1. Madeline Ashby
    Future Cities Forum
    February 23rd, 2018 Ottawa, Canada
    Presented by Artengine and Impact Hub Ottawa in partnership with the National Capital Commission Urbanism Lab

    A trio of keynotes kicked-off the Future Cities Forum including science-fiction writer and futurist Madeline Ashby, urban designer Ken Greenberg, and professor Tracey Lauriault, a researcher who specializes in big data and the city.

    This diverse group shared their speculations on future cities in the context of emerging and disruptive technologies. How will and can we adapt the key lessons of urban design of the twentieth century and not be seduced by the same techno-utopianism that shaped cities in the past? As we are transformed and extended into the network, how will a citizen be in public or private in our new data-driven city? Who will be the heroes and anti-heroes of the cities to come?

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  2. Future Cities Forum
    February 23rd, 2018 Ottawa, Canada
    Presented by Artengine and Impact Hub Ottawa in partnership with the National Capital Commission Urbanism Lab

    A trio of keynotes kicked-off the Future Cities Forum including science-fiction writer and futurist Madeline Ashby, urban designer Ken Greenberg, and professor Tracey Lauriault, a researcher who specializes in big data and the city.

    This diverse group shared their speculations on future cities in the context of emerging and disruptive technologies. How will and can we adapt the key lessons of urban design of the twentieth century and not be seduced by the same techno-utopianism that shaped cities in the past? As we are transformed and extended into the network, how will a citizen be in public or private in our new data-driven city? Who will be the heroes and anti-heroes of the cities to come?

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  3. Ken Greenberg
    Future Cities Forum
    February 23rd, 2018 Ottawa, Canada
    Presented by Artengine and Impact Hub Ottawa in partnership with the National Capital Commission Urbanism Lab

    A trio of keynotes kicked-off the Future Cities Forum including science-fiction writer and futurist Madeline Ashby, urban designer Ken Greenberg, and professor Tracey Lauriault, a researcher who specializes in big data and the city.

    This diverse group shared their speculations on future cities in the context of emerging and disruptive technologies. How will and can we adapt the key lessons of urban design of the twentieth century and not be seduced by the same techno-utopianism that shaped cities in the past? As we are transformed and extended into the network, how will a citizen be in public or private in our new data-driven city? Who will be the heroes and anti-heroes of the cities to come?

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  4. What new relationships to materials emerge in the use of digital and mechanical tools?
    Led by Rachel Gotlieb with Joanna Berzowska, Garnet Hertz and Greg Sims
    artengine.ca/unhanded

    In this panel we ask about the variety of new relationships with materials that emerging with the increasing ubiquitousness of digital technologies. With the increased complexity of tools we wonder how do we learn about materials? How do we get to know them? How do we share this knowledge? We can now know the molecular structure of wood or metal without touching it. Is this a more intimate relationship than working directly with our hands? Does it matter? If the objects coming out of digital and mechanical processes are more removed from our handywork, how might they carry the mark of the machine? Should we be able to read the machine in the material?

    Joanna Berzowska
    Joanna Berzowska is Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts Department at Concordia University in Montreal [concordia.ca/design] as well as the founder and research director of XS Labs [xslabs.net], a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments. She is also the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal [omsignal.com], a wearable and smart textile platform that enables leading fashion brands to design smart apparel.

    A core component of her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies, focusing on innovation in composite functional fibers, soft electronics, and additive manufacturing. Joanna’s art and design work has been shown in the V&A in London, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, the Art Directors Club in NYC, the Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SIGCHI, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz among others. She holds a graduate degree from the MIT Media Lab. She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related social, cultural, aesthetic, and political issues. More info: berzowska.com/

