Jordan Sparks is a Multimedia Artist, Designer, and Educator born and raised in Toronto. He is a Ryerson alumni with a MA in Media Production and a BFA in New Media. Using graphic art, videos, games and more, Sparks’ artistic practice explores how media, technology, and education can entertain people, inspire communities, and spark social change. He is currently a Makerspace Technician at the Royal Ontario Museum. You can find his portfolio at http://GrindSpark.com.
Katie Micak has a multifaceted art career with a focus on emerging digital art practices. She was on the founding team for both Vector Festival and Toronto Kids Digital Festival. She is currently the Exhibitions Curator and Residency Coordinator at the Living Arts Centre for the City of Mississauga. Micak designed exhibitions and presentations at The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), assisted at Art in General and the Moving Images Festival (NY, NY) and held Director roles at Spark Contemporary (Syracuse. NY) and Propeller Gallery (Toronto). She holds an MFA from Syracuse University in Transmedia, and an MA from OCADU’s Digital Futures program where she focused on self-surveillance and emotional relationships with Artificial Intelligence in "The Alexa Experiment." www.katiemicak.com
Nadine Lessio is a researcher, artist, and creative technologist based out of Toronto Canada who's practice explores ideas around uselessness, artificial (un)intelligence, bots with feelings, and the IoT. Her work has been shown at the AGO, NeurIPS, Nuit Blanche, Indiecade, Vector, and the Game Developers Conference. She likes reading about sad robots, befriending neighbourhood cats, and riding her bike. Nadine holds an MDes in Digital Futures from OCAD University. Twitter: https://twitter.com/_nadine
Capturing Multimedia performance: Play, Installation, and Interactivity in the Gallery
In a panel discussion, multimedia artists Jordan Sparks, Nadine Lessio, and Katie Micak explored and interrogated technologies and everyday experiences in the gallery space. The panel was moderated by Ryerson lecturer David Murphy and current School of Image Arts student Valentina Rozin. The artwork presented showcased a spectrum of approaches in photography, digital media, and performance art.