Keynote talk by Jane Tingley


Thursday, September 21, 2023
AUGE (Augmented Europe) Artathon
Challenges for a Green & Digital Future

15:00 Artathon Keynote Panel
The National Library (11th floor)
Moderator: Rasa SMITE
Eleonora BRIZI (IT) / Eric NOWAK (CH) /Jane TINGLEY (CA)

Foresta-Inclusive: Investigating the More-than-Human

This talk will unpack and explore the ideas behind the exhibition
more-than-human and the related research project Foresta-Inclusive,
which focuses on understanding and visualizing the hidden vitality of
trees and the ecology of the forest. The exhibition more-than-human,
which took place at the ONSITE Gallery in Toronto, ON. CA in 2023,
presented media artworks at the intersection of art, science, Indigenous
worldviews, and technology that used multimodal storytelling as a
vehicle for interpreting, mattering, and embodying more-than-human
ecologies and narratives not necessarily about the world we humans are
building. Together the artworks in more-than-human and research project
Foresta-Inclusive aim to challenge the mental habit of assuming that
humans are superior to everything else on the planet. The humbling act
of recognizing that we are not the only ones, not at the centre and not
even the subject of others’ conversations supports rethinking our
“truths” about ourselves, our place in the world, and the nature of our
relationship to multiplicity and difference.

Jane Tingley is an artist, curator and Assistant Professor at York University. Her studio work combines traditional studio practice with new media tools – and spans responsive/interactive installation, performative robotics, and telematically connected distributed sculpture. Her current artistic trajectory is interdisciplinary in nature and spans the intersection of art, science and technology. Her current work explores the creation of spaces and experiences that push the boundaries between science and magic, interactivity and playfulness, and offer an experience to the viewer that is accessible both intellectually and technologically.

She has participated in exhibitions and festivals in the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe – including translife – International Triennial of Media Art at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Gallerie Le Deco in Tokyo (JP), Elektra Festival in Montréal(CA) and the Künstlerhause in Vienna (AT). She received the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture in Manitoba, the first prize in the iNTERFACES – Interactive Art Competition in Porto, Portugal, and has received support from a number of funding agencies, the provincial arts councils, the Canada Council for the arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.