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A Holiday Greeting from the CFC Media Lab Team!

Every year the CFC Media Lab designs a very special greeting for our community (that means you!).  This year is certainly no exception!  As initiation, we asked Aylwin Lo, our technology coordinator, to take charge of this greeting…and not so surprisingly this year it’s better than ever!

Please grab a cup of eggnog and your laptop then cuddle up next to your fireplace!  Then click the link below to download a very special edition of a game you know and love!

Download Angry Elves for your Mac or PC here.

Don’t forget to tell us what you thought by mentioning #angryelves in a tweet!

 

-The Team at the CFC Media Lab

CFC Media Lab Struts Its Stuff at the Bata Shoe Museum for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Exhibit ‘Technological Displacement’ Brings Out Apps and Popular Technology Consoles for an Evening of Creativity

TORONTO, ONTARIO– On the eve of October 1, a diverse group of fourteen artists, producers and contributors from the latest installment of CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program (IAEP) will transform the Bata Shoe Museum into a space of collaborative exploration and play. The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is once again thrilled to be an official part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night, interactive, cultural extravaganza celebrating contemporary art in Toronto.

CFC Media Lab Exhibition 2011: Technological Displacement invites the audience to re-imagine game play and consider their ever-evolving relationship to communications technologies. Inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s theory of the global village and his influence on screen-based media, this year’s exhibition features five inventive, interactive and thought-provoking projects: Alone Together, Cats Breaking Antiques, Heart of Stars, Quetzal, and tweet2hold. Come and explore these groundbreaking installations.

CFC Media Lab Exhibition 2011: Technological Displacement

The following projects will be on display:

Alone Together is an “art-app” designed for the BlackBerry Playbook that uses poetic wordplay and expressive videos to ponder questions of selfhood and explore the meaning of relationships between individuals. Creative Team: Shawn Kerwin, Laurel MacDonald.

A fun, irreverent and visually rich environment to discover on a BlackBerry Playbook, Cats Breaking Antiques pokes fun at pop culture, media and our digital lives. Users explore this environment as a modernized version of Felix the Cat, destroying traditional media content and objects by engaging with a variety of mini arcade games, quizzes and animated film clips. Creative Team: Hannah Epstein, Monica Law, John Watson.

Using groundbreaking Microsoft Kinect technology, Heart of Stars turns users into 3D avatars made of points of light that float through space. Combining high resolution images of deep space with gesture-triggered operatic electronica, Heart of Stars entices users to defy gravity and attempt to fly through the cosmos. Creative Team: Vanessa Shaver, Tsu-Ching Yu.

Quetzal is an interactive story that harnesses the latest in consumer-level EEG technology to weave 2D illustrations and 3D game play into a rich narrative tapestry. Through the power of thought, users become actors in Quetzal, resulting in an engaging, emotional experience that is the future of interactive cinema. Creative Team: Michael Evask, Ryan Rizzo, Mark Thoburn. Produced & Written by: Michael Evask, Mark Thoburn.

tweet2hold asks strangers to share a secret about the future via Twitter before converting responses into unique paper keepsakes through a combination of technology and graphic design. tweet2hold also leverages the sophisticated analysis engine, Lymbix to determine the emotional tone of each secret and assign it an appropriate colour palette. Creative Team: Ryan Bigge, Edwin Lara, Dylan Reibling, Ron Wild.

Also on display during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is The Movie Studio Playhouse, a collaboration between CFC Media Lab and TIFF, the Movie Studio Playhouse is an interactive installation that allows participants to make and play with moving image stories in real time. As participants act in spontaneously-created films, the images they create will be projected live onto various surfaces at TIFF Bell Lightbox. VJs will then mix, manipulate, mash, and multiply these live video streams and turn them into moving digital paintings.

Harnessing a wide range of creative skills and knowledge, the CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art and Entertainment Program (IAEP) is Canada’s first post-graduate program for new media training and production, based on the philosophy that compelling content is created through a collaborative process. This team-based approach encourages residents from a variety of backgrounds, including: design, filmmaking, production, writing, visual art, music and programming. An internationally acclaimed facility, CFC Media Lab has produced award-winning new media prototypes ranging from simulation-based interactive documentaries, to wireless storytelling networks, to interactive short films and narrative-driven media installations.

