TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Digifest, Toronto's international
festival celebrating innovation and digital creativity, will take place
this year from October 26 to October 30. The general public will mingle
with established and emerging designers, technologists and artists, to
learn about the latest innovations and experience them firsthand
through panel discussions and presentations, demos, interactive
exhibitions, workshops, art installations and receptions.
The purpose of the festival is to showcase digital creativity in
Toronto, bringing together academia, industry and the public to
experience the convergence of interactive and mobile media, gaming,
art, design, architecture, science and more. It is a five-day long
celebration of the latest achievements in visualization, simulation and
interaction in many fields, inspiring and connecting all involved.
Digifest's long-term vision is to brand Toronto as a global leader in
digital media and technology, based on the unique breadth and depth of
its digital sector. "The School of Design at George Brown is pleased to
catalyze and work with industry, government and other colleges and
universities in partnership to position Toronto as one of the key
global cities for global creativity," said Luigi Ferrara, Director of
the Centre for Arts & Design at George Brown College.
Digifest will begin with two Innovation Days on Wednesday, October 26
and Thursday, October 27 featuring the latest research by academic and
industry partnerships. These presentations, curated by the Digifest
Academic Committee, are each organized into one of the four Digifest
streams: play, touch, build, and watch.
This year, "thought leader" lectures will be delivered by Asi Burak,
Co-President, Games for Change; Dr. Ron Burnett, President, Emily Carr
University; Dr. Ron Dembo of Zero Footprint; Simone Giostra, Founder,
Simone Giostra and Partners Architects; Hunter Tura, Bruce Mau Design;
and Siamak Hariri, Founding Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects.
Shorter presentations will be delivered by Dr. Ali Arya, Assistant
Professor of Interactive Multimedia, Carleton University; Farzin
Farhadi-Niaki, Expert/Researcher, PhD candidate, Carleton University;
Eugene Fiume, Professor and Co-Director, Dynamic Graphics Project,
University of Toronto; Dr. Sara M. Grimes, Assistant Professor, Faculty
of Information, University of Toronto; Michael Jemtrud, Director, FARMM
and Associate Professor, School of Architecture, McGill University;
Jennifer Jenson, President, Canadian Games Studies Association; Melanie
McBride, Researcher, Experimental Design and Gaming Environment EDGE
Lab; Dawn Mercer, Faculty, Seneca College, Popcorn.js - The HTML5 Media
Framework; Jason Nolan, Director, EDGE Lab; Nuket Savaskan Nowlan,
Founder and President, 3D Virtual Crafting; Neil Schneider, Executive
Director, S-3D Gaming Alliance; Greg J. Smith, Designer/Researcher,
Mission Specialist Studio; and Dr. Anthony Whitehead, Director, School
of Information Technology, Carleton University.
To kick off the festival, George Brown College will host a launch party
at its new digital incubator, located at 333 King St. East, on the
evening of Wednesday, October 26. Moreover, on the Wednesday and
Thursday, the Applied Arts exhibition and educational fair for Toronto
and Ontario high school students, featuring graphic design,
illustration, advertising, game design and development, photography and
more, will take place at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, followed by the
Applied Arts Awards Gala on the evening of Thursday, October 27.
On Friday, October 28, TIFF Nexus at the TIFF Bell Lightbox will host
the third innovation day focusing on the connection of the existing and
emerging media sectors of film, gaming and new media. This innovation
day will feature technology talks and presentations as well as the
results of the 2011 Gaming Peripherals Jam - putting game developers
together with hardware hackers to innovate in areas of interface -
which will be showcased in an evening reception at the TIFF Bell
From Wednesday to Friday in the evening, Digifest will host Meet The
Media Guru, bringing innovators from across the globe for
thought-provoking presentations that will inspire and challenge
attendees. Meet The Media Guru is a social network and open community
of digital culture based out of Italy where the public can meet
world-famous protagonists of innovation. Gurus presenting this year
include Paolo Rosa, Co-Founder, Studio Azzurro (Italy); Maurice
Benayoun, New Media Artist (France); Tom Igoe, Co-Founder, Arduino (New
York City) and Rebecca Allen, Director, Nokia Research Center Hollywood
and Nokia Research Center Cambridge (United States).
Weekend events at Digifest will allow the public to experience Toronto's
digital design culture. Events will include the TOJam Arcade, an
interactive exhibition of locally created video games; the First Person
show, a video game, visual effects (vfx) and animation studio trade
show; the Link Digital Art and Design Exhibit; Sunday Funday, a daytime
event at Yonge-Dundas Square involving interactive digital attractions
and performances; and a Spooktacular Halloween party at the St.
Lawrence North Market.
The event will wrap on Sunday night with a closing gala at the Sony
Centre for the Performing Arts. Digifest will announce the winners of
the Digifest Sony Ziris™ contest; the first place winner will go home
with $1000 and a Sony Playstation 3™.
Digifest was founded by Luigi Ferrara, Director of the Centre for Arts
and Design at George Brown College. In 2002, he was the President of
the DXNet and Vice President of The Design Exchange. Digifest debuted
in 2002, followed by festivals in 2004 and 2006 organized by the DXNet
at the Design Exchange.
Digifest has been transformed by the School of Design at George Brown
College in partnership with the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts,
the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFF Nexus), Applied
Arts Inc., Meet The Media Guru (Italy), TOJam and various media and
venue partners. Academic partners include Brock University, Carleton
University, Centennial College, CFC Media Lab, Ryerson University,
Seneca College, ThingTank Lab, University of Toronto, OCAD University,
UOIT and York University.
SOURCE George Brown College
For further information:
George Brown College
(416) 415-5000 ext. 3428