SAVAC presents: ADA-DADA Artist Residency Exhibition and Conversation

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SAVAC presents: ADA-DADA Artist Residency Exhibition and Conversation

After seven months of conversations, workshops, and making through the ADA-DADA Residency, please join us in celebrating participants CAM Collective; Hiba Ali; Lingxiang Wu; Saira Chhibber, Sheung-King, Aaron Tang; and Vishal Kumaraswamy, through an online exhibition and a group presentation.

Over the course of the residency, participants have been engaged in making work that critically engages with the concepts of data and how it operates in networks, interfaces and systems that structure our experiences in and of the world. In coming together to learn, share, and make, the ADA-DADA residents bring renewed conversations on the intersections of data with narratives of power, erasure, embodiment, movement, time, resistance, identity, and the quantification of human life – offering artistic and poetic responses that invite deeper reflections and interference.

The exhibition will take place on the platform Gather.town*, going live on June 3rd, 2021.

A presentation of the residency outcomes and participants’ work will take place on Saturday June 5th, 2021 from 12pm-2pm EST on Zoom.

To register for the event on Zoom, and receive the link for the Gather.town exhibition please sign up here.

*Gather.town is a video chat platform that has avatars move around a 2D map, enabling interaction with objects in the space as well as with other guests. As you get close to other avatars, your computer camera and microphone will turn on and you will be able to chat. By moving your avatar around you can have spontaneous conversations with those around you while engaging with the artworks.

The ADA-DADA Residency is convened by Maria Alejandrina Coates
The ADA-DADA Residency is presented by SAVAC.

ADA-DADA Residents include:

Hiba Ali is a digital artist, educator, scholar, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Toronto, ON. Their performances and videos concern surveillance, womxn of colour, and labour. She studies the geographies of Afro-descent and Indo-Arab communities across the Indian Ocean through music, cloth and ritual. They conduct reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. They are an Assistant Professor of Art, New Media Artist/Feminist Art Discourse, College of Design, Art & Techology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. She has presented their work in Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland. They have written for THE SEEN Magazine, Newcity Chicago, Art Dubai, The State, VAM Magazine, ZORA: Medium, RTV Magazine, and Topical Cream Magazine.

CAM Collective (Carisa Antariksa, Amreen Ashraf, Maria Denise Yala): We are a collaborative research collective made up of interdisciplinary artists, designers and storytellers. Coming from different backgrounds of East Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia, we converge to reimagine the various technological entanglements that shape our world. CAM utilizes situated knowledge as part of a toolbox to explore and speculate on scenarios within various digital futures. As a feminist collective, our work places itself at the intersection of art and technology, constantly contemplating the unbounded impact of technology in multiple contexts.

Saira Chhibber is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies interdisciplinary graduate program at Queen’s University. She holds an honours BA and an MA in Cinema Studies, both from the University of Toronto. Saira has been involved in anti-racist organizing and community media in Toronto since high school. In the early 1990s she began doing a weekly three-hour open format radio show on CHRY 105.5FM, playing music and being creative with sounds/radio art. She did volunteer work for Desh Pardesh and has been on the Boards of SAVAC and the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. Saira continues to pursue her interests in social justice, media and activism through her academic research and volunteer work.

Vishal Kumaraswamy is a new media artist, filmmaker and curator currently based in Bangalore, India. He graduated with an MA in Photography from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London and his works have been shown at several national and international exhibitions including The Venice Biennale’s Research Pavilion, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Apex Art’s Savdhaan – Regimes of Truth and The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Vishal was recently awarded the main commission for Empathy Loading by the Royal College of Art and Furtherfield in London and was an at-home artist-in-residence with Contemporary Calgary’s Collider Program. He is also the recipient of the inaugural Artists for Artists microgrant.

Vishal is the founder of the international artist collective; Now You Have Authority, a collaborative practice through which he has curated exhibitions, residencies, and delivered workshops at the Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange Programme, Tanzfest Aarau and The Sluice Biennial. As an independent curator investigating hybrid practices, his most recent project the-lack-of was shown as a part of The Wrong Biennale.

Sheung-King, Aaron Tang (born 1994, Vancouver, BC, Canada) is a writer and educator who grew up in Hong Kong and is currently based in Toronto. His debut novel, You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked. is forthcoming on October 27th, 2020, with Book*hug Press. His writing has appeared in UBC’s PRISM International, Puritan Magazine, The Humber Literary Review, among others. In 2019, Sheung-King was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by TheShanghai Literary Review for nonfiction. The nominated essay is now required reading for a cultural studies course at the University of Guelph.

Lingxiang Wu is a Chinese visual artist currently based in Toronto. He received his MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Master’s of Arts, Media, and Design at OCAD University in 2019. Wu experiments with various mediums such as photographic collage, video, animation, and installation. The topics of Wu’s interest include digital/physical space, the aesthetics of rough/smooth, and creative potential behind the idea of boredom.

María Alejandrina Coates is a Uruguayan born, Ontario-based media arts curator. Her interests are in technology, feminism and socially engaged art practices. Her curated exhibitions include Terraforming, presented by the South Asian Visual Arts Centre and Trinity Square Video (Toronto); Voz-a-Voz at YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto); and Feelings, presented as part of the aluCine Latin Film and Media Arts Festival (Toronto). Coates received a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University.


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