Explore Artwork Across the City

September 15 – November 27

Experience art illuminated at BigArtTO, a city-wide public art celebration featuring free temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks. Created by Toronto artists, the projections will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings, allowing you to access artwork in your neighbourhood.

BigArtTO is a City of Toronto collaboration with OCAD University and AVA Animation & Visual Arts Inc.

Each BigArtTO projection will include a preview of the Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue photography exhibition “Black Women in Leadership,” which is forthcoming at the City of Toronto Archives. Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue Gallery and Cultural Centre is a Toronto-based charitable organization dedicated to supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists and cultural workers in Canada and internationally.

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Inside Out, Rexdale” by Yasin Osman and Jamal Burger

Location: Greenholme Junior Middle School, 10 Jamestown Cres.
(Etobicoke North)

Presented with Nia Centre for the Arts.

Yasin Osman is a mentor and an award-winning recognized by National Geographic and has worked with brands such as Nike, Redbull, The Toronto Raptors, and VICE magazine. Today, Yasin works with youth in underserved Toronto neighbourhoods while taking photos and making cartoons. The photographs from this series were shot around Rexdale with support from the local community.

Jamal Burger is a photographer, born and raised in Toronto. He shifts his focus between the city and sport through his work, often in a black and white perspective. Since 2014, Jamal has been sought out by acclaimed brands such as Jordan, Nike, Apple and more. His fascination with documenting the now to showcase years down the line has brought him into new, exciting places to expand his perspective and further gain experience in his everyday photography.

Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based charitable organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora.


“Red Crowned Crane” by Enna Kim
Location: Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, 1291 Queen St. W. (Parkdale-High Park)

“Red Crowned Crane” was originally presented as part of Movement/Nature: Guided Exercises by Artists, an online project for the Art Gallery of Ontario curated by OCAD University’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice MFA program students. This self-reflective drawing exercise aims to guide the viewer through the artist’s drawing process and thoughts. Inspired by Korean folk paintings, the artist will focus on the symbolism of each element such as cranes, peach trees and lotuses, which represent longevity, courage and good luck within Korean culture. With this activity, the artist encourages audiences to reflect on the meaning behind symbols and the physical act of drawing. The fluidness of this combined approach prompts participants to consider their own agency in relation to objects and images.

Enna Kim is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher based in Toronto. Enna explores the dimensions between her hyphenated Korean-Canadian identity through animation, projection mapping, textiles, performance art and movement. Her practice is an ongoing process of re-conceptualizing the term diaspora. She uses technology as a way to decrypt it and shares personal stories of her immigrant family to retrace their cultural identities and promote healing. Enna has exhibited work for Toronto Korean Film Festival, InterAccess Gallery, Xpace Cultural Centre and Burning Man.


“Dreamscapes” by Courtney Dookwah

Location: Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Rd.
(Eglinton-Lawrence)

Presented with OCAD University.

Courtney Dookwah is an emerging visual artist enrolled in OCAD University’s Drawing and Painting program in Toronto. Her artwork combines an exploration of the non-material world and expressions of my consciousness. Her body of work channels energies that empower and enlighten the viewer through colour and motion; materializing in the form of oil paintings, illustrations, and digital media work.

“As I awaken from my slumber / With eyes closed in a heavenly state
Between dimensions with heavy lids / Impressions from my dreams escape
With hand and mind in perfect unison / Bridging these two realms
A story flows across the page / Like a dance between Ease and Grace
An exploration of these markings / Express my work today
Charming these fleeting memories / With a magical embrace.”

OCAD University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

“Resilience” by Katie Kotler

Location: York University, 4700 Keele St.
(Humber River-Black Creek)

Presented with Toronto Animated Image Society and York University.

“Resilience” is the result of a two-year culmination of work from artist Katie Kotler. A series of animations that explore the artist’s bike accident and subsequent brain injury, “Resilience” examines themes of forced domesticity, spirituality and fantasy. Employing tropes of grids, gradients and abstract shapes, “Resilience” is the artist’s first attempts at creating work that is narrative. Katie Kotler is a Toronto-based artist. Her practice explores how the physicality of animation can be translated into installation art, print and music. She is also interested in how lineages of art histories meld into one another, often in previously unnoticed ways. Kotler creates immersive and self-reflexive atmospheres that use as lo-fi materials as possible.

Toronto Animated Image Society is dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of independent animation through production, screenings, workshops, and exhibitions.


“Scenes of Regent Park” by Yasin Osman

Location: Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre, 640 Dundas St. E.
(Toronto Centre)

Presented with Nia Centre for the Arts.

