Ingrid Bachmann’s works exist at the crossroads of the technological, the generative, the performative and the corporeal. Using both redundant and state of the art digital technologies, Bachmann’s projects create visually rich, immersive and interactive environments — spaces of encounter activated by the viewer — where various interactions and interventions can take shape. By combining materials, found objects, and sculpture, Bachmann creates situations, circumstances and systems that generate their own dynamics, contingent on the viewer’s presence and participation. In so doing, her works invite the viewer to negotiate materiality, performance, presence and the haptic. Bachmann is a founding member of Hexagram: Institute for Research and Creation in the Media Arts in Montreal, Canada and the Director of the Institute of Everyday Life. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions and festivals in Canada, Europe, the United States, Asia, and Latin America including the PHI Centre Montreal (2014), Eveil/Alive in Sao Paolo, Brazil (2013),11th Havana Biennal (2012), Manifestation International d’art 6, Québec (2012), Lab 30, Augsburg (2010), and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2010).
Lisa Himer (DodoLab)
DodoLab is an experimental creative practice, directed by Lisa Hirmer, that is focused on developing provocative approaches to working with the public in public and the nebulous reality of public opinion. As DodoLab, Hirmer has created projects across Canada and internationally at public galleries, including Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Foreman Gallery (Lennoxville); with service organizations, such as Trillium (Sudbury) and the Gosling Foundation (Guelph); municipalities, including Breckland Council (U.K.) and the City of Rijeka (Croatia); and academic groups, including The Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (University of Guelph), and the Centre for Community Based Research (Kitchener). In 2011 DodoLab was awarded the Fresh Ground New Works Prize from the Harbourfront Centre to develop Icons of Canada and in 2013 was selected to develop a commissioned project (A Quack Cure) for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. In 2014 DodoLab received a major project grant from the Ontario Arts Council to develop a new body of work called The Passengers. DodoLab was recently selected for a residency at Peninsula Arts (Plymouth, United Kingdom) by the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World.
Robert Luzar is an artist, writer and educator based in Toronto (CA) and Bath (UK). Engaging live-art, visual technology, and non-standard forms of drawing, Luzar explores questions of ‘multiplicity’ as a materialist event traversing mark-making and self-interruptive gesture. He publishes writings on art and critical theory, and is a Lecturer in Fine Art, at Bath Spa University (UK). He holds a Masters of Arts degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, and a PhD from Central Saint Martins (UK). His works are exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, and live-art events. Upcoming projects include an artist residency at Est-Nord-Est (CA), and the co-publication of Nancy & Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press), one of the first publications to explore Visual Culture in relation to the ideas of French philosopher Jean-luc Nancy.
Syrus Marcus Ware
Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate and educator. He is the Program Coordinator of the AGO Youth Program, Art Gallery of Ontario. As a visual artist, Syrus works within the mediums of painting, installation, and performance to explore social justice frameworks and activist culture. His works has been shown widely. In 2005, Syrus was vote “Best Queer Activist” by Now Magazine, and 2012 has awarded the Steinert and Ferreiro Award for LGBT community leadership and activism. Syrus holds degrees in Art History, Visual Studies and a Masters in Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto. He is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.
Jess Dobkin is an internationally acclaimed performance artist. She has active in the downtown performance art scene in New York City before moving to Toronto in 2002. She continues to travel with her work internationally, where her projects are presented at museums, galleries, theatres, universities, festivals, and public spaces. Her performance practice is created in conversation and community, stirred by points of tension and dissonance, frictions and fractures. It is driven by a desire for meaningful, intimate exchange with an audience, where a potent performance can be a catalyst for dialogue and embody a sense of hope. She lectures at universities throughout North America and in the UK, and support for her projects includes funding from the Franklin Furance, the Canada Council for the arts and the Astraea Foundation. Her work is taught in universities internationally and her performance have been the subject of scholarship in Gastronomica, The Canadian Theatre Review and n.paradoxa, as well as in publication by Routledge, the University of Michigan Press, Palgrave MacMillan and others.
Polina Teif received her BFA from the University of Toronto with emphasis on Visual Studies and Semiotics. Her work has been published in the Hart House Review, Magenta magazine, and Aesthetica Magazine. In addition to her own practice, she was active as a member XXXX Collective and continues to work on collaborative projects nationally and abroad. Her work has exhibited in Toronto at AGO First Thursday’s, Birch Contemporary, Art Metropole, Hart House, UTAC, and Nuit Blanche as well as UTM, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Idea Exchange, and Gallery Stratford. She currently lives and works in Toronto.
“Hope has been writing for stage and screen for over ten years and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre. Her work explores various genres—film noir, mystery, the detective story, etc—and repurposes them with queer narratives and concerns.”
Source: Hope Thompson