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David Bobier

Canada - Ontario

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Image 1: A white male figure dressed in black with white hair gestures outwardly with his hands. The lighting highlights his face and the space in front of him exposing four flat trays of water to his left on the floor showing different vibrational patterns.

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David Bobier is a hard of hearing and disabled media artist whose creative practice is researching and developing vibrotactile technology as a creative medium. This work led to his establishment in 2014 of VibraFusionLab in London, Ontario, a creative multi-media, multi-sensory centre that has gained a reputation as a leader in accessibility for the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in Canada and abroad. As a practicing artist his exhibition career includes 18 solo and over 30 group exhibition projects across Canada, in the United States and the UK. VibraFusionLab is now situated outside of London in Thorndale, Ontario. Bobier’s independent work as an artist and as Director of VibraFusionLab has received funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Grand NCE (National Centres of Excellence), Province of Quebec and British Council Canada. Bobier has served in advisory roles in developing Deaf and Disability Arts Equity programs for both Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council and was an invited participant, more recently, in the Canada Council for the Arts – The Arts in a Digital World Summit and a panel presenter at the Global Disability Summit in London, UK. Bobier has twice received Canada Council for the Arts funding to do ongoing research of the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in the United Kingdom.

Areas of Interest:

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Community Arts
  • Curatorial Arts
  • Photography / Film
  • Installation / Sculpture
  • Craft
  • Literary Arts

Roles:

  • Practicing artist or maker
  • Trained professional service provider or consultant
  • Community member

Expertise:

  • Consulting
  • Research

Identifies with:

  • Disabled
  • d/Deaf
  • Rural