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Oddspaces/Defining Moments Tweet Garden

In 2013, The Oddspaces/Defining Moments Tweet Garden will be situated in Toronto, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and beyond. Audiences from each location will use virtual interaction and communicate to create a real-time collaborative installation via Twitter. The installation consists of a virtual tree projected in all locations that grows during the course of the interactive exhibition (January31st until March 31st 2013). Audiences will interact using their Twitter accounts to tweet with the hashtag #CDNmoments and see their messages become a leaf as part of the tree’s growth. Watch the Tweet Garden grow.

How to participate in the National Projections:

1. They need your tweets! Answer the question, Canadian Moments: What’s Yours? And tweet it with #CDNmoments. Responses will appear as part of a interactive digital art piece that features defining moments from across the country.

2. Join us at House of Moments in Toronto386 Carlaw Street, Toronto. Doors open at 6pm EST. Be prepared to share your defining moment (!  featured an interactive projection, a panel discussion, a Defining Moments exhibit, and an Art Battle live competitive painting session. We will also connect with individuals and artists from across Canada who will share their defining moment living in Canada.

3. Can’t join us in Toronto at House of Moments? Watch the Tweet Garden grow online with each new tweet starting January 31st. Have a projector? Project it in your community, school, office space, etc.

About Defining Moments: Defining Moments is a nationwide art project developed by TakingITGlobal with the support of Canadian Heritage. The project challenges youth to look beyond national stereotypes to reveal how our personal history, experiences, and the connections we share shape our sense of place. Click here for more info:

About the Artist / Creator: Faisal Anwar, CFC Media Lab alumnus,  is an interactive new media artist from Toronto / Pakistan. Anwar explores sociopolitical spaces, which intrigue the mind and emotions by multiple layer, cross platform participatory experiences. His projects often bring together art, culture and technology in an odd configuration to explore perceptions towards architectural space, surveillance and social interactivity/communications in modern urban cultures. He has shown and performed nationally and internationally.Click here for more info: /

About the Collaborator, Experienced Engineer : Randy Horton, MFA, BFA, CSM. Randy is a new media artist, producer, teacher and practitioner. His installation and network projects play with notions of shared space, nature vs. technology, and non-linear reality based story-telling. Click here for more info:

Congrats to Our Nominated Alums: Canadian Screen Awards

We’re proud to announce all of our alumni nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards 2013, Digital Media. 

Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth
Sponsored by Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

Pillars of Freedom Interactive
(Smiley Guy Studios, Nexus Media)
Jonas Diamond, Jeremy Diamond, Donald Duchene, Brad Sears, Denny Silverthorne

Finding Stuff Out Online
(Smiley Guy Studios)
Jonas Diamond, Jeremy Diamond, Brad Sears, Denny Silverthorne

My Babysitter’s a Vampire Interactive: Humans vs. Vampires
(Secret Location, Secret Location, Fresh TV Inc.)
James Milward, Ryan Andal, Pietro Gagliano, Sabrina Saccoccio

In Real Life Interactive
(Secret Location, Secret Location)
James Milward, Ryan Andal, Pietro Gagliano, Sabrina Saccoccio

Franklin and Friends Interactive
(Watch More TV Interactive Inc.)
Caitlin O’Donovan, Patricia Lee, Marco Mucci, Emma Scratch, Adam Welsh

Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction
Sponsored by Blue Ant Media

Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs
Shane Kinnear, Jay Bennett, Daniel Dales, Christina Jennings, Jarrett Sherman

Bomb Girls Interactive
(Secret Location, Shaw Media)
James Milward, Susan Alexander, Ryan Andal, Noora Abu Eitah, Marty Flanagan, Pietro Gagliano, Lori Harito, Chris Harris

Rookie Blue: The Interrogation Room
(Secret Location)
James Milward, Noora Abu Eitah, Marty Flanagan, Chris Harris

Drunk and on Drugs the Happy Funtime Hour – Digital
(Happy Funtime Productions 2007 Inc.)
Paul Pope, Colin Busby, Victoria Ha, Dana Herlihey, Evan Jones, Stephen MacLeod

Titanic – The Ultimate Immersive Experience
(Chocolate Liberation Front, Lookout Point, ITV Studios, Bell Fund, Sienna Films)
Shelley Simmons, Arthur Cormac, Evan Doherty, Mclean Greaves, Laura Stitzel

Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction

D-Day to Victory Interactive
(Secret Location)
James Milward, Ryan Andal, Noora Abu Eitah, Pietro Gagliano

Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Fiction
Sponsored by Independent Production Fund

(iThentic, 3 o’
Jonas Diamond, Lisa Baylin, Jeremy Diamond, Jay Ferguson, Denny Silverthorne, Catherine Talt

Space Janitors
(Space Mop)
Geoff Lapaire, Davin Lengyel

What are The Sevens?
(Secret Location)
James Milward, Ryan Andal, José Avelino Gilles Corbett Lourenço, Pietro Gagliano, Ashlee Lougheed

Adapted Screenplay / Meilleure Adaptation 

David Cronenberg  - Cosmopolis
Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg – Goon
Anita Doron - The Lesser Blessed
Martin Villeneuve – Mars et Avril
Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children

Murder in Passing!

