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Subtle Technologies Festival

  • Jun 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM

(always an awe inspiring weekend...)


Subtle Technologies Festival

Friday June 7, 2013 to Sunday June 9, 2013


Explore the Art and Science of IMMORTALITY


This year we explore the art and science of Immortality. Through presentations, panels, a workshop, exhibition and screening, we
investigate ways in which artists explore archiving memories; scientific techniques for bringing extinct animals back to life; our search for extending youth; ancient landscape as sonic memory; vampires in pop culture and much more!


Thursday, June 6 | 6:00pm to 10:00pm | InterAccess
Pre-Festival Workshop retro-death-telegraphy with Ryan Jordan

retro-death-telegraphy is an experimental workshop where participants will explore and build a range of devices which have at some point been believed to have the potential to aid in communication with the afterlife.

This is a small workshop with limited spots available. To purchase tickets:

This workshop is presented in collaboration with InterAccess.

Friday, June 7 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm | Beaver Hall Gallery
Exhibition: The Beyond Category / Opening Party

The Beyond Category muses on surpassing the thresholds that define our mortal existence. What are the criteria for being in a beyond? Imagining the self as medium; its expression travels to the shores of forever...

Featuring artworks by David Khang, Scott Kildall / Nathaniel Stern, John Paul Robinson and Alan Sondheim
Curated by Willy LeMaitre

On view at the Beaver Hall Gallery from June 7 - 16
Gallery Hours: Noon - 5pm | Wednesday - Sunday (closed Monday & Tuesday)
*Open until 7:30pm on Saturday, June 8 for Pre-Screening viewing.

Saturday, June 8 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | Ryerson University
Symposium Day 1

• John Paul Robinson: The Amber Archive
• Line Dezainde: Les ateliers Angus: individual and collective memory in the digital age
• Atanas Bozdarov & Johny Bozdarov: DNA "Mating Call"
• Scott Kildall: Tweets in Space
• Hendrik Poinar: DNA from Fossils, Time Travel and De-Extinction
• Britt Wray: Undoing Forever: A live radio documentary presentation about bringing extinct species back from the dead
• Ryan Jordan: retro-death-telegraphy

Saturday, June 8 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm | OCAD University
Film Screening of The Singularity + Presentation & Panel Discussion

The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress. Ultimately, if we become more machine-like, and machines more like us, will we sacrifice our humanity to gain something greater? Or will we engineer our own demise? THE SINGULARITY is a comprehensive and insightful documentary that asks the question: what kind of humans do we want to become?

Presentation by Randal A. Koene: Neural Interfaces, Neuroprostheses and Whole Brain Emulation
Panel Discussion with filmmaker, Doug Wolens, Randal A. Koene and Trevor Haldenby. Moderated by Greg Van Alstyne

This film screening event is presented in collaboration with sLab at OCAD U.

Sunday, June 9 | 11:00am - 4:30pm | Ryerson University
Symposium Day 2

• Alan Sondheim: Digital and Physical Collapse
• Scott Menary: Born in the Big Bang - Neutrinos - The Ultimate Immortals
• David Khang: Amelogenesis Imperfecta / Beautox Me!
• Don Hill: sound landscape memory
• Myriam Nafte: Trophies and Talismans: The Traffic of Human Remains
• Veronica Hollinger: "We Will Be Different": Some Notes on Science Fiction and Immortality
• Panel Discussion: Veronica Hollinger and Eric Boyd. Moderated by Roberta Buiani

Thank you to our supporters:
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
OCAD University


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