Event: Vector Festival Returns to Toronto

Top photo by Martin Zeilinger

For those in Toronto:

This weekend marks the third annual Vector Game Art and New Media Festival, and we are very excited. Curators Skot Deeming and Martin Zeilinger have put together a really interesting mix of games and new media art, collaborating with awesome venues like Interaccess, Videofag, and Bento Miso and artists like Clint Enns, Dames Making Games (DMG), and Jefftheworld. Past years have been excellent, so it should be fun to check out some of the offerings this year.

The festival’s main exhibition, located at Interaccess, is entitled To Utility and Beyond: Interface Experiments in New Media and Game Art, and showcases pieces that interrogate the concept of humans interfacing with machines. There will be a panel with artists and curators at 7pm tonight at the gallery, while the exhibition runs until March 13th.

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Also tonight is the DMG Killer Interfaces party at Bento Miso. There will be beer, music, and of course live demos of some really cool games. A live-action laser game (!) called the L.E.A.P. Engine by Daniele Hopkins and Kyle Duffield looks pretty amazing, and will only be installed for one night!

On Saturday the 21st, the festival presents DMG’s annual speaker social, and the wrap-up to this month’s “Killer Interfaces” game jam, at 5pm at Bento Miso. A few hours later, at 8pm, Vector’s annual performance night, Variations on a Theme: Computer Music{s} will begin at Interaccess, featuring live coding by frAncIs, sound modulation and sampling from Devon Hansen, and chiptunes on hacked hardware by Jefftheworld. The event has a $10 cover charge.

On Sunday the 22nd, at 7pm, the festival wraps up with 10 Print “Hello World,” a screening curated by Clint Enns, featuring digital animations and experiments on early home computer systems. The screening  is at Videofag in Kensington Market, and costs $5.

The Vector Festival takes place February 18-22nd in Toronto, while the Exhibition lasts until March 13th. Interaccess is located at 9 Ossington Avenue, while Bento Miso is at 862 Richmond Street West.

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Photo by Martin Zeilinger
Photo by Martin Zeilinger

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