Above: Michael Enzbrunner, Death Van, promotional poster, 2016


November 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016


Michael Enzbrunner was the Canadian Artist in Residence at TAIS from November 2015 to May 2016.

Michael Enzbrunner will present an artist talk on Saturday, August 20th, 2016. Details HEREHe will also present a new work in VR at the upcoming TAIS Animation Showcase, and at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, entitled Death Van & the Zeitshow Folks. Produced in collaboration with Helge Henning, this VR experience puts participants in the middle of a dreamlike surrealist musical diorama where the viewer is shrunk down to thumbnail size. Created as part of 2nd year of The Petman Foundation 2015-16 Artist in Residency program.

Michael is a Toronto-based illustrator, painter and animator with years of experience in commercial productions and freelance work. In his work he’s aiming for an artistic approach to 3D animation. For more info visit enzbrunner.com



Anna Vasof, Travel to the Window, video still, 2015

Above: Anna Vasof, Travel to the Window, video still, 2015

November 1-30 2015


Anna Vasof was the International Artist in Residence at TAIS from November 1-30, 2015.

Anna Vasof held an artist talk on Thursday, November 27th, 2015. Anna presented her latest work, produced while in residence at TAIS Studio, entitled “Travel to the Window.” The work is a video installation created using “Non Stop Stop Motion” – an animation technique in which a camera films continuously but the motion of the objects and/or space creates the illusion of movement, due to the “stop motion” properties. Vasof spoke about this new technique and also presented other projects created while in studio at TAIS. Created as part of 2nd year of The Petman Foundation 2015-16 Artist in Residency program.

Anna is from Vienna, Austria, and is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them win­ning distinctions. She is currently working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for pro­ducing critical and narrative videos, actions and installations.




Above: Brett Long as photographed through the 3D set of his residency project In Dubitably

September 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015


Brett Long was the first Artist in Residence as part of the 1st year of the program funded by The Petman Foundation, from September 2014 until March 2015.

Brett Long held an artist talk on Saturday, July 4th, 2015. While in TAIS Studio, Brett created a stop-motion animated adventure in Panoramic 3D using experimental Oculus Rift technology. He developed and experimented with techniques for making stop-motion animation for virtual reality headsets.  From concept, to set building, and through many technical obstacles he managed to produce a short experimental “mood piece” set in space.  Entitled “In Dubitably,” the resulting film is an immersive 360 degree observational animation of outer space/inner space/ virtual space…that allows the audience to intimately witnesses other life forms and planets in a first-of-its-kind experience.

Brett is a graduate from the Media Arts program at Sheridan College with over eight years of professional and independent experience. He is a filmmaker and artist inspired by stop-motion and anime who has directed and edited films, television shows, music videos and created projections for large events.



The 1st and 2nd year of TAIS Artist Residency program was made possible by the generous support of The Petman Foundation



The TAIS Artist Residency program is 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