Meaningful Code

October 26 – January 12, 2020
Opening reception: Thursday, November 7, 6 – 8 pm


Meaningful Code looks at the ways in which artists are engaging with emerging technologies and tools in order to speculate on what our collective future might look like.

Featuring works in video, animation, 3D printing, photography, digital collage, augmented reality, AI and hacking, these works explore how we are integrating technology into our lives, how digital futures might change the ways we see ourselves, and what it might mean to live alongside artificial life forms.


Participating Artists:

Thoreau Bakker
Amrita Chopra
Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Jean-René Leblanc
Laura Kay Keeling
Dave Kemp

Nadine Lessio
Jacqueline Mak
Adrienne Matheuszik
Claire Scherzinger
Tobias Williams


Curated by Katie Micak 




Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese born Montreal based visual artist working with performance, photography, and video. Working within the gap between body as image and body as experienced reality, Chun Hua Catherine Dong uses the body—often her own body— as a visual territory in her work and a primary material to activate social commentary on gender, race, and immigration. Among her many performances, exhibitions and awards she has performed at Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, The Great American Performance Art in New York City,  has exhibited work at Quebec City Biennial, The Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne in Paris, MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image in Montreal, is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award for contemporary avant-garde art in New York in 2014 and was listed as the “10 Artists Who Are Reinventing History” by Canadian Art in 2017.


Claire Scherzinger depicts the uncanny as a way of resisting systems of power and considering better ways to live within western civilization. Scherzinger is an interdisciplinary artist working with drawing, painting, gaming engines and podcasting to develop the core of her practice, which is the process of building new worlds. Her work has appeared in exhibitions across Canada and internationally in the US and UK. She was also purchase prizewinner of the 2015 Royal Bank of Canada funded Painting Competition and is currently a finalist for the Equitable Bank Emerging Digital Artist Award, 2019.


Jean-René Leblanc is an Associate Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Calgary in Canada. He is president of the board of Emmedia Gallery and Production Society and co-founder of the Sensorium Lab a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on research that develops systems of interaction that encourage kinesthetic perception and interpretation.


Nadine Lessio has researched extenizlvey on AI, IoT and social robots. She is a researcher, artist, and creative technologist based out of Toronto, Canada.Nadine's practice explores ideas around useless technology, artificial (un)intelligence, bots, and game peripherals. Her current projects are focused on the internet of things, and personal assistants.

Her work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Long Winter, NeurIPS, Nuit Blanche, Indiecade, Vector, and the Game Developer’s Conference.


Jacqueline Mak is the Art Director for Ogilvy One and BBDO Asia turned full time Digital Collage artist since 2016. BDES Advertising, PgD Sculpture and Installation from Ontario College of Art and Design. As a visual artist my work challenges society's views on critical issues that affect our daily lives in which we seldom pay attention to. Mak is based in Mississauga.


Amrita Chopra uses 3D renderings, film, and photography to tell stories and create moments. She is an emerging artist based in Mississauga, ON.



Thoreau Bakker is a Toronto-based contemporary artist, with a current focus on three-dimensional (3D) media. He holds an honours B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, and a master’s degree (MFA) from OCAD University. His MFA thesis questioned Walter Benjamin’s generalizations about aura and the mechanical reproduction of art in the context of recent 3D technologies like 3D printing and Virtual Reality.

Current visual interests include neo-pop and mass-produced objects, of both aesthetic and utilitarian natures: toys, product packaging, etc.


Dave Kemp is a visual artist whose practice looks at the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology: particularly at how these fields shape our perception and understanding of the world. His artworks have been exhibited widely at venues such as at the McIntosh Gallery, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Mississauga, The Ontario Science Centre, York Quay Gallery, Interaccess, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and as part of the Switch video festival in Nenagh, Ireland. He currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Image Arts program at Ryerson University.


Laura Kay Keeling is an emerging interdisciplinary artist and current member of Toronto based arts collective, Akin. Her work has been profiled in numerous publications and her featured work is looks at themes of the Big Data, social media, and surveillance.


Adrienne Matheuszik is recent graduate from OCADU’s Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design program.  Featured in “Meaningful Code” is Matheuszik’s project Ambiguous Origins explores the boundary between the physical and the digital through augmented reality, installation and film. Drawing connections among science fiction, new media and mixed-race identity, Ambiguous Origins chronicles the journey of a space explorer and an Object of Ambiguous Origin. The works address the contingency of identity in different contexts and the process of being (mis-)identified.


Tobias Williams is a Toronto based artist and educator with an MFA from York University. His work investigates the historic and contemporary relationship between art and technology.


Curated by Katie Micak

Katie Micak is the Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator at the Living Art Centre, and is also an independent curator who has produced such projects as Vector Festival, Toronto Kids Digital Festival and Spark Video. In addition to curation and administration, Micak is an artist and researcher primarily interested in our emotional relationship with technological devices, most recently exploring what it’s like to live with artificially intelligent chatbot, the Amazon Alexa in “The Alexa Experiment.”