Miriam Arbus is the project manager of Radiance VR, and also the VR and Interactive Media Programming Coordinator for the Toronto New Wave Festival 2019. As co-founder and co-director of Sleepover Club Initiative, she presented FORUM, a participatory residency as part of the Doing Feminisms Sharing The World Australia Arts Council project (2018), and curated the exhibition What Has Feminism Ever Done For Me? (Neon Parlour, Melbourne, 2016). Miriam established the Brunswick Street Gallery’s new media series, Men per Ex Lati, and was a selected curator for the Knox City Immerse Arts Festival (Melbourne, 2016). She holds an MA in Contemporary and Modern Art Theory and History from the University of Toronto. She is the co-founder of Art Collision and Communications Specialist and Curator for STYLY XR.
Aljumaine is a queer design technologist and creative manager based in Toronto. I’m passionate about using design to bridge the gap between visual design, user experience design, and engineering. My art practice is rooted in Afrofuturism in order to subvert systems. I enjoy being a researcher with the Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto focusing on surveillance technologies. I have a degree in digital futures from OCADU. I create experimental electronic music and short films in my free time.
Tommy Truong is an emerging artist, curator, and animator working in Toronto, whose work explores ideas of human behaviour, screen-based media, and storytelling. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction at OCAD University. Recognizing the artistic merit of his practice, he was shortlisted for Equitable Bank’s 2016 Emerging Digital Artist Award, and received OCAD U’s Integrated Media Project 31 Scholarship, and Career Launcher Fund. He has also exhibited at Xpace Cultural Centre, Artscape, The Royal Cinema, Tranzac, and The Brandscape.
Rachel South is a Toronto-based designer who builds and strengthens the customer-facing elements of digital products. A graduate of the MDes program of OCADU, Rachel’s work is focused on the environmental, physical and social determinants of human health. She currently works as a junior UX designer at INVIVO, a digital scientific communications agency located in Toronto.
Renata is Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of Toronto and an author, researcher and curator based in Tkaronto (Toronto) who holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Montreal, obtained with a co-supervision at the Art History Department at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Her doctoral research is focused on the exhibition of media arts, in particular on the dialogue established between the curatorial gesture and the processual creation of the work of contemporary and media art directed towards collaborative work with artists and audiences in the development of each curatorial event.
Serene Husni is a writer, translator & filmmaker. She holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University with distinction. Her directorial debut, Zinco, won the audience award for “Best Documentary” from the Franco-Arab Film Festival. Serene is a founding member of Dalaala, an Arabic-English translation collective, and Aramram, an Arabic-speaking web television based in Amman. She recently joined the team of writers at Mahdoom, a podcast about the stories behind Arabic dishes. She provides mentorship and workshop coordination to The Shoe Project at Ryerson University.
RAMOLEN LARUAN is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, ON. Her artistic practice explores a variety of mediums ranging from sculpture, collage, print, photography, film, installation, and other digital work to offer new patterns of thinking about displacement, migration, politics of knowledge, notions of truth/multiple truths, memory, and remembrance. Her work has been featured in various publications and exhibited in group and travelling exhibitions across Canada and the United States. Recent solo exhibitions include still, unfolding (2020) at Zalucky Contemporary. Laruan received her BFA at Queen’s University and MFA at Western University in 2020.
Maegan Broadhurst comes from a Video and Media Arts background-as an arts administrator, curator and lapsed artist. Broadhurst holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto
Metropolitan University and a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University. She has worked in programming, education and organizational support within organizations such as; 8eleven, Canadian Art, Images Festival, Oakville Galleries, The National Gallery of Canada and The City of Toronto. She is Head of Communication and Development at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and co-runs the curatorial collective shell.
Zeesy Powers’ art practice explores the unstated systems that shape our society. Recent works include deardiary.wtf (2022), an app that forces personal interpretation through machine learning answers, and Omiwatari, a 2021 documentary short about the tragedy of cultural losses from climate change. Through experiments with supposedly neutral technological formats, she has experience in VR, cryptocurrency, web development, animation, Wikipedia, and mass surveillance. Zeesy’s work has been shown at major festivals and exhibitions in the Americas, Europe and Asia. During her nearly two-decade long career, she has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2017 Chalmers Fellowship. Zeesy is currently researching misogyny and digital kidnapping through the history and production of deepfakes.
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