more-than-human Artists Panel Discussion Part 2

Images (left to right): Headshots of Joel Ong, Jane Tingley, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Mary Bunch, and Lisa Deanne Smith

more-than-human Artists’ Talk Panel Discussion Part 2

Saturday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
In-Person event at Onsite Gallery and Live Streamed Online
199 Richmond Street West, Toronto
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Joel Ong, Jane Tingley, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning & Mary Bunch introduce their artworks on exhibition in more-than-human and engage in a discussion about their practice. Moderated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

About the Panel:

Joel Ong (PhD, MSc.Bioart) is a media artist whose works connect scientific and artistic approaches to the environment, developed from more than a decade of explorations in sound, installation and socially conscious art. His conceptual explorations revolve around metaphors of distance, connectivity, assiduously reworking this notion of the ‘environment’ – how different tools and scales of observation reveal diverse biotic and abiotic relationalities, and how these continually oscillate between natural and computational worlds. His works have been shown internationally at the Currents New Media Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Seattle Art Museum, the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, the Penny Stamps Gallery and the Ontario Science Centre etc. Joel is Associate Professor in Computational Arts and Director of Sensorium: The Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University, in Toronto, Canada. His research has been funded by SSHRC, eCampus Ontario, Women and Gender Equality Canada.

Jane Tingley is an artist, curator, Director of the SLOlab: Sympoietic Living Ontologies Lab and Associate Professor at York University. Her studio work combines traditional studio practice with new media tools – and spans responsive/interactive installation, performative robotics, and telematically connected distributed sculptures/installations. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature and explores the creation of spaces and experiences that push the boundaries between science and magic, interactivity, and playfulness, and offer an experience to the viewer that is accessible both intellectually and technologically. Her current work investigates the hidden complexity found in the natural world and explores the deep interconnections between human and non-human relationships. As a curator her interests lie at the intersection of art, science, and technology with a special interest in collaborative creativity as impetus for innovation and discovery. Recent exhibitions include Hedonistika (2014) at the Musée d’art contemporain (Mtl, CA), INTERACTION (2016) and Agents for Change (2020) at THE MUSEUM (Kitchener, CA). She received the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture (CA), the first prize in the iNTERFACES – Interactive Art Competition (PT).

Jane Tingley with Faadhi Fauzi and Ilze (Kavi) Briede, (ex)tending towards, 2023, 3D visualization, cork, electronics, earth, point cloud. Photo: Jane Tingley

Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning is an interdisciplinary artist and Queen’s National Scholar in Anishinaabe Language, Knowledge, and Culture (ALKC) in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Manning has expertise in Anishinaabe ontology, mnidoo interrelationality, phenomenology, and art. A member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation, her primary philosophical influence and source of creativity is her early childhood grounding in Anishinaabe onto- epistemology. She is Principal Investigator of Earthdiver: Land-Based Worlding (MITACS), and Co-Investigator on Pluriversal Worlding with Extended Reality. Manning co-directs the cross- institutional Peripheral Visions Co-Lab (York and Queen’s). She is an affiliate of Revision Centre for Art and Social Justice, and Fellow of The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI).

Mary Bunch is a media artist, Canada Research Chair, and Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts at York University. Through theoretical inquiry and collaborative research creation, Bunch mobilizes queer, feminist, disability and decolonial frameworks to better understand peripheral worldmaking imaginaries in media arts and intermedial performance. She is co-editor of a special issue on Access Aesthetics in Public, Principal Investigator on the research creation project Pluriversal Worlding with Extended Reality (SSHRC Insight) and co-investigator on Earthdiver: Land- Based Worlding (MITACS). Dr Bunch is co-director of the Peripheral Visions Co- Lab, Executive Committee member of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, a core member of Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA), a Fellow at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and an Affiliate of Revision Centre for Art and Social Justice.

Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning and Mary Bunch, Emerging from the Water (beta version), 2022, virtual reality. Photo by Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning

About the Moderator:

Lisa Deanne Smith is the Senior Curator of Onsite Gallery, OCAD University. Her practice explores issues of voice, embodied experience, and knowledge creation. She has been published in local and national art magazines as well as contributing chapters to 2 Canadian anthologies on art and culture. She has taught in OCAD U’s Criticism & Curatorial Practice and Drawing and Painting programs. Selected curatorial projects include: pi’tawita’iek: we go upriver (a large-scale outdoor mural by Jordan Bennett on 100 McCaul St.), How will we be with you?, How to Breathe Forever, The Sunshine Eaters, Objects for Listening: Cheryl Pope, Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes.


February 01 to May 13, 2023

Onsite Gallery presents more-than-human, an innovative exhibition featuring ten contemporary Canadian and international artists exploring human-natural relationships through technology. Guest curated by Jane Tingley, the interactive and experiential digital artworks presented challenge, shift and promote new ways new ways of understanding the natural world.

more-than-human features Canadian and international artists including Ursula Biemann, Lindsey french, Grace Grothaus, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning & Mary Bunch, Suzanne Morrissette, Joel Ong, Jane Tingley and Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits.

more-than-human is presented as core exhibition of the CONTACT Photography Festival.

more-than-human Online Brochure Publication

About Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery presents contemporary, Indigenous, and public art and design to advance knowledge creation and stimulate local and international conversations on the urgent issues of our time.

Gallery Hours
Wednesday to Friday: 12 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.

Gallery admission and all events are free.

Onsite Gallery is an accessible venue with all gender, single user washrooms.
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About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University ( is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

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Susan Jama
Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery

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