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Nov. 20, 2015

Subtle Technologies Launches New Emerging Artist Fund

A fund for Young Artists eXploring Interdisciplinary Strategies

Please join Subtle Technologies to celebrate the launch of our new commissioning fund for emerging artists, y-AXIS. By purchasing a ticket to the launch you become a founding donor of this landmark program.

Where: Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (213 Sterling Rd, Ste 200)
When: Wednesday December 9th, 6:00-8:30pm
Special Guest: Adrian Wu, first-ever recipient of y-AXIS

Catering by Nathan Isberg of the Atlantic

Purchase Tickets Here – $75 (regular) $45 (artists & arts workers)

*A charitable tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount

Developed to support young and emerging artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology, this dedicated fund will allow us to commission at least one project annually that addresses critical issues through interdisciplinary strategies and innovative design. This season, y-AXIS funds will support the creation of a unique window installation at The Sewing Junction by rising designer Adrian Wu as part of Toronto Design Off Site 2016.

y-AXIS is a metaphor for growth and upward momentum. Your contribution will provide crucial resources for raising the profile of the next wave of influential Canadian makers and thinkers.

Join us on December 9 and enjoy:

  • an exclusive look inside one of the country’s premiere architecture studios
  • a chance to meet Adrian Wu and learn more about his work
  • an extended preview of the 2016 Subtle Technologies Festival
  • free passes to Future Proof, the 2016 Festival’s wearable tech fashion show
  • complimentary food, wine & beer
  • the knowledge that you’re growing a stronger and more sustainable future for young and emerging artists in Canada


Sept. 18, 2015

Reunion with Sister Organization

As some may already know, Subtle Technologies has its roots in another Toronto cultural institution: InterAccess. Still one of the only gallery spaces in Canada dedicated to the production and dissemination of electronic arts, InterAccess’ mandate is also to expand the cultural space of technology.

Installation shot of Vector Festival 2014, InterAccess, Toronto
Installation shot of Vector Festival 2014, InterAccess, Toronto
Born out of IA’s basement workshop space (literally), ST came together in the late 90’s as an informal meet-up group concerned with pushing the potential of interdisciplinarity and collaborative research. At first, the organizations worked together often, co-presenting events and workshops. However, over the years and through many management changes they slowly fell out of touch.

This year, ST and IA will reignite their familial ties and come together for a series of springtime events. Coinciding with our theme of New Textiles and Wearable Technologies, InterAccess will host a series of hands-on, textile-based workshops throughout the month of April as well as a co-curated exhibition in their main gallery space for the entire month of May.

Revisit for more programming details as they’re confirmed.


Sept. 01, 2015

Subtle Technologies Names New Artistic Director

Zach_headshotAs of July, ST has selected last year’s interim Festival Curator, Zach Pearl to move into the leadership role of Artistic Director.

Zach will be responsible for filling the very large shoes left by Founder and former Director of Programs, Jim Ruxton. Beyond steering the organization creatively and working to realize its major goals, Zach will also continue to curate and organize the annual festival.

Coming from both a practical and theoretical background in the arts, Zach is keenly interested in the roles of science and technology as cultural capital and frameworks for sociality. In his other work as a designer and a part-time instructor at OCAD University, Zach sees the intersection of these disciplines at the core of his practice.

While committed to maintaining the legacy of the organization’s programming, Zach also envisions ST functioning as an access point for diverse communities to engage with art and science, and a provider of education and advocacy for Canadian artists and researchers.

You can get in touch with Zach at