Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a world-renowned Mexican-Canadian artist known for large-scale interactive installations that fuse architecture and performance art using technological materials, including cell phones, LED lights, and robotics. His work relates directly to the major themes of the conference in that he engages with questions of interactive public performance and digital placemaking. He is the recipient of two BAFTA Awards for Interactive Art in London, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, "Artist of the year" Rave Award from Wired magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon, and an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau.
University of Waterloo
A practitioner of architecture and digital media art, Philip was educated in visual art at Queen’s University, technology at Humber College, and architecture at the University of Toronto. His Toronto-based practice Beesley Pucher Seifert is an interdisciplinary design firm that combines public buildings with international art installations. Philip Beesley’s work is widely cited in the rapidly expanding technology of responsive architecture. He has authored and edited some eighteen books and proceedings, and appeared on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO, AD journals, and a series of TED talks. His work was selected to represent Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale for Architecture, and his distinctions include the Prix de Rome in Architecture, RAIC Allied Arts, ACADIA Award for Research, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, Architizer A+,and two Governor General’s Awards.
Amahl Hazelton was trained in architectural history and urban planning (McGill 1994 & 2005) and is presently Head of Communications (Destinations) with Montreal-based new media and entertainment studio Moment Factory. Prior to joining Moment Factory in 2009, Amahl was a client--as lead project manager for Montreal's Quartier de spectacles entertainment district and its Signature Lighting Program. His strategic architectural and urban scale experiential design approaches have informed many of Moment Factory’s major permanent public multi-media installations--from the legacy light show on the sail-like roof of Vancouver's Iconic Canada Place Convention Centre, to the monumental identity-based media features of LAX. Amahl Hazelton brings a deep sensitivity to the power of collaboration among complex networks of stakeholders--applying light, content and storytelling to transform and bring people together in public spaces.
University of Melbourne
Scott McQuire is one of the world's leading researchers in the area of media architecture. He was instrumental in the publication of the "Urban Screens Reader," a seminal book in this field, both editing the volume and contributing to it. His book "The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space" is also cited widely amongst scholars and artists working in media architecture. In addition to his expertise, McQuire will also be able to provide interesting insights into South Asian and Australian practices.
Dietrich Neumann is Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Director of Urban Studies at Brown University. He teaches classes about light and architecture and the history of architecture and urbanism. He has written extensively on the subject, among his books are "Architecture of the Night," "Cities of Light", "The Structure of Light: Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture." Neumann will provide an important historical perspective and contextualization to the summit.
Brian W. Brush is a designer and artist who uses the interaction of light and material to tell stories at the intersection of art, science, technology, and environment. Through his New York-based creative practice BRUSH he designs and constructs data-driven, interactive environments integrating high-tech illumination and digital media with complex geometric and material systems. His goal is to reveal the fascinating hidden relationships between people, technology, and the environments they inhabit by manifesting these phenomena in color, light, and form in a way that inspires the public and energizes public spaces. He’s twice been awarded the Public Art Network Year in Review Award and his work has appeared in numerous publications such as Metropolis Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Wired Design, and Phaidon Press's recent book "Room:Inside Contemporary Interiors."
City of Mississauga
Anthea is an artist, curator, diginista, digital strategist & schemer. She is an enthusiast of all strange and whimsical. Her creative & professional practice is often focused on collaborative narratives, social issues and the beauty & magic of our everyday lives. She believes that anything is possible when worlds collide. She currently works for the Culture Division, City of Mississauga as a Digital Strategist & Community Engagement Specialist. Part of her job is to program Art on the BIG Screens, Gaming on the BIG Screens & Lunch on the BIG Screens at Mississauga Celebration Square. culture.mississauga.ca
Queen Mary University of London
Artist and researcher, Di Mainstone creates body-centric sculptures, designed to initiate movement and storytelling. Many of these wearable artefacts are inspired by technology. Di’s body-centric devices have been performed at home and abroad, most notably at The V&A, The Barbican, The National Portrait Gallery, Eyebeam NYC and the Swedish National Touring Theatre. Each happening is unique, revealing openings for audience and performer encounters. Di’s work can also be seen in films, which she writes and directs. As Artist in Residence at Queen Mary University, Di collaborates with scientists to incorporate new technology into her body-centric creations.
Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in UC Berkeley. He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL and CIRM. Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni currently teaches in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and directs CMU ArtFab, co-directs CodeLab and teach in CMU’s IDEATE and Emerging Media Programs.
Veronika Pauser is both an artist and a researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Ars Electronica is one of the world's leading promoters and producers of media arts, and is housed within a unique example of media architecture which they have developed into a space for artistic and community engagement. Pauser provides real-world experience in the creation and development of such sites, and has also published on audience involvement in interactive performances in public spaces.
University of Waterloo
Dereck is a graduate of the Architectural Association, London, recipient of the Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture,(1991-92) and has taught at Universities across Canada, in the USA and Italy. The works of Dereck Revington Studio encompass architecture, commissioned public sculpture, museum installations and performance, and over the last decade have been installed and exhibited in Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, New York and Toronto. Commissions and awards include: Reaching for Nothing: Water’s Thirst-2008 (world premier of contemporary opera, authored and co-created with Composer Peter Hatch - Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics), Skin of fLight (large three piece bronze sculpture, Lester B. Pearson International Airport -2006, The Luminous Veil, Toronto -2002 (Canadian Architect Award of Excellence 1999) The Girl with no Door on her Mouth-2002 in collaboration with Phillip Beesley ((Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding stage design and lighting design for electro-acoustic opera) and Downsview Park International Design Competition (Finalist - with Bernard Tschumi Architects(NY) and Sterling Finlayson Architects (TO) Research interests include: Poetry, Theory and Design.
Sheppard is a Registered Architect and founding Partner at Lateral Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an Associate Professor and is currently as the Interim Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where she also serves as Undergraduate Officer. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Ohio State University, and California College of the Arts. SHEPPARD previously worked in the offices of Jean Nouvel (Paris), Peter Rose (Cambridge), and Allies and Morrison (London) before forming LATERAL OFFICE. She is committed to architecture's new relationship to social and ecological possibilities - not just solutions. SHEPPARD is the recipient of the 2012 RAIC Young Architect Award.
University of Copenhagen
Tanya Toft is a curator, researcher and lecturer on urban media art as a domain of criticality in the media city. She is on the International Curatorial Advisory Board of the Open Sky Gallery in Hong Kong, Associate Curator at the Streaming Museum in New York City, and Curatorial Advisor for Verve Cultural in São Paulo, where she has co-curated the São Paulo Urban Digital Festival in 2013 and 2014 for the SESI Digital Art Gallery. Her curatorial work includes Here All Alone (2015) in Copenhagen, Voyage to the Virtual (2015) at Scandinavia House in New York City, and Nordic Outbreak (2013-2014) presented by Streaming Museum in NYC and across the Nordic region. In 2017 she will co-curate the Screen City Biennial in Stavanger with Daniela Arriado. She is co-editor of What Urban Media Art Can Do - Why When Where and How? (av edition, spring 2016) and the editor of Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (forthcoming 2017). Toft is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University.
Graham Wakefield's research-creation is founded upon a trans-disciplinary training in art, music, virtual reality, mathematics and philosophy, partnered with extensive professional practice in software engineering. As an Assistant Professor and CRC Tier II at York University Dr. Wakefield founded the Alice lab for Computational Worldmaking, dedicated to intensifying art practice in the construction of responsive artificial worlds experienced through rapidly emerging virtual and augmented reality technologies, leveraging biologically-inspired simulation and the self-modifying capacity of computation to create worlds whose rules are continually rewritten. His artworks have been exhibited at leading international museums and peer-reviewed events including ZKM Karlsruhe, La Gaîté Lyrique Paris, and SIGGRAPH, and have attained national and international awards. He was an integral researcher at the 3-storey spherical AlloSphere virtual reality instrument, UC Santa Barbara 2007-2012, creating artworks, scientific visualizations, and infrastructure, and is co-author of Gen for Max/MSP, a creative coding framework with tens of thousands of users.
White is a founding Partner at Lateral Office. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and his Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is an Associate Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design at the University of Toronto. He has taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, Ohio State University, and UC Berkeley. WHITE previously worked at Moncaelli Press (New York), Machado Silvetti Associates (Boston), and Panter Hudspith (London) before forming LATERAL OFFICE. He is convinced that there are new roles for architecture out there that we do not know because we are not looking, really looking. WHITE is the recipient of the 2008-09 Arthur Wheelwright Fellowship from Harvard Graduate School of Design and the 2012-13 Howard Friedman Visiting Professorship in the Practice of Architecture at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.
