Toronto Media Arts Centre

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Invisible Footprints Collective

Invisible Footprints 0.3 Symposium

2020-02-15T14:00:00.000-05:00 2020-02-15T21:00:00.000-05:00 Invisible Footprints is a non-profit collective and series of multi-generational projects that aim to celebrate the history of Toronto’s East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ movements. By revisiting the footprints of artists, activists, academics, and groups like Asian Lesbians of Toronto and Gay Asians Toronto, we highlight the milestones of our social activism while continuing to explore the untold stories of our communities. We hope these projects will provide opportunities for open dialogue among the different generations of LGBTQ+ Asians in Toronto. More importantly, we want to remind community members that if we do not collect our stories, preserve our collective memories or celebrate the contributions of our pioneers and heroes, who will? And if we leave these tasks in the hands of others, how will we be represented? Eight queer East and Southeast Asian youth artists will present a video project incorporating queer Asian histories, stories, art and archival material. We have been running trainings and forums for our artists and the community over the past few months, and the project will conclude with the symposium at TMAC. The symposium will consist of the screening of the artists final video projects as well as artist panels. CONFIRMED
February 15, 2:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Dames Making Games

Origin Stories Opening Reception

2020-04-09T20:00:00.000-04:00 2020-04-09T22:00:00.000-04:00 Documenting the games and stories of our origins, Origin Stories is an exhibition of the first digital games and immersive media art works by members of the DMG community. Video games as a medium has come into its own as an art form in tandem with the growth of the Toronto community over the last 10 years, as DMG has carved an unexpected path alongside Canadian artists and artist-run centres working in related media. By highlighting how games history is rewritten when origins are forgotten, we claim our history in the broader independent games community. Tracing the trajectory of each of the participating artists – all first-time gamemakers when they joined DMG – we map careers, artistic growth, technological advances and obsolescence onto these original works to create a narrative of collective achievement connected inexorably to each artist’s answer to *why games?* DMG‘s mandate is to further the creation of game and interactive media art works by voices traditionally marginalized in the production of tech. The achievements of independent game arts workers are historically undervalued and erased. These twin obfuscated histories have contributed to ongoing inequity in games, on both the arts and industry side, and created barriers to participation for the most vital voices. We believe creating games is a tool for liberation and a form of resistance against capitalistic notions of what games should look like and how stories should be told. CONFIRMED
April 9, 8:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street

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