Conferences + Workshops + Talks

Symposium | November 2018 (Laura Levin, Michael Longford, Taien Ng-Chan)
Intermedial Narratives and Performance: New Approaches

Intermedial Narrative & Performance: New Approaches will focus on new modes of storytelling at the intersection of performance, technology, art and design, and the ways in which they are producing alternative kinds of knowledge in and outside of the academy. Specifically, how do emerging multimedia performances and artworks use augmented and mixed reality tools, network archaeology, and new information infrastructures to generate creative opportunities and alternative modes of transmitting self, culture, and memory?

Featuring keynote presentations and workshops by: The Builders Association (New York City) and IRL Labs (Pittsburgh). Following the symposium, our keynote speakers will be staying on for a 2-day workshop with our students.

International Conference | September 2018 (Michael Longford, David Gelb)
Edge Effects: Exploring Zones of Transition in Teaching and Making
Digitally Engaged Learning Conference

Edge effects serve as a metaphor and provocation for exploring zones of transition where technologies, disciplines, and ways of knowing overlap producing adaptation, hybridity, and transformation. York partners include AMPD and the Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL). International partners include University of the Arts London, The New School – Parsons, Texas State University, and Penn State College of the Arts and Architecture.

DEL 2018 featured keynote presentations by: Skawennati (AbTeC) and Jason Edward Lewis (Concordia University), Stephanie Dinkins (Stony Brook University), Kate Hartman (OCAD University), Andres Colmenares (Internet Age Media), and a Graduate Student Roundtable featuring Alejandro Mayoral Baños, and Sensorium Graduate Caucus members David Han, Alison Humphrey, and Melanie Wilmink.

Past Conferences

Conference | September 2016 (Michael Longford)
Media Architecture Summit

In September 2016, Sensorium Director Michael Longford (with Dave Colangelo, Portland University) organized the Media Architecture Summit 2016 (MAS 2016) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, presented by Sensorium and AMPD. The symposium brought together over 200 attendees, comprised of scholars, artists and designers, architects, urban planners, representatives from the cultural sector and industry. Panel topics included, context aware illuminated spaces, architectural projection, animated building façades, and interactive installations inviting spontaneous public performance. The event opened with an evening keynote from internationally acclaimed media artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The summit continued with a day of featured talks, panel discussions followed by an evening social hosted at InterAccess. The final day of the summit featured a curatorial panel at University of Toronto and industry workshops at OCAD University. MAS 2016 closed with a curated Nuit Blanche walk organized by Sensorium graduate students. The symposium was funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant, and received additional funding from partners Philips, StrongLED, and Daktronics.

International Conference | April 2013 (Caitlin Fisher)
HASTAC 2013: The Storm of Progress: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes 

In April 2013, Sensorium was launched during the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), an international conference organized by Sensorium member Caitlin Fisher along with Maureen Engel (University of Alberta). The conference was attended by over 200 digital media researchers. Two events sponsored by Sensorium included the Sensorium Inaugural Exhibition featuring interactive and media art works by 10 Sensorium members, as well as a keynote address at the conference by renowned curator, Paola Antonelli, Director of Research and Development in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA (NY).

Past Graduate Student Symposia

FREQUENCIES: Patterning Interconnectivity & Networked Temporality | April 2017

Featured presentations and art by York University students, a Sensorium Postdoctoral Fellow Roundtable, and a keynote presentation by internationally renowned media artist David Rokeby.

SKIN: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cybernetic Containers | April 2016

Featured keynote speaker Dr. Laura Wiebe (Brock University). The Sensorium Student Symposium offered a unique symbiotic opportunity for emerging researchers and artists to gather, exchange, bond, and cross-fertilize future landscapes for research materializing at disciplinary boundaries.

COLLAPSING CONSTELLATIONS: Remapping Art, Science, and the Planetary | April 2015

The inaugural Sensorium Student Symposium featured the work of 20 MA and PhD students from across Canada working on art and science collaborations to develop innovative models for research involving both ecological and digital media interfaces. Sensorium member Dr. Natasha Myers delivered the keynote for the conference, “Plant Planet: Art, Science, and the Turn to Plants in a Time of Climate Change.”

Past Workshops + Seminars

Seminars | September 2016 – March 2017 (Mary Elizabeth Luka)
Critical Methods in Technoculture

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Luka, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Sensorium, organized 12 seminars on Critical Methods in Technoculture that took place between September 2016 and March 2017. The seminars brought together an international collaboration of emerging scholars to activate a research Office of the Vice-President 13 Research & Innovation agenda mobilizing feminist critical communications scholarship and to develop a nuanced approach to incipient digital research methods across academic and professional disciplines. 10 other universities in addition to York participated, and the seminars were hosted in Berlin, London, Leicester, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Halifax, Los Angeles, and Toronto. There were a total for 40 presenters, over 15 graduate students mentored, and over 500 attendees. These seminars were funded in part by a SSHRC Connection Grant.

Workshop | February 2016 (Mark-David Hosale)
Beyond New Media: The Biology Laboratory as an Art Studio

Sensorium member Mark-David Hosale and his lab, n-D:: StudioLab invited Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes  for a small and intense experimental workshop session in microbiology and drawing,  generating discussions on the artistic, aesthetic and ethical issues raised by the art and the science involved. The handling of living bacteria and laboratory materials provoked a reflection on the theoretical issues involved, which reflected back onto the theme discussed in de Menezes’ lecture related to the current diversity of artistic discourses centred on biological sciences.