Yasin Osman is a mentor and an award-winning recognized by National Geographic and has worked with brands such as Nike, Redbull, the Toronto Raptors, and VICE magazine. A resident and champion of Regent Park, the artist has already made his mark on his neighbourhood, founding #shootforpeace, a grassroots arts mentorship program that engages local youth in storytelling through photography. The photographs from this series were shot around Regent Park with support from the local community.

Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based charitable organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora.


“Angular Translucence” by Idalina Leandro and “Encuentros/Encounters” by Luis Cisneros

Location: Projected onto Shepherd Manor Apartment, 125 Bonis Ave. Watch from the North Parking lot of Agincourt Mall.
(Scarborough-Agincourt)

Presented with OCAD University.

Idalina Leandro’s “Angular Translucence” is an exploration of shape, depth and colour through the lens of analog technology. This collection was originally exhibited in coffee shops during the COVID lockdown in Toronto in mid-2020 as a way to make the community feel connected through art. “My inspiration came from the feelings of being trapped and confined at home. It was a meditative process and most of the images I do not remember making as I let my feelings guide me.”

Luis Cisneros’ video-art, “Encuentros/Encounters,” explores the theme of connectivity and highlights the importance of nature. In this time, when the pandemic is making us examine what is happening with our planet, it is important to reflect on the connections within the natural world. Two organic kaleidoscopic worlds encounter each other, creating beautiful connections for the spectator. The symmetrical composition is reflected by its counterpart mirrored upside-down and joined in the middle of the screen. A sense of surreality permeates through different scenes and emotions. Two worlds encounter a third, which is the world of the spectator.

OCAD University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

“The Advantages of Tender Loving Care” by Laura Kay Keeling

Thanks to the support of Castlepoint Numa, this projection will run for five nights, from Tuesday, September 28 to Saturday, October 2.

Location: Weston GO/UP Station, 1865 West Rd.
(York South-Weston)

Presented with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and supported by Metrolinx and Castlepoint Numa.

Examining aspects of reciprocal care, Laura Kay Keeling seeks to understand how people form connections with each other and with nature, and how they capture and cherish memories and moments in time. In thinking through these concepts, the artist’s practice has shifted to include not only found images but also plants and flowers that she has grown herself or foraged from neighbours’ garden clippings. First hosted as a virtual space as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival 2021, the project is evocative of a naturalistic outdoor landscape. “The Advantages of Tender Loving Care” features the first artworks in Keeling’s new series of moving images and collages that merge sourced imagery with scanned floral elements.

Scotiabank CONTACT is an annual festival that showcases lens-based projects by Canadian and international artists.


OCAD University Student Animators

Location: Building T – Pumping Station/Pumphouse Park, 1091 Eastern Ave. View from Coxwell Ave. at Eastern Ave.
(Toronto-Danforth)

OCAD University students will animate the curved facade of the historical Building T ‒ Pumping Station, viewable from the skate park and surrounding areas. Designed in 1971 and formerly known as the Mid-Toronto Interceptor Pumping Station, Building T is now a fascinating landmark in the Riverdale neighbourhood, well-known for its striking arches and rounded structure.

OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada, encourages students to explore animation across disciplines. This collaboration with BigArtTO provides opportunities for students to explore media art, graphic design, drawing and critical practices as they relate to the moving image, interactivity and the virtual. The focus is on innovation, experimentation, imagination, creativity and critical thinking.


“Scarborough Made” by Alex Narvaez and Sid Naidu

Location: Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
(Scarborough Centre)

Presented with OCAD University.

“Scarborough Made” is a social impact art project created by Alex Narvaez and Sid Naidu to document stories of humanity in Toronto’s East. Through BigArtTO, “Scarborough Made” will share a highlight reel of stories that help amplify the powerful voices and narratives found in Scarborough. Originally launched in 2019, the photo and docu-series aims to share stories from the everyday heroes of our communities.

OCAD University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

“99 Gallons of Rum” by Fallon Simard

Location: Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St.
(York Centre)

Created by interdisciplinary Anishinaabe-Métis artist Fallon Simard, “99 Gallons of Rum” is an experimental video dissecting the Toronto Purchase known as Treaty No. 13 to highlight the corrupt colonial practice of land theft and occupation. The video illustrates animated Google Map images of the boundaries of the Toronto Purchase map from 1787 and overlays the animations with hand drawn images of the Toronto Purchase map and Barrels. The barrels offer direct critique of what Canada calls a “negotiation” process, whereas they paid the Mississaugas for the land in 1787 and provided them with gifts that included 2,000 gun flints, 24 brass kettles, 120 mirrors, 24 laced hats, and 99 gallons of rum.