Congratulations to Sharon Switzer (IAEP Alumna) of Art for Commuters for launching Murder in Passing!  Learn more about it here:


A bike courier has been murdered … and everyone in the town of Passing B.C. is a suspect! Suspects include his keen green boss, his troubled train conductor fiancé, his ambitious Chemistry professor, Passing’s anti-bike mayor and a CEO with Gramsci issues. Detective Epicene (with secrets of her own) must untangle a bewildering conspiracy involving bikes, cars, opera, gender and corporate greenwashing to expose the murderer…


  • Starting Jan 7th, daily silent 30-sec episodes will be screened every 10 min
  • Friday episodes will be repeated on Saturdays/Sundays
  • Murder in Passing concludes with final episode on Mar 1st
  • Additional daily ‘fugue’ videos will appear online, following each episode
  • Daily ads placed in Metro paper, featuring additional clues (can also be found online)


  • in each silent episode (on the subway screens and on their website)
  • in each daily video ‘fugues’ (only online, after each silent episode)
  • in daily Detective tweets (also appearing daily in Metro and on their website)
  • read the blog to find out more
  • enter the contest by filling out the contest form

A Future Cinema Lab/Greyzone Production.
Commissioned by Art for Commuters and Pattison Onestop.
Funded by SSHRC and Canada Council for the Arts.

SEED: A Success at the McMichael Gallery

You probably remember when we told you about the amazing exhibition going on at the McMichael Gallery that Seed was part of!  It ran until this past weekend and was an absolute success!  A special congratulations goes out to all the project creators; Napoleon Brousseau and his two technologist friends, Gabe Sawhney and Galen Scorer.

We had the opportunity to stop in last week and take a couple photos…

Submit Your Stuff to TUFF!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns for a sixth year of spectacular one-minute silent films. Forever the strong and silent type, TUFF takes place September 7 – 17, 2012, concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals of 2010″, TUFF is an 11-day long celebration of the art of the urban silent screen. TUFF films screen via the Pattison Onestop network of digital platform screens to over 1 million daily commuters who ride the Toronto subway system.

Filmmakers, video artists, and animators are invited to submit their work to TUFF beginning April 1, 2012 at

The festival accepts all genres of silent, one-minute film, video and animation that are of interest to a cosmopolitan audience.

Submission deadline is July 15, 2012. Submit free until May 31, 2012. As of June 1, 2012 a $20 fee will apply.

TUFF is open to Canadian and international artists, and awards thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

Guest judge for the sixth annual Toronto Urban Film Festival is acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (“Payback“, “Manufactured Landscapes” “Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles“)

TUFF is co-produced by Pattison Onestop and Art for Commuters.


Deadline: July 15, 2012
Free Submission: until May 31, 2012
Paid Submission: $20 CAD as of June 1, 2012
Films can be submitted online through the TUFF Website or visit for more details.


Also, be sure to see Sharon Switzer’s exhibit at the Corkin Gallery, it’s on now, and it’s called Nearly Present.

Corkin Gallery is pleased to present new video animations and prints by Sharon Switzer.

Nearly Present imagines the otherworldly beauty of the ethereal. In this new body of work, Sharon Switzer experiments with particle systems; using this commercial software to create unusual and evocative animations. The work also touches on the artist’s earlier interests in the relationship between photography and the invisible: ghosts, time, things that photography shouldn’t be allowed to capture but does.

In this work, Nearly Present is the disembodied space of the digital and the virtual that exists unseen around us. Forgoing the ironic humour intrinsic to previous bodies of work, Switzer has created mesmerizing ethereal videos that have no need for language. This work hovers just outside of the known world, like ghosts caught in the machine.


When: March 24 – April 24, 2012
More information:

Congratulations to The Secret Location for their Digital Emmy® Win!

Congratulations goes out to the team at the Secret Location for their International Emmy Win for “Endgame”!  The Canadian procedural drama series, which stars Shawn Doyle (“Big Love,”24,” “Desperate Housewives”), was honoured by a win in the “Digital Program: Fiction” category.

Produced by Thunderbird Films and Secret Location for Shaw Communications’ Showcase channel, the winning campaign reflects Shaw’s ongoing commitment to explore innovative ways of engaging audiences.

Accepting the award was Shaw Media’s Head of Online Content Chris Harris and Secret Location’s Founder/Executive Producer and IAEP alumnus James Milward, Producer and IAEP alumnus CJ Hervey, Technical Director Ryan Andal and Creative Director Petro Gagliano. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the MIPTV international programming market’s opening night festivities in Cannes.

To support the series’ Canadian launch on Showcase last year, Thunderbird Films joined forces with and Secret Location to create the ultimate web experience. The result was an exclusive, interactive online episode designed to weave information from viewers’ Facebook profiles directly into the online narrative, plunging the audience and their friends deep into the heart of a personalized mystery.

