Michael Fukushima has been an animation filmmaker since 1984. He’s been part of the NFB’s Animation Studio since 1990: first as a filmmaker, then as a producer since 1997, and studio head since 2013.
Adrienne Crossman is an artist, educator and curator. She holds a BFA in Integrated Media and a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University. She has completed residencies in Syracuse, NY, Montréal, Windsor, and Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands. Her practice involves the exploration of non-normative and non-binary objects, characters and spaces, with a specific interest in queer potentialities in the non-human. Crossman creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture, the re-contextualization of often-overlooked objects and artifacts, and by locating queer sensibilities in the everyday. Adrienne is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Art at the University of Windsor. www.adriennecrossman.com
Nicolas Sassoon makes use of early computer imaging techniques to render visions of architectures, landscapes and natural forces. Sassoon’s practice translates ideas of materiality and immateriality into digital animations, installations, prints, and sculptures. His work explores the contemplative and projective dimensions of screen-based space, and how the digital image can express dimensions of the physical realm. While most of his output is published online, Sassoon also materializes his web-based practice into a wide range of Medias. His visual research often leads him to engage in cross-disciplinary projects in the fields of architecture, electronic music, textiles, and art. His work has been exhibited at The Whitney Museum of American Art (US), Eyebeam (US), 319 Scholes (US), Vancouver Art Gallery (CA), Plugin ICA (CA), Contemporary Art Gallery (CA), Charles H.Scott Gallery (CA), Western Front (CA), PRETEEN Gallery (MX), Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), the Centre d’Art Bastille (FR), Arti et Amicitiae (NL), MU Eindhoven (NL), Today Art Museum (CN), the Berlin Fashion Week (DE) and the New-York Fashion Week (US). Sassoon is based in Vancouver BC Canada, he is a co-founder of the projects WALLPAPERS and SIGNALS. www.nicolassassoon.com