For event details and project photos, please visit: www.cfccreates.com/exhibition.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: Saturday, October 1, 2011 – Sunday, October 2, 2011 – Open to the public from 6:59 p.m. – sunrise.

 

ABOUT CFC

CFC is Canada’s leading institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada’s diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial and distribution opportunities for top creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country’s most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. CFC Media Lab is Canada’s acclaimed institute for digital media that provides a unique training, research and production think-tank environment for emerging new media artists, content developers and practitioners. CFC Media Lab has been experimenting with the interactive narrative form since 1997 and in the past ten years, has produced over 60 prototypes ranging from web-based interactive documentaries to “shuffle videos”- the creation of randomly generated movies on the i-Pod. For more information please visit: cfccreates.com.

Connect with CFC Media Lab: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stabletalk?ref=ts, Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/cfcmedialab

Connect with Canadian Film Centre: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cfccreates, Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/cfccreates

Congrats: Gemini Nominees!

 

We would like to congratulate all the nominees for the Gemini awards, especially the ones listed below, some of these amazing people are alumni of CFC Media Lab programs and some have been associated with the CFC Media Lab in the past.  Way to go and best of luck everyone!

 

Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction

Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction

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

Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction

 

More information…

For a complete listing of Gemini Nominees see this Toronto Life article.
Banner photo taken from: http://interactive.nfb.ca/#/outmywindow

 

Congratulations to alumni Shawn Micallef!

We would like to congratulate alumni Shawn Micallef as he was selected as a journalism fellow at Massey College this year!

Three or more fellowships for Canadian journalists are awarded annually, tenable for one academic year, September to May, at the University of Toronto. Fellows are selected by a committee appointed by the President of the University and the Master of Massey College. They are chosen for professional competence and future potential as effective and responsible journalists.

Also, a congratulations goes out to Spacing Magazine (where Shawn is the Senior Editor) for their national launch!

Shawn, you sure are busy!

 

Trapeze Makes Profit 200 List!

Congratulations to alumni Michael Kasprow, Creative Director, VP and co-founder of Trapeze, and of course, the whole team at Trapeze! Trapeze has been named as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by PROFIT Magazine!  PROFIT ranks Canada’s companies by 5-year revenue growth. Trapeze ranked # 137 with a 343% growth rate between 2005 and 2010.  This is the second time Trapeze has been featured on PROFIT’s list of Canada’s fastest growing companies.

Trapeze has worked with the following clients: Bonefish Grill, Canadian Tire, Disney, WIND Mobile, Kraft, Mitsubishi, and Shoppers Drug Mart to solve complex problems.  To see more of their amazing work, please visit their website!

CFC Media Lab does Doors Open Toronto!

The CFC Media Lab will be participating in Doors Open this year within The MaRS Discovery District.  We will be presenting three prototypes that were created within the lab.  The first of the three prototypes is Tentacles (Created by: Rob King, Michael Longford, Geoffrey Shea, developed with support from the Canadian Film Centre, OCADU, and York University), a unique application for the Apple iPhone/iPod touch turning your device into a mobile game controller enabling your participation in a multi-user, location-based game projected into public space. Secondly, we will be showing VirJ (Created by: Rawl Banton, Geoff Phillips, Rami Posner, Daniel Barber, Adam Bacsalmasi and Gabe Sawhney), an innovative software application that enables mobile phones to remotely control digital music libraries, using a visual interface will be on display an available for use.  Finally, Drumeba, will be on display, (Dee Balkissoon, Cathy Chen, Orla Garriques, Conor Holler) a customizable drumming experience promoting collaboration among children with autism.  We hope that you will come out to this amazing event!

Details

CFC Media Lab, Suite 245
MaRS Discovery District
101 College St, Toronto, ON. M5G 1L7
Telephone: 416-673-6569
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. [Last admittance: 3:30]
Sunday: 10 p.m. – 4 p.m. [Last admittance: 3:30]

txt2hold at Maker Faire Toronto!

Toronto Mini Maker Faire is the ultimate celebration of making, crafting, DIY-ing, tinkering, hacking and sharing. It’s a weekend where makers of all kinds will show off their projects and hold how-to workshops, with hands-on activities for all ages.  Exhibits on display will include robots, laser cutting, letterpress printing, a 3D print gallery and kinetic sculptures.

