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Cymbalism, Gordon Monahan, 2016

Vtape presents
VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication
Curated by David Bobier

January 13 - February 10, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday January 13, 2018
1-5pm
Artists' and Curator's talk @ 2pm with ASL interpreter

Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
4th floor @ 401 Richmond St. W., suite 452
Open Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday 1-5pm

VibraFusionLab (VFL) began in 2014 in London, Ontario, growing out of an artist residency and collaboration between media artist David Bobier and the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University. The vision - to provide access to emerging inclusive or adaptive technology and design to artists of all disciplines and abilities – is well illustrated in this retrospective: VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication. Vtape is proud to host this immersive exhibition, which will feature educational ephemera as well as installation works by artists involved in the residency program: Marla Hlady; Gordon Monahan; Lindsay Fisher; Alison O’Daniel; Ellen Moffat; Lynx Sainte-Marie; and David Bobier. The artists in the exhibition self-identify as either abled or disabled and all have been affiliated with VibraFusionLab over the past 3-4 years.

The works specialize in the exploration of “vibrotactility” in technology, investigating it as a creative medium, with a capacity to combine visual, audio and tactile elements into a highly emotional and sensorial art practice. Viewers can expect wearable devices, and new approaches to art-making that champion the senses beyond vision and hearing, to build new methods of communication and language. Each artist has created an installation that is interactive and the exhibition includes wheelchair accessibility, American Sign Language interpretation for the opening and audio description of each work.

An online catalogue has been published at www.vflvibrations.com with essays by Eliza Chandler, Evan Hibbard and David Bobier.

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David Bobier is an HOH media artist and the parent of 2 deaf children living in London, Ontario. His creative practice is researching and developing vibrotactile technology as a creative medium and led to his establishment of VibraFusionLab (VFL) in London, Ontario in 2014, a creative multi-media, multi-sensory centre providing inclusive technologies for supporting accessibility in the arts. VibraFusionLab has gained a reputation as a leader in the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in Canada and abroad.

He is Founder and Past Chair of London Ontario Media Arts Association(LOMAA), Secretary of the Board of Media Arts Network Ontario(MANO/RAMO) and Founder and Co-chair of Tangled London which is dedicated to developing opportunities for Deaf artists, artists with disabilities and artists experiencing isolation to engage in artistic practice and cultural enrichment. He is also partnered with artist Leslie Putnam as o’honey collective.

Bobier’s work has received funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Grand NCE(National Centres of Excellence) and British Council Canada.

Bobier has served in advisory roles in developing Deaf and Disability Arts Equity programs for both CCA and the OAC and was an invited participant, more recently, in the CCA – The Arts in a Digital World Summit and a panel presenter at the Global Disability Summit in London, UK. Bobier has twice received Canada Council for the Arts funding to do ongoing research of the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in the United Kingdom and the United States.


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401 Richmond St., suite 452
Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8
416 351-1317
Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm

This travelling exhibition has been supported by
The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


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Vtape acknowledges the generous support of all of our funders including The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

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