On Friday, March 18, the 4th year New Media final showcase took place in the School of Image Arts building and the Rogers Communication Centre on Ryerson University campus.
After 6 months of hard work, students set up their completed final projects to prepare for their final evaluations. A jury made their rounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., spending only 6 minutes at each project. The jury was given the opportunity to engage with the artwork and ask the artists questions. During this time, the jury would have to decide if the artwork was distinguished enough to be featured in META XVI.
This year’s jury was made up of 3 industry professionals;
Jeremy Bailey, a Famous New Media Artist whose artwork has a strong presence in internet culture; Kika Thorne, an artist, filmmaker, curator, and co-founder of she/TV (a feminist cable television collective); and Linda Jansma, a Senior Curator at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
Learn more about the individuals a part of our jury here:
The jury selection process of META XVI is important for a couple of reasons:
1: It provides the artists with a realistic and professional experience in showcasing and presenting their artwork. The artists are being observed and assessed with fresh eyes that were not aware of their long-term intentions; the jury is only responsible for seeing what is presented in front of them.
2: It provides an unbiased selection process. No faculty, staff, or student from the School of Image Arts that is involved in META XVI has any say about the artist or artwork selection. This is so that there is absolutely no possibility of favouritism present. The work has an opportunity to speak for itself, and it is judged solely on this presentation.
Once all projects were observed, the jury had some time to discuss their notes with each other and come to a final decision. The selections were made, and the artists were notified. On March 21, the official list of artists to be featured in META XVI was released!
Here is sneak peek into the art that will be featured in META XVI:
Alessandra Mancini’s “A Letter To Our Demons”: is a performative and participatory artwork that utilizes and displays countless letters that addressed to mental illness.
Alexander Basso’s and Andrew Imecs’ “Theatre of War”: is a 3D-printed zoetrope that animates a reflection of the technological developments of war and its effects on society.
Charmaine Yu’s “Obsession”: combines sculptural representation and performance to create an artwork that utilizes collected receipts to reveal her past personal addiction to material goods.
Etay Zilberboim’s “R E S T A R T”: exhibits a collection of fabricated relics from the future’s future. His piece encourages the reflection of our dependency on technology, human knowledge, and Artificial Intelligence.
Jackson He’s “Us”: contrasts man’s insignificance within the universe by highlighting and exhibiting our significance on earth in this installation.
Johnathon Callaghan’s “Traces”: encourages participation in an interactive installation that challenges the introspective and intellectual and allows humans to leave their mark in a virtual space.
Lindsay Cooper’s “Pxlgryndr”: Through the process of image degeneration and compression, explores the relationship between physical art objects and the consumption of images online.
Melissa Palermo’s “if…else”: showcases a generative visualization rooted in an exploration of how to embed consent into our everyday interactions. The piece uses a series of cells to delve into the ways our environment and experiences impact the ways we move through our daily lives.
Natali Lasky’s “Family Portrait”: uses audio in this installation to provide an opportunity for spectators to see art through a family’s differing perspectives.
Ngawang Datok’s “Flashing Before My Eyes”: creates a visual representation of his everyday life. Following a set of rules over the span of 128 days, the artist documents his experiences through the process of taking multiple digital photographs.
Paola Gonzalez’s “Elusion”: creates an immersive audio-visual experience in a relaxing encounter of human nature’s constant desire to escape into peace and to avoid the tragedies that inundate our lives.
Sabreea Ahmed’s “Amaryllis”: exhibits the alter-egos of her identity through an interactive file folder. She shares the ways in which these personalities give her the characteristics needed in order to survive certain events within her life.