LEFT BRAINS AND RIGHT BRAINS UNITE!
Subtle Technologies 2013
Explore the Art and Science of IMMORTALITY
June 7 – 9 | Toronto, Ontario | Various Venues
16th Annual Festival Bringing Together Leading Edge Thinkers of Science & Art
Science and art, hearts and minds – the essential ingredients of human advancement – are integrated at the annual Subtle Technologies Festival. And this year sees the Festival tackle the ultimate theme: Immortality.
The Festival will ponder resurrecting extinct species and even early hominids using DNA. And even as human life-spans increase, other angles present themselves – including digital preservation of consciousness and bold imaginings of scientifically accessing the afterlife. Put it all together, and you have the makings of one mind-expanding weekend at four different venues in Toronto.
Subtle Technologies is an internationally-known weekend-long think-tank featuring leading-edge artists and scientists. The provocative program of symposium presentations, an intimate (and hard to get into) workshop, film screening and art exhibition, kicks off June 7 with an opening reception at the Beaver Hall Gallery. The reception will feature works on immortality from “The Beyond Category” artists David Khang, Scott Kildall/Nathaniel Sterne, John Paul Robinson and Alan Sondheim.
Festival highlights on Day 1 include DNA from Fossils, Time Travel and De-Extinction, a symposium by McMaster University Paleogeneticist Hendrik Poinar who will talk about the feasibility and the ethics of “bringing them back alive.” Followed by a similarly themed presentation, titled, Undoing Forever, is a live radio documentary about bringing extinct species back from the dead, with CBC Radio producer Britt Wray.
Included in Day 1, space enthusiasts will be excited by the return of Tweets In Space, a project by San Francisco cross-disciplinary artist Scott Kildall to beam tweets toward GJ667Cc, a planet 22 light years away. Last year’s effort drummed up 1,500 texts, about a tweet-per-second, which were transmitted via high-powered radio telescope last November.
Subtle Technologies will take a decidedly metaphysical turn to close Day 1, with Ryan Jordan’s Retro-Death Telegraphy presentation, in which the electronic artist reproduces Victorian Age devices designed to facilitate communication with the afterlife.
Fill your Day 2 with David Khang, a part-time Doctor of Dental Surgery at University of Toronto, as well as a faculty member of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, who presents “Amelogenesis Imperfecta / Beautox Me!” that fuses the disciplines of art and dentistry with enamel sculptures, and botox, as seen through Dr. Khang’s spoken presentation and video demo.
“We Will Be Different”: Some Notes On Science Fiction and Immortality, closes Day 2 with a discussion of the politics and ethics of immortality against a sci-fi backdrop, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein onward. Trent University cultural studies professor Veronica Hollinger joins moderator Roberta Buiani for an existential discussion about our very natures.
The festival will feature The Singularity a film screening and talk with Doug Wolens. His thought-provoking documentary about the tipping point when computer intelligence exceeds that of humans. Will we become more machine-like? The event will feature a presentation on AI and brain interfaces by Randal A. Koene and a panel discussion moderated by Greg Van Alstyne.
Details on Venues, Ticket Prices, and Schedule can be found online here: http://subtletechnologies.com/festival/
Full schedule details of each speaker and presentation can be found online here: http://subtletechnologies.com/festival/symposium/
2-Day Pass Regular – $60 2-Day Pass Student/Unwaged – $30 *includes the Symposium and Film Screening Day Pass Regular – $40 Day Pass Student/Unwaged – $20 *valid for June 8 or 9 for events between 10am and 5pm Half-Day pass Regular – $20 Half-Day pass Student/Unwaged – $10 *valid on June 8 or 9 for the morning session (10am – 12:30pm) or the afternoon session (2:00pm – 5:00pm) Film Screening Regular – $15 Film Screening Student/Unwaged – $10 Pre-Festival Workshop Regular – $55 Pre-Festival Workshop InterAccess Members – $45
Pre-Festival Workshop – InterAccess | 9 Ossington Avenue
Exhibition – Beaver Hall Gallery | 29 McCaul Street
Symposium – Ryerson University LIB 72 | 350 Victoria Street
Film Screening – OCAD University Auditorium | 100 McCaul Street
Subtle Technologies is known internationally for presenting artists and scientists whose work is at the leading edge of their respective disciplines and creating a space for dialogue that will lead to future discussions and collaborations. Having been around since 2001, there are year round events and workshops, such as the ArtScienceCamp, a diverse community of partners in the arts and sciences who help promote collaboration, innovation and increased public dialogue. Its founding director, Jim Ruxton, is an engineer and artist who has developed satellite communication devices and created effects for myriad art projects, including Atom Egoyan’s opera Salome.