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Subtle Technologies v.20:
Food, Farms & Future Ecologies

May 10–June 25, 2017

The Subtle Technologies Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by exploring the radical potential of hybrid frameworks for art, science and technology to redefine our understanding of agriculture and the interdependence of life on our planet.

Through a multi-venue and multidisciplinary six-week program of events, festivalgoers will engage with artworks and dialogue-based educational experiences that present a multiplicity of approaches to land-use and cultivation.

In the context of Canada’s sesquicentennial and a conscious progression toward a future grounded in equity, diversity and inclusivity, this year's festival foregrounds voices and perspectives of aboriginal artists and community leaders who will guide discussions on themes of interconnection, ecology and the means to move forward together.

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

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View of OpenWorm.org, Open Worm Foundation (2015-ongoing)

Cultivars (Possible Worlds)
Co-Presented with InterAccess

May 10th–27th, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday May 10th, 7-10pm

InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

Elisabeth Picard
OpenWorm
Stefan Herda
WhiteFeather Hunter

For millennia humans have been making our mark on the earth, selectively nurturing and depleting the natural world. More recently, through scientific innovation, society has moved towards the practice of biotechnologies—decoding and programming nature. Through video and interactive installations, this exhibition explores the fantastical possibilities as well as the upsetting implications of our legacy as world makers.


Ink, Brush & Fork

Sunday May 14th, 6-9pm

The Depanneur
1033 College Street, Toronto

Led by Lisa Carrie Goldberg
Owner and Lab Director of Action Potential Lab

Admission fee:
$120 (includes $70 registration fee + $50 materials fee)

The perfect excuse to play with your food! Mixing the studio, lab and fine-dining experience, artist-scientist Lisa Carrie Goldberg will lead learners through a basic dissection of their very own squid, including careful extraction of its multipurpose ink. Edible parts of the squid will then be transformed into an artful entrée courtesy of Chef Christopher Showalter. While participants wait, they’ll use the harvested ink to paint and print-make. All ages welcome.


Universe In A Glass
Co-Presented with Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) & the Gardiner Museum

Wednesday May 17th, 2017
7pm doors, 8pm screening

The Terrace Room at the Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park, Toronto

Admission fee*:
$15 (regular) / $10 (Gardiner & TAIS members)
*includes admission to the exhibition Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary

Eli Schwanz
David Buob
Kamiel Rongen
Kelly Zantingh
Pedro Ferreira
Sandra Eber
Tara Dougans
Tess Martin
Tomonari Nishikawa

There is more life in a drop of ocean water than most major cities on Earth. Yet, this awesome ecology is invisible to the naked eye and goes largely unnoticed. As a practice with a long history of visualizing scientific wonders, this international screening of animated shorts illuminates the majesty of the medium of life. In keeping with the theme, viewers can enjoy locally crafted beverages and an experimental probiotic cocktail.


Wild City
Co-Presented with Evergreen

June 3rd–25th, 2017

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Part installation, part outdoor classroom, part food sharing ceremony; Wild City is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary project that will animate the Evergreen Brick Works as both an historic and contemporary hub of ethno- and biodiversity. Over three weeks in June, visitors will experience interactive artworks and workshops that educate them about the wildlife and cultures native to the Don River Valley while extending Evergreen’s mission of placemaking by illuminating the 5,000 year history of the basin and connecting its stories to the diverse, urban landscape that surrounds it today.

Programs include:
Visitors: Singing Plants (Redux), an interactive installation by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
Cooking-as-inquiry, culinary workshops with telepresent guest chefs led by Lisa Myers
Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Histories, educational walking tours with Wild Foragers Society and First Story Toronto

This project is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding.


To see the full festival program and purchase tickets, visit: SubtleTechnologies.com/Festival


Unable to attend the Festival? Donate.
Subtle Technologies is a non-profit charitable organization. All donations are made through CanadaHelps and are tax-deductible.


Subtle Technologies
Centre for Social Innovation
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

For general inquiries, write to: info@subtletechnologies.com


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