Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based scholar, composer, and artist. His eclectic body of work includes writings about plants, animals, cities, and sound art; scores for film and dance; and objects and installations that trouble received ideas about history, perception, and sensory experience. Akiyama’s output has appeared in commensurately miscellaneous sources such as Leonardo Music Journal, ISEA, Sonar Music Festival (Barcelona), Raster-Noton Records (Berlin), Gendai Gallery (Toronto), and in many other exhibitions, publications, and festivals. He holds a PhD in communications from McGill University, an MFA from Concordia University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
Julia Breckenridge Along with collecting crystals, minerals and fossils since she was a child, Julia Breckenridge has also had a keen in interest in music throughout her life. Julia was given piano lessons at age 4 and played the organ in churches in her teen years, having had lessons in Bedford cathedral England. Later on she played clarinet in a band for 13 years and now enjoys improvising with her son David whenever she gets the chance. Julia is also the co-owner of the Crystal Cave Museum in South River, is a biologist with a background in geology and obtained both her BSc ED and Ontario Teachers Certificate and certification in Special Education. After many years of teaching, Julia has also ventured into the area of visual art with her macro-photography of the various mineral specimens she collects.
Donna Brock was introduced to the violin at age 8, and embraced Old Time Fiddle and Folk Music as an adult. She enjoys improvising and accompanying other musicians, playing with local bands like the Deelies and the FernGlen FiddleHeads. Donna has her BA from Laurentian and later trained as a stone sculptor (Sir Stanford Flemming College). She is a retired Piano Tuner (George Brown College) with a keen interest in the Decomopsing Piano’s journey as she is one of the team that brought the idea to fruition.
Kristine Diekman is a media artist and educator. Her recent media art investigates climate crisis and water scarcity. As an educator, she designs and facilitates community-based workshops using interactive tactile audio interfaces to tell stories. She is Emeritus Professor in the Art, Media & Design Department at California State University.
Heather Frise is a Toronto-based filmmaker, educator and visual artist. Her experimental films and animations have screened internationally and won several awards. She has worked on a range of community-based, collaborative media and digital storytelling projects including the Emmy-Award winning, Highrise. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from York University and currently teaches drawing and time-based media at OCAD University.
Mike Hoolboom began making movies in 1980. Making as practice, a daily application. Ongoing remixology. 100+ movies. Since 2000 a steady drip of bio docs. The animating question of community: how can I help you? Interviews with media artists for 3 decades. 30+ books, written, edited, co-edited. Local ecologies. Volunteerism. Opening the door.
Ben Pagac is an entomologist by day but also an independent radio producer and sound artist based in Annapolis, MD. His interests include science communication, public health, and the impact of climate change on disease vectors. He is a founding member of the sound collective, Listening Lounge, based in Washington D.C.
Brady Peters is a Canadian designer and researcher who successfully bridges technology and design. He has significant expertise in the use and development of design technology, in integrative construction, and in digital fabrication. With many years of experience in practice, Peters has successfully collaborated with experts in architecture, engineering, and computer science. He specializes in architectural acoustics, environmental simulation, computational design, and digital fabrication. He uses computer programming, parametric modelling, and simulation to design performance-driven forms, and is skilled in the communication and fabrication of buildings with complex geometry. He received his PhD in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, a Professional Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Distinction) from Dalhousie University, and, Bachelor of Science in Geography (Distinction) from the University of Victoria.
Nadene Thériault-Copeland received her Honours B.A. in Music from York University in 1991 where she studied composition with James Tenney and performance with Christina Petrowska-Quilico. Her interest in improv and alternative tunings led her to create the Decomposing Piano exhibit. Nadene is the Executive Director of New Adventures in Sound Art.