BMO Lab Events

Upcoming Events


The BMO Lab presents two events with internationally renowned artist Kyle McDonald

Workshop: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Artist's Talk/ Lecture: Monday, March 2, 2020, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

The BMO Lab for Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies, and Artificial Intelligence is very pleased to present two events with internationally renowned artist Kyle McDonald. 

 

Kyle McDonald Holding face

Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He crafts interactive installations, performances, sneaky interventions, playful websites, workshops, and toolkits for other artists working with code. He explores the possibilities of new technologies: to understand how they affect society, to misuse them, and build alternative futures. He works with machine learning, computer vision, social and surveillance tech. He has been an adjunct professor at NYU's ITP, a member of F. A.T. Lab (Free Art and Technology), community manager for openFrameworks, and artist in residence at STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU, and YCAM in Japan. His work has been commissioned and shown around the world, including the V & A (London), NTT ICC (Tokyo), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Sonar (Barcelona), Todays Art (The Hague), and Eyebeam (NYC).

 

On Monday, March 2, at 4:30, he will be presenting an artist talk focusing on his work using AI / Machine Learning in the context of performance. He will be leading a workshop on February 29th from 1-4 introducing participants to using the open-source web-based programming environment p5.js for creating interactive systems using computer vision and machine learning.

Both events are happening at the BMO Lab in the Koffler building at 214 College Street. (Access via the doors on St. George, just north of College Street. Come to the 3rd floor, and go through the door on the left. Follow the hallway to the BMO Lab).

 

Workshop description:

This hands-on workshop will begin by revisiting the basics of coding with p5.js, including drawing, animation, and interactivity. We will then cover computer vision techniques based on simple pixel processing and machine learning, with a focus on tracking bodies, faces, and hands. p5.js is a JavaScript library designed to make coding accessible for artists, designers, and educators. “Computer vision” refers to a broad collection of techniques that allow computers to make intelligent assertions about what's going on in digital images and video. “Machine learning” refers to explaining tasks to computers via examples (training data) instead of instructions (code). Using p5.js we can quickly leverage the power of new computer vision algorithms built on machine learning to create camera-driven interactive artwork. We will discuss the ml5.js toolkit, and how it fits into the broader ecosystem of modern machine learning tools. We will use ml5.js to detect common objects in front of the webcam, and train a custom classifier that can distinguish between personal objects in front of the webcam. The class will adapt to the familiarity of the students: if the fundamentals of creative coding already well understood, by the end of the workshop we will be discussing higher-level machine learning concepts like generative adversarial networks for image generation and recurrent neural networks for text and music generation without focusing on these topics.

 

You must pre-register (e-mail to david.rokeby@utoronto.ca) if you wish to participate in the workshop. There is limited capacity.

 

Past Events


Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A Screening of Bone Mother

BMO Lab presents a screening of Montreal artist Dale Hayward's award-winning film "BONE MOTHER," a work created entirely with the use of 3D printing. Join us after the screening for a talk with Dale and an exhibition of the physical artifacts. 

BONE MOTHER

A vain and arrogant youth dares to enter Baba Yaga’s living house of bones. What emerges will forever fill our nights with terror.

 

 


Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Robert Wilson in Conversation

The BMO Lab for Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies, and AI hosted a reception for internationally acclaimed theatre and opera director Robert Wilson in honor of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. To learn more about the event, visit our events page

 

Robert Wilson chats with David Rokeby, director of the BMO Lab and computer science, theatre and music students from the BMO Lab’s graduate course “Theatre and Emerging Technologies”.

Robert Wilson chats with David Rokeby, director of the BMO Lab and computer science, theatre and music students from the BMO Lab’s graduate course “Theatre and Emerging Technologies.”

 

Robert Wilson with Director of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Tamara Trojanowska and Professor Pia Kleber, a major force behind the creation of the BMO Lab.Robert Wilson with Director of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Tamara Trojanowska and Professor Pia Kleber, a major force behind the creation of the BMO Lab.


Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Friedrich Kirschner, of the Ernst Busch School of Performing Arts, Berlin, discusses ’Spiel und Objekt’ (Play and Object), his graduate program in digital media in the Puppetry division of the school

 

Photo of Friedrich Kirschner

The BMO Lab for Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies, and AI hosted a presentation by Friedrich Kirschner of the Ernst Busch School of the Performing Arts, Berlin. 

Friedrich Kirschner is a professor for digital media in puppetry at the renowned Ernst Busch School of Performing Arts in Berlin. He is a theater director and software developer, devising participatory performances, social simulations, and interactive installations. He is a Professor for digital media at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin, and since 2018, head of the Master's program Spiel && Objekt. He presented and discussed the range of works that he and his students create and perform as they explore the relationship between digital technologies and performance. To learn more about the event, visit our events page.

Below is an excerpt from Friedrich Kirschner’s presentation.