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Teresa Connors is active as a creative coder, opera singer, and audiovisual installation artist. Her works have received awards and support, including ICMA Award, Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council, and have been presented at international conferences, film festivals and galleries and published in leading journals. Having recently completed postdoctoral research with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Teresa’s current artistic focus is the live-streaming of environmental datasets as a co-creative device for public engagement artworks.
Robert Fantinatto has studied Astrophysics at the University of Toronto and Film at York University. made a drastic change in career paths. In early 2011 he began to notice an explosion of interest in the world of modular synthesizers. Having been involved in electronic music during the 1980s, he was intrigued by how computers and digital keyboards were in the process of being replaced by equipment long thought to be obsolete. He bought his own modular system and was drawn into the ever-expanding group of musicians who have shunned modern technology for these reborn instruments. He made the feature documentary “I Dream of Wires” that explored this musical innovation along with producing his own music under the name of Robert Blank. He is currently directing two new feature-length documentaries on the life of synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog and composer Morton Subotnick. He spent almost 20 years working as the technical supervisor for Charles Street Video and continues to be an active member to this day.
Sandy McLennan is a multidisciplinary artist thriving on reinvention. A Sheridan College Media Arts graduate (1981), he worked as Audio-Visual/Computer Technician in schools until 2014, residing near Huntsville, Ontario since 1986. Making movies on celluloid film or digital video, he is compelled to reproduce docu-drama evidence of the world around him. After decades away he is back in his home darkroom, hand-processing motion picture film. He employs both a portable darkroom and portable cinema to take film outside. Sandy has received grants from the Ontario Arts council to teach pinhole photography and has led workshops at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. McLennan's experience includes performing with the Canadian Opera Company at age 7, shooting slides in Hong Kong in 1972, tape recording R.Murray Schafer’s lake opera in 1981, documenting a canoe trip on 16mm film, mounting solo and group exhibitions of photography, installation, audio and motion pictures and installation/performance collaborations with Beverley Hawksley for Nuit Blanche North.
Debashis Sinha A percussionist with a distinctive voice and imagination, Sinha has long been a fixture on Canada’s creative music scene as an acoustic and electronic musician, exploring the many different ways traditional and contemporary tools can inform each other. He is well known as a performer and sound artist, making many appearances nationally and internationally at ISEA, MUTEK Montreal, MUTEK Japan, the Banff Centre, Deep Wireless, Madrid Abierto, Guelph Jazz Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and other venues. He is active in the Toronto theatre community as an award winning sound designer and composer, creating audio for productions at Soulpepper, the Stratford Festival, Necessary Angel, and many other companies. Upcoming projects include a sound cycle using machine learning tools based on the Vedas and a new album on Berlin’s Establishment label.