In Conversation: Georgina Voss and Monica Virtue


Join DesignTO Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12pm EDT, for the fourth ‘In Conversation’ series event with artist and educator Georgina Voss and designer and filmmaker Monica Virtue. Through their wide array of artistic outputs, Georgina and Monica will discuss the intersections of their creative practices involving data visualization and mapping as a tool for research, storytelling, and a way to track how “things” move through complex systems.

In Conversation: Georgina Voss and Monica Virtue
Thursday, June 17, 2021
12-1pm EDT (5-6pm BST)
Free with RSVP


Georgina Voss is an artist, writer, and educator. Her work explores the presence and politics of large-scale technologies, heavy industry, and complex systems, through performance, multi-media installations, writing, and long-term research projects. She has shown work at TAC Eindhoven, Tate, Auto Italia South East, STUK, Brighton Digital Festival, and London Design Festival. Her writing has been published in venues including The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harvard Design Magazine, Science and Culture, and Journal of Homosexuality. Georgina is currently Reader in Systems and Deviance at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, where she is co-founder and lead of Supra Systems Studio.


Monica Virtue is a designer, researcher, and filmmaker who uses maps to solve mysteries. Monica began her filmmaking career with a documentary on the Ipperwash Crisis, which grew into an ongoing 18-year journey with various offshoots that include treaty research for First Nations, educational Treaty Workshops for school boards, and museum exhibitions with Indigenous collaborators. Monica earned a Master of Design in Digital Futures from OCAD University in 2016. Her thesis project, co-designed with the leadership of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, focused on using data visualization and digital mapping as a tool to tell stories about colonization, treaties, and the loss of traditional lands.

‘In Conversation’ Series

Spotlighting designers from Canada and the UK, DesignTO in partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL) and OCAD University presents a new online series in 2021 called ‘In Conversation’. As the title suggests, faculty, students and alumni from UAL and OCAD will be in conversation with each other and industry experts to discuss contemporary issues, research and creation in design.

The ongoing collaboration between UAL and OCAD comes out of dialogue between the two universities, working on common areas of interest such as decolonization and sustainability. Joining UAL and OCAD to present ‘In Conversation’, DesignTO is a Toronto-based non-profit arts organization that produces Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival, showcasing multidisciplinary ways of making and thinking.


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Image credits:
Monica Virtue, Collaborative Mapping Thesis Project, 2016.
Georgina Voss, courtesy of Georgina Voss
Monica Virtue, courtesy of Monica Virtue