Skawennati, Becoming Skywoman, machinimagraph from She Falls for Ages, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

This interdisciplinary symposium addresses urgent concerns regarding control of digital space within and beyond the art and creative communities in Canadian and international contexts. It explores how artists and creators can contribute to a more ethical web.

Some of the key topics of the symposium include:

  • examples of activism against censorship and surveillance in the arts in the Canadian and international context
  • examples of the current artist- and tech-involved initiatives of “taking back the web” and
  • potential empowering alternatives in the digital sphere

The symposium will explore three approaches as examples of artist- and tech-involved activism against two main and interconnected systems of oppression: artists as developers/co-developers of the Web’s Infrastructure; artistic “gestures” as activism against online censorship and surveillance; and storytelling—changing narratives through technology and science fiction.

Featured Speakers and Co-facilitators:

  • Jillian C. York [Berlin] (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
  • Skawennati [Montreal] (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace)
  • Mathias Jud [Berlin] (Can you hear me?)
  • Sarah Friend [Toronto/Berlin] (Our Networks)
  • Jonathan Penney [Halifax] (Citizen Lab, Dalhousie U)
  • Garry Ing [Toronto] (OCAD U, Our Networks)
  • Dante Sanchez [Toronto] (Toronto Mesh)
  • Connor Turland [Toronto] (Holochain)
  • Dawn Walker [Toronto] (U of T)

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Event Website: Official Website
  • Date: Sat, May 25, 2019
  • Time & Duration: (all day) (2 days)
  • Cost:
    • General


    • Students/under-waged admission


    • May 26


  • Venue:
    Art Museum, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House
    7 Hart House Circle,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H
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  • Note: Registration is required for both days. Early ticket registration is highly encouraged.

What's On

  1. Jun 15  – Jul 12
  2. Jun 15  – Jun 30
  3. Jun 15 – Jul 27
  4. Jun 17 – Jul 22
  5. Jun 18 – Jul 27
  6. Jun 19 – Jul 27
  7. Jun 19 – Aug 7
  8. Wed, Jun 19