Geostash is a public art project that uses the city of Toronto as
its inspiration and utilises Global Positioning Technology (GPS)
and the web as a means to achieve its creative goals. Geostash takes
its cues from the practice of Geocaching
- a sort of high-tech treasure hunt that was originally conceived
in 2000, and has spread worldwide through websites promoting this
activity. Each artist will hide a "stash" somewhere in
the city and post the GPS co-ordinates of where the stash is hidden
on the Geostash website. The stash may contain a set of instructions
requesting an in-situ performance, or could contain objects, materials
and a manual to create temporary public art. Once the stashes have all been placed
in the city, each participating artist will be randomly assigned
another artists' stash to find using a GPS receiver. Once found,
the artist will transform the contents of the stash into an ephemeral
work of art.
Date: October 29 - 31, 04
Location: Various locations in Toronto TBA (check
blog for updates)
Presented by Year01
Artist Talk and Panel Discussion at YYZ
Artists Outlet - date TBA
Jason Van Horne & Duncan Walker (City
Shawn Micallef & Gabe Sawhney ([murmur])
Slavica Ceperkovic (digitalexhaust)
Paola Poletto & Jon Sasaki
@ Kiss Machine / Jon
@ Instant Coffee)
Willy le Maitre (w----e.net)
Michael Alstad &
Shawn Micallef is a freelance writer who has an enthusiastic
interest in the intersection of urbanism, politics, and theory and
has written articles for the Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly, and numerous
other publications. Shawn is a founding member of [murmur], a location-based
storytelling project that completed installations in Toronto, Vancouver
and Montreal in 2003-4. Shawn and his partners developed [murmur]
while residents at Habitat, the Canadian Film Centres new
media lab. One of the primary ambitions of the [murmur] team was
to apply the interactivity of new media to the urban environment
and the daily lives of citizens. Shawn has presented the practical
and theoretical aspects of the project in lectures and media interviews
across North America and Europe.
Driven by a keen interest in psychogeography, Shawn leads weekly
walks in Toronto, exploring and drifting through various parts of
the city with the Toronto Psychogeography Society (psychogeography.ca).
Shawn writes the Flâneur column and is a contributing editor
at Spacing Magazine (spacing.ca),
a Toronto-based publication that investigates public space issues.
Participating in a range of art projects continues this exploration of space,
and the ways in which artists and the public can together use civic
gatherings for their own expression.
Shawn is currently working with the [murmur] team producing the
installation of the project in Torontos Annex neighbourhood.
His future research and project commitments will further develop
ideas on urban space, locative media, and citizen participation.
Gabe Sawhney is a hacker working at the edges of code and culture. Gabe co-created the concept for [murmur] while in residence at Habitat, the Canadian Film Centre's New Media Lab. As Technical Director of [murmur], he developed the platform, tools and infrastructure for the project. With an academic background in architecture, film and semiotics, Gabe balances an understanding of technology with a passionate interest in visual design, usability and information architecture.
Slavica Ceperkovic Originally from Toronto, Slavica received
her BFA in New Media Studies from Ryerson University in 2000. After
moving to France for two years to further her research and practice
at Le Fresnoy, The National Studio of Contemporary Art, Slavica
moved back to Canada for a visiting artist faculty position at the
Alberta College of Art and Design in their Media Art Digital Technologies
Her interactive installation and video work has been exhibited throughout
East and Western Europe, UK, Canada, The United States and most
recently in South America. Slavica has recently accepted a position
at the Banff Centre for the Arts as the Co-production coordinator
in the the Banff New Media Institute.
Jason Van Horne and Duncan Walker are members of the
City Beautification Ensemble. The primary goal of the City Beautification Ensemble is the vigorous and continual
battle to off-set the ever increasing blight of dullness. The City Beautification Ensemble has presented their work in urban spaces
near you, and at Mercer Union, ne plus ultra, Harbourfront Centre, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and other festivals and institutions.
Paola Poletto is a mixed media artist based in Toronto. Recent
include Girls and Guns, an exhibition curated for the sixth issue
Machine, a magazine she co-produced between 2000 and 2004, the Inflatable
Museum, an online exhibit at www.kissmachine.org,
and digifest, produced
Design Exchange from 2002 to present.
Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based artist who can't seem to commit
to any one fixed strategy of art-making, instead preferring to prioritize
some form of collaboration. Working with an ever-changing roster
of culture producers allows him to shift among audiences, media,
methodologies, and thus is well suited to his short attention span.
He is a member of Instant Coffee, works at Mercer Union, and is
a co-founder of the Toronto Cutters Cycling Society.
Willy Le Maitre works are primarily video based. Treating video
as a live medium, it has served as a pivot point in collaborations
between himself, musicians, writers and other visual artists. For
a number of years he has suited work for the internet; most notably
with The Appearance Machine,
an autonomous system that generates media assets and content streams
from the reannimation of consumer refuse and distributes its live
results to logged galleries. Lately his efforts come under the rubric
of 'Playlist', a streaming
multi-threaded media work whose structure is visualized as a
navigable 3d environment.
He has received several grants and awards including 2nd prize and
the Public Choice Award at LIFE 3.0 competition for artificial life
artworks in Madrid and The Telefilm Canada prize at Images Festival
of Independent Film, 2000, Toronto, for best film or video at festival.
A web site with descriptions and photos of works made with his principle
collaborator, Eric Rosenzveig is accessible at :
Michelle Kasprzak is an award-winning artist, writer and lecturer.
She is currently an M.A. candidate in the École des Arts
Visuels et Médiatiques at the Université du Québec
Her study of performance art and technology at the Master's level
is complimented by her concurrent teaching career and independent
research. As adjunct faculty for the Canadian Film Centre's new
media programmes, she designs and delivers curriculum that addresses
the most recent creative applications of new technologies. Michelle
is also currently a member of the Mobile Digital Commons Network,
a cross-disciplinary research group funded by Heritage Canada for
the purpose of investigating the transformation of public space
through the development and deployment of location-specific content.
Since winning the InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre Emerging
Electronic Artist award in her early career, Michelle has proceeded
to exhibit her work and present performances across North America
and Europe. She has been featured in numerous publications and on
radio and television broadcasts syndicated worldwide.
She blogs here, and maintains her web headquarters here.
Michael Alstad is a Toronto based artist and curator working
in installation and digital media. He is a founding member of the
Canadian artist collectives Year Zero One and Symbiosis. Michael
has co-ordinated several site-specific projects in Toronto including
The Clinic(95), The Bank of Symbiosis(97), The Hoarding Project(98)
the Transmedia video billboard exhibitions(00, 02) and Teletaxi
(03). His web/video works have been included in many international
media arts festivals and on-line exhibitions.