TAIS @ OIAF: Indie Ani Arcade

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Ottawa International Animation Festival


For a third year in a row, TAIS is thrilled to be presenting animated installation works at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. For 2017, the focus is interactive animation and independent video games, and we’re thrilled to co-present alongside Dames Making Games and Gamma Space!  

Get your game on!

Indie Ani Arcade

Featuring interactive animated works by independent Canadian artists, produced in a range of styles, including a 3D interactive animation for VR with Kinect, a 2D animated point and click game, a 3D animated action-adventure puzzle-solving game, a narrative choose your own adventure Flash animation game, and a multi-player cooperative 2D animated adventure.


Indie Ani VR

This Could Be You: New work by Zeesy Powers

This Could Be You includes a series of 3D animated works created by Zeesy Powers as part of the TAIS 2017 Canadian Artist in Residence program. 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. More info available at zeesypowers.com



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This Could Be You

Zeesy Powers (2017)

This interactive VR experience puts participants in the body of a 90-year-old female in the middle of techno-dystopic environment. In this conceptual paring down of proprietary VR aesthetics, the character is stripped of clothing, and as the participant you are trapped in a virtual dystopian world that slowly fills with high- and low-tech garbage raining down from the sky. Created as part of TAIS 2017 Canadian Artist in Residence program, produced in TAIS Studios in collaboration with Gamma Space and Dames Making Games.

Contemporary VR is at once an infinite landscape and a prison. It has the aesthetics and rhetoric of infinity (“you can be anyone, anywhere, doing anything”), but practices of confinement (restricted mobility, limited access, embedded surveillance). This Could Be You puts participants inside this contradiction and gives them an opportunity to interact with a game-like experience both thrilling and unsettling.


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Zeesy Powers (2017)

3D Animation loop of a consumer product orgy of destruction.


Indie Ani Gaming

Games by members of Gamma Space and Dames Making Games


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Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Asteroid Base (2015)

A frantic 1- to 4-player couch co-op action space shooter. Explore a colorful galaxy in a massive neon battleship that you control together by manning turrets, lasers, shields and thrusters. Only through teamwork can you triumph over the evil forces of Anti-Love, rescue kidnapped space-bunnies, and avoid a vacuumy demise. Deep space is a dangerous place, but you don’t have to face it alone! More info available at loversinadangerousspacetime.com



Fossil Hunters

Fossil Hunters

Reptoid Games (unreleased)

An action-adventure game in which you dig deep into a mysterious underground world to uncover fossils and match them together in countless combinations. More info available at reptoidgames.com


Army Simulator

Real Army Simulator

The Really Serious Game Company (2016)

A satirical choose-your-own adventure narrative game, based on artist Yifat Shaik’s two years of mandatory service in the Israeli Army. An emulation of Shaik’s personal experience, presenting the army not as glorified heroic endeavour but rather as a  mundane – and sometimes ridiculous – experience. More info available at realarmysimulator.com




Don’t Wake The Night

Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda (unreleased)

A 2D point-and-click game about witches, and you, a spirit, who must make a decision on behalf of the community: who is the perpetrator? Who is responsible for the conflict that has everyone on edge? More info available at gabyaveiro.com/dontwakethenight






Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is a non-profit charitable organization (f. 1984) dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of independent animation through production, screenings, workshops and exhibitions. www.tais.ca



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! www.dmg.to


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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. www.bentomiso.com