Providing a platform for community-building and knowledge-sharing at the intersection of art, science and technology.


Jan. 29, 2017


Subtle Technologies seeks curious, energetic and dedicated collaborators to actively participate in the renovation, strategic planning, and leadership of Subtle Technologies.

Subtle Tech’s Board is comprised of up to 7 individuals possessing a diversity of perspectives, disciplines and expertise. We are seeking insight and input toward the visioning, development, execution and championing of a renovated strategic organizational plan.

See the full call here.


Dec. 13, 2016



Call for Submissions:

Deadline: March 1st, 2017

Co-Presented with Toronto Animated Image Society & the Gardiner Museum

There is more life in a drop of ocean water than most major cities on Earth. Yet, this awesome reality is invisible to the naked eye and goes largely unnoticed. In partnership with Toronto Animated Image Society and Gardiner Museum, Subtle Technologies invites submissions of animated shorts (10 minutes and under) that reveal the interconnectedness of all living beings on our planet through water.

See the full details on the Call For Submissions page.


August. 10, 2016


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This September, Subtle Technologies will continue its collaborative initiative with its sister organization InterAccess and partner with Toronto’s centre for creative music, the Music Gallery, to mount a site-specific installation on the West Island of Ontario Place.

Night Swimmer, by Toronto-based sound artist Michael Trommer is an ambulatory listening experience, in which visitors walking the south shoreline of the island are immersed in field recordings of nighttime swims along the Georgian Bay. At once nostalgic and uncanny, listeners are presented with sonic vignettes of nocturnal wildlife, child’s play and family dogs in stark visual contrast to the largely unpeopled waters of Lake Ontario.

Click here to learn more!

June. 29, 2016



Subtle Technologies has a new Marketing & Communications Assistant for the Summer, Umar Ansari. 

Umar is an Industrial Design major at OCAD University and, with a penchant for art + science + technology, he will be assisting our Art Director, Zach Pearl, in preparing for next year’s much-anticipated 20th Subtle Technologies Festival, and maintaining our presence on the web. That’s right, we’re getting the ball rolling very early.

When he’s not wearing the Subtle Tech hat, Umar is tending to his love for design and writing as a contributor for DesignFaves, where he muses about everything and anything creative.

If you’d like to get in touch with Umar, he can be reached via email at or via Twitter (@TheLazyPolygon).

Feb. 29, 2016


Festival Banner 2016

Image Credit: Phillip David Stearns

The first glimpse of programming details for SEAMLESS VISIONS: New Textiles and Wearable Technologies, the 19th annual Subtle Technologies Festival, have been posted to the FESTIVAL 2016 page.

Boasting 5 events over 4 days, this year’s festival has something for everyone with activities spanning performance, installation, demonstrations, lectures and a full-day hands-on workshop. Tickets will go on sale in just a matter of weeks, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, we encourage you familiarize yourself with this year’s roster of media artists, scholars, scientists and technologists on the 2016 PARTICIPANTS page.


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