues related with sustainability, artists and activists have often resorted to the use of locative media. armed with recorders, camera and often requesting the help and involvement of the community, these practitioners often accomplish more than they had expected. for instance, while the […]

Friday June 4, 2010: Challenging sustainability: indigenous challenges and assumed notions.

When we in the Western world think about sustainability, we usually deal with  consumption and waste. we tend to focus on ways to reduce such consumption and yet, maintain our own privileges and comfortable lives (which prompt even more consumption …and waste). We end up in a never ending circle […]


how to couple real performers and Second Life Avatars? how to produce a piece that compels and at the same time incorporates and complements the real and the virtual? This last question was asked in the two installations exhibited in “Transmute” at the University of Toronto art Centre. In “Dancing […]