Festival 2014—Open Culture: Participatory Practices in Art and Science

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Join us to celebrate participatory culture in art and science at this year’s 17th annual Subtle Technologies Festival. Looking at art, science and DIY culture we will investigate the tools and techniques of harnessing collective knowledge and creativity. Our theme for 2014 is “Open Culture”. The festival will celebrate the ways artists and scientists are creating and making use of tools and techniques to harness the collective power, knowledge and creativity of the citizen. Bringing together artists and scientists who are working in these domains will open streams of dialogue leading to increased collaboration between artists and scientists who are interested in contribution of an engaged public.


Festival Highlights



Opening Reception – May 23 at 7:00 pm


Open Culture/Urban Interventions, curated by Nina Czegledy – May 20-31

Featuring: Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter, Willy Le Maitre, Ron Wild and Joe Geraci, Patricio Davila and Dave Colangelo, Donna Legaut

Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

325 Church Street, Toronto


Open Access, curated by Farah Yusuf – May 23

Featuring artworks by Hacklab.TO, Maggie Flynn, Risa Horowitz, Scott Kobewka and Sheraz Khan, Joana Moll, Joseph Emmanuel Ingoldsby, Thomas Rex Beverly, Milton Friesen, Marinos Koutsomichalis, Afroditi Psarra, Maria Varela

Lobby of Architecture Building, Ryerson University, 325 Church Street, Toronto


SYMPOSIUM – May 24 & 25 – **REGISTER NOW**

DAY 1 – Saturday May 24 – Click here for full schedule and list of events

Day 2 – Sunday May 25 – Click here for full schedule and list of events


A diverse look at open culture in art and science. From DIY bio-printers to citizen science, crowdsourcing, open access journals and performance work we will explore the movement towards greater participation across and among disciplines.

LIB 72, Ryerson University


PUBLIC LECTURE – May 24 at 7:30 pm

Scientists Are Doing it for Themselves: Open Access, Open Data, Citizen Science
presented by John Dupuis

followed by

Panel Discussion
Critical State Making: Applying Open Culture in Post-Conflict Development
by Stephen Kovats, Heather Leson and nichola feldman-kiss

OCADU , Room 230, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto



DIY Water Sensing - May 30 at 6:00-9:00 pm and May 31 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Nina Czegledy
Antonio Gamba-Bari
Adriana Ieraci
Michelle Gay
Guest Speakers
David Lawrie
Ramón Guardans


Place: Semaphore Demo Lab, Main floor Robarts Library

130 St. George Street, on the University of Toronto campus

Click here to register.





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