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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.
Christine Charette is a multi-disciplinary French-Métis artist who works intuitively and metaphorically. Originally from North Bay, Charette has lived in Vancouver, London, Toronto and Montréal, and now resides in the forest near Algonquin park. Since 1991, Christine’s professional practice includes explorations in painting, textiles, print-making, drawing, recycled object sculpture, photography, installation, video, poetry, and sound. Through an eco-feminist lens, Charette explores themes such as women’s work, nesting, isolation, mothering, identity, the environment, natural cycles, and the ancient, through metaphor and affect theory.
Alexandre Klinke is a composer and media artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, based in Vancouver, BC. His work encompasses different fields such as video, multimedia art, music for film, sound design and live music performance. The appreciation of sound is at the core of his practice. He releases music under his own name, as well as using the alias Playback Head, an experimental project that ranges from jazz to electronic and ambient, merging traditional instruments with field recordings, sound-making objects and electronic devices. Working with video and multimedia, he looks at the perceptual effects of the interplay between sound and image, using both analog (magnetic tape, super 8 film, VHS) and digital technologies. His audiovisual pieces incorporate a variety of textures that allude to the ambiguous nature of perception and memory.
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.
Shawn Pinchbeck is an award winning artist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Viljandi, Estonia. He is a multi-faceted artist: electroacoustic music composer, sound designer, audio engineer, performer, media artist, curator and educator. His artworks explore all things that sound, merging elements such as video, computer interaction, multi-speaker environments, sensors and electronics, interdisciplinary performance and installation art.
Jessica Thompson is a media artist working in sound, performance and mobile technologies. Her interactive artworks have shown at venues such as the International Symposium of Electronic Art (San Jose, Dubai, Vancouver), the Conflux Festival (New York), Thinking Metropolis (Copenhagen), Beyond/In Western New York (Buffalo), NIME (Oslo), Artists’ Walks (New York), Locus Sonus (Aix-en-Provence), the AGW Triennial (Windsor), InterACTION (Kitchener), HASTAC (Vancouver), Re:Sound (Aalborg), and Entorno Encuentro Exploración (Pamplona), The Politics of Sound (Lethbridge) and CAFKA (Kitchener). She has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Government of Ontario.