Co-Presented by TAIS, Subtle Technologies, and the Gardiner Museum

As part of Subtle Technologies V.20


Wednesday, May 17th – 7PM doors / 8PM screening
The Terrace Room, The Gardiner Museum – 111 Queens Park

TICKETS – $15 Regular / $10 TAIS Members and Gardiner Members*

*includes admission to the Gardiner Museum exhibition Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary


Featuring works by:

Eli Schwanz
David Buob
Kamiel Rongen
Kelly Zantingh
Pedro Ferreira
Sandra Eber
Tara Dougans
Tess Martin
Tomonari Nishikawa

Click on an artist’s name to be directed to their biography.

Curated by Zach Pearl & Benjamin Edelberg


There is more life in a drop of ocean water than most major cities on Earth. Yet, this awesome ecology is invisible to the naked eye and goes largely unnoticed. What do we have yet to learn from the biodiversity in ancient waterways or the memory of water molecules within our veins? As a practice with a long history of visualizing scientific wonders, this international screening of animated shorts illuminates the majesty of the very medium of life. In keeping with the theme, viewers can enjoy locally crafted beverages and an experimental probiotic cocktail.

A Q&A with the curators will follow the screening.


David Buob, I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then, 2009-ongoing, 4:55
Kelly Zantingh, Seascape, 2016, 2:27
Kamiel Rongen, Waterballet, 2014, 8:35
Pedro Ferreira, (UN)evenness, 2016, 3:00
Sandra Eber, Dimensions, 2016, 5:40
Tess Martin, Part of the Cycle, 2013, 8:00
Tomonari Nishikawa, sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars, 2015, 1:51
Eli Schwanz, Flash Splash, 2015, 3:41
Tara Dougans, White Shadows, 2015, 4:18

Total run time: 42 minutes


ABOUT Subtle Technologies


Subtle Technologies is a Toronto-based platform for community building and knowledge sharing at the intersection of art, science and technology. Their annual festival invites a curious public to engage with ideas at the leading-edge of Canadian creativity while acting as a physical node for collaboration and exchange between diverse communities working across disciplines. Through strategic partnerships they program year-round ‘satellite’ events that educate and incubate the next generation of makers and thinkers. Subtle Technologies also provides support and consultation to projects generated by those encounters.

“Universe In A Glass” is part of the 20th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival, EXQUISITE CROPS: Farms, Food & Future Ecologies taking place May 10 to June 25, 2017.

ABOUT the Gardiner Museum


The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection. The Gardiner Museum is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. 

“Universe In A Glass” is presented in connection with the Gardiner Museum’s upcoming exhibition Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary, on display from February 14 through May 21, 2017.



TAIS programming is presented with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts

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“Universe In A Glass” is also presented in partnership with our generous beverage sponsors: