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 more-than human Artists’ Panel Discussion Part 2

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more-than-human Artists' Talk Panel Discussion Part 2 - Saturday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST in-person at Onsite Gallery & online 

Joel Ong, Jane Tingley, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning & Mary Bunch introduce their artworks exhibited in more-than-human and engage in a discussion about their practice.

This event is live-stream here:

About The Panel: 

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Image: Joel Ong

Joel Ong (PhD, MSc.Bioart) is a media artist whose works connect scientific and artistic approaches to the environment, developed from more than a decade of explorations in sound, installation and socially conscious art. His conceptual explorations revolve around metaphors of distance, connectivity, assiduously reworking this notion of the ‘environment’ - how different tools and scales of observation reveal diverse biotic and abiotic relationalities, and how these continually oscillate between natural and computational worlds. His works have been shown at internationally at the Currents New Media Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Seattle Art Museum, the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, the Penny Stamps Gallery and the Ontario Science Centre etc. Joel is Associate Professor in Computational Arts and Director of Sensorium:The Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University, in Toronto, Canada. His research has been funded by such as SSHRC, eCampus Ontario, Women and Gender Equality Canada.

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Jane Tingley is an artist, curator, Director of the SLOlab: Sympoietic Living Ontologies Lab and Associate Professor at York University. Her studio work combines traditional studio practice with new media tools - and spans responsive/interactive installation, performative robotics, and telematically connected distributed sculptures/installations. Her works is interdisciplinary in nature and explores the creation of spaces and experiences that push the boundaries between science and magic, interactivity, and playfulness, and offer an experience to the viewer that is accessible both intellectually and technologically. Using distributed technologies, her current work investigates the hidden complexity found in the natural world and explores the deep interconnections between the human and non-human relationships. As a curator her interests lie at the intersection art, science, and technology with a special interest in collaborative creativity as impetus for innovation and discovery. Recent exhibitions include Hedonistika (2014) at the Musée d’art contemporain (Mtl, CA), INTERACTION (2016) and Agents for Change (2020) at THE MUSEUM (Kitchener, CA). As an artist she has participated in exhibitions and festivals in the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe - including translife -International Triennial of Media Art at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Elektra Festival in Montréal (CA) and the Künstlerhause in Vienna (AT). She received the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture (CA), the first prize in the iNTERFACES – Interactive Art Competition (PT).

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Image Left to Right: Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning and Mary Bunch

Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning is an interdisciplinary artist and Queen’s National Scholar in Anishinaabe Language, Knowledge, and Culture (ALKC) in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Manning has expertise in Anishinaabe ontology, mnidoo interrelationality, phenomenology, and art. A member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation, her primary philosophical influence and source of creativity is her early childhood grounding in Anishinaabe onto- epistemology. She is Principal Investigator of Earthdiver: Land-Based Worlding (MITACS), and Co-Investigator on Pluriversal Worlding with Extended Reality. Manning co-directs the cross- institutional Peripheral Visions Co-Lab (York and Queen’s). She is an affiliate of Revision Centre for Art and Social Justice, and Fellow of The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI). 

Mary Bunch is a media artist, Canada Research Chair, and Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts at York University. Through theoretical inquiry and collaborative research creation, Bunch mobilizes queer, feminist, disability and decolonial frameworks to better understand peripheral worldmaking imaginaries in media arts and intermedial performance. She is co-editor of a special issue on Access Aesthetics in Public, Principal Investigator on the research creation project Pluriversal Worlding with Extended Reality (SSHRC Insight) and co-investigator on Earthdiver: Land- Based Worlding (MITACS). Dr Bunch is co-director of the Peripheral Visions Co- Lab, Executive Committee member of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, a core member of Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA), a Fellow at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and an Affiliate of Revision Centre for Art and Social Justice. 

About the Moderator:

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Lisa Deanne Smith is the Senior Curator of Onsite Gallery, OCAD University. Her practice explores issues of voice, embodied experience, multispecies collaboration, knowledge creation, and power. She actively addresses diversity in the gallery through its administration systems, curatorial methods and outreach programming while engaging and attracting a community that culturally reflects Canadians. Lisa brings 28 years of experience through former positions at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Fuse Magazine and Gallery 44 in Toronto and Creative Time and the Association for Independent Video and Film in New York. She has been published in local and national art magazines as well as contributing chapters to 2 Canadian anthologies on art and culture.  Lisa has worked at OCAD U for 18 years and has been with Onsite Gallery since its inception 16 years ago, moving from Assistant Curator to Curator 10 years ago. She has taught in OCAD U’s Criticism & Curatorial Practice and Drawing and Painting programs. Selected curatorial projects include: pi'tawita'iek: we go upriver (a large-scale outdoor mural by Jordan Bennett on 100 McCaul St.), How will we be with you?, How to Breathe Forever, The Sunshine Eaters, Objects for Listening: Cheryl Pope, Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes.  

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