Grow Op 2019 ENERGY

Toronto’s Wildest Exhibition is Back!
The Gladstone Hotel Will Be Taken Over by Energy-Based Installations at the Annual Grow Op Exhibition April 17, 2019, TORONTO
– All four floors of the Gladstone Hotel will be taken over by plants, birds, feathers, clouds, “plarn”, algae, mycelium, hemp, bamboo, cow bones, organic waste and more at Grow Op 2019!

Grow Op is a four-day art and environment festival that transforms all four floors of the Gladstone Hotel with 30+ immersive installations celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to urbanism, environmental sustainability, landscape design, and contemporary art. Think Allan Gardens meets Come Up to My Room!

The exhibition features adjacent events including a Clothing Swap, Repair Cafe, Artist Talk and Nature Walk! Tickets to the exhibit are $10, although certain events are free to attend!

The 2019 edition of Grow Op addresses the theme of ENERGY: clean energy, dirty energy, social energy, positive energy, negative energy, climate energy, embodied energy, resilient energy.
Do we hoard, waste, commodify, burn it, or do we store, reuse, renew it? How humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay, and life.

Grow Op Exhibition Party: Thurs April 18, 7-10pm

Exhibition Hours: Wed Apr 17: 7pm – 9pm | Thurs Apr 18: 11am- 10pm, exhibition party 7-10pm
Fri Apr 19: 11am – 9pm | Sat Apr 20: 11am – 9pm | Sun Apr 21: 11am – 5pm

MST Social Media/Marketing Member, Tosca Terán has a mycelium Energy based installation taking place in Rm: 206

Come visit me!

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Presented in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre (OSC); Free with regular admission

Idea Projects is a product of the Ontario Science Centre’s partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, which provides three-month studio residencies to selected artists exploring science and technology through art. This exhibition brings together five of the resulting projects, all made in 2019, which engage science through creative experimentation and participatory activism. These site-specific installations, positioned throughout the Great Hall of the Ontario Science Centre, employ photography in ways that consider the medium’s utilitarian role in the sciences, and challenge the presumption of scientific objectivity.

With an emphasis on producing radical projects with life itself as the medium, Ontario-based Alien Agencies Collective (Joel Ong, Günes-Hélène Isitan, Nicole Clouston, and Tosca Teran) engage in a bio-art practice, mixing the non-human (microbial and mycelial) and the human. The photo-based works presented in the exhibition reflect scientific research processes, and draw attention to “alien” or unfamiliar worlds and interconnections, highlighting the aesthetic agency of non-human entities, and our entanglements with them. The images in the biomedia art series HumanScapes (2018) by collective member Günes-Hélène Isitan are recorded using the organic materiality of photographic film placed in contact with life itself, rather than through the effect of light. Contrary to “taking” a photograph, Isitan’s unique process makes it possible to “grow” an image. Instead of foregrounding an artist’s authorship, this process allows microorganisms to “paint” their presence on film, under their own agency.

Each of these multi-layered installations brings together science and art to investigate cultural and societal concerns. Unlike traditional scientists, these artists provide subjective and emotional evaluations of a complex and fragile world affected by human behaviour. Idea Projects unites two forms of inquiry and reveals the potential for scientific and artistic collaborations to reimagine the global landscape.

The OSC’s Studio Residences are offered in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto

Curated by Ana Klasnja

Environmental Award 2019 BigCi

Environmental Award 2019 BigCi

Tosca Teran is the recipient of the BigCi Environmental Award given by Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives (BigCi).

BigCi is an independent, artist-run centre with a focus on supporting practising artists by facilitating their projects. Situated on the edge of the Unesco-listed Wollemi National Park, part of Greater Blue Mountains, BigCi is near Sydney, Australia.

I will be researching, working, creating July 10-September 10 in Australia. (Just a little excited over here). 😉

FACTt Art & Science Festival

My work on display at Sydney Smith Hall UofT

5:00 pm Opening Tour 

Meet us in Sidney Smith (University of Toronto), 100 St George Street (enter from Huron street)

Stop#1 – Sidney Smith Commons (Huron Street side)
Stop#2 – McLennan Physics Labs (60 St. George Street)
Artists: Jude Abu-Zaineh, Maria Francisca Abreu-Afonso, Suzanne Anker, Nicole Clouston, Nigel Helyer, Kathy High, Gunes-Helene Isitan, Maria Manuela Lopez, Felipe Shibuya & Pedro Cruz, André Sier, Tarah Roda, Tosca Teràn, Elaine Whittaker, Jenifer Wightman, Jennifer Willet

MoCA studio Pt1

Currently working out of the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) studio at MoCA Toronto. It is Day 2 of mycelium experiments here (day 3 of working in the space). These first experiments will determine if growing mycelium in this studio space is viable without Trichoderma contamination. My fingers and toes are crossed!

For FACTT Festival of Art & Science and Grow-Op at the Gladstone, I am growing myco-remediation sculptures. Containment is still being conceptualized.

Make Change Conference @ Toronto Media Arts Centre

I will be holding a workshop discussing and demonstrating Midi Bio-Sonification Sunday, November 18, 2018

Receive a 20% discount on your ticket into the conference using the following code: MAKERFF

Directions on how to get to TMAC can be found here>   Hope to see you there! 

Myndlistaskólinn í Reykjavík – The Reykjavik School of Visual Arts

Þriðjudaginn 30. október bjóða Leirlistafélag Íslands og Myndlistaskólinn í Reykjavík uppá opinn fyrirlestur þar sem listakonan Tosca Teran talar um verk sín og vinnuaðferðir.

Í októbermánuði hefur Tosca verið á vinnustofu leirlistafélagsins þar sem hún gerir tilraunir með leirbrennsluaðferðina Obvara. Þar notar hún íslensk hráefni til þess að búa til gerblöndu sem myndar áferð á yfirborð leirsins þegar honum er dýft heitum ofan í blönduna. Obvara, einnig þekkt sem ,,Baltic raku”, á uppruna sinn að rekja til Austur Evrópu (Hvíta-Rússland, Eistland og Lettland) á 12. öld.

Tosca vinnur einnig að spennandi vekefnum innan ,,bio-sonification” þar sem hún býr meðal annars til tónlist með örverum og blek úr sveppum.
Nánari upplýsingar um listakonuna er að finna á vefsíðu hennar –

Fyrirlesturinn verður haldinn í fyrirlestrasal Myndlistaskólans, 3. hæð, þriðjudaginn 30. október klukkan 17:00-18:30.

Fyrirlesturinn fer fram á ensku og eru allir velkomnir.

Obvara – Ceramics – Bio-Sonification – Music – Experiments

On Tuesday October 30 an open lecture by Tosca Teran will be held at the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts in cooperation with the Icelandic Ceramics Union.

Tosca Teran, aka Nanotopia, is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist. Born in San Francisco, California, Tosca relocated to Canada in 2001. Working with metals, computer coding, and animation since the mid-eighties, Tosca was introduced to glass as an artistic medium in 2004. Through developing bodies of work incorporating metal, glass, and electronics, Tosca has been awarded scholarships at The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School and The Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, and the Memphis Metal Museum. Most recently, Tosca has been awarded residencies at Gullkistan Centre for Creativity, Nes artist residency Iceland, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists and the Ayatana SciArt Research Program in Ottawa. Tosca founded nanopod: Hybrid Studio maker space in 2005. Continually exploring new materials and tools, Tosca started collaborating artistically with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music.

The lecture will be held in english and is open to all.