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Project title 


exhibition/performance/discussion/panel/in-situ experiments/art/ science/ techne/ philosophy

Supported by

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto; Computational Arts Program, York University;

University of Toronto's Centre for Comparative Literature, Cinema Studies, Cognitive Science Program, Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), and Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC)

Many thanks to Nina Czegledy (Laser series, Leonardo network) for initiating the collaboration.

28. September, 2019. 7pm-11pm.

7pm-9.30pm, Installation-performances, Helen-Gardiner-Phelan Theatre, 2nd floor

9.30pm-11pm, Reception and cash bar, Front and Long Room, Ground floor

University of Toronto. 79 St. George St.

A collaboration between

Laser events, Leonardo networks – Nina Czegledy

ArtsSci Salon – Roberta Buiani

Digital Dramaturgy Labsquared – Antje Budde

Topological Media Lab – Michael Montanaro | Navid Navab

Project description

From responsive sculptures to atmosphere-creating machines; from sensorial machines to affective autonomous robots, Chaosmosis mAchInes is an eclectic series of installations and performances reflecting on today's complex symbiotic relations between humans, machines and the environment.
This will be the first encounter between the Montreal-based Topological Media Lab (Concordia University) and the Toronto-based Digital Dramaturgy Labsquared (U of T) to co-present current process-based and experimental works.

Both labs have a history of notorious playfulness, conceptual abysmal depth, human-machine interplays, Art&Science speculations (what if?), collaborative messes, and a knack for A/I as in Artistic Intelligence.


Digital Dramaturgy Labsquared/ Performance-Installation


Works exhibited/curated by the Topological Media Lab:

  •  tangibleFlux φ plenumorphic ∴ chaosmosis, Microcosm no.1 and 2 [Navid Navab]

  • SPIEL [Peter van Haaften + Michael Montanaro, performed by Nein Tzu Weng]

  •  On Air [Michael Montanaro + Peter van Haaften]

  • The Sound That Severs Now from Now [Garnet Willis]

  • Cloud Chamber | Caustic Scenography, Responsive Cloud Formation [Nima Navab]

  • Liquid Light [Nima Navab]

  • Robots: Machine Menagerie [Joseph Thibodeau]

  • Phaze [Evan Montpellier + Nina Bouchard]

  • Until I am Found [ Chloë Cheuk ]

  • Cucolarus [ Breanna Shanahan]

Event moderators and on-site critics

Nicole Eunju Bell (undergraduate student, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, U of T)
Roberta Buiani (artistic director ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences)
Nina Czegledy (Leonardo Laser representative)
Anna Kalinowski (graduate student, Knowledge Media Design Institute, U of T)​

Project objectives

1. having fun with the infinite joy of learning, making, critical enquiry and wonder

2. presenting cutting-edge, creative, digital technology performances

3. engage multi-disciplinary arts&science communities

4. create a well-informed, creative, multi-perspective dialogue on technology, artistic intelligence, creativity, skills and performance by inviting critical respondents, providing crucial thoughts on each presented work

5. building networks and community between the humanities/arts, sciences, applied sciences and innovative entrepreneurship


We are very grateful for the exceptional support from so many people at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance studies

Tamara Trojanowska (department director)
Peter Freund (Technical Director of the Playhouse)
Christopher Sutherland, Event technician
Tara Maher, PR officer
Ariel Martin-Smith, Theatre Facility Manager

Suzanne Micallef, Business officer

Work study students and assistants
Emily Allison
Uri Livne-Bar

Joseph Bianchi 
Dante Camarda
Abigail Esteireiro

Sascha Houpt 
Matt Lalonde (student Technical Assistant Director)

Paris Molokwu-Ogwuda Jr.
John Christian Mizero
Isaac Pilozo (Student CAP administrator)

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