Electric Dreams


THURSDAY, MAY 03, 2018
Design Exchange, Trading Floor

Doors 6:30pm | Event 7:00pm

This free public event, Art as a Digital Experience, will bring together artists, technologists and art critics to discuss how exponential technologies will impact the next 100 years of art, design and entertainment. Panelists will discuss the ways in which digital technology is radically transforming the art world.

Modes of creation, curation, commercialization and consumption of art are all changing rapidly thanks to social media, the Internet, 3d Printing, VR and other tech innovations. The panelists will grapple with difficult questions about where we are heading as creators and consumers. Interactive questions from the audience will also drive the conversation. 

Prior to the panel, visitors can take part in a free Augmented Reality Art Exhibit. The exhibit integrates augmented reality technology to allow viewers to digitally interact with physical artwork. An otherwise static piece of artwork is enhanced with flashing colours, moving objects and more. Come early!



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Jonah Brotman is a serial entrepreneur who has: started a backpacking with a purpose travel organization for students, pitched for $1M from former President Clinton, secured a deal on Dragon's Den, and is currently the Co-Founder of the House of VR, Toronto's premier Virtual Reality lounge + event space. Always working on his next idea, catch Jonah this summer at Fairland Funhouse, an immersive and interactive art-maze pop-up taking over a grocery store in Kensington Market.

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Merray Gerges is a Toronto-based art critic, editor and investigative journalist. She studied art history at NSCAD and journalism at King’s University in Halifax, where she co-founded CRITpaper, NSCAD's first student newspaper. Her reporting and criticism have appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, MOMUS, the Walker Reader, Hyperallergic and more, discussing topics ranging from the radical potential (and shortcomings) of intersectional feminist memes to art-world race politics.

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An active member of the arts community for over twenty years, Shiralee Hudson Hill’s passion for arts, heritage and culture fuels her work as Lead Interpretive Planner at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Prior to joining the AGO eleven years ago, she worked on cultural projects worldwide as a consultant with the international museum planning firm Lord Cultural Resources. Shiralee has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English from Mount Allison University, and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

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William Huffman is an arts administrator, curator, educator, and writer with a history of extensive involvement on both local and international cultural fronts. He has had curatorial and management affiliations with such organizations as The Power Plant, A Space Gallery, Canadian Art Magazine, Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and Inuit Art Foundation. In his current role with Dorset Fine Arts, an affiliate office of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, he has become an advocate for the art and artists of the Cape Dorset community.

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Aliya Pabani is a multidisciplinary artist and host/producer of Canadaland's arts and culture podcast The Imposter. Now in its second season, The Imposter has featured candid interviews with artists like Alanis Obomsawin and Lido Pimienta, the story of a psychic who predicts artists' trajectories over Skype, and a feature on an electronic pioneer from The Maritimes whose soundtrack for the moon landing shaped the early sound of the Moog synthesizer. The Imposter was named one of the best podcasts of 2017 on CBC's Podcast Playlist and on Constant Listener, who has previously called it "one of the finest, most compulsively listenable shows in the world of podcasts today."

Design Exchange
Trading Floor

234 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5K 1B2

FREE Admission