InterAccess Media Arts Prize 2023 Programming

January 17 – February 17, 2024
InterAccess, Toronto ON

InterAccess is pleased to announce the following upcoming programming, including exhibitions, an artist talk, and a workshop, in support of the 2023 Media Arts Prize.


Exhibition: Kaboos: An exhibition of nightmares
Mehrnaz Abdoos
January 17 – February 17, 2024

A personal narrative of the artist, Kaboos exhibits Mehrnaz Abdoos’ nightmares and how she pieces her life through them through a 3D rendered environment.


Exhibition: once more, once again
Ghislan Sutherland-Timm
January 17 – February 17, 2024

From the discarded furnishings and neglected findings collected over a period of time, once more, once again engages with the revitalization of found objects activated through an orchestral and unorthodox play of sight and sound.


Artist Talk: Farming the Future
Murley Herrle-Fanning
February 3, 2024 | 2 – 3:30PM | Register online

Engage with a variety of topics from farm chores alongside a herd of goats, birds, and dogs, to experiments with emerging technologies such as AI powered creations and niche systems of participatory media for broadcasting and gaming.


Workshop: DIY Vacuum Formed Lamps
Audrey Ammann
Registration information available on InterAccess website

This hands-on workshop will guide participants through the basics of vacuum forming to design their own LED lamp covers.


About the Prize Winners

Mehrnaz Abdoos is a Toronto-based multi-media artist and designer, specializing in the dynamic realm of interactive media. Her work is a exploration of innovative storytelling, brought to life through immersive experiences.

Ghislan Sutherland-Timm is a craftsman based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Their artistic practice is influenced by their ancestral ties and reconnection to their Afro-Caribbean heritage and Carib roots. Their work is also ignited by the ephemerality and tactility of sound and film. In creating “incomplete complete” works, collage-making is frequently utilized within their practice to shape autobiographical-fictional narratives and subjects of ambiguous beings addressing identity, memory, and landmarking. This often reflects the intersections of Sutherland-Timm’s multicultural queer identity and unravels the mythologies and romanticization of home and homecoming.


About the Finalists

Audrey Ammann is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist from the United States and recent graduate from the University of Toronto Visual Studies undergraduate program. Her extensive background in costume and haunted house design acts as a thematic and aesthetic foundation for her practice. Through assemblies of video, sound, augmented reality, performance, installation and research, she uncovers, reenacts, and reimagines digital legends and personal memories that sit on the edge of obscurity.

Murley Herrle-Fanning is a farmer, digital media creator and game designer exploring emerging technologies for media production and art practice. As a recent graduate of York University in the Digital Media Game Arts program, his work involves the examination and creation of digital worlds, virtual communities and ecosystems of play. He is currently based in the Ottawa valley on an experimental farm learning about agroecology and interspecies herd dynamics while experimenting with AI art, procedural content generation and participatory media.

Ange Turchet is a digital artist with an avid interest in the wide and varied field of game development, always looking to learn new techniques and effects.


About the Media Arts Prize

For over twenty years the InterAccess Media Arts Prize has been granted annually to a graduating student whose work exhibits excellence and innovation in new media practice. Participating colleges and universities are invited to nominate one graduating student to be considered for a solo exhibition in InterAccess’s gallery. Nominations are adjudicated by InterAccess’s Programming Committee, who select one nominee for an exhibition at InterAccess. All nominees receive a complimentary one-year studio membership to InterAccess.


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Founded in 1983, InterAccess is a non-profit gallery, educational facility, production studio, festival, and registered charity dedicated to 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.

Contact
950 Dupont St., Unit 1
Toronto ON M6H 1Z2
416-532-0597
Send questions regarding programming to: art@interaccess.org

Hours
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

Accessibility Information
We regret InterAccess does not have barrier-free access; we are currently working to improve the accessibility of all facilities. There are five steps up with handrails to the main entrance which has an automatic (push button) door. Inside all facilities are on the same level, including a single-user accessible washroom.

Image credits: All images courtesy of the artists.