June 3, 2017 | 6PM
862 Richmond St W.
2017 TAIS Canadian Artist in Residence
ARTIST TALK: Zeesy Powers
Presented by TAIS in collaboration with Dames Making Games, Gamma Space, and the Different Games Toronto conference
Zeesy Powers will speak about her new animated, interactive game created for Virtual Reality (VR), currently in development in TAIS Studios.
Building from her previous animated work with watercolour paintings that transform everyday spaces into fantastic environments, Powers will speak about her process of transitioning her sensibilities in performance and 2D visual art into an experimentation with 3D animation processes. Powers’ new work is invested in inspiring viewer interpretation, so audiences will have opportunity to interact with the work as part of this event.
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).
About TAIS Artist in Residence Program
TAIS Residency Program supports the production of new animated work through a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios. 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
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!
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.
About Different Games Toronto
For four years, the Brooklyn based Different Games conference has presented a diverse and interdisciplinary venue known for featuring emerging voices and perspectives not typically supported by the commercial industry. Created by the Different Games Collective, a grassroots organization aimed at fostering diversity and inclusivity in games, the event seeks to amplify the creative and critical voices of marginalized participants in games culture. Geared towards accessibility and radical inclusivity, each annual volunteer-led conference features presenters of all professional backgrounds, from indie devs, and DIY creators to students, critics and scholars.
In 2017, the Different Games Collective is joining forces with members of Toronto’s indie games scene to bring a brand new program to OCAD University’s 49 McCaul Street gallery, which will include an arcade exhibition featuring the best of alternative games, VR, and performances from local and international developers, and a one day conference featuring local developers and creators.