Workshop | December 2013
Workshop on Architectural Projection

In December 2013, Sensorium hosted a Workshop on Architectural Projection with curator and professor Christoph Domino and artist Catherine Radosa from l’ESBAM (Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts du Mans) located outside of Paris. They shared their research program around “Grande Images” and video mapping with a group from Sensorium, who also presented their work.

Past Talks + Lectures

Lecture | 2016 (Doug Van Nort)
Wendy Michener Lecture: Pauline Oliveros and Ione

Internationally-renowned composer Pauline Oliveros and playwright Ione presented their past work and an augmented reality opera. Later in the evening, the duo were joined by cellist Anne Bourne and Sensorium Interim Director Dr. Doug Van Nort, for performance as part of the Music Gallery’s major festival for the year, X-Avant.

Talks | March – April 2016
Sensorium Speaker Series: Alternative Gaming

Sensorium co-presented with AMPD a speakers series centered on alternative gaming. Speakers included Dr. Partrick Jagoda (University of Chicago) and his talk “Alternate Reality Games as Cultural Probes: Design, Experiment & Collaboration,” Dr. Celia Pearce (Northeastern University) and her talk “Adventures in Play, Creativity, and Innovation,” Cindy Poremba (Sheridan) and her talk “Points for Realism: the Eclectic Role of Captured Media in Video Games,” and Dr. Kishonna Grey (Eastern Kentucky University) and her talk “Beyond Identity and Diversity: Examining the Struggle for Justice and Equity in Gaming Culture.”

Talk | February 2016 (Mark-David Hosale)
Art Research and Practice: An Experimental Endeavour, a lecture by Bio Artist Marta de Menezes Calendar Add to Calendar

Organized by Sensorium member Mark-David Hosale and his lab, n-D:: StudioLab, a free public lecture by Portuguese bio artist Marta de Menezes explored the multiple possibilities of artistic approaches that can be developed in relation to Art and Biology in contemporary art practice and research. A special emphasis was placed on the work developed by Menezes throughout her career in the development of collaborative art and biology projects where the artist has to learn some biological research skills in order to create artwork.

Talk | November 2015
Di Mainstone 

Held in the Digital Media Lab, digital media artist Di Mainstone‘s talk was sponsored by York University’s Digital Media Program. The artist spoke about her most recent project, Human Harp, a clip-on instrument that transforms suspension bridges into giant harps.

Lecture | 2014
Wendy Michener Lecture: Natalie Jeremijenko

Keynote lecture by internationally acclaimed artist, engineer and inventor Natalie Jeremijenko. By the Faculty of Fine Arts in association with the Situating Science Seminar Series of the Science and Technology Studies Program.

Talk + Screening | 2014
Michael Snow

Sensorium hosted an afternoon and screening with Canada’s most celebrated media artist, Michael Snow, in conversation with 3D digital design pioneer Greg Hermanovic, co-founder of Side Effects Software and Derivative TouchDesigner, who is now one of FFA’s Industry Partners. The afternoon was moderated by Visual Arts Professor and Sensorium member Nell Tenhaaf.

Past Collaborative Initiatives

Independent Collaborative Initiative | April 2015 (Aleks Kaminska)
Cultures of Light from Sun to Screen

Sensorium collaborated on a successful summer graduate course taught by MITACS/Sensorium Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Aleksandra Kaminska. Cultures of Light from Sun to Screen was an interdisciplinary workshop devoted to thinking about light in relation to our visual cultures and material practices, exploring the relationship between optics and vision.

Course description:

This intensive summer course is devoted to thinking about light in relation to our visual cultures and material practices, continuously exploring the relationship between optics and vision. Derrida described light as the “founding metaphor of Western philosophy”; it is the medium that allows us to see, but that also transforms the way that we see by compelling us to develop practices and technologies that extend our vision. This course explores different epistemological and phenomenological dimensions of light and how they have historically shaped our vision, perception, and knowledge, transformed our landscapes, formed our media technologies, and engaged the arts in myriad ways. The analytical framework developed in the course draws upon an interdisciplinary selection of writings from media studies, visual culture, philosophy, science and technology studies, and film and photography.

Summer Institute | May – June 2014 (Janine Marchessault)

Sensorium co-presented the 2014 Summer Institute devoted to ARCHIVE_MEMORY_DATABASE with the Graduate Program in Cinema and Media Studies funded through the Norman Jewison Lecture Series. Taught by Sensorium’s Inaugural Director, Janine Marchessault, the summer graduate course was interdisciplinary and featured three well attended public lectures and a master class with William Uricchio, Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and Principal Investigator of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab and Game Lab. The final lecture was held downtown at TIFF Bell Lightbox and was a collaboration with TIFF’s Higher Learning program.

Course description:

The 2014 Summer Institute in Film is devoted to thinking about archival cultures in relation to what some have called “the data base imaginary” (Vesna, Dietz, 2007). This intensive summer course will investigate the epistemological and phenomenological boundaries of post-representational and database cultures: from traditional information management platforms developed for museums to the complex interfaces in popular games like GTA 5, to big data analytics and the promises of Web 3.0. The course will engage with different approaches to interactive documentaries, the “algorithmic turn” (Uricchio, 2011) and diverse kinds of play and distributed spectatorship. Students will be encouraged to develop different methodologies (research creation productions, speculative essays, media archaeologies, databases) to explore the impact of these forms on notions of history, memory and the concept of the archive.