05 November – 15 December 2020

Co-presented by Trinity Square Video and Dames Making Games and supported by EQ Bank

Remote Realities presents the 2020 Themed Commissions, which were produced over summer residencies. This year’s theme focuses on how one plays in isolation; how isolation shapes our preferences in play and what reactions to games are being cultivated in this current reality. This situation encourages and inspires us to invent or reinvent activities to provide entertainment while in isolation. We are interested in these newly founded feelings towards play and the cravings and rewards that come from these re/inventions.

In times of separation we find the ways we play games inverted, with digital games needing to recreate the physical spaces we crave to occupy, and analog games that thrive in physical spaces being moved into digital forms. The works created by this year’s Themed Commission residents explore alternative ways of connecting to ourselves, each other, and the world; from collaborative world-building experiments and a guided tour of expanded virtual realms, to forming distanced contact using telepresence, virtual reality and auditory immersion.

Artists

Rebecca Sweets
Sara Lisa Vogl
Tosca Hidalgo y Terán
Amir Rostami
Elahe Rostami
Kaelan Doyle Myerscough

Program team: Emily Fitzpatrick, Karina Iskandarsjah, Izzie Colpitts-Campbell, Jennie Robinson Faber

Thank yous: Henry Faber, Toronto Media Arts Centre & Gamma Space