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Subtle technologies exhibition panel

Exhibition Panel
Subtle Technologies: Exhibition Panel

Panellists: Matthew Biederman, Noel Harding, Chris Hardwicke, Marko
Peljhan, Rod Strickland
Moderator: Graeme Stewart
Date: June 5th
Time: 4:15PM


This interactive discussion will explore the connections and ideas
from the Festival exhibition, contingent ecologies :: investigations
at the edge, with the exhibition artists.

Graeme Stewart
Associate, E.R.A. Architects

Graeme Stewart is an Associate with ERA Architects. His area of
specialty is Toronto’s post-war urban and suburban planning history as well as urban sustainability. Graeme is the co-editor of Concrete
Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the
Seventies. His international research was instrumental in founding
the Tower Renewal Project; an initiative in modern heritage examining
the future of Toronto’s remarkable stock of modern concrete towers
with the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, University of Toronto,
and other partners. Graeme is also a director of the Centre for Urban
Growth and Renewal, an interdisciplinary urban research organization
focusing on Canada’s urban future.

Matthew Biederman
Arctic Perspective Initiative
Kallitaq and Open Sourcing the North

The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) is a non-profit,
international group of individuals and organizations whose goal is to
promote the creation of open authoring, communications and
dissemination infrastructures for the circumpolar region. API aims to
empower the North and Arctic peoples through open source technologies
and applied education and training. Creating access to these
technologies while promoting an open, shared network of
communications and data, without a costly overhead, can allow for
further sustainable and continued development of culture, traditional
knowledge, science, technology and education opportunities for
peoples in the North and Arctic regions.

Marko Peljhan
Associate Professor
Department of Art, University of California Santa Barbara

Marko Peljhan holds a joint appointment with the Department of Art
and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program. A theatre and radio
director by profession, he cofounded the Ljudmila digital media lab
in Slovenia and is active in numerous tactical media communities. He
founded the arts and technology organisation Projekt Atol, the music
label rx:tx and coordinates the ongoing mobile laboratory project
Makrolab, focusing on telecommunications, migrations and weather
systems in an intersection of art and science. His work has been
featured in published contemporary art anthologies (Fresh Cream, Art
Tommorow) and extensively online and has been installed
internationally including the Venice, Gwangju and Johannesburg
Biennials, Documenta, Ars Electronica, ISEA, Manifesta, and numerous
other exhibitions and museums, in Europe, Asia and the US among them
P.S.1 Moma and the New Museum in New York. In 2000 he received the
special Medienkunst prize at the ZKM in Karlsruehe and in 2001 the
Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica together with Carsten Nicolai
for their work, Polar, produced at the Canon Artlab in Tokyo in 2000.

Noel Harding
Noel Harding Studio

Noel Harding is an international Canadian artist and urban innovator
recognized for his monumental scale public art projects and
environmental sculptures that address the role and plight of nature
in the midst of twenty-first century urbanization. He is well known
for his sculpture The Elevated Wetlands where vegetation lives in
recycled plastic soil while cleaning polluted water. In general, his
work is an engagement in public urban realities: planning,
envisioning, and mapping toward the future, suggesting that much more
is possible. His work has been shown in more than 200 exhibitions,
including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the
National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario where his
work is archived in the permanent collections.

Rod Strickland

Professor of Visual Arts
University of Windsor

Rod Strickland is an artist and educator who creates sculpture and
public works through solo and collaborative projects. Current
projects include: The Green Corridor; an interdisciplinary community
based initiative, an art, science, educational, and environmental
project that re images the busiest international border crossing
between Canada and the United States. Open Corridor, an exhibit of
nationally and internationally known artists work on the NAFTA
Freeway. Drive-Thru Symphony, a site-specific, real time installation
and performance work that incorporates sight, sound, and smell while
integrating vehicle traffic and drivers into a collaborative event.

Chris Hardwicke
Associate, Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co Architects
Future Ecologies

As an associate at Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co Architects Inc.
Chris Hardwicke researches, designs, teaches, gives advice, makes
policies and writes about places and cities. Chris draws on his
background in architecture, environmental studies and fine art to
create healthy cities. His visionary urban projects have been
exhibited and published internationally.


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