Come with the whole family (it’s the perfect Mother’s Day activity!!) and convert a text message to origami with CFC Media Lab alumni: Ryan Bigge, Edwin Lara, Dylan Reibling, and Ron Wild as they show off their CFC Media Lab prototype txt2hold!

Details:

Location: Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
Time: 10am-6pm on Saturday May 7th & Sunday May 8th.
For more information and to register visit: http://makerfairetoronto.ca/

titra crossmedia ARt Project – Faisal Anwar’s New Project!

After creating and exhibiting (from 08/10) Odd SpacesFaisal AnwarCFC Media Lab alumnus, continues to examine conventions of contemporary urban life and norms of human behavior modified by interactions in a new project titled titra. Work on titra is in its research and development phase. The project will be developed through a two-month residency (MAY TO JUNE 2011) at Livid Inc. in San Francisco, where Faisal will receive training and mentoring from Peter Nyboer, a software programmer and co-founder of livid Inc. This residency is made possible through the generous support of Ontario Artists Council, Canada. livid union, San Jose, U.S.A.

CONCEPT/ARTIST STATMENT
Complex communication and digital structures are part of our lives, ‘data’ is moving faster than the speed of travel and new behaviors are introduced in the way we communicate, live, know one another and form a society.  titra explores and generates a critical comment on our media rich and technology filled life, experiencing notions of time travel, thus making a reality of once science fiction.  A time where the access to know the unknown has become too quick, reaching out and making friends has become fast and simple and the idea of living virtually has become the best way of living. Perhaps we are living in an illusion of space with distorted realities and relationships while experiencing past, present and future simultaneously.

titra may explore:

  • Future of digital forms and communications
  • Time travel in modern age
  • Distance experience, participation and how to create transmedia installations and
    create new experience cross platform
  • Creating new forms and technologies to reach out and learn about the world, its cities, and exchange dialogue
  • Finding ways to create meaningful understanding about urban cultures and how we can come up with new technologies to understand each others
  • Creating new forms with social media, real time video and smart phones

Please check Faisal’s site to keep yourself up-to-date on his work, more details about the project to come: http://faisalanwar.ca/titra/

Common Pulse – Art and Media Festival!

Citizens of the Digital Age, join the beat of Common Pulse, an art and media festival celebrating and exploring new ideas in media, technology and society.

Common Pulse: A weekend long media art extravaganza in rural Durham (June 10-12, 2011)

Immerse yourself in cutting edge performances by world music ensemble, Eccodek, Montreal’s freestyling sonic chameleon Alexis O’Hara and our own musical comedy duo Parsons & Morel (aka The Funny Ones). Engage with media art exhibitions that interact in unexpected ways, featuring CFC Media Lab alumna, Isabella Stefanescu and Steve Daniels, as well as our five artists-in-residence Ken Gregory, Laura Kikauka, Karo Szmit, Jessica Field and Andrew McPherson. (The five will be here creating new work from May 19 to June 10.  They’ll be giving talks and hosting hands-on workshops during that time.)

Participate in an ongoing, three-day dialogue with over a dozen other artists and researchers from across Canada and beyond. In the Common Pulse Symposium we’ll be looking at how media is reshaping our culture and ourselves: how consumers are being transformed into producers, how private citizens are adopting public personas, and how ideas evolve in an era of file-sharing, sampling and open source

COMMON PULSE will present a forum for presentations and discussion during a two-day symposium. Eight artists and curators including David Clark, alumnus of the CFC Media Lab, Martha Ladly, faculty at CFC Media Lab, and Michelle Kasprzak, former Research and Technology Manager at the CFC Media Lab will be invited to present their experience creating work in the context of university research.  For more details please visit their site: http://www.commonpulse.ca/symposium.php

Common Pulse is set in and around the Durham Art Gallery, only two hours from Toronto. The festival is a collaboration between the Gallery, the GIN Mill Collective and OCAD University.

Get tickets and updated info at www.commonpulse.ca

For more information: info@commonpulse.ca

Gentrification: The Game! selected for TIFF’s Future Games

Indie games are hot!  If you weren’t already convinced, this April marks the launch of a new games program called Future Games within TIFF’s Sprockets, a film (and now games!) festival for children and youth.

