Rebecca Gruihn is a Toronto-based educator, filmmaker and editor who teaches at York University, Humber College and Sheridan College. Specializing in post-production and new neo-realist approaches to media, she is passionate about the storytelling applications of contemporary accessible technology for creation and dissemination of time-based media. As an editor, Gruihn has worked with many successful filmmakers including Lesley Johnson, Scott Miller Berry, Mark Pariselli, Matthew Hogue, Jennifer Dysart and Francis Lebouthillier. She has also held various media production and postproduction contracts with the Royal Ontario Museum, Cream Productions and Vice. Her short films have screened at the Montreal World Wide Film Festival, the Moving Images Festival, the International Student Film Festival Hollywood and Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival (where her film Birdbath was nominated for Best Short Film).
Daniella Sanader is a writer and researcher who lives in Toronto. In her work, she regularly explores associative and speculative modes for thinking and writing about contemporary art, ones that emphasize queer/feminist frameworks, messy feelings, and embodied experience. She holds an MA in Art History from McGill University, and has written essays and reviews for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Susan Hobbs Gallery, BlackFlash, Forest City Gallery and many others. She has curated projects for Vtape and Oakville Galleries, and currently works at Gallery TPW in Toronto.
Laura Brown is an Arts Manager with a BA in Cinema Studies. She has ten years of experience working in film festivals in Toronto. Her career highlights include serving as Technical Director of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, coordinating the audio-visual needs for Innis Town Hall, projecting for TIFF and Hot Docs, and hearing Michael Snow play the piano.
Born and raised in China, Siya Chen fuses her experience in business and arts between Canada and China as curator, producer and facilitator in contemporary arts and culture. Focusing on contemplating the tensions between the possessed and the perceived identities of individual in society, Chen has worked with artists such as Cao Fei, Cohen Van Balen, Xu Tan, Zhou Tao, and organizations including Gendai Gallery, Reel Asian International Film Festival, Times Museum, Gallery TPW, Vitamin Creative Space and XPACE. Chen is currently a business partner at OFFSITE in Toronto, a concept space that showcase curated independent fashion, art and design with bi-monthly changing themes.
Toronto-based new-media artist Naomi Dodds’s work explores visual syntax through the material and immaterial by questioning the role of machine and image. Her work consists of video projection and multimedia installations that attempt to understand the relationship between proximity and movement, judged under certain perceptual conundrums. Through robotically controlled, simulated experiences, Dodds’s works considers the balancing act between physical, mental and virtual presence.
Carla Garnet currently works as the John B. Aird Gallery Director/Curator and JOUEZ curator for the annual BIG On Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture in Toronto. Garnet is active on both the programming and fundraising committees at Trinity Square. She has worked as the curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (2010-2013), as a guest curator at Gallery Stratford (2009-2010) and as an independent curator (1997-2010). She is the founder and director of Garnet Press Gallery (1984-97). While at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, she developed and managed the gallery’s education program. Garnet holds an Associate Diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a Masters Degree in Art History from York University.
Cody Lang is currently in his second year of the PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. His research interests include magical realist cinema, film noir and neo-noir cinema, and film genre theory. He has a forthcoming chapter entitled “Queering the straightest space imaginable: reading Sirkian melodrama against the grain,” to be published as part of Filmurbia: Screening the Suburbs (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017).
Layering forms, Serena Lee maps power, perception, and belonging through models of polyphony. She was born in Toronto, studied in the Netherlands, and practises, collaborates and exhibits internationally. Lee holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. www.serenalee.com
Melanie Lowe is a Toronto-based arts administrator and artist. Lowe received a Bachelor of Design in Communication Design from NSCAD University and a MFA in Visual Art at York University. Lowe’s art practice often takes the form of silent video, installation and the organization of ephemeral, participatory events. She has had exhibitions and screenings in festivals, artist-run centres and galleries in Canada, including Dalhousie Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery and InterAccess. She has received project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council.
Megan Toye is a third year PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University. She completed her MA in Art History at McGill University in 2013 and worked as an Assistant Curator at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna, BC. Her research explores the intersection between feminist conceptual art, sound art, and ethical forms of spectatorship. She is a recipient of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and has been published in Drain Magazine and the Journal of Curatorial Studies.
Yan Zhou is an independent curator, a critic of art and literature, a poet and translator who currently lives in Toronto. She holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. She is the curator of Mediated Memory, a featured Canadian contemporary art exhibition at the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, 2015; Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art: Inside and Outside of Beijing, a touring exhibition in Xi’an Art Museum, Xian and Today Art Museum, Beijing in 2014-2015; Through the Body: Lens Based Works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, presented at the University of Toronto as a featured as a primary exhibition of the 2014 Contact International Photography Festival; and other projects. She is the recipient of many grants including Canada Council for the Arts grants and an International Council of Museums (ICOM) Fellowship.
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