Zeesy Powers: 2017 Canadian Artist in Residence

January 30-April 30, 2017 –

Presented in collaboration with Dames Making Games and Gamma Space




Zeesy Powers is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Toronto. Powers works with moving images and text in her artistic practice, exploring how technology impacts our lived experience and mediates our relationship to the cultural and natural systems that support and shape society.

Powers has performed and exhibited at venues including PS 122 (New York), CCA Kitkyushu (Japan), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Her animations and video works have screened internationally. Powers’ animated projections for dancer Emily Law premiered in November 2016 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. In 2016, Powers was the Artist in Residence at Studio XX in Montréal where she developed a code-based video installation using the Python programming language. In 2015, she was an Artist in Residence at the Toronto Public Library where she produced “Children’s Story”, a complex multimedia projection performance with the children from diverse nearby communities. In 2014, her first collection of short stories was published by WAAP, entitled Eight Stories. Powers is an alumni of the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute Program (2010), Japan’s CCA Kitakyushu Research Program (2009) and OCAD University (2007).





Plans for the Residency:

Powers will use her time in TAIS Studios to create an animated, interactive environment in Virtual Reality (VR). Powers will use this technology to create an immersive hyper-real animated experience. The visual expression of the work she will produce is proposed by Powers as “existing as something between painting and sculpture.”

Building from Power’s previous work with watercolour paintings that transform everyday spaces into fantastic environments, she intends to transition her 2D sensibilities into experimentation with 3D animation processes. Powers is eager to present this new work at the end of her residency. As her work is invested in inspiring viewer interpretation, how audiences interact with the work is key. As aid to this desire for engagement, Powers will add a tactile object to the work which will be used as furniture for the viewer. This object will also serve as a physical counterpoint to the virtual environment experienced by the viewer. Powers is excited to test out potential futures, where our internal visions and external lives brush against each other in physical and virtual spaces.



The Canadian Artist Residency is three-months long, taking place between February and May, 2017. The goal for this Canadian Artist Residency is to emerge with a finished work. The selected Canadian artist is  awarded $9,000, comprised of $3,000 in-kind towards 3-months of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios, and $6,000 in cash funding for their project.

The TAIS Artist in Residency Program supports the production of new animated work by artists in TAIS Studios, through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. Annually, the program invites one Canadian artist and one International artist to engage in self-directed research and production towards the completion of a new independent animated film, video, or project. The residency includes a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios.



About Dames Making Games


Dames Making Games (DMG) is a not-for-profit organization founded in Toronto in 2012. They run a wide range of programs and events for women, non-binary, gender nonconforming, trans and queer folks interested in games. DMG are member-run, arts-focused, technology positive, collaborative, engaged, and welcoming!

About Gamma Space

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Gamma Space (formally Bento Miso) is a not-for-profit arts organization, and a thriving community of 150+ members making videogames, art & rad stuff on the web. They share their skills and stuff, offer mentorship and support, and strive to be a welcoming and accessible space for all Toronto creators.




To read about past residency recipients, click HERE>>

TAIS Artist Residency program is currently seeking private or public patronage. The Toronto Animated Image Society is a Registered Charity #85235 3538 RR0001. To inquire, contact Jenn Snider, Managing Director, jenn@tais.ca