​I build land art, installation art, interactive art, sound art. I make rugs. I am starting to carve stone. I organize walks. I convene events. I take photos and make videos. I'm learning to build augmented reality apps to animate historic sites in creative ways. Nothing too fancy. Not at the beginning. I enjoy people who let themselves get curious and stay curious. I enjoy planning. I enjoy solving problems on the fly. I enjoy working alone. I enjoy working with people who are not easily embarrassed about the intensity of being creative and how weird and rewarding that can be. Most of my projects involve 2-20 people. It's usually fun. This site will always be growing and changing. Thanks for visiting. 

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2018

 

Stone Song, installation

  • Fieldwork (land art festival), Old Brooke Road, 20 outside of Perth, ON off HWY 7

  • 20 tons of stone, 100 ft of trenched conduit, speaker and sensor wire, solar panel, electronics and 7 sensors, Pure Data, 6 underground speakers, Gloucester Light Dory

  • Re-installation time: 2 days

  • Duration: 7 months, May-November - Seeking new home in 2019

2017

Stone Song, installation

  • Fieldwork (land art festival, 10th season), Old Brooke Road, 20 outside of Perth, ON off HWY 7

  • 20 tons of stone, 100 ft of trenched conduit, speaker and sensor wire, solar panel, electronics and 7 sensors, Pure Data, 6 underground speakers, Gloucester Light Dory

  • Installation time: 10 days

  • Duration: 7 months, May-November - Reinstalled in 2018

 

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2016

Cloud Alley, installation

  • Camp Wavelength Festival, Gibraltar Point Arts Centre, Toronto Islands, Toronto, ON

  • Reclaimed LEDs, 2 sound responsive LED controllers, clear PVC tubing, tulle, mesh, zip ties, handmade 12 volt power supplies

  • Installation time: 1 day

  • Duration: 3 days

 

Sandy Cove Head, hooked rug

  • Briggs & Little yarn, 60 thousand loops, burlap

  • 3rd place, Eastport Peninsula Agricultural Fair, The Beaches Centre, Eastport, Newfoundland

  • Hooking time: 3 months (over 1 year)

Jane’s Walk, group walk

  • Annual Jane’s Walk Festival (global)

  • Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

  • One month after the death of Zahah Hadid, a discussion of Hadid’s design for the CAC including the concrete ‘sidewalk carpet’, recent redesign of the lobby, and walk through downtown Cincinnati discussing entrance design in relation to public and commercial/regulated space

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

 

Junction Soundwalk, group walk

  • Heintzman Street Festival, The Junction, Toronto, ON

  • Panel and silent group walk for deliberate listening including blindfolded pair walk across elevated pedestrian bridge

  • Duration: 1 hour

 

2015

Trinity Bellwoods & Junction Soundwalks, group walks

  • 2nd Annual Festival of House Culture, Toronto, ON

  • Silent group walks for deliberate listening with facilitated discussion including park, residential, alleyway and main commercial street areas, blindfolded pair walking, and use of land formations to alter sound perception

  • Duration: 1 hour

 

2014

Stone/Drone, installation

  • Electric Eclectics Festival 2014, The Funny Farm, Meaford, ON

  • 1 ton of stone, planks, sand, 7 handmade square wave oscillators, Radio Shack mini speakers, project boxes, batteries

  • Installation time: 4 days

  • Duration: 3 days

Stone Song, installation​

  • SUNY Purchase Campus, White Plains, NY, USA

  • Lead artist: Ranjit Bhatnagar, stone masonry by Akira Inman

  • Commissioned for In the Garden of Sonic Delights (festival), Caramoor Centre

  • Invited collaboration on design and logistics

  • 2015 Permanent acquisition, moved to Caramoor Centre, Katonah, NY, USA​

  • Installation: 7 days

  • Duration: May-November since 2014

2012

 

Public Displays of Affection, installation

  • Electric Eclectics Festival, The Funny Farm, Meaford, ON

  • 50 Kissbots: Wood, pipe cleaners, springs, foam lips, printed circuit board, solenoid, condensor mic, components, battery

  • Tent, fake grass, table, lamp, lipstick

  • Installation: 1 day

  • Duration: 3 days

2010

Procedures in a Time of Plague, installation

  • Nuit Blanche (unofficial), Trinity College Chapel, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

  • 12 Paxbots: remote control cars and controllers, coffee cans, metal spring door stoppers, wood, rubber gloves, cotton batting, outfits, charging stations, wireless camera, livestream connection

  • Invited collaboration with lead artist Rev. Maggie Helwig

  • Funded by the Ontario Arts Council

  • Installation: 2 days

  • Duration: 12 hours

 

2009

Public Displays of Affection, installation

  • Nuit Blanche (official), Riverdale Farm Park, Cabbagetown, Toronto, ON

  • 50 Kissbots: 72 components per bot, wood, pipe cleaners, spring, foam lips, printed circuit board, solenoid, condensor mic, components, battery

  • Setup: 4 tables, lamps, paper, lipstick, rope, garden trellis gates, twinkle lights, soundscape, speakers

  • Installation: 1 day

  • Duration: 12 hours

2005

Townsend: Designed with you in mind, video

  • 30:00 min, Hi-8

  • Narrationless experimental documentary

  • Funded by the Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Program

2004

Townsend Retraced, installation

  • 60:00 min audio loop narrationless documentary and sound map (installation/website)

  • Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, ON

  • Collaboration with Stefan A. Rose and Laura Cunningham including photography, poetry, documentary sound, and curated museum objects

  • Duration: September-October (2 months); online

  • 2006

Dubious Views: questioning institutional representations in tourism and cartography, Curated by year zero 1 for Virtual Museum Canada

 

