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March 18, 2021

Arts Chats #3: Technology Before, During and After

Many parts of the arts sector have struggled with the ever-changing landscape of digital technology, and COVID-19 forced many of us to confront technology in news ways. In this session, artists discuss which issues existed before the pandemic, which were caused by the pandemic, and how they are envisioning the future.

**Moderator: Heidi Strauss ** Heidi Strauss creates dance-based experiences to examine human behaviour from different perspectives, using relationships as a basis to consider our current social and environmental moment. She is interested in challenging how we see/experience performance by shifting the physical perspective of the audience, creating immersive, installation, ambulatory, site-sensitive and digital works for theatre and non-theatre environments. A multi-Dora Award winning choreographer and the Artistic Director of adelheid, Heidi supports programs for other artists including adelheid’s re:research, (for emerging dance artists) and Cohort (for performance makers integrating digital technologies into their practice). Heidi is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Dance. https://adelheid.ca

As part of Toronto Arts Foundation’s ongoing research into the importance of the arts in city and community building, Arts Chats brings together a diverse array of speakers from a variety of disciplines throughout the month of March to discuss timely and understudied issues that affect them, their practice and the impacts of their work. These discussions will help guide the Foundation’s research strategy towards better supporting advocacy, programming and community building efforts across Toronto and throughout the arts sector as a whole. We want to go beyond the conditions of creating and working in the arts during the pandemic to instead use our current context as a lens through which to understand long standing problems in the sector.


Registration is required. Please note that ASL interpretation will be provided for this session. Should you have other accessibility needs, please contact alexandra@torontoarts.org by March 10, 2021.