The Media Architecture Summit is proud to partner with Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 on a series of Nuit Talks.
The Nuit Talks program offers unique perspectives on the art and artists behind Nuit Blanche Toronto. Inspired talks, round-table discussions and presentations provide a deeper context to the projects presented at Nuit Blanche Toronto and the ideas around them. All talks are free and open to the public. (Program soon to be announced)
Architectural Lighting Designer
Marcel Dion is an award-winning lighting designer with extensive experience and a passion for global design and technology. A graduate of Algonquin College’s Interior Design program, he possesses the unique ability to collaborate with the design team, interpret architectural intent, and craft creative solutions through the fusion of technological nuance and design sensibility. Marcel is a Lighting Certified, LEED Accredited Professional and a Professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) fully engaged in the lighting community. He currently serves as a Board Manager for the Illumination Engineering Society Toronto Section. Since establishing Marcel Dion Lighting Design in 2010, Marcel has received numerous accolades including IES Awards of Merit and Section Awards for the Brookfield Place Heritage Façade, Brookfield Place Allen Lambert Galleria / Sam Pollock Square, and Welland Bridge 13. Prior to launching MDLD, Marcel worked as a Lighting Designer and Project Manager at New York City’s Fisher Marantz Stone.
National Director Public, Philips Lighting
Daryll Nazarene is a senior business executive with more than 25 years of experience within the information technology and energy management industries at IBM and Johnson Controls. Daryll has worked extensively in both the private and public sector markets. Daryll has extensive experience in developing large energy savings projects exceeding $50M in value. Daryll holds a LEED GA accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute and actively applies sustainability initiatives to all energy management projects. Daryll’s role in Philips is to grow the company’s systems and services business leveraging the technology and innovation that Philips brings to the lighting industry.
An alumni of the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Beal Institute, Isabelle is a designer, researcher and strategic thinker. She joined the Derivative team in 2009 to assume the role of scouting out and writing about the growing body of work produced by artists and designers using TouchDesigner. Closely engaged with the community and its members’ evolving needs and objectives, Isabelle detects early signals and trends to inform development, facilitate connections, alliances and the production of educational initiatives and events.
Toronto-based artist, Nathan Whitford, co-founded Urban Visuals over twenty years ago. As a creative projection design and lighting company, Urban Visuals’ installations explore the many ways light can be used to alter one’s perceptions and experiences. Nathan’s recent work has included design and fabrication for commercial installations and public art with a growing interest in large-scale installations that incorporate urban infrastructure. His large-scale, interactive art installations include Ebb and Flow (with Konstantinos Mavromichalis, Vancouver, 2015), The Understory (WayHome Music and Arts Festival, 2015), Shy Lights (Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2014), and lightbridge (with Sarah Keenlyside and John Kameel Farah, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2013).
Chair, BIA, Welland Niagara
Dolorese is a Chairwoman of the Downtown Welland BIA located in Region in Niagara, ON. She is a public speaker at many events talking about how to improve collaboration among various stakeholders in small and medium-sized communities to revitalize the local economy and culture. She has successfully led many initiatives in communities that have affected the local economy significantly including an award winning “Welland Main Bridge” project. Under her leadership, a historical vertical bridge transformed into a magnificent architectural monument and became a top 5-destination place in Region of Niagara. Dolorese graduated from Queen’s University and resides in Welland, Ontario.
Director, MAI China
Professor Chang Zhigang PhD, Architecture school of Tsinghua University, Beijing. Born in 1967, Shenyang, Liaoning province, China. Teaching and research in lighting design and architecture design. Professor and vice dean of Architecture school, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Member of China Green Building and Energy Saving Committee; Member of editorial committee of China Architecture Education; Member of editorial committee of China Illuminating Engineering Journal; Member of editorial committee of Professional Lighting Design/ Chinese Version; Member of Chinese Artists Association; Member of the council of China Illuminating Engineering Society; Project evaluation expert of The National Natural Science Foundation of China.