A monthly collection of digitally-inclined art and culture events happening across Canada, on and off the screen.


EXHIBITON: Leading figure on the international scene of digital-media, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Unstable Presence opened at the end of May and will be up at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) until September 9. The exhibition’s title Unstable Presence, seeks to capture “the coexistence of voices, perspectives, and singular experiences” in the artist’s work, achieved primarily through applications of technologies built for movement tracking and surveillance.

OPENING: Elektra, the international digital art festival that features robotic and performance arts, is opening June 26th with programming running through until July 1st. This year’s theme is AUTOMATA – Sing the Body (a reference to the 1855 poem by Walt Whitman)—presented in partnership by Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) and Arsenal art comtemporain.



EXHIBITION: Until July 7th, G44 Centre for Contemporary Photography will host their annual photo-based exhibition Proof, featuring emerging Canadian artists Angela Snieder, Brittany Nickerson, Katelyn Gallucci, Luther Konadu, and Sophie Sabet. The Proof programming series explores the questions and concerns guiding contemporary photographic experimentation, through works by artists from across the country.

EXHIBITION: Immerse yourself, interact, and imagine in Transforming Space, an installation by famed architect and artist Philip Beesley, open as of June 2nd and on view at the Royal Ontario Museum until October 8th. Staged as a complement to Iris van Hepen: Transforming Fashion, Beesley’s installation uses chemistry, artificial intelligence, and soundscapes to create a multi-sensory art experience.

FESTIVAL: Ryerson University’s interdisciplinary programming for the DOCNOW Festival celebrates the work of twenty graduates from their Documentary Media MFA through film screenings, exhibitions, and events, running from May 30 to June 30. And our mom EQ Bank might want you to know, this one is pocketbook friendly; all screenings and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

EXHIBITION: On June 23, Critical Distance will open its group exhibition …move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself., curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson and named after experimental choreographer Yvonne Rainer. The artists in the exhibition respond to the relationships between choreography and curating; our inaugural EDAA feature artist, Adrienne Crossman, shows with Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Adam Basanta, and Nadège Grebmeier Forget.



EXHIBITION: EDAA alum Mark Kasumovic’s exhibition, A Human Laboratory will be open June 8-June 30 at the McIntosh Gallery. The exhibition features over 100 photographs from visits to laboratories, research centers, and field stations around the world. Kasumovic aims to highlight the similarity of technical, scientific instruments to the camera, exploring their shared function as “recording device[s] that enhance our understanding of the contemporary social landscape”.



EXHIBITION (LAST CALL!): Interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist (and EDAA 2018 juror) Scott Benesiinaabandan’s exhibition at PAVED Arts spotlights Animiikikaa 10-97—a three-channel audio piece that highlights the sonic attributes of the Anishinaabe language as a means of investigating its political relationships with its speakers and listeners. Its closing reception is this Friday, June 15. Benesiinaabandan’s project with PAVED is a part of The National Indigenous Media Arts Gathering: Listen, Witness, Transmit conference program, which is filled with further goodies happening over the next week and into August.



EXHIBITON: Until June 30th, Deirdre McAdams’ The Material Interior is on view at Field Contemporary. McAdams’ work considers the formal characteristics of painting – such as colour, line and support – as they are represented in software and print technologies, seeking to open up new, radical possibilities for image making in the process.



PUBLIC ART: Resilience, a National Billboard Exhibition Project curated by Lee-Ann Martin and produced by Winnipeg-based artist-run centre Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), kicked off the first of the month. Through the project, multi-media artworks by fifty Indigenous women artists will display on 167 digital billboards from coast to coast, “rebuking the historical erasure of Indigenous women’s bodies and the exclusion of their art”.

ONLINE EXHIBITION (LAST CALL!): Arrhythmicity is a virtual reality exhibition space, run by dalpofzs, that explores the “fertility of errors” through audio files and images. The current exhibition eRR0R (iii) runs until June 15 and can be accessed via mobile and desktop platforms.

CALL: Our very own Emerging Digital Artists Award is closing its annual call for applications on June 15. For more info, poke around the website!