InterAccess Launches Online Winter 2021 Educational Program


Lucas LaRochelle, Queering the Map, 2017–ongoing.

Launching the InterAccess Winter 2021 Educational Program

InterAccess is excited to announce its upcoming season of online educational and skill-building workshops, running from January to April 2021. The technical skills and artistic practices this season span an array of topics in media art, including queer and trans online community-building, GIS mapping, and AR filter development.

Thanks to the generous support of EQ Bank, all workshops will be presented for free or pay-what-you-can (PWYC) to reduce barriers for artists interested in exploring media art practices and to encourage wide participation.

Visit our website for the full programming.


Augmented Reality in Zoom, Facebook, & Instagram
Uncover the theatrical and world-building possibilities of augmented reality (AR) filters in Zoom, Facebook, and Instagram in this two-part workshop led by B. Wijshijer. Using SparkAR, p5.js, and OBS-VirtualCam, participants will create a Facebook & Instagram face filter and experiment with Zoom backdrops.
Tues, Jan 26 & Thurs, Jan 28 | 5–8PM
Register Here (PWYC)

Internet Choreographies: Performing for the Online Audience
How does the mobile or computer screen affect performance? This workshop by James Knott looks at ways to creatively navigate the unique constraints and characteristics of performing for screen-based platforms. Find out all the different ways you can utilize and design performance work for online spaces, including Zoom, Instagram Live, and YouTube.
Sat, Feb 6 | 1–4PM
Register Here (PWYC)

Mapping As Mutual Aid
Lucas LaRochelle’s Queering the Map project is a community-generated online collaborative and counter-mapping platform on which users submit their personal LGBTQ2IA+ experiences to specific locations on a single collective map. To date, its users have contributed over 120,000 submissions in 23 languages. This 3-part workshop + lab, led by LaRochelle, introduces participants to the GIS frameworks, counter-mapping strategies, and web publishing considerations used to develop Queering the Map. Participants will be equipped with the technical skills required to build interactive digital maps using data sets of their choice. Please note the limited capacity for this workshop.
Sun, Feb 21 & 28 & Mar 7 | 1–4PM
Register Here (PWYC)

Accessible UX/UI Design for Artists
Join UX/UI Designer and accessibility advocate Soren Hamby in exploring the user’s journey through visual, non-visual, and multisensory interfaces. Using whiteboarding software InVision and Figma wireframing kits, participants will engage in hands-on exercises that allow them to add UX/UI basics into their artistic-curatorial toolkits.
Sat, Mar 6 & 13 | 1–4PM
Register Here (PWYC)


Still from Bad Circuit, 2020. Image courtesy of Max Lester.

Expanding on the R­eal: Experiments in Adobe After Effects
This intermediate workshop led by Max Lester will demonstrate how to retool Adobe After Effects for experiments with abstraction and digital assemblage. This software is a powerful tool for motion graphics and visual effects that allows artists to alter or create imagined new realities from existing footage. We will play with digital plasticity through intuitive gesture and distortion to pursue atypical modes of world-building and expand on reality.
Sat, Mar 20 | 1–4PM
Register Here (PWYC)

The Great Indoors: an online soundscapes workshop
Led by Johann Diedrick, this collaborative, participatory workshop will cover acoustic exploration and soundscape composition with Audacity, an open-source audio editing software. Participants are encouraged to (re)discover the indoor spaces they occupy during the pandemic and co-create sonic spaces for care and empathy. This workshop is developed and presented in partnership with Mutant Promise (UK).
Sat, Apr 10 | 1–4PM
Register Here (PWYC)

Coding Bots for Community
This three-part workshop will cover bot-coding basics from command line setup to deployment. Participants will create a working Discord bot and discuss ways that bots can help to provide frameworks for safer/healthier online chat communities.
Tues, Apr 20 & Thurs, Apr 22 & Tues, Apr 27 | 5–7PM
Register Here (PWYC)


Our pre-pandemic weekly Open Studio drop-in event is currently being redesigned for the virtual space. Originally presented as a free in-person introduction to our facilities, these sessions welcomed the public to co-work within the InterAccess studio space alongside InterAccess members. We’re seeking feedback from the new media arts community about what a supportive and useful online Open Studio might look like — please fill out this survey to contribute.


The InterAccess Winter 2021 Educational Program is generously supported by EQ Bank.

EQ Bank is the digital banking platform launched in 2016 by Equitable Bank, Canada’s Challenger Bank™. As an all-digital financial institution, EQ Bank continually challenges the status quo to bring better banking solutions to Canadians. We are proud to celebrate and elevate the work of emerging digital artists and contribute to the growth of digital arts practice across Canada. To learn more, visit


Founded in 1983, InterAccess is a gallery, educational facility, production studio, festival, and registered charity dedicated to new media and emerging practices in art and technology. Our programs support art forms that integrate technology, fostering and supporting the full cycle of art and artistic practice through education, production, and exhibition. InterAccess is regarded as a preeminent Canadian arts and technology centre.

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