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Thu 22 August 2019
Thursday 22 August 2019
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The High Commission of Canada is pleased to present the inaugural Arts X Tech Canada forum in Singapore! In collaboration with the National Arts Council, we are bringing together a world-class group of Canadian artists and companies that are disrupting the arts and tech industry.

This event will showcase the innovative work of these companies, share how Canada created a thriving digital arts innovation ecosystem, and highlight collaboration opportunities for Singaporeans. It will also highlight the initiatives underway in Singapore to nurture an arts innovation ecosystem.

Don’t miss the chance to interact with representatives from renowned Canadian digital arts companies, including those behind amazing experiences, such as Singapore’s popular Rainforest Lumina, the design experts behind Cirque du Soleil’s incredible shows, and many others that create game-changing innovative and immersive experiences through VR, AR, design-engineering, lighting and sound.

Who is it for?
Passionate artists / techies, arts policy makers, arts venues, museum professionals, and anyone else who wants to find out more about how to design innovative digital art experiences, how to foster a digital arts ecosystem, as well as those interested in opportunities to work with world-class Canadian companies and artists. 

Why you should attend:

  • Learn from our esteemed keynote speaker, one of the world’s foremost experts on digital arts, Dr. Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art and Design in her keynote address on the role of creativity in 4th industrial revolution and the ways that artists and designers are addressing it;  
  • Hear from Canadian arts and tech professionals about creating digital experiences; 
  • Chance to ask experts questions during Q&A
  • Network with industry experts, culture, tech and innovation professionals, to establish new business opportunities, and try out some Canadian tech via on-site demos

Program for Thursday, 22 Aug 2019:

13:30 – Registration and welcome 
14:00 – Introductory Remarks by H.E. Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada
14:10 – Remarks by Mrs. Rosa Daniel, CEO, National Arts Council 
14:20 – Keynote Address by Dr Sara Diamond, President, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University) 
14:50 – Q&A
15:15 – Coffee Break
15:40 – Panel Discussion on Creating a Digital Arts Ecosystem
Moderator: Clarissa Oon, Head Communications and Content, The Esplanade

  • Roch Michel, Media Creative Director, GSM ProjectInnovation and storytelling”

  • Henry Faber, President of the Board, Toronto Media Arts Centre“Space is The Platform: Community and Technology at TMAC”

17:00 – Panel Discussion on Designing Digital Arts Experiences
Moderator: Dr Sara Diamond, President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University

  • Jérôme De Baecque, Singapore Office Director, Moment FactoryWe do it public: sparking connections through memorable experiences”

  • Felix Marzell, CEO, DIX au carré“Be curious, stay sharp”

18:15 onwards - Networking reception; tech demo showcase by Henry FaberImpossible Things and MeshMinds

More about our keynote speaker and moderators:

Dr Sara Diamond | President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University

  • Dr. Sara Diamond founded and led the Banff New Media Institute from 1995 – 2005, establishing summits of artists, designers, scientists and industry, practice based and research workshops, creative co-productions, laboratories and research in new media. Since 20015 she has led OCAD University to retain its traditional strengths in art and design, while transforming the university to become a leader in STEAM+D (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, Medicine and Design), with capacities in digital media, design research and curriculum. In 2018 she received the Inspiring 50 Award for women recognized for the advancement of diversity of STEM fields from the Government of Netherlands and Senate of Canada and the Canada 150 Women Leaders, Champions and Luminaries. Diamond  has led or co-led large-scale Canadian and international research networks in data visualization, wearable technologies, mobile technology and content and collaborative systems such as the Mobile Digital Commons Network (MDCN), Am-I-Able, Centre for Information Visualization and Design, and iCity (Visualization theme). She has retained a research and peer reviewed publication practice in history as well as in new media, and arts and design policy, publishing over fifty peer reviewed articles, book chapters and three publications (books/major reports) since 2009. 
  • OCAD U: Founded in 1876, OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies.

