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"DigiFest 2003: Electronic Cities"
2003-03-26 until 2003-03-29
Design Exchange
Toronto, ON, CA Canada

Digifest is a four-day celebration (March 26-29, 2003) in Toronto, Canada, featuring the best in interactive digital media from across Canada and around the world. The theme of Digifest 2003 is Electronic Cities. Programming includes the unveiling of four commissioned interactive 3D works, keynote speakers, a series of roundtables, demonstrations and workshops, as well as exhibitions and additional off-site activities.

A keynote address delivered by Sabine Himmelsbach (Exhibition Director, ZKM, Germany) on this year's theme of Electronic Cities, introduces the impressive 40-person roster of new media artists, musicians, designers, and architects, who provide the backbone of this year's festival. They include David Rokeby, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Roberto Eduard Meyer, Matt Jones, Stanza and David Griffiths. Internationally renowned British recording artist, Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune) joins the Digifest line-up, leading a strong contingent of European digital visionaries.

To specifically address the theme of Electronic Cities, selected guests will demonstrate how digital media expands our ability to represent and construct city spaces. These guests include Roberto Eduard Meyer, one of the acclaimed architects of the ING House in Amsterdam. British designer David Griffiths examines city surveillance, while information architect Matt Jones discusses mapping the city towards free wireless internet access. Finally, digital artist Zhang Zhaohui's collaborates with a team of new media artists to offer a Chinese perspective to interactive cities. Digifest's Canadian contingent features three major exhibition premieres as part of the Interactive City Project - Graffiti muralist/web designer Duro3, virtual designers Co(re)late and leading firm Bruce Mau Design in conjunction with the Institute Without Boundaries. Each of these commissioned premieres will conceptualize the city using state-of-the-art virtual tools.

Transforming the old Stock Exchange trading floor of Toronto's Design Exchange with an array of lectures, workshops and exhibitions, the four days of Digifest delve into four principal areas of focus : immersive, web, game and film cities.

Ticket rates:
Day pass $35
Urban Remix $25
Full pass $170
Gala pass $50

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 416.870.8000 or the Design Exchange at 416.216.2150. For more information, visit the Digifest website, www.dxnet.net/digifest.

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