“Magi System” by Tobias Williams

Location: Equinix Data Centre, 45 Parliament St.
(Toronto Centre)

Presented with OCAD University and supported by Equinix and Downtown AutoGroup.

“Magi System” is a three channel video piece which visually explores the triangular relationship between users’ platforms and algorithms that define the current aesthetic ecosystem of the web. If early net culture and the later cloud metaphor once promised escape from physical reality, an infrastructural aesthetic is now inseparable from the public perception of the Internet. Data centres, server racks, and colorful network cables became increasingly visible in the early 2010s. “Magi System” is assembled from images on Instagram, where algorithms now assist in creating near psychedelic visual taxonomies of Surveillance Capitalism’s infrastructural backbone. Tobias Williams is a Toronto-based artist and educator. His work investigates the historic and contemporary relationship between art and technology.

OCAD University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.


“The Echoes of Community”

Location: Donald D Summerville Olympic Pool, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
(Beaches-East York)

Presented with Akin Collective.

How do collective and community-rooted experiences radically reimagine art practices? How does ancestral knowledge of the past and the future inspire our making? What is revolutionary about community ties and how do we utilize those connections to upend oppressive systems?

Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides creative studio space as well as arts-based programming. For BigArtTO, Akin facilitated a citywide juried open call for digital media artists, who were selected for three locations around Toronto.

“The Echoes of Community”

Location: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
(Etobicoke Centre)

Presented with Akin Collective.

How do collective and community-rooted experiences radically reimagine art practices? How does ancestral knowledge of the past and the future inspire our making? What is revolutionary about community ties and how do we utilize those connections to upend oppressive systems?

Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides creative studio space as well as arts-based programming. For BigArtTO, Akin facilitated a citywide juried open call for digital media artists, who were selected for three locations around Toronto.


OCAD University Student Animators

Location: R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, 2701 Queen St. E.
(Scarborough Southwest)

Presented with OCAD University.

Returning to our best-attended BigArtTO location in 2020, OCAD University students will once again animate the façade of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. Originally the site of the Victoria Park fairgrounds, the construction of the R.C. Harris complex took over nine years, occurring from 1932 to 1941. A popular site for the City of Toronto’s Doors Open program, the structure is still an active water treatment plant. This custom and site-specific artwork will take into consideration the building’s history, purpose, and art deco designs.

OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada, encourages students to explore animation across disciplines. This collaboration with BigArtTO provides opportunities for students to explore media art, graphic design, drawing and critical practices as they relate to the moving image, interactivity and the virtual. The focus is on innovation, experimentation, imagination, creativity and critical thinking.

Network Dependencies

Location: Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Ave.
(Toronto-St. Paul’s)

Presented with InterAccess

Selection curated by Lorna Mills, a Canadian net.art and new media artist who is known for her digital animations, videos, and GIFs.

Founded in 1983 as Toronto Community-Videotex, InterAccess is a gallery, educational facility, production studio, festival, and registered charity dedicated to new media and emerging practices in art and technology. InterAccess’s mission is to expand the cultural significance of art and technology by fostering and supporting the full cycle of art and artistic practice through education, production, and exhibition.


OCAD University Student Animators

Location: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr.
(Don Valley East)

Presented with OCAD University and the Aga Khan Museum.

The west-facing façade of the Aga Khan Museum will be fully illuminated by OCAD University student artists. Watch the activations from the beautiful adjacent park and serene landscaped garden. The aim of the Aga Khan Museum is to foster a greater appreciation of the contributions that Muslim arts and culture has made to world heritage.

OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada, encourages students to explore animation across disciplines. This collaboration with BigArtTO provides opportunities for students to explore media art, graphic design, drawing and critical practices as they relate to the moving image, interactivity and the virtual. The focus is on innovation, experimentation, imagination, creativity and critical thinking.

“The Echoes of Community”

Location: Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St Clair Ave. W.
(Davenport)

Presented with Akin Collective.

How do collective and community-rooted experiences radically reimagine art practices? How does ancestral knowledge of the past and the future inspire our making? What is revolutionary about community ties and how do we utilize those connections to upend oppressive systems?

Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides creative studio space as well as arts-based programming. For BigArtTO, Akin facilitated a citywide juried open call for digital media artists, who were selected for three locations around Toronto.


