Lassonde’s NEXT 100 public talk will focus on art as a digital experience

Electric Dreams featured imageIn partnership with the Design Exchange, Canada’s design museum, the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University presents the third (and final) instalment of its highly acclaimed NEXT 100 series of interactive, public talks. Titled Electric Dreams, the event will take place on Thursday, May 3 and will feature a public debate on art as a digital experience.

The event will bring together artists, technologists and art critics to discuss how exponential technologies will impact the next 100 years of art, design and entertainment. The modes of creation, curation and consumption of art are changing rapidly in an age of social media, the Internet, 3D printing, virtual reality (VR) and other technologies.

Electric Dreams will be moderated by Aliya Pabani, a multidisciplinary artist and the host-producer of Canadaland’s arts and culture podcast “The Imposter.” Featured panelists are: Jonah Brotman, the founder and CEO of House of VR; Merray Gerges, assistant editor of Canadian Art magazine; Shiralee Hudson Hill, lead interpretive planner for the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Will Huffman, who is the marketing manager for Dorset Arts and the former associate director of the Toronto Arts Council. For more on each of the panelists, see the event website at

Prior to the panel, visitors will be able to take part in a free augmented reality art exhibit. Viewers will be able to interact with physical art through augmented reality technology. Tickets are now available at Doors open at 6:30pm, the panel starts at 7pm. Design Exchange is located at 234 Bay Street in downtown Toronto.

More about the NEXT 100 Series

Between now and 2120, society faces great challenges: climate change, clean energy, cyber security, inequality, and automation, to name just a few.

The opportunities are even greater: big data, artificial intelligence, smart cities, driverless cars, 3D printing, augmented reality, and many more.

Both the challenges and opportunities are complex in that they are borderless and will change the way we learn, interact and live.

NEXT 100 is a series of public interactive events that explore how exponential technologies will impact the future of areas of public life, including education, social interaction, art, entertainment and design. The series brings together innovators, educators, futurists, technologists, and leaders in business and art to debate these issues in front of a live audience. To learn more, visit the NEXT 100 Series website.