Atlas of an Ambiguous Utopia: Explorations in Place, Machines and Waste


Using the globalized movement of scrap materials and the impact of China's trash ban from the starting point of the the San Francisco Bay, Hillary Predko looks past techno-utopian narratives into a complex network of interconnected factors that shape our daily lives.

 
DateSaturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Phone

416-977-6000 Ext. 423

Cost

Free

Location

Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor

In collaboration with OCAD U’s Social Body Lab and Autodesk’s Pier 9 Technology Centre, artist and researcher Hillary Predko completed a four month residency in San Francisco focused on global systems of infrastructure, craftsmanship, and computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines. This work explores themes around globalization, waste and cartography through meticulously finished sculptures. Form and structure served as motifs for investigating the material possibilities of advanced manufacturing machines in an artistic context. Using the globalized movement of scrap materials and the impact of China's trash ban from the starting point of the the San Francisco Bay, Predko looks past techno-utopian narratives into a complex network of interconnected factors that shape our daily lives.

A zine collecting images and writing about this work can be found here: https://issuu.com/hilbot/docs/atlas 

Gallery Hours - Saturday, September 15th & Sunday, September 16th, 12PM-6PM
Artist Talk -  Sunday, September 16th at 6PM

Location: OCADU Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Ground floor

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Hillary Predko is a Canadian designer, researcher and maker who creates beautiful products and experiences. Her practice is informed by human centred design, strategic design, and hands on prototyping. She holds a degree in material art and design from OCAD University, with a focus on textiles. 

Predko worked as a Studio Y fellow at the MaRS Discovery District, tackling systems level problems with design, with Intel + Intel innovators and launched Vega Edge, a wearable cycling light on Kickstarter. Hillary is currently an active leader in the Toronto maker community. She has worked as studio manager at Guild Eyewear and as an instructor specializing in wearable electronics at OCAD University.

Predko’s work with OCAD's Social Body Lab has exhibited at the Stanford D School for TEI 15, and Eyebeam Gallery and she has served as installation director for Way Station (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2010) and as artistic lead for James Street Circus (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2011). As cofounder of Little Dada, Hillary has produced events with Intel and Design Exchange, and exhibited work in North America, Europe and Asia. Her work has been recognized by Vice, CBC, Fast Company and Toronto Life. She is interested in the interplay between industrial production, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

DateSaturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Phone

416-977-6000 Ext. 423

Cost

Free

Website Location

Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor

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Atlas of an Ambiguous Utopia: Explorations in Place, Machines and Waste
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

In collaboration with OCAD U’s Social Body Lab and Autodesk’s Pier 9 Technology Centre, artist and researcher Hillary Predko completed a four month residency in San Francisco focused on global systems of infrastructure, craftsmanship, and computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines. This work explores themes around globalization, waste and cartography through meticulously finished sculptures. Form and structure served as motifs for investigating the material possibilities of advanced manufacturing machines in an artistic context. Using the globalized movement of scrap materials and the impact of China's trash ban from the starting point of the the San Francisco Bay, Predko looks past techno-utopian narratives into a complex network of interconnected factors that shape our daily lives.

A zine collecting images and writing about this work can be found here: https://issuu.com/hilbot/docs/atlas 

Gallery Hours - Saturday, September 15th & Sunday, September 16th, 12PM-6PM
Artist Talk -  Sunday, September 16th at 6PM

Location: OCADU Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Ground floor

--

Hillary Predko is a Canadian designer, researcher and maker who creates beautiful products and experiences. Her practice is informed by human centred design, strategic design, and hands on prototyping. She holds a degree in material art and design from OCAD University, with a focus on textiles. 

Predko worked as a Studio Y fellow at the MaRS Discovery District, tackling systems level problems with design, with Intel + Intel innovators and launched Vega Edge, a wearable cycling light on Kickstarter. Hillary is currently an active leader in the Toronto maker community. She has worked as studio manager at Guild Eyewear and as an instructor specializing in wearable electronics at OCAD University.

Predko’s work with OCAD's Social Body Lab has exhibited at the Stanford D School for TEI 15, and Eyebeam Gallery and she has served as installation director for Way Station (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2010) and as artistic lead for James Street Circus (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2011). As cofounder of Little Dada, Hillary has produced events with Intel and Design Exchange, and exhibited work in North America, Europe and Asia. Her work has been recognized by Vice, CBC, Fast Company and Toronto Life. She is interested in the interplay between industrial production, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor
Phone: 
416-977-6000 Ext. 423
Cost: 
Free
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