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Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building

York University

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, ON M3J 2S5


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Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York

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The Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York is the first of six symposiums hosted by mixed reality producers Toasterlab, and will explore extended and mixed reality performance. Artists and new media creators will share modes of working and recent successes in VR, AR, and immersive theatre.

Projects include:

TrailOff - Swim Pony, Adrienne Mackey, Artistic Director (Philadelphia)

The Stranger 2.0 - Dopolavoro Teatrale (DLT), Daniele Bartolini, Artistic Director (Toronto)

Public2 - Jane Gotch Dance, Jane Gotch, Choreographer (Toronto/Kansas City)

Blue Hour/36Q - Blue Hour/36Q, Paul Cegys, Project Leader (Prague)

Parkway Forest VR - Friends of Parkway Forest Park, Toasterlab (Toronto)

Jacqueiries - Jacob Niedzwiecki (Toronto/Calgary)

Groundworks - Dancing Earth Creations: Groundworks (San Francisco)

HistArch3D - Harrison Forsyth, York University (Toronto)

After Dan Graham - David Han, York University (Toronto)

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. Every four months, an Atelier cohort will present progress on their projects at a symposium hosted by Toasterlab in partnership with a university and the Atelier's advisory board. When the Atelier concludes in June 2021, Toasterlab will share open source tools, guidelines, and instructional material for the creation of immersive media in an arts context.

Toasterlab creates place-based extended reality experiences that promote deeper engagement with history, community, and imagination. Toasterlab combines expertise in storytelling, theatrical and media production, and the development of new technology to produce both original work and partnerships. Our work ranges from live site-specific live performance to bespoke mobile applications and VR films, and often combines a variety of approaches to collapse time and space for the delivery of impactful narratives. From the largest festivals to community youth workshops, we build accessible ways to understand places in whole new ways.

Full Schedule

Registration, CIBC Lobby: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

• Coffee, tea, and pastries served

Opening Remarks: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

• Land Acknowledgement

• Joel Ong – Sensorium Interim Director, York University

• Ian Garrett, Justine Garrett, and Andrew Sempere – Toasterlab and the Atelier Project

Break, CIBC Lobby: 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

• Coffee and tea served

Social Ghosts: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Moderator: Justine Garrett

• Bury the Wren (Beth Kates, Remote)

• Public2 (Jane Gotch)

• The Stranger (Daniele Bartolini)

• Remember Me (Sharon Reshef)

Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

• On your own; ask for lunch location suggestions in the CIBC Lobby

Working in the Landscape: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Moderators: Meagan Byrne + Meg McKay

• Blue Hour (Paul Cegys)

• Groundworks (Tisina Parker)

• Jacqueiries / Cohort (Jacob Neidzweicki)

• TrailOff (Adrienne Mackey)

• On Screen Protocols and Pathways Guide (Meagan Byrne + Meg McKay)

Break, CIBC Lobby: 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

• Coffee and tea served

Novel Interactions: 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Moderator: Taien Ng-Chan

• Albion Branch Library VR (Erin Brandenburg, Remote)

• HistArch3D (Harrison Forsyth)

• After Dan Graham (David Han)

• Parkway Forest VR (Ana Cuciureanu)

• Stratigraphic City (Taien Ng-Chan)

Closing Remarks: 4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

• Sarah Bay-Cheng – Dean, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD), York University

• Next Steps with Toasterlab

Sponsored/Supported by:

Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

Canada Council for the Arts

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Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building

York University

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, ON M3J 2S5


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