“Feminist Futures”

This projection will only run from Wednesday October 27 to Friday October 29.

Location: Canadian Film Centre, 2489 Bayview Ave.
(Don Valley West)

A special celebration of the reopening of the Canadian Film Centre, three different projection activations will be spread around the centre’s stunning property. All the artwork will be developed by participants and alum of the Fifth Wave Initiative, a suite of programs and services designed to accelerate and sustain the growth of women in digital media.

Please note this site may pose accessibility considerations and potential barriers to individuals with mobility devices. Please email artworxTO@toronto.ca should you have any questions about mobility onsite at the Canadian Film Centre.

 

Seneca College Animation Student Artists

Location: University of Toronto Goldring Centre, 100 Devonshire Pl.
(University-Rosedale)

Presented with Seneca College’s School of Creative Arts & Animation.

Seneca’s School of Creative Arts & Animation has been ranked fifth in the world and third in Canada by the Animation Career Review 2020 animation training program rankings. This activation will show the animation works of recent students.


OCAD University Student Animators

Location: Princess Park Clock Tower, 214 Doris Ave.
(Willowdale – Ward 18)

Presented with OCAD University.

OCAD University student animators will design site-specific artwork for the Princess Park Clock Tower beside the Empress Walk. The structure was originally built as part of North York’s Ivan M. Nelson Fire Station. The structure was torn down in 1989, but the hose tower was preserved.

OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada, encourages students to explore animation across disciplines. This collaboration with BigArtTO provides opportunities for students to explore media art, graphic design, drawing and critical practices as they relate to the moving image, interactivity and the virtual. The focus is on innovation, experimentation, imagination, creativity and critical thinking.


OCAD University Student Animators

Location: Guild Park, 201 Guildwood Parkway
(Scarborough-Guildwood)

Presented with OCAD University.

Guild Park is well-known for the being the home of architectural fragments taken from dozens of demolished buildings. OCAD University student animators will illuminate the grand pillared structure, therefore shining light on some of Toronto’s urban history.

OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada, encourages students to explore animation across disciplines. This collaboration with BigArtTO provides opportunities for students to explore media art, graphic design, drawing and critical practices as they relate to the moving image, interactivity and the virtual. The focus is on innovation, experimentation, imagination, creativity and critical thinking.

Seneca College Illustration Student Artists

Location: Distillery District, 32 Distillery Lane
(Spadina-Fort York)

Presented with Seneca College’s School of Creative Arts & Animation

The Illustration Diploma offered within Seneca College’s School of Creative Arts and Animation is unique in the province. Students learn about traditional art forms such as drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and digital media, and go on to work in children’s and comic book illustration, advertising illustration and the burgeoning industry of concept art for TV, film and game animation. This activation will show the illustration works of recent students.


Building Space Collection

Location: Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
(Scarborough Centre)

Presented with MakeRoom Inc. and supported by Oxford Properties.

An arts organization originally developed in Scarborough, MakeRoom Inc. enables marginalized and emerging artists to reach audiences they don’t have the resources to access. This activation is half of a two-part limited run of selected photographs and videos. The theme for MakeRoom Inc.’s Building Space program is “Think Big.” Ten Toronto emerging artists were jury-selected for this opportunity.


“2020” by Trudy Elmore; “it was always more than just the desire to be known” by Sophia Oppel; “Soul Control” by Philip Ocampo; and “Toronto Plaza” by Simon Falk.

Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Student Centre, 1265 Military Trail
(Scarborough-Rouge Park)

Presented with Toronto Animated Image Society.

“2020” is an experimental animation evocative of these modern times. The figures show love; they support and rely on one another, while golden tidal currents of chaos surge and swirl around. Sometimes the chaos, driven by native algorithms, passes by completely undetected; other times, it infiltrates the bodies. These figures exist in an aquarium of seeming uncertainty, influx, although ultimately, they remain the same. The looking glass in the aquarium reflects their shifting world back to them, enhancing both the chaos and the sublime. Trudy Elmore (aka Tru) is an award-winning 3d digital artist. She is mostly self-taught, lives in Toronto, Canada and has exhibited internationally.

“it was always more than just the desire to be known” takes the form of a meditation on the process of rendering a transparent texture in order to consider the larger politics of transparency and legibility in a datafied surround. Centred around a text piece, the work features a series of 3D scans and 3D models with transparent textures applied to them. Sophia Oppel received her BFA from OCAD University in 2018 and a Master of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2021. Oppel is an interdisciplinary arts practitioner and researcher interested in examining digital interfaces and physical architectures as parallel sites of power. Oppel deploys transparent substrates —glass, mirror and the screen— as a framework to consider the paradoxes of legibility under surveillance capitalism.

