2017 Schedule

PatTern recognition: FIVE years of vector

Now celebrating its fifth year, Vector Festival showcases emergent, critical, and experimental new media art. This year’s line-up features over 27 local and international artists showcased in panels, performances, screenings, and workshops that will take place at sites across Toronto including Artscape Youngplace, Electric Perfume, Black Cat Artspace, Celebration square Mississauga, Loop Hole Gallery, and InterAccess.

Events

sat1jul - 319:00 PMjul 31- 5:40 AMElders by Alex Myers at Loop Hole Gallery | Exhibition9:00 PM - 5:40 AM (31) EST Loop Hole Gallery

Event Details

July 1 to 31

at Loop Hole Gallery
Daily from dusk till dawn

View Alex Myers’s .gif piece Elders commissioned by Vector Festival 2017.

Time

1 (Saturday) 9:00 PM - 31 (Monday) 5:40 AM EST

Location

Loop Hole Gallery

109 Niagara Street, Toronto

Organizer

wed12jul8:00 PM- 11:00 PMDay Zero: Voight-Kampff | Pre-Festival Social and Screening8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST Electric Perfume

Event Details

JULY 12

at Electric Perfume
8pm – 11pm
Screening at 8:30pm
PWYC

A tradition since the founding of Vector, Day Zero blends the aesthetics of the experimental and the popular. Featuring works by artists selected from our open call, combined with short works from popular culture, this year’s screening explores how popular and experimental practices deal with the question of the post-human.

Works by Peter Rahul, Udit Mahajan, Marta Di Francesco, and Tillmann Ohm will be screened.

Also, check out Curious Cabinets, an arcade exhibition currently on view at Electric Perfume, presented in association with Hand Eye Society and Spritebox Arcade with funding from Toronto Arts Council.

Curious Cabinets is a free 1-month exhibition devoted to the exploration of video game arcade hardware and public play. The exhibition will feature 8 games created for two custom arcade machines — the One-Button Torontron and the SpriteBox. 

Click here to learn more about the artists featured in Curious Cabinets.

 

Time

(Wednesday) 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST

Location

Electric Perfume

805 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

thu13jul - 12augAll DayLocal Host | Online Exhibition(All Day) EST

Event Details

JULY 13 TO AUGUST 12

online at vectorfestival.org

Vector’s first online exhibition showcases web-based experiments with game engines and interactive new media creations. The exhibition will bring Vector to the farthest fringes of the networked world, featuring playful new digital works that oscillate between 8bit nostalgia and post-Internet aesthetics.

Work by Hannah Epstein, Zev Farber, Alex Myers, Jasmeet Sidhu, Tanja Vujinovic, and Sagan Yee

Time

July 13 (Thursday) - August 12 (Saturday)

thu13jul - 16jul 1312:00 PMjul 16Local Host | IRL Exhibition12:00 PM - 6:00 PM (16) EST Black Cat Artspace

Event Details

JULY 13 TO july 16

at Black Cat Artspace
FREE
Open daily from 12pm-6pm

Visit Black Cat Artspace to experience an IRL installation of Local Host, which links historical considerations of net.art exhibition practices to the material cultures and conditions of post-internet aesthetics; couching the work within the tensions between personal and public aesthetics of digital exhibition practices.

Work by Hannah Epstein, Zev Farber, Alex Myers, Jasmeet Sidhu, Tanja Vujinovic, and Sagan Yee

Time

13 (Thursday) 12:00 PM - 16 (Sunday) 6:00 PM EST

Location

Black Cat Artspace

1286 Dundas St. West

thu13jul7:00 PM- 10:00 PMVector Festival Launch Party and Exhibition Opening Reception7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST InterAccess

Event Details

JULY 13

at InterAccess
FREE
7pm – 10pm

Join us for the festival launch party and the opening reception for Pattern Recognition, Vector’s flagship exhibition. 

Patter Recognition explores the mediation of human perception through algorithms and machines. It features new works by artists based in Canada, the US, and the UK, including Virtual Reality pieces, video installations, interactive sculptures, and digital environments. Together, the works shown raise questions such as: What might it mean to see like a machine? Do LED screens have optical nerves? What kind of vision emerges when artists attempt close readings of software code? How do artificial intelligences perceive their surroundings, and how do they make sense of narratives about AI? Is the social and political meaning of images lost when such images are simulated and commodified? As in previous years, the exhibition showcases both emerging and established artists, and brings into dialogue an exciting mix of creative perspectives that experiment with new and established digital technologies.

Featuring works by Ben Bogart, Henry Driver, Samantha Fickel, Paolo Pedercini, and Jordan Shaw.

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST

Location

InterAccess

9 Ossington

fri14jul - 12augjul 147:00 PMaug 12Pattern Recognition | Exhibition7:00 PM - (august 12) 6:00 PM EST InterAccess

Event Details

JULY 14 TO August 12

at InterAccess
11am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Open until 8pm, Wednesday

Exhibition opening reception: July 13, 2017, 7pm – 10pm

This year, Vector’s flagship exhibition explores the mediation of human perception through algorithms and machines. It features new works by artists based in Canada, the US, and the UK, including Virtual Reality pieces, video installations, interactive sculptures, and digital environments. Together, the works shown raise questions such as: What might it mean to see like a machine? Do LED screens have optical nerves? What kind of vision emerges when artists attempt close readings of software code? How do artificial intelligences perceive their surroundings, and how do they make sense of narratives about AI? Is the social and political meaning of images lost when such images are simulated and commodified? As in previous years, the exhibition showcases both emerging and established artists, and brings into dialogue an exciting mix of creative perspectives that experiment with new and established digital technologies.

Featuring works by Ben Bogart, Henry Driver, Samantha Fickel, Molleindustria, and Jordan Shaw.