Ms. Clarissa Oon, The Esplanade Co. Ltd | Head, Communications and Content 

  • Clarissa Oon has followed developments in Singapore and Asian arts and culture since the late 1990s, first as a journalist and editor, and then as Head of Communications and Content for Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre. From 1998 to 2015, she was with national broadsheet The Straits Times Singapore, holding various roles from arts journalist to deputy lifestyle editor, steering arts and lifestyle coverage and mentoring younger journalists. She is the author of the book, Theatre Life: A History of English Language Theatre in Singapore through The Straits Times, 1958-2000 (Singapore Press Holdings, 2001). At Esplanade, Clarissa is leading the development of Offstage, a multimedia web platform of behind-the-scenes, archival, broadcast and interactive content on the performing arts in Singapore and Asia. She is invested in the digitisation of rich archival materials, and interested in how the live performance experience can be extended into the digital realm.
  • The Esplanade: With 41,000 shows, 28 million guests over 16 years and counting The Esplanade is one of the busiest arts centres in the world with about 3,000 performances presented by Esplanade, collaboration partners and hirers yearly. Presenting the best in the performing arts, our world-class venues have hosted a diverse range of dance, music and theatre performances, in addition to captivating visual arts exhibitions and more.

More about the various panellists:

  • 4U2C - We are storytelling junkies based in Montreal dedicated to making life less ordinary. Since 2013, we have been roaming the globe turning what is visceral into moments of beauty that build human connection. We push for great work through what we do, design and video imagery, and by living and breathing the spirit of collaboration.
  • DIGIMUSE, NATIONAL MUSEUM; NATIONAL HERTIGAGE BOARD: The DigiMuse programme is an initiative by the National Museum of Singapore that seeks to build a vibrant cultural sector, as well as engage with the wider technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces. The programme invites artists, technologists and culture professionals to co-create projects, and provide considered interventions that showcase the possibility of integrating culture and technology. 
  • DIX au carré / DIX2 - Design and engineering of entertainment: since 2012, DIX2 lives in public spaces with unexpected objects, invented and custom-designed, in order to mark the imagination and the everyday life of people. DIX2 is a unique design space in Montreal, Canada. Proud of its growth, DIX2 represents a playground where his team is multidisciplinary, and the latest technologies meet.
  • GSM PROJECT - GSM Project is a design firm specialized in exhibitions and immersive experiences. We create World Expos, Cultural Exhibitions, Brand Experiences, Science/Technology Centres and Observation decks. We have delivered at the top of the Burj Khalifa (Dubai), the National Museum of Singapore, the Canadian Pavilion at the Shanghai Universal Exhibition, two world touring exhibitions for Lucas Film: Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology and Star Wars Identities and most recently the Al Shindagha Museum (Dubai) and Qasr Al Watan (Abu Dhabi). Based in Montreal, Singapore and Dubai, GSM Project has realized 1000’s of projects, with a history going back 60 years. 
  • IMPOSSIBLE THINGS - An award-winning creative technology company based in Toronto that focuses on making scalable and meaningful augmented reality experiences. They combine computer vision, artificial intelligence, animation,  game design and great storytelling to create rich immersive experiences that close the gap between the virtual and the real.  Their work has gained much international recognition from the press and they have been cited by various technology and media experts as being world leading pioneers in their field.  
  • JACK WORLD INC. - A manufacturing company that is specializing in designing and manufacturing large-scale projects for public art and immersive experiences. Jack World takes in charge the design, the manufacturing, the shipping, this installation, the uninstalling (if needed) and the storage (if needed). In other words, Jack World is a one strop location for any kind of large-scale projects all around the world. Jack World has collaborated on projects in various fields such as public art, street furniture, retail, museums and monuments, large-scale arts and shows and all type of installations that use lighting and electronic integration.
  • MOMENT FACTORY - An established multimedia studio with a full range of production expertise under one roof. Our team combines specializations in video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. With its headquarters based in Montreal, the studio also has offices in Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York City and Tokyo. Since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has created more than 400 unique productions, including the Lumina Night Walk series. Projects span the globe and include such clients as Changi Airport, Microsoft, Sony, Namie Amuro, Paradise City Korea, the Singapore Zoo, Yoshimoto and Royal Caribbean.
  • QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES - Founded in 2003, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is a not-for-profit organization that brings together some 85 members who are active on its territory. The mission of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is to actively contribute, in collaboration with public authorities and various area stakeholders, to the development and promotion of the cultural value of the Quartier by integrating urban, touristic, social and economic considerations into every one of its actions. 
  • TORONTO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE: TMAC is a new permanent home for Toronto’s media arts organizations, and an accessible public space for art, creation and collaboration in the Queen West Triangle. In the heart of Toronto’s Art and Design District, TMAC is a diverse and collaborative environment where everyone can engage meaningfully with art and technology. TMAC integrates creation, production, presentation, education, conservation and dissemination practices and with a focus on community building and inclusivity.

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