Secret Location Nominated for International Emmy!

Congratulations goes to CFC Media Lab alumnus James Milward and the team at The Secret Location, as well as Shaw Media and Thunderbird Films as they have been nominated for an International Emmy!  They have been nominated for best digital program (fiction) for Endgame Interactive: Facebook Episode.  We wish you all the luck in winning the Emmy!

The awards ceremony will take place during MIPTV’s Opening night festivities on Sunday, April 1, in Cannes at the Martinez Hotel. There are 12 nominees in 3 categories, Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction and Digital Program: Non-Fiction. The full list of Nominees from: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Sweden and the United Kingdom have been posted on the International Emmy Awards site.


Check out the interactive episode online here:
Learn more about Endgame here:


You’re Invited: The Unveiling of the OncoMap

Congratulations go out CFC Media Lab alumnus Ron Wild on his newly completed artwork!  You’re all invited to celebrate with Ron at this incredible event, details are listed below!

“The OncoMap” is the product of an eight month collaboration between a mathematical physicist, Joseph Geraci, who works in cancer research and an emerging digital artist Ron Wild. The two met at MaRS while Dr. Geraci was a scientist at the Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network and Ron Wild a resident at the CFC Media Lab. The scientist, who was incidentally seeking an artistic collaboration, was so impressed by the style and imagery within the artist’s work, that he instantly knew that this was who he was looking for.

Wild utilizes his Jackson Pollock-like style for combining digital images into a symphonic piece of visual delight. The process consists of folding, pulling, transforming and combining images until a coherent and lively image emerges. Joseph Geraci employs a similar mental process in his own work where he combines mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and computer science in order to unravel the workings of our molecular circuitry. Together, they decided to create an art piece that dealt with cancer from a scientific / medical perspective in Ron’s style, being careful not to be too literal but clearly including established and novel information about oncology. The synthesis of these two creative minds resulted in the OncoMap, the first in a series of exciting Art / Science collaborations.


Where: Queen Elizabeth Building, 180 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
When: THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 7-10PM (19+ EVENT) and on display March 2-4, 2012
More Information: 

A portion of Opening Night ticket sales will be donated to the Canadian Art Foundation.


Toronto’s re-imagined vertical suburbs animate and take shape on subway screens and platforms across the city from January 2 – February 29, 2012.

Developed by curator and CFC Media Lab alumna, Sharon Switzer, this two-fold art installation is a site-specific version of the most recent edition of the NFB’s HIGHRISE project. Presenting the beautifully imagined transformation of a rundown Toronto highrise tower, with landscapes inspired by its inhabitants, the TTC installation asks Torontonians to envision a more livable city.

Reaching more than one million commuters, HIGHRISE/ONE MILLIONth TOWER on the TTC can be found across Toronto’s subway system, as a series of specially designed subway platform posters in 59 stations, and 30-second animated videos that play every 10 minutes all day on the entire network of Pattison Onestop screens.

The NFB’s HIGHRISE project, directed by Katerina Cizek, is a multi-year, multimedia, collaborative documentary experiment about the human experience in global vertical suburbs. ONE MILLIONth TOWER is set in an HTML5 virtual landscape that re-imagines the urban landscape, using the magic of cinema, architecture, animation and cutting-edge open-source web technology to transform a dilapidated highrise neighbourhood into a vibrant resident-led community.


Presented by Pattison Onestop, Art for Commuters, and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

You’re Invited: Laurel MacDonald’s First Solo Gallery Exhibition!

Alumna Laurel MacDonald will be doing her first solo gallery exhibition at Art and Drinks in Toronto on Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25, from 6-11 pm.  She will be showing work from 2006-2011, including three dance videos, several pieces developed for use in her live stage productions, and works commissioned for Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, the Luminato festival and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.  Also featured will be the new collaborative project Alone Together, an app developed with Shawn Kerwin as part of her 2011 IAEP Residency at the CFC Media Lab.

Art and Drinks is a new art bar/gallery showcasing video art – a project of media artist John Oswald – she is proud to be in the company of Canadian luminaries Michael Snow, David Rokeby, John Oswald, Renée Lear, Bettina Hoffmann, Max Dean and Mark Reale.

Show Details:
Thursday November 24 & Friday November 25, 2011 • 6-11 pm • No Cover
Art and Drinks • 800 Dundas Street West, Toronto
(2 blocks west of Bathurst at Palmerston Avenue) •

Laurel MacDonald

Canadian singer, composer and video artist Laurel MacDonald has released several CDs and her work has been heard in countless film and television productions. She integrates her voice with electronics and video in the performance project Videovoce, which she has taken to festivals such as MUTEK in Montreal. MacDonald premiered her video/sound installation XXIX as part of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival in 2010, where it received a Scotiabank People’s Choice Award. The tablet-based app Alone Together, created by MacDonald and Shawn Kerwin during a residency at CFC Media Lab, premiered at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in October 2011.