“Soul Control” offers up a mythic retelling of the energy beam in popular culture through a combination of experimental animation and narrative storytelling. Popularized in recent decades by superhero comics, anime and science fiction, the energy blast has served as an external projection of inner strength and magic, and has become a staple in the fantasy / action genre. Soul Control traces a broader history of this narrative device as influenced by metaphysics, ancient Greek theatre and Chinese wuxia fiction. Weaving together different visual references into a single composition, the camera traverses through a tapestry of looping animated assets,immersing the watcher in the classic and contemporary ideas that define this extraordinary power. Philip Leonard Ocampo is an artist and arts facilitator based in Tkaronto, Canada. Ocampo’s multidisciplinary practice primarily involves painting, sculpture, writing and curatorial projects. His work usually explores phenomenon, magic, and memory, using the extraordinary to reconcile and better understand personal and collective experiences, often through a diasporic focus. Ocampo is interested in the allure of the unknown, and through this curiosity, seeks to access aspects of existence that are invisible, intangible, or inhuman in nature.

Drawing from the interface of Nintendo’s “3DS StreetPass Mii Plaza”, Simon Falk uses photorealistic 3D character imaging software to simulate Toronto’s cityscape without the city – leaving only the city’s inhabitants in a blank space passing by each other. With a parade of countless unique characters, “Toronto Plaza” celebrates the diversity of Toronto’s population. Simon Falk is a Russian-Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. His multidisciplinary practice spans augmented reality, GIF, drawing, painting, 3D imaging and computer generated animation. Falk holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University.

Toronto Animated Image Society is dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of independent animation through production, screenings, workshops, and exhibitions.

“Wash Day” by Jaida Salmon; and “Le Flan” by Raoul Olou

Location: The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.
(Etobicoke-Lakeshore)

“Wash Day” follows a young black girl as she spends the day washing, styling, and sometimes fighting with her hair. Jaida Salmon is a 24-year-old Sheridan College Animation Graduate with a passion for all things related to art and animation. Growing up with a love for cartoons, film and media she always knew that someday she’d want to work in that field and create content to reach a wide variety of audiences. In the future she hopes to create a miniseries and work on feature animation. Aside from animation she wants to continue studies in art therapy, exploring how we can use art as a process of healing. “I want to create stories that young black girls and boys can find themselves in and relate to. The black experience is not a monolith—there are so many more stories to be told and I can’t wait to be a part of that process!”

“Le Flan” is a tale of love, injustice and desserts. Raoul Olou is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, whose work focuses on home, belonging and archiving the mundane. Recently, Olou was awarded the Mayor’s Purchase Award from the City of Toronto at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.


Building Space Collection

Thanks to the support of Oxford Property Group, this projection will run for five nights, from Tuesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 20.

Location: Richmond-Adelaide Centre, 120 Adelaide St. W.
(Spadina-Fort York)

Presented with MakeRoom Inc. and supported by Oxford Properties.

An arts organization originally developed in Scarborough, MakeRoom Inc. enables marginalized and emerging artists to reach audiences they don’t have the resources to access. This activation is half of a two-part limited run of selected photographs and videos. The theme for MakeRoom Inc.’s Building Space program is “Think Big.” Ten Toronto emerging artists were jury-selected for this opportunity.


Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Location: Toronto Public Library – Fairview Branch, 35 Fairview Mall Dr.
(Don Valley North)

BigArtTO is pleased to show a recent project as part of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The film festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada. This year’s festival runs from November 17 to 19.

OCAD University Student Animators

Thanks to the support of Oxford Property Group, this projection will run for five nights, from Tuesday, November 23 to Saturday, November 27.

Location: Richmond-Adelaide Centre, 120 Adelaide St. W.
(Spadina-Fort York)

Presented with OCAD University and supported by Oxford Properties.

As part of a special commission Oxford Properties Group, OCAD University student animators will animate the Richmond-Adelaide Centre with custom Toronto-centric artwork. Oxford Properties Group, a leading global commercial real estate investor, developer and manager, recently unveiled “Dreaming,” a public art installation by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada, encourages students to explore animation across disciplines. This collaboration with BigArtTO provides opportunities for students to explore media art, graphic design, drawing and critical practices as they relate to the moving image, interactivity and the virtual. The focus is on innovation, experimentation, imagination, creativity and critical thinking.


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