Sensorium News - 2019
This Week!
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring
Graduate Research Associate Alison Humphrey 

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
The Sensorium Research Loft
4th Floor GCFA, Room M333
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Please join us for our next Sensorium Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Cinema and Media Arts PhD Candidate, and Sensorium Graduate Research Associate, Alison Humphrey!

Alison Humphrey plays with story across drama, digital media, and education. As a Vanier Scholar in Cinema and Media Arts at York University, her research-creation doctoral dissertation explores how a participatory science fiction storyworld, Shadowpox, can help young people build scientific, civic and media literacy by exploring immunization and vaccine hesitancy through a superhero metaphor. 
The project’s first phase, full-body videogame, debuted during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, where The Lancet called it “one of the most powerful and playful ways to illustrate both the individual and population-level implications of community immunity.” The second phase is a networked superhero narrative, The Cytokine Storm, co-created with young artists on three continents.

Lazola Nkelenjane (left) and Zanele Melapi experiment with solar-powered visual effects in a 2019 Shadowpox workshop at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre, Masiphumelele, South Africa.

The third phase adapts this narrative into a Scalar-based online platform for a “courseplay”, a hybrid undergraduate seminar that weaves academic study with dramatic composition and digital production. Science & Fiction: Imagining Immunity in an Immersive Storyworld takes a new approach to the concept of experiential education: action refraction, where students use metaphoric world-building and digitally augmented role-play to explore one of the thorniest political dilemmas of public health: voluntary participation in the collective good.

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About the Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series

The Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series is a weekly event which aims to foster interconnectivity between faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and artists within the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. This casual, lunch time seminar series will host a variety of graduate student presentations, faculty presentations and pitch sessions, open luncheons, topical discussions, invited speakers and external associations or organizations looking to interface with our community and share their work.

The Sensorium Research Loft is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email
Sensorium Writing Groups will be taking place Mondays and Wednesday for the remainder of the Winter 2020 Semester. All are welcome to attend either session on a drop in basis! 
For more information please email
This week, catch Sensorium Graduate Research Associate Michael Palumbo's monthly free-improvisation series - February 26th @ 8:00pm!
FSAC Graduate Colloquium 2020: Activity 

Friday, February 28th and Saturday, February 29th
Facebook Event

The Graduate Film Student Association at York University is honoured to host this year's Film Studies Association of Canada Graduate Colloquium. The colloquium is on the theme of Activity and features a keynote presentation by Dr. Brenda Longfellow entitled “Matters of Care: Thinking Art and Activism Differently”.

Detailed schedule of panels available here:

All are welcome to attend the opening reception at The Commons, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 440, on Friday February 28th at 7pm.
Upcoming Events

Special Screening: John Greyson's ZERO PATIENCE

6:00pm | March 3, 2020
Paradise Theatre, 1006 Bloor St West Toronto

Facebook Event

Archive/Counter-Archive is delighted co-host this special screening of John Greyson's ZERO PATIENCE, presented in partnership with Paradise Cinema's Queerly Beloved series and the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

This will be the premiere of a newly restored version of the film. The digital transfer is a result of a collaboration between A/CA, Vtape and the Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen's University.

“Juggling MTV-style numbers, intellectual in-jokes and very sexual politics,” (Variety), ZERO PATIENCE examines and refutes the urban legend of the alleged introduction of HIV to North America by a single individual. With defiant use of camp, melodrama and song, Greyson makes clear the ridiculous and paranoid story of “Patient Zero.” The musical tells its story against the backdrop of a romance between a time-displaced Sir Richard Francis Burton and the ghost of "Zero" (the character is not identified by Gaëtan Dugas's name).

Join us for a Q&A following the film!

Photo from A Symphony of Noise by Michaela Pnacekova.  

