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Harbourfront Centre and digifest 2006: MODS plug in free exhibitions of sound and
film, photoblogs, tricked out cars and lecture performance art as well as presenting
free podcast and next wave Radio panels starting May 12 at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, May 4, 2006 - Harbourfront Centre and digifest present a number of multimedia exhibitions from May 13 through July 9, 2006 as well as feature exciting panels and events from May 12 through May 14 (more details below). All events are free admission. For more information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/digifest

The Live From Harbourfront Centre May 4 podcast at http://podcasts.harbourfrontcentre.com/ announces the winning digifest 2006 sound work by internationally known Montreal-based composer Eldad Tsabary (www.yaeldad.com). His winning sound work, entitled Intercultural Phase, will premiere at Harbourfront Centre's May 13 DIY Radio panel discussion and will be broadcast in full on the May 18 Live From Harbourfront Centre podcast.

digifest is an annual International Festival of Design and Media Culture presented by Design Exchange in partnership with Harbourfront Centre and the Ontario Science Centre. digifest aims to encourage excellence in interactive digital media design and technology and supports the creators of new applications and content that will provide lasting economic, cultural and social benefits to Canadians. Each year, local and international designers and artists are invited to share the latest in cutting edge digital products, innovations and ideas. digifest gratefully acknowledges the support of Telefilm Canada for the New Voices program and Canadian Heritage – Arts Presentation Program.

As a strategy to expose varous MODS within the digital community and beyond, digifest 2006: MODS showcases all things 'MOD' through unique and personalized modifications to off-the-shelf products. Exhibition and event listings below:

Exhibitions May 12 through July 9, 2006:
Free public opening reception May 12 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Harbourfront Centre and digifest launch the exhibitions Mods and Rockers, Photogrammetry, and New Voices selections Mark Argo and Simon Trudeau. All exhibitions are free and run from May 13 through July 9 (noon to 8 p.m. daily).

Photogrammetry (Service Canada at Harbourfront Centre - part of digifest 2006: MODS)
This ever changing photo installation finds four internationally known Toronto photo bloggers stylistically mapping and surveying the city through their images - creating a visual record constructed and reconstructed as new postings are created. Produced in association with Spacing Magazine with support from PIKTO. Featuring Davin Risk (lowresolution.com), Sam Javanrough (dailydoseofimagery.com or ddoi.ca), Matt O'Sullivan (thenarrative.com) & Gayla Trail (makinghappy.com).

Mark Argo: Communication Mods (part of digifest New Voices)
Modification plays an important role in the adaptive process between humans and technology. Communication Mods presents five works that explore how modifications to mediating technologies affect the way we communicate with each other.
More info at: www.markargo.com/communicationmods/pressrelease.html

Simon Trudeau: From a Bag to a Light(part of digifest New Voices)
These small production scale objects, first designed to be used as bags (shoulder bag or backpack), are made with a molded lamination of fabric and vinyl. A light set into the bag transforms the object into a glowing ambient lamp or… a glowing bag.

Mods and Rockers (Part of digifest 2006: MODS)
In 1960s Britain, Mods and Rockers frequently clashed. For this exhibition, we ask them to merge in the name of art. Four pairs of artists (one Mod and one Rocker per team) collaborate on art, video and sound works that illuminate the polarities of the partnership. The artist teams are Myfanwy Ashmore and Lorna Mills, Chandra Bulucon and Andrew J. Paterson, Rob Cruickshank and Veronica Verkley, Tom Moody and John Parker. Guest curated by Sally McKay.

Events May 12 through May 14, 2006:

Patricio Davila: Tricked Out (part of digifest New Voices)
A photographic series of portraits and landscapes constructs a conceptual map exploring how car enthusiast youth, specifically minority youth, create a sense of belonging, power and identity in a contemporary city. The exhibition runs May 12 to May 14.

Teaching Tech (Performance Lectures on Art and Science)
By Susan Bustos and Amos Latteier (guest curated by Sally McKay)
(May 12, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., free, Brigantine Room)
Art and information meet in an entertaining hour of performative lectures by Susan Bustos and Amos Latteier. Susan Bustos (www.ladyscientist.com) has performed around the world, adopting the mantle of evil scientist to discuss pseudo-fictions in feminist forms of bio-chemical mutation and other hot topics. Amos Latteier (http://latteier.com/) performs lectures and creates interactive public art using technology. His slide lectures on scientific and cultural topics include ant societies and pigeon aerial photography while his recent public art projects include a chain saw-powered walking machine and a 500 lb potato battery. He has performed across North America and Europe. He will inform and enlighten on the topic of Ant and Human Societies.

Radio Revolution (Panel Discussion)
(May 13, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., free, Brigantine Room)
Industry professionals and practitioners discuss the ins and outs of new Radio technology - including changes to how the way we listen and think about the medium. Panelists include: Tim May (Programme Director, CKLN); Bob Segarini (Sirius Satellite Radio, Iceberg - Canadian Music Channel) and more TBA.

DIY Radio (Panel Discussion)
(May 13, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., free, Brigantine Room)
Artists, creators and community advocates discuss how podcasting and other forms of DIY Radio have changed distribution, storytelling and the creation of art. Panelists include New Voices Artist Mark Argo (Communication MODS), artist Anna Friz (Deep Wireless Festival) and Angela Misri (CBC Radio). Moderated by Wayne MacPhail (rabble.ca).

Podcasting 101
(May 14, noon to 5 p.m., free, the Loft)
Facilitators Charlotte Scott and Wayne MacPhail (rabble.ca) and Tori Allen (CBC Radio) walk participants through podcasting basics, including technical know-how and insights into the craft of audio and radio art. Pre-registration required: call 416 952-7969 for more details and to register.

On Sunday May 14 (2 p.m.) the Gallery Kids programme will have a tour of the digifest 2006: MODS exhibitions and a related activity for families.

All events and exhibitions take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/digifest

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Media Contacts:
For Harbourfront Centre - Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
For digifest 2006 – Susan Rutledge, 416-216-2134, susan@dx.org
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