2001

Prescripted, video

  • 5:00 min, colour, Hi-8, 2001

  • Quicksilver: Ed Video Media Arts Centre’s 25th Anniversary Screening, Bookshelf Cinema, Guelph, ON (premier)

  • 2002

The Centre for Art Tapes and the Kyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, NS

Emmedia, Calgary, AB

  • 2003

Rendezvous With Madness, Toronto, ON

Perimeter Festival, River Run Centre, Guelph, ON

Island Media Co-op, Charlottetown, PEI

New Brunswick Filmmaker’s Co-op in conjunction with Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB

Winnipeg Film Group in conjunction with Video Pool, Winnipeg, MB

  • 2004

Ladyfest, Toronto, ON

Peace of Mind, CAFKA, Kitchener, ON

  • 2005

​Split Decisions, Curated by Paul Wong, a retrospective of the Vtape distribution collection (cross-Canada tour)

2000

 

Queerks!, curated program

  • Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph, ON

  • Queer, quirky and humourous local, Canadian and International film and video

  • Co-curated with Kris Zalite

 

1999

 

Okay folks let’s make this . . . short!, curated program

  • Guelph Arts Festival, The Bookshelf Cinema, Guelph, ON

  • Ed Video Media Arts Centre members’ short works since 1985

GRANTS

  • Toronto Arts Council, Animating Historic Sites, Using Watercraft to Animate History Through Interactive Sculpture and Sound Installation: Applying the Stone Song Model at The Evergreen Brickworks, 2016 ($5000)

  • Ontario Arts Council, First Projects: Film and Video, Townsend: Designed with you in mind, 2001 ($5000)

  • Ed Video Media Arts Centre (EVMAC), Quicksilver Production Grant, Prescripted, 2001 ($2000)

PRESENTATIONS

  • Don Snowden’s Fogo Process and local story-building on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Mythmaking From an Interdisciplinary Perspective (symposium), Classics Department, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Feb 1999

COURSES

  • Audible Objects: Arduino, Sensors and MIDI, InterAccess, 2016

  • Stone Carving Course, Tracy Mahaffey and Karin Sprague, Dry Stone Canada, 2016

  • Creative Coding and Data Viz with Processing, Ladies Learning Code, 2015

  • Authentic Instrument Development: Concrete Strategies for Collaborative and Participatory Design (online), American Evaluation Association, 2014

  • Colour in Rug Hooking, Anna Tempelton Centre, St. John’s, NF, 2014

  • Making Sense of Social Impact (online), Acumen, 2014

  • Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations, Social Economy Centre, 2013

  • Strategic Fundraising: Securing the Resources You Need, Social Economy Centre, 2012

  • Artificial Intelligence Summer School, Tuscany, Italy, 2009

  • The Craft of Electronics Fabrication, Rob Cruickshank, InterAccess, 2009

  • Flying with Sound (realtime spatialization), Darren Copeland, new adventures in sound art, 2007

  • Sound as Art (electroacoustics) Darren Copeland, Charles Street Video, 2004

  • Thinking Films (documentary/distribution), Oliver Hockenhull, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, 2002

  • Intro to Avid Nonlinear Editing Workshop, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, 2001

  • Intro to Video Production, David Findlay, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, 1998

AFFILIATIONS

  • Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada, Co-President (Operations), 2017-present

  • Toronto Women's Podcasting Network (TWPN), Co-convenor, 2017-2018

  • Stone Foundation, Professional Member, 2016-present

  • InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto, ON, Member, various years starting 2003, 2015-present

  • Wavelength Music, Toronto, ON, Board of Directors, 2015-2018

  • Toronto Elelctroacoustic Symposium, Review Committee Member, 2010-2015

  • AGO Next Member, 2012-2013

  • new adventures in sound art, Toronto, ON, Board of Directors, 2005-2012

  • Charles Street Video, Toronto, ON, Member, 2004-2005

  • Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, ON, Board of Directors, 2004-2005

  • Ed Video Media Arts Centre (EVMAC), Guelph, ON, Member, 1998-2003; Board of Directors, 1999-2001

 

WORK IN THE ARTS

  • Interim Education Manager, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto, ON, 2015 and 2016

  • Office Manager and Acting General Manager, Hillside Festival, Guelph, ON, 2002 - 2003

  • Interim General Manager, Ed Video Media Arts Centre (EVMAC), Guelph, ON, 2001

  • Marketing Coordinator, Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, ON, 2000

  • Documentary Production Assistant, Guelph International Resource Centre (GIRC), Guelph, ON, 2000

  • Artist in the School, Marshview Middle School, Sackville, NB, 1995-1996

 

STONE / CONSTRUCTION

  • Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada (DSWAC/DSCan) Festival project builds, 2004-present

  • Restoration Masonry Assistant, Thistle Ha’ National Historic Site of Canada, Pickering, ON, 2015 and 2016 (seasonal)

  • Acme Environmentals (carpentry), Toronto, ON, 2006

  • Masonry Apprentice, Augustus Butterfield, Toronto, ON, 2005

  • Level 1 Red Seal Masonry and Restoration Apprenticeship Ontario Masonry Training Centre, Mississauga, ON, 2005

  • Masonry Apprentice, Stone Angels Masonry, Toronto, ON, 2004

  • Balsam Lake Drystone Wall Restoration Workshop, John Shaw-Rimmington, 2004

  • Windsor Theatre, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, Electrical/Wood Shop Technician, 1996-1998

 

EDUCATION

  • PhD Studies, Philosophy, York University, 2008-2013

  • Masters of Arts, Philosophy, York University, completed 2007

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Philosophy, Mount Allison University, completed 1998

  • Bachelor of Arts, English and Religious Studies (double major), Mount Allison University, completed 1996