Sensorium News - 2020

Dear Sensorium Community, 
We hope you have been staying well in this current climate. 
I would like to provide an update on Sensorium's response to York University policies with respect to escalating COVID-19 public health concerns. As a meeting place for our community and research partners, we take these concerns very seriously and will do everything we can to ensure the safety of the community. 
1. Following the University communication, commencing Monday March 16, we will be ceasing all face to face public activities held in our Sensorium space. This includes the Winter Seminar Series, invited talks by international guests, the upcoming Graduate VR Exhibition, Sensorium Artist-In-Residence program, panel discussions, graduate colloquiums and all other events. Efforts will be made to move some of these online as live streaming events where possible and we will keep you updated on those developments.
2. Existing bookings for the Sensorium Research Loft (4th Floor GCFA, Room M333) and Sensorium Flex Space (GCFA Room 326) will still be postponed to a later date. 
3. Key card cccess to the Sensorium Research Loft will be limited, if you require access to the Loft please email Sensorium Research Centre Coordinator Alanna Dunlop at
Should the current situation escalate, we will keep you informed of further measures in line with federal, provincial and municipal public health authorities and York University policy. Toronto Public Health pre-emptive measures can be found HERE and York University updates regarding COVID-19 can be found HERE.
Please do let us know if you have any queries.
Thank you, 
Joel Ong
Interim Director, Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology
Event Updates
Graduate VR Exhibition

Please note that the Graduate VR Exhibition scheduled to take place March 22-26th in the Gales Gallery (Accolade West Room 105) has been postponed. 


Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring

Stephanie Rothenberg

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 11:30am-12:30pm
The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor GCFA (Room M333)


The March 18th Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Sensorium Artist-In-Residence, Stephanie Rothenberg has been postponed. 

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.

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

Upcoming Sensorium Writing Group sessions have been postponed.

Archive/Counter-Archive Working Papers Series Presents 

Remediating the [AR]chival Impulse 
with Guest Speaker 
Ana Rita Morais
PhD candidate, Communication & Culture, York & Ryerson University

Wednesday March 25, 2020
Free Times Café (320 College St, Toronto)
4:30 - 6:30 PM
FREE + open to the public! | Facebook Event


*Please note that this event has been postponed!*

Join us for the final iteration of the Archive/Counter-Archive Working Papers Series, which brings together PhD students from different Universities to hear about exciting doctoral research in the area of archival studies. Our last speaker this term is Ana Rita Morais, who is currently a PhD Candidate in the joint Communication and Culture Program at York and Ryerson University. Ana Rita’s talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, moderated by our student organizers, Michael Marlatt and Axelle Demus.
In what ways has Toronto’s cultural heritage and history been documented? How can historical narratives be reimagined in the digital era? What capabilities are fashioned by new media and digital technology that allow historical content to be uniquely explored? What is the impact of augmented reality on the practice and production of history, space and place? Ana Rita Morais’s work seeks to uncover the intersection of code and co-creation, wherein the focal point of archival musings has shifted away from not only what is in the archive, but to where the archive is located. The intersection of augmented reality and mobile media has allowed the archive to ‘invisibly’ weave itself into the fabric of everyday life. While appealing in its own right, this novel archival approach is particularly useful for marginalized groups who should be integrated into the constructing and operating process of memory institutions—a facet of cultural heritage they have traditionally been excluded from.
Ana Rita’s talk will provide an overview of key insights cultivated out of her research-creation project me-dérive: toronto– the first augmented reality visual archive of Toronto’s diverse historical narratives. The work has been developed at the intersection of a series of technological, social and cultural insights. These insights make interventions into the omnipresence of locative and app-based media; the spatial turn in social sciences; the use of mobile media for supplementary content in cultural archives and museum spaces alike; the critical importance of cultivating marginalized narratives; the political concern of privacy and safety in varying public spaces; and the duality of virtual and real environments that hold the potential to augment space and place.
Ana Rita Morais is a Doctoral Candidate in the Communication and Culture Program at York-Ryerson University in Toronto. She has devoted much of her academic and professional career to investigating mobile media through investigations of archival material, cartography, digital culture and space/place. She is the Chair for the School of Design at George Brown College and also sits on the Board at The ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives). Her work has been published and presented at several international conferences including at both MIT and Oxford.

Archive/Counter-Archive is a SSHRC project dedicated to researching and remediating audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQ2+ community, and immigrant communities. With 65+ researchers and 25+ partners, Archive/Counter-Archive looks to address how political, resistant, and community-based, counter-archives disrupt conventional narratives and enrich our histories.

Venue Accessibility: There is at least one step at the entrance of Free Times Café. Everything is located on the ground floor, but the aisles and bathroom are narrow. 
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