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series and Exhibition featuring Graduate VR Artists

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series 
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
The Sensorium Research Loft 
4th Floor GCFA, Room M333
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We are pleased to announce that our first Sensorium Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series event of March will feature a panel discussion with AMPD Graduate Students and Artists currently working in VR technology.
VR Exhibition 
Monday, March 9th - Thursday, March 12th, 2020
The Sensorium Flex Space
Studio 326, GCFA

Exhibition Opening: March 9th from 4:00-6:00pm 
March 9th - March 12th we invite all to attend the VR Exhibition in the Sensorium Flex Space, featuring VR works created by Graduate Students. 
More details to come! 

2020 Municipalities of the Future Symposium at
York University

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
Second Student Centre, York University

Presented by the School of Public Policy and Administration
in partnership with United Way Greater Toronto 


Come by the 2nd floor of the Second Student Centre Wednesday, March 4th to experience VR projects by Sensorium members Michael Trommer, David Han and Joel Ong from 11:00am-2:30pm, part of the 2020 Municipalities of the Future Symposium. 

featuring invited artists and AMPD student works 

Monday, March 9th - Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Gales Gallery (Accolade West Room 105)
Exhibition Opening: March 9th from 6:00-7:30pm

Don't miss the 2020 Festival of Art and Science Exhibition - (BE) Coming An Exhibition of Experimental Contemporary Art, co-sponsored by Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, ArtSci Salon, and The Fields Institute at the University of Toronto. The exhibition features the work of both invited artists and AMPD students. All are welcome to attend the exhibition opening which will take place on March 9th from 6:00-7:30pm in the Gales Gallery at York University. 
About FACTT 2020

FACTT 2020 - (BE) COMING An Exhibition of Experimental Contemporary Art is about the impermanence of becoming permanent. A transformation is an extreme, radical change. The unavoidability of changes is a constant process we have throughout our lives. We may not always be aware of it, and often just spend so much energy avoiding this “law of nature” that we forget it exists and thrives for stability. (BE) COMING is an exhibition about change, the impossibility of not changing, the perpetual impermanence and the process of becoming. As we become aware of the need to change in our world, in our planet and our lives, it feels necessary to remember that life is a dynamic process. Life is a consistent process of transformation and adaptation. Art, more than any other human endeavour, is a reflection of this aspect of life and therefore the best way to remember the process of being something different, something else, something more, or something less, while becoming ourselves. 
Photo: Immortality for Two (2014), Marta De Menezes

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring
Marta De Menezes

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
The Sensorium Research Loft 
4th Floor GCFA, Room M333
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Our second Sensorium Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series event of March will feature pioneering bio-artist Marta De Menezes who explores the use of biology and biotechnology as new art media and in conducting her practice in research laboratories that are her art studio.

In the Research Loft 
Image from: Aphrodisiac in the Machine, by Stephanie Rothenberg. 
Sensorium Artist-In-Residence Stephanie Rothenberg
Sensorium welcomes our Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie Rothenberg, presented as part of the ISEA 2020 Curatorial Lab @ Sensorium. 
Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary art draws from digital culture, science and economics to explore relationships between human designed systems and biological ecosystems. Moving between real and virtual spaces her work investigates the power dynamics of techno utopias, global economics and outsourced labor. She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally in venues including Eyebeam (US), Sundance Film Festival (US), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art / MASS MoCA (US), House of Electronic Arts / HeK (CH), LABoral (ES), Transmediale (DE), and ZKM Center for Art & Media (DE). She is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently from the Harpo Foundation and Creative Capital. Residencies include ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, TOKAS / Tokyo Art and Space, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, Eyebeam Art and Technology and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and has been widely reviewed including Artforum, Artnet, The Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic. She is an ongoing participant and organizer in the MoneyLab research project at the Institute of Network Cultures and co-organizer of the 2018 MoneyLab 5 symposium that took place in Buffalo, NY. She is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo where she co-directs the Platform Social Design Lab, an interdisciplinary design studio collaborating with local social justice organizations.
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