DATE 04 / 27 / 2017
TIME 9 pm - 1 am
LOCATION Art Gallery of Ontario
19+ ID Required
Join 1,900 of your closest friends as we explore the relationship between human and machine at Machine Age Massive.
Artists will create three distinct spaces within the party – Industrial, Digital and Space – transporting partygoers through a spectacular night of mechanical wonder.
Enjoy signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres all included in the ticket price. DJs will have you moving on the dance floor, or immerse yourself in the contemporary art installations on view at the AGO for one night only. Looking for a quieter moment to recharge? Check out the newly opened exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe.
Now in its 13th year, Massive Party raises important funds that support the AGO’s public programming and learning activities and the care and conservation of our collection, and provides opportunities for local and regional artists to animate the Gallery through exhibitions, installations and interventions. A charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable portion of your ticket purchase will be issued.
Tickets for Toronto’s ultimate contemporary art party are limited and have sold out for the past seven years! Don’t miss out – purchase your tickets today.
AGO Next members are invited to the exclusive Machine Age Massive Pre-Party, enjoying early access to the art and artists that bring the party to life. Not an AGO Next member? Join this under-40 group of young patrons today for your invitation to the Pre-Party and access to member-priced Massive Party tickets. Visit www.ago.net/next to learn more.
Cyborgs. Eerily life-like robots. Computers with a vendetta.
Since the dawn of science fiction, the fusion of human and machine has been a central theme, fuelling delirious fantasies and cautionary tales alike.
In the age of Siri, auto tune and emojis, humans are more and more connected to computers, phones and other contraptions, making it difficult to decipher where people end and machine begins. Whether keeping us alive or jettisoning us off into unknown frontiers, machines simultaneously bring us closer together and keep us farther apart.
In a night with equal parts rust and shine, Machine Age Massive spans the Industrial Age, the Digital Age, the Space Age and beyond, for a single night of mechanical wonder.
Whether your style is steampunk or future fabulous, you’re invited to interpret Machine Age fashion with bold shapes, metallic fabrics and wearable technology. From The Jetsons to Mad Max to 2001: A Space Odyssey, your only limit is your imagination.
Concourse Level /
Weston Family Learning Centre
Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice brings performance, video, object and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome never align, generating a simultaneous sense of pathos and fun. His work employs reason-based approaches reminiscent of conceptual art while investigating romantic subjects; in this juxtaposition, Sasaki creates humorous, self-exhaustive systems caught in cycles of trial and error. Sasaki has exhibited his work in numerous galleries including, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as a 2015 performance project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Head down to the Concourse Level to experience Sasaki’s playful, interactive installations in the Weston Family Learning Centre. First guests will encounter a Folly (the Fallen Smokestack), 250 foot long inflatable “smokestack” that will coil, snake-like throughout the Education Commons. As a representation of a depleted smokestack past its prime, it is slightly humourous, slightly pathetic, a little bit creepy and a touch menacing. The smokestack will be activated throughout the night using movement and gesture to comment on the complex relationship between humans and heavy industry.
Guests on the dance floor in the basement Gallery School will participate in Someone Needs To Work So The Rest Of Us Can Dance, where they will have to step up to the stage and put in a little elbow grease to really get the party started. It is up to you to power the party lights through simple human powered generators. Keeping the party going will require a constant supply of guests willing to get up on stage, roll up their sleeves and “take one for the team”.
Level 1 /
Interested in mythology and technology, Trudy Erin Elmore is best known for translating the dramatic narratives and posturing of classical painting into the digital realm. Based in animation, installation and print, her practice explores issues of impermanence and technological evolution. Elmore says, “With the rise of archetypal figures like the cyborg and A.I. — we are forced to question the ontological gap between nature and technology.” She finds this intersection of spirituality and technology most fascinating. Her methods characteristically involve both advanced 3D rendering techniques and humanoid forms.
Elmore received the Governor General’s Award (2016), when she graduated from OCAD University with a BFA specializing in Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (DPXA).
At Massive Party guests won’t want to miss Elmore’s installation on Level 1 in Walker Court. An immersive experience, Looking Glass will feature experimental animations that interact with each other, exploring the digital simulacra. The animations situate the viewer in surreal landscapes: computer generated infinite horizons, 3D water and live action atmospheres. Playing with the ‘new way of seeing,’ the content contrasts our sensory perceptions with our desire to find meaning in raw experience.
Looking Glass speculates on the many ways our awareness is transforming through the digital manifestations in our lives.
Level 3 /
Harley Valentine explores the intersection of modern technology, architecture, performance and sculpture, creating contemporary narratives in monumental works and immersive installations. Valentine won the prestigious Sony Centre for The Performing Arts public art bid at the age of 28. His Dream Ballet installation would take 5 years to realize and now stands as a homage to The National Ballet of Canada in downtown Toronto.
For Massive Party Valentine will take on the Space Age utopia as a limitless space of bodies in motion unbounded by the realities and tragedies of our existing world. Building new systems and using new tools to address these issues we free ourselves to enter a new society based on equal access and equal opportunities
Visit Baillie Court on Level 3 to encounter Bodies in Motion, three large sculptural installations incorporating dance, movement and constant change. Over the course of the night the main installation will move and change in between performances by Svetlana Lunkina choreographed by Robert Binet.
Concourse Level /
Weston Family Learning Centre
DJ Steph Honey is an emerging, versatile Toronto-based DJ who is willing to take her music into strange, unconventional and necessary spaces worldwide. No matter the nature of the event, she is able to persuade and move the crowd because she knows that music is a sort of magic that changes the way we feel about ourselves, our lives and the possibilities at any given moment. While being a music lover is one thing, being a connoisseur of sound, as the best DJs are, is another thing altogether. DJ Steph Honey is both. She is a blossoming and in-demand woman because she knows that the DJ’s job goes beyond mixing and matching. It goes beyond playing what is most trendy, most hip or most mainstream. Her job, and her utmost delight, is finding and presenting sounds that transport the listener into a world of pleasure they know they want, but which only she can deliver. Such is the alchemy of the DJ. Such is the talent of DJ Steph Honey, the one woman you need when you want music to sound like magic again.
Level 1 /
Carson Teal is an experimental music producer and visual artist residing in Toronto, Canada. His sound ranges from ethereal ambience to rhythmic tribal percussion with elements of dub, trip hop and house. Teal fuses found samples and manipulated recordings creating multiple layers of texture over a cascade of murmuring sub-frequencies. Easing you into an out-of-body listening experience, Teal’s sound elicits faded memories of your past, present and future.
Level 1 /
Shifra Rifka is a Canadian composer, DJ, artist and founder of the Toronto-based Suspect Studio. Born in Toronto but raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was introduced at an early age to electronic music when Abi Torquato, a DJ twenty years her senior began working as an attendant at Cream, a gallery owned by Shifra’s mother, in 2005. Spending much of her free time at the gallery, Rifka was exposed to the varied possibilities of electronic music and production. She began composing and performing throughout high school until returning to Toronto to study sound installation at OCAD where, in her first year, she learned to DJ while in Puerto Rico on a trip with her father. She currently resides in Toronto.
Level 3 /
Eric Moe is a long-time DJ, record collector and music curator. His influences include architecture, nature and abstract art. He has worked with the artist to create a sonic space for his dynamic sculptures.