Time

July 14 (Friday) 7:00 PM - August 12 (Saturday) 6:00 PM EST

Location

InterAccess

9 Ossington

fri14jul9:00 PM- 11:00 PMExecute! From Scene to Screen | Screening9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Artscape Youngplace

Event Details

JULY 14

at Artscape Youngplace
9pm – 11pm
$15.00

Vector co-founder Clint Enns curates an extraordinary screening that pays homage to the extravagant, edgy, and plain crazy history and continued activities of the demoscene, a loose international community of programmers, hackers, musicians, and designers (originally involved in cracking video game copy protection) who create self-contained, audio-visual code-based works that range from minuscule visual abstractions to over-the-top epics. The majority of the work will be screened from executable files, rather than video, reframing the demo as a micro-cinema format.

Time

(Friday) 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location

Artscape Youngplace

180 Shaw St.

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Execute! From Scene to Screen, Vector Festival 2017

Price: $15.00

sat15jul11:00 AM- 3:00 PMMaking Virtual Instruments | Workshop11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST InterAccess

Event Details

JULY 15

at InterAccess
11am – 3pm
$80 regular; $60 passholder

Join foci + loci for this year’s Vector Festival workshop, where participants will be guided through their creative process using the game software LittleBigPlanet for the Sony Playstation 3. Working collaboratively, workshop participants will learn how to use the various tools and assets within the game to create their own audio visual instruments and prepare them for live performance.

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST

Location

InterAccess

9 Ossington

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Making Virtual Instruments Workshop, Vector Festival 2017

Price: $80.00

sat15jul8:00 PM- 11:00 PMSignal / Space | Performance8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Artscape Youngplace

Event Details

SATURDAY JULY 15 2017

at Artscape Youngplace
8pm – 11pm
$15.00

Live audiovisual performances featuring vintage computation technologies, live signal processing and the manipulation of digital spaces.

With performances by Tasman Richardson (Toronto), Gabe Knox + Daniel Zabawa (Toronto), and foci + loci (NYC).

Performances

A Line Has Two Sides by Tasman Richardson
18 min, live, three-channel AV performance

Using glitches harvested from an Atari 2600 game console, a triptych audiovisual spectacle is performed in real-time. By triggering hundreds of clips and positioning them in space and time, the audience is wrapped in a pulsating foil of visual music made entirely from the sound of the source clips—a signature of the JAWA method first developed by Richardson in 1996. Manipulating these ghosts in the machine through synchronized cuts of the seen and heard induces an anxious immediacy as the nervous system responds to light and the heart rate responds to bass rhythm. The result is a fierce, abstract expression inspired in equal parts by Kandinsky and Pan sonic.

Dos Amigas by Gabe Knox and Daniel Zabawa
15 min, live AV performance.

A live performance of an audio-visual algorithmic composition written by Knox and Zabawa and “performed” on two Commodore Amiga personal computers, running custom software written in ARM assembler that takes advantage of the Amiga’s famous built-in sound and graphics chips.

The algorithmic aspect of the composition is based on two-dimensional binary cellular automata, a computational model that evolves over time from a basic set of rules. With some live interaction from its operator, one Amiga generates the cellular automata and triggers a modulating series of tones based on the changes of state of the automata. Communicating over a parallel interface, the other Amiga reads visual patterns in the automata using a pattern recognition algorithm and triggers a note when it recognizes a shape. Live input from that Amiga’s operator will determine what patterns to look for as well as manipulating timbral elements of the triggered sounds. The result is a hypnotic piece of music that evolves unpredictably from a simple set of individual notes to a complex, interlocking system of polyrhythms and modal changes.

Bramble and Other Works by foci + loci
30 minute, two-channel AV performance

Bramble, a 2-channel virtual instrument using the Little Big Planet game engine, produces an algorithmic composition in the form of a growing bush made up of electrical wires and circuit boards. In a 15 minute performance, both the instrument and composition are time-based unfolding simultaneously over the course of several accelerated days and nights in a desert scene. As the bush grows, the stems’ proximity to each other trigger musical notes and sounds while performers either navigate through and around the bramble or improvise with additional instruments outside the game space. Once the bramble/bush has reached maximum density or the instrument has fully manifested in form, its branch tips blossom with playable flowers which spin during performance interaction, interweaving discrete musical and sonic patterns into the foreground of the piece. Because both the instrument and composition of Bramble unfold in tandem, this environment may be played with 2-5 players/improvisers.

In conclusion, foci + loci will also perform two other short-form pieces (7 minutes each) in Little Big Planet showcasing their classic custom-made instruments that focus on the spatialization of audiovisual events and concise algorithmic outcomes.

Time

(Saturday) 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location

Artscape Youngplace

180 Shaw St.

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Signal / Space, Vector Festival 2017

Price: $15.00

sun16jul2:00 PM- 4:00 PMPerformers Panel: Signal Space | Panel2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST InterAccess

Event Details

JULY 16

at InterAccess
2pm – 4pm
FREE

In conversation with Martin Zeilinger participating Vector Festival performers explore the intersections of games, computation, improvisation, and performance.

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Location

InterAccess

9 Ossington

mon24jul8:00 PM- 10:00 AMArt on the Screens | Screening8:00 PM - 10:00 AM Celebration Square

Event Details

JULY 24

at Celebration Square
8pm – 10pm
FREE

Abstract video works by Jan Swinburne and Robert Seidel will be screened on loop at Mississauga’s public gathering space, Celebration Square.

Time

(Monday) 8:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Location

Celebration Square

300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

Vector Festival was founded in 2013 by a revolving collective of curators artists and scholars. Foundational members (2013-2015) include Skot Deeming, Clint Enns, Christine Kim, Katie Micak, Diana Poulsen, and Martin Zeilinger.