subtle technologies exhibition panel

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Exhibition Panel

Subtle Technologies: Exhibition Panel

Panellists: Matthew Biederman, Noel Harding, Chris Hardwicke, Marko Peljhan, Rod Strickland
Moderator: Graeme Stewart
Date: June 5th
Time: 4:15PM


This interactive discussion will explore the connections and ideas from the Festival exhibition, contingent ecologies :: investigations at the edge, with the exhibition artists.


Graeme Stewart
Associate, E.R.A. Architects


Graeme Stewart is an Associate with ERA Architects. His area of specialty is Toronto’s post-war urban and suburban planning history as well as urban sustainability. Graeme is the co-editor of Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies. His international research was instrumental in founding the Tower Renewal Project; an initiative in modern heritage examining the future of Toronto’s remarkable stock of modern concrete towers with the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, University of Toronto, and other partners. Graeme is also a director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, an interdisciplinary urban research organization focusing on Canada’s urban future.


Matthew Biederman
Arctic Perspective Initiative
Kallitaq and Open Sourcing the North


The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) is a non-profit, international group of individuals and organizations whose goal is to promote the creation of open authoring, communications and dissemination infrastructures for the circumpolar region. API aims to empower the North and Arctic peoples through open source technologies and applied education and training. Creating access to these technologies while promoting an open, shared network of communications and data, without a costly overhead, can allow for further sustainable and continued development of culture, traditional knowledge, science, technology and education opportunities for peoples in the North and Arctic regions.

Marko Peljhan
Associate Professor
Department of Art, University of California Santa Barbara

Marko Peljhan holds a joint appointment with the Department of Art and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program. A theatre and radio director by profession, he cofounded the Ljudmila digital media lab in Slovenia and is active in numerous tactical media communities. He founded the arts and technology organisation Projekt Atol, the music label rx:tx and coordinates the ongoing mobile laboratory project Makrolab, focusing on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems in an intersection of art and science. His work has been featured in published contemporary art anthologies (Fresh Cream, Art Tommorow) and extensively online and has been installed internationally including the Venice, Gwangju and Johannesburg Biennials, Documenta, Ars Electronica, ISEA, Manifesta, and numerous other exhibitions and museums, in Europe, Asia and the US among them P.S.1 Moma and the New Museum in New York. In 2000 he received the special Medienkunst prize at the ZKM in Karlsruehe and in 2001 the Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica together with Carsten Nicolai for their work, Polar, produced at the Canon Artlab in Tokyo in 2000.

Noel Harding
Noel Harding Studio


Noel Harding is an international Canadian artist and urban innovator recognized for his monumental scale public art projects and environmental sculptures that address the role and plight of nature in the midst of twenty-first century urbanization. He is well known for his sculpture The Elevated Wetlands where vegetation lives in recycled plastic soil while cleaning polluted water. In general, his work is an engagement in public urban realities: planning, envisioning, and mapping toward the future, suggesting that much more is possible. His work has been shown in more than 200 exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario where his work is archived in the permanent collections.

Rod Strickland

Professor of Visual Arts
University of Windsor

Rod Strickland is an artist and educator who creates sculpture and public works through solo and collaborative projects. Current projects include: The Green Corridor; an interdisciplinary community based initiative, an art, science, educational, and environmental project that re images the busiest international border crossing between Canada and the United States. Open Corridor, an exhibit of nationally and internationally known artists work on the NAFTA Freeway. Drive-Thru Symphony, a site-specific, real time installation and performance work that incorporates sight, sound, and smell while integrating vehicle traffic and drivers into a collaborative event.

Chris Hardwicke
Associate, Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co Architects
Future Ecologies


As an associate at Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects Inc. Chris Hardwicke researches, designs, teaches, gives advice, makes policies and writes about places and cities. Chris draws on his background in architecture, environmental studies and fine art to create healthy cities. His visionary urban projects have been exhibited and published internationally.

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