The land on which InterAccess operates has been the site of human activity for 15,000 years. The land we work on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
This acknowledgment is a small step in the larger, necessary movement towards decolonization in light of centuries of state-led violence against Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.
It it also important to address the ongoing violence against Black communities and to affirm that Black Lives Matter. It is essential that we, as individuals, professionals, and organizations, stand up against individual acts of racial violence and take concrete actions to dismantle systemic racism.
As InterAccess undertakes this work as an organization, we also ask the non-Black members of our community to engage in anti-racist self-education work. We have compiled some educational resources which you can find at interaccess.org.
SCHEDULE: The festival schedule is visible at the bottom of the home page.
EVENT LOCATION: The majority of events can be accessed at 2020.vectorfestival.org. All workshops require pre-registration; you can navigate to them by clicking "Workshops" in the menu or in the footer. All workshops are PWYC to ensure wide accessibility. We also have one event (is this real life drawing and unstill life drawing by Keiko Hart) that requires advance registration. If you sign up for any of these events you will receive the link to a Zoom meeting by email. All other events can be accessed from their event page via 2020.vectorfestival.org at the time indicated for that event. All performances and panels are free.
EVENT TROUBLESHOOTING: Event pages go live at the time indicated on the page - if you navigate to an event page in time for the event and don't see an embedded video player (usually this is YouTube, occasionally it will be Twitch), hit refresh. If you see the YouTube live page - hit play. If you've hit play, it's more than five minutes passed the event start time, and nothing has happened - please try refreshing your browser.
FESTIVAL DATES: The festival runs July 16-23, 2020. Live performances and panels will be archived and available online after they finish. The website, including all exhibitions and archived material, will be available online until August 13, 2020.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Please follow along with us on social media using the hashtag #VectorFestival.
Vector Festival is a participatory and community-oriented initiative dedicated to showcasing digital games and creative media practices. Presenting works across a dynamic range of exhibitions, screenings, performances, lectures, and workshops, Vector acts as a critical bridge between emergent digital platforms and new media art practice.
The festival was founded in 2013 as the “Vector Game Art & New Media Festival” by an independent group of artists and curators: Skot Deeming, Clint Enns, Christine Kim, and Katie Micak, who were later joined by Diana Poulsen and Martin Zeilinger.
Vector Festival is made possible through the generous support of our funders, the Government of Canada, the Canada Council For The Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.
Founded in 1983 as Toronto Community-Videotex, InterAccess is a non-profit gallery, educational facility, production studio, and festival dedicated to emerging practices in art and technology. Vector Festival is one of InterAccess's annual recurring events.
InterAccess’s mission is to expand the cultural significance of art and technology by fostering and supporting the full cycle of art and artistic practice through education, production, and exhibition.
We envision an environment in which:
Annually we execute multiple exhibitions, a full curriculum of skill-building and critical theory workshops, and a broad range of discursive events that explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life. Our studio space facilitates the circulation of skills and techniques required to produce the work we exhibit in our gallery space.
Katie Micak Vector Festival 2020, Curator / Martin Zeilinger Vector Festival 2020, Curator / Megan MacLaurin Programming Coordinator / Cléo Sallis-Parchet Education & Outreach Coordinator / Yasmeen Nematt Alla Digital Communications Assistant / Susan Kordalewski Executive Director