Subtle Technologies 2014



The rise of Citizen Art and Science is explored at the 17th Annual


May 20 -31, 2014 – Toronto

Participating Artists and Scientists From Around The World, Congregate In Toronto For The Biggest Mash-Up.
All are available for interviews and meet-ups.

Info on Venues, Ticket Prices, Schedules, and Details on Speakers and Presentations, can be found here:

Art, science and technology unite in the 17th annual Subtle Technologies Festival. This year Subtle Technologies looks at art, science and DIY culture and will investigate the tools and techniques of harnessing collective knowledge and creativity otherwise known as open culture.

Diving into the world of participatory practices, this year’s program will cover everything from DIY bio-printers to citizen science, crowdsourcing, open access journals and performance work, focusing on the rising movement towards greater citizen participation.

Subtle Technologies is a celebrated eleven day think-tank featuring leading-edge artists and scientists. The thought-provoking program of symposium presentations, intimate workshops, a public lecture and art exhibition kicks off May 21 with the DIT Alternative Energy Grid workshop. The two evening collaboration invites participants to create a series of imaginative and diverse sources of energy-generating mechanisms (human-powered, solar, wind, plants, etc) that pool their power to create a neighbourhood ‘grid’.

Rev up your weekend on May 23 with an opening reception at the Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University. The reception will feature art installations on Open Culture/Urban Interventions from trailblazing artists, Marcus Neustetter and Stephen Hobbs, visiting from South Africa, who will create a Toronto-based piece while in town, using their urban intervention techniques.

Day one of the symposium (May 24) will warm up your communication skills as Liane Fredricks and Scott Perret host Connecting People For Effective Participation, an interactive session about creating a harmonious work environment where organizations and people work together.

Later Matt Ratto goes Beyond the Yoda Head, using 3D Printing for Practical Applications and takes the trinket-building hobby to the next level applying the technique to create affordable prosthetics limbs. Continuing with the evolution of the printer, Dr. Thomas Burket and Ryan Hoover’s presentation Bio-Printer Development at the Baltimore Under Ground Science Space discusses the use of bio printers as a way to grow human tissues, changing the landscape of medicine and DIY culture.

Day One concludes with a public lecture, Scientists are Doing it for Themselves by University of Toronto’s John Dupuis where he will explore how the Web is liberating scientific creativity, looking at Open Access, Open Data, Altmetrics and Citizen Science among other movements. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, Critical State Making, by Steven Kovats, based on his research in South Sudan where he studied the use of Open Access tools to ease conflict in the war torn area using software and mapping technology.

On Day two, make the concrete jungle wild again during Indeterminate Hikes and Wilderness Collider. This activity asks participants to reimagine the city as a wild place filled with waterfalls and forestation, using the Indeterminate Hikes app on their smartphones. Keep your imagination active for artist and professor Patricia Olynyk The Mutable Archive presentation, where scientists, historians, artists, philosophers, spiritual mediums and laypersons create a fictional biography for ancient photographed skulls from the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.

In a “Big Brother is Watching” world, OpenPaths: Empowering Personal Geographic Data aims to put that data back in your own hands by putting your GPS data back under your control.

Keeping with the hands-on approach, the festival concludes with a two-day DIY Water Sensing Workshop – the weekend following the symposium. Fresh water is vital for survival; this workshop will teach you to build a simple electronic DIY testing kit and learn about your backyard water system. Register early, as space is limited.

Through the lens of medicine, engineering, art and sociology, the 17th annual Subtle Technologies promises to be a one of a kind illuminating event.

Info on Venues, Ticket Prices, Schedule, and Details on Speakers and Presentations, can be found online here:



2-Day Pass Regular – $60

2-Day Student/Senior/Artist/Unwaged – $30

*Includes the Symposium

Day Pass Regular – $40

Day Pass Student/Senior/Artist/Unwaged – $20

*Valid for May 24 or 25 for events between 10am and 5pm

Half-Day pass Regular – $20

Half-Day pass Student/Senior/Artist/Unwaged – $10

*Valid on May 24 or 25 for the morning session (10am – 12:30pm) or the afternoon session (2:00pm – 5:00pm)



Exhibition – Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

| 325 Church Street

Symposium – Ryerson University LIB 72 | 350 Victoria Street

Public Lecture – OCADU Auditorium, Room 230 | 100 McCaul Street

DIY Water Sensing Workshop – Semaphore Demo Lab, Robarts Library | 130 St. George Street

DIT Alternative Energy Grid Workshop – Rogers Communication Center | RCC 194 80 Gould St, Toronto


About Subtle Technologies

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.