Gentrification: The Game! was selected to be part of this inaugural Future Games program, which aims to showcase a selection of the ‘most challenging and innovative’ games created by Canadian post-secondary students.  Alumni and faculty, Kate Raynes-Goldie, co-creator of Gentrification, who is also a visiting PhD student at Ryerson University’s Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab (who was the technology sponsor for Gentrification) will be talking to high school students about the development of the game as well as her work at the EDGE Lab.  She’ll be joined by game co-designer David Fono, who is also a Research Associate at the EDGE Lab.

Atmosphere Industries is thrilled to have this opportunity to talk to the next generation of pervasive game designers.  One of their overall goals is to encourage a thriving pervasive and urban gaming community in Toronto, and they believe this starts with students.  To this end, they would also like to announce the official launch of our monthly sandbox event – recess.to – which is open to anyone to come and run a game test, get feedback, or just along to play some fun innovative games. Whether you’re a pro, a hobbyest, a student or have never made a game before, they are looking for you!  The first sandbox is March 26, 2011.  See you there!

CFC Media Lab Struts Its Stuff at the Bata Shoe Museum for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Exhibit ‘Technological Displacement’ Brings Out Apps and Popular Technology Consoles for an Evening of Creativity TORONTO, ONTARIO– On the eve of October 1, a diverse group of fourteen artists, producers and contributors from the latest installment of CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program (IAEP) will transform the Bata Shoe Museum into a space of […]

Congrats: Gemini Nominees!

  We would like to congratulate all the nominees for the Gemini awards, especially the ones listed below, some of these amazing people are alumni of CFC Media Lab programs and some have been associated with the CFC Media Lab in the past.  Way to go and best of luck everyone!   Best Cross-Platform Project […]

Congratulations to alumni Shawn Micallef!

We would like to congratulate alumni Shawn Micallef as he was selected as a journalism fellow at Massey College this year! Three or more fellowships for Canadian journalists are awarded annually, tenable for one academic year, September to May, at the University of Toronto. Fellows are selected by a committee appointed by the President of the […]

Trapeze Makes Profit 200 List!

Congratulations to alumni Michael Kasprow, Creative Director, VP and co-founder of Trapeze, and of course, the whole team at Trapeze! Trapeze has been named as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by PROFIT Magazine!  PROFIT ranks Canada’s companies by 5-year revenue growth. Trapeze ranked # 137 with a 343% growth rate between 2005 and 2010.  This […]

CFC Media Lab does Doors Open Toronto!

The CFC Media Lab will be participating in Doors Open this year within The MaRS Discovery District.  We will be presenting three prototypes that were created within the lab.  The first of the three prototypes is Tentacles (Created by: Rob King, Michael Longford, Geoffrey Shea, developed with support from the Canadian Film Centre, OCADU, and York […]

txt2hold at Maker Faire Toronto!

Toronto Mini Maker Faire is the ultimate celebration of making, crafting, DIY-ing, tinkering, hacking and sharing. It’s a weekend where makers of all kinds will show off their projects and hold how-to workshops, with hands-on activities for all ages.  Exhibits on display will include robots, laser cutting, letterpress printing, a 3D print gallery and kinetic […]

titra crossmedia ARt Project – Faisal Anwar’s New Project!

After creating and exhibiting (from 08/10) Odd Spaces, Faisal Anwar, CFC Media Lab alumnus, continues to examine conventions of contemporary urban life and norms of human behavior modified by interactions in a new project titled titra. Work on titra is in its research and development phase. The project will be developed through a two-month residency (MAY TO JUNE […]

Common Pulse – Art and Media Festival!

Citizens of the Digital Age, join the beat of Common Pulse, an art and media festival celebrating and exploring new ideas in media, technology and society. Common Pulse: A weekend long media art extravaganza in rural Durham (June 10-12, 2011) Immerse yourself in cutting edge performances by world music ensemble, Eccodek, Montreal’s freestyling sonic chameleon […]

Gentrification: The Game! selected for TIFF’s Future Games

Indie games are hot!  If you weren’t already convinced, this April marks the launch of a new games program called Future Games within TIFF’s Sprockets, a film (and now games!) festival for children and youth. Gentrification: The Game! was selected to be part of this inaugural Future Games program, which aims to showcase a selection of the ‘most […]

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