    Rachel Gotlieb
    Rachel Gotlieb is currently Adjunct Curator at the Gardiner Museum. She served as the founding Curator of the Design Exchange between 1990–2002, and co-wrote Design in Canada (Knopf Canada, 2001). She has curated and co-curated several important exhibitions, including: Pop: Design from the Space Age (Design Exchange 1994); Thor Hansen: Crafting a Canadian Style (Textile Museum of Canada, 2005), , and Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design (University of Toronto Art Centre, 2008). She has taught design history at Ryerson University School of Fashion, OCAD and Sheridan College. She created and implemented the Studio North and Prototype exhibits for Canadian artisans at the Toronto Interior Design Show, as well as conceived and directed its Conversations in Design annual symposium. She is a PhD candidate in Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

    Garnet Hertz
    Dr. Garnet Hertz is Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr. His art and research explores themes of DIY culture and interdisciplinary art / design practices. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in thirteen countries including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and DEAF and was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. Hertz is founder of Dorkbot SoCal, a monthly Los Angeles-based lecture series on DIY culture, electronic art and design. He has worked at Art Center College of Design and University of California Irvine. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his work has disseminated through 25 countries including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo and CNN Headline News. More info: conceptlab.com/

    Greg Sims
    Greg Sims is an artist, designer and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies at OCAD University and later pursued postgraduate studies in England at the School of Jewellery- Birmingham City University. Since completing his MA degree in 2003, Sims has taught extensively at NSCAD University in Halifax and more recently at OCAD University. He teaches studio courses from Introductory to Master's level, as well as developing curriculum and teaching courses in digital design and fabrication.

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  5. What are the opportunities when the abstract world of computing encounters the material world?
    Led by Greg J. Smith with Sarah Brin and James Hayes
    artengine.ca/unhanded

    The world inside the computer is one built on rules that we have written. The world outside is more complicated and largely out of our control. How do the rules of making inside the abstract world of computing push up against the complicated material one around us? What kind of errors and opportunities arise when the two worlds meet? Is a new aesthetic always bound up in formal exploration of algorithms or is there something else that can happen? Is it important for there to be a new aesthetic or is it inevitable?

    Sarah Brin
    Sarah Brin is a new media curator. Her research interests include digital fabrication, participation, artist-made games, and public spaces. Some of her prior projects include working as the Public Programs Manager for Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop, where she commissioned digital fabrication projects from creatives working with architecture, design, fine art, and other disciplines. At Autodesk, she founded the Experimental Research Lab, an interdisciplinary research group focused on creating accessible public discourse surrounding meaningful applications of technology. She also curated the largest art exhibition currently orbiting Earth's atmosphere.

    Sarah holds an M.A. in Art and Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University. You may have seen her projects in SFMOMA, MOCA, Babycastles, The Armand Hammer Museum, UCLA, LACE, Vice and elsewhere. She doesn't live anywhere in particular at the moment. More info: sarahbrin.com.

    James Hayes
    James is a PhD candidate at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and a researcher at the Carleton immersive Media Studio. His research focuses on coupling digitization technologies such as laser scanning and photogrammetry with digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, CNC routing and robotic milling. Most recently he became a founding partner of If Then Architecture Inc., a firm that aims to leverage the power of digital technologies in the realization of architecture.

    James is also a sessional lecturer at Carleton University and has worked in architectural practice in Ottawa and Dublin, Ireland. He holds a B.Sc. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, and an M.Arch. from Carleton University.

    Greg J Smith
    Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based writer and editor that is interested in media art and its broader cultural implications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of HOLO magazine and a Contributing Editor at Creative Applications Network. Greg’s writing has appeared in Rhizome, ICON, Musicworks, the V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media’s Blowup Reader eBook series, and numerous catalogue essays.

    Greg has presented work internationally at festivals and institutions including Sónar+D (Barcelona),Resonate (Belgrade), MUTEK (Montréal), the Western Front (Vancouver), and he serves on the Board of Directors at InterAccess. Over the last decade, he developed and taught numerous media and communications related courses within the CCIT program (U of T Mississauga/Sheridan College), OCAD, and McMaster University. More info: serialconsign.com/

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