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David Rokeby




Selected Exhibitions

2020                 Human Learning - Ce que les machines nous apprennent, Centre Culturel Canadian (Paris,                                       France)

                        Question of Intelligence, Sheila C. Johnson Design Centre, Parson School of Design (New York City)


2018                  (G)Listening, Nuit Blanche- Cloud Gardens Park (Toronto, Canada)

                          INTERACTION, THEMUSEUM (Kitchener, Canada)

                          Water Works, The Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, Canada)

2017                  Between Motion and Stillness, Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

                          San Marco Quartet, Brookfield New York (New York, USA) 

2016                  Hand-Held, Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016 (Toronto, Canada)                 

                          Machine for Taking Time (boul. St-Laurent) was presented in conjunction with Eve Egoyan,                                       Classical: NEXT at De Doelen (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

       Surface Tension, a collaboration with pianist Eve Egoyan, Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Ontario)

       Hiper_Arte, SESC Santana (São Paulo, Brazil)

       Hacking Time, Durham Regional Art Gallery (Durham, Canada)


2015                  The Age of Catastrophe, Actual Gallery (Winnipeg, Canada)

       Device Art Festival (Zagreb, Croatia)

       Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)

       McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada)

       Beall Centre For Art + Technology, UC Irvine (Irvine, California, USA)


2014                  Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)

                          Kelowna Art Gallery (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada)


2013                  A Noble Line, Oakville Galleries (Oakville, Canada)

                          Gallery Stratford (Stratford, Canada)

                          Hand-held, Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania)

                          Hand-held, Laboral (Gijon, Spain)

                          Plot against Time, #1, #2, #3, #4” & “Watch, ARTablet, Toronto, Canada


2012                  Panorama 14, Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France)

       Minimal Object (with time on your hands), MACHines, Centre des arts (Enghien-les-bains, France)

       Plot against Time, #1, #2, #3, #4” & “Watch, ARTablet (Toronto, Canada)

       The Giver of Names, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre (Kingston, Canada)

       Surface Tension, Glenn Gould Variations, Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, (Toronto,                    Canada)

       Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection, Ryerson Image Gallery, Ryerson University,        (Toronto, Canada)


2011                  Dark Matter, “RAM”, The Museum (Kitchener, Canada)

                          Jim Campbell and David Rokeby, Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

                          San Marco Flow, “BEHOLD, Sight in New Media”, Atlantic Wharf (Boston, USA)

                          Through the Vanishing Point Centre Culturel Canadien (Paris, France)

       Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0, “We are all Crew”, InterAccess, (Toronto and V2, Rotterdam)

       Through the Vanishing Point, Next Festival, MaRS (Toronto, Canada)

       Through the Vanishing Point, McLuhan Salon, Canadian Embassy (Berlin, Germany)

       Sorting Daemons”, Art Gallery of Mississauga (Mississauga, Canada)

       Plot Against Time #1, Kenderdine Gallery, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada)


2010                  Dark Matter, Wood Street Galleries (Pittsburgh, PA)

       David Rokeby: Recent Works, Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

       Sound Arts Research Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland (collaboration with Eve Egoyan)

       CODE Live, Cultural Olympiad for Vancouver 2010, Vancouver Public Library(Vancouver, Canada)

       Seen, The Earth is Blue Like an Orange, Museé des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montréal, Canada)

       Liquid Language, Electrohype 2010, Ystads Art Museum (Ystads, Sweden)

       Sorting Daemons, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University (Kingston, Canada)

       Plot against Time #2 (flurry), inbetween, Doris McCarthy Gallery, UTSC (Scarborough, Canada)

       Very Nervous System, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, Canada)


2009                  Moise de la Photo, Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal (Montreal, Canada)

                          eARTS BEYOND, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower (Shanghai, China)

                          See This Sound, Lentos Museum (Linz, Austria)

                          Long Wave, LuminaTO 2009, Brookfield Place (Toronto, Canada)

                          The Lining of Forgetting, Austin Museum of Art (Austin, U.S.A.)

                          No Place To Hide, Skive Ny Kunstmuseum [SNYK], Denmark


2008                  Synthetic Time, National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China)

                          Plots Against Time, Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

                          The Lining of Forgetting, Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, U.S.A)

                          Plotting Against Time, Art Gallery of Windsor (Windsor, Canada)


2007                  e-art, Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal (Montréal, Canada)

       Profiling, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, USA)

       David Rokeby: Silicon Remembers Carbon (retrospective), CCA (Glasgow, Scotland)

       David Rokeby: Silicon Remembers Carbon (retrospective), FACT (Liverpool, UK)

       Feedback, Laboral (Gijón, Spain)

       Transmediale, Academie der Kunst (Berlin, Germany)


2006                  Sublime Embrace, Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, Canada)

       Timeless: Time, Landscape, New Media, York Quay Gallery, HarbourFront (Toronto, Canada)

       Say It Now!, Vooruit (Gent, Belgium)

       ARCO 06 (Madrid, Spain)


2005                  "Interaction '05", Torontp International Art Fair (Toronto, Canada)

                          "Time and Place", Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

                          Mois Multi, Méduse / Avatar (Québec City, Canada)


2004                  Dutch Electronic Art Festival, (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

       Database Imaginary, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada)

       Algorithmische Revolution, Zentrum für Künst und Media (Karlesruhe, Germany)

       Invisibile, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena, Italy)

       Bienal de Sào Paulo (Sào Paulo, Brazil)

       Villette Numérique 2004 (Paris, France)

       Oakville Galleries (Oakville, Canada)

       Confederation Centre of the Arts (Charlottetown, Canada) 

       Machine Life, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston, Canada)

       Evolution, the Art of Living Systems, Art Interactive (Cambridge, USA)


2003                  Einbildung, Das Wahrnehmen in der Kunst, Kunsthaus Graz (Graz, Austria)

                          Source, Goethe Institut / Images Festival (Toronto, Canada)


2002                  Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, Canada) 

                          Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria)

                          Next Memory City, Venice Biennale of Architecture (Venice, Italy)

                          The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, National Gallery of Canada                                               (Ottawa, Canada)

2001                  Deep Garden: Earthly Delights, Gairloch Gallery (Oakville, Canada)

                          Computer Voices / Speaking Machines, Walter Philips Gallery, Banff Centre (Banff, Canada)

       Beyond the Diagram, White Box (New York City, USA)

       Images Festival, InterAccess Media Arts Centre (Toronto, Canada)

       Presentation House Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)


2000                  London Science Museum (London, U.K)

       ArtWorks, Lowry Centre (Manchester, U.K)

       Agnes Hetherington Art Centre (Kingston, Canada)

       Alien Intelligence, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland)


1998                  Oboro (Montréal, Canada) 

       O.K (solo w/ Paul Garrin), Center for Contemporary Arts, Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria)

       Interface, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa, Canada)

       McDonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph, Canada)

1996                  International Symposium of Shadows, (London, U.K)

                          Biennale di Firenze (Florence, Italy)

                          Holly Solomon Gallery (New York City, USA)

                          InterAccess Electronic Arts Centre (Toronto, Canada) 


1995                  Kwangju Biennale (Kwangju, Korea)

       The Interaction ‘95 (Ogaki City, Japan)

       Sound Art ‘95 (Hannover, Germany)

       Press Enter, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

1993                  Kunstliche Spiele, MedienLabor München (Munich, Germany)

                          World-Wide Video Festival (Den Haag, Netherlands)

                          Feuer/Erde/Wasser/Luft, Deichtorhallen (Hamburg, Germany)

1991                  Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria)

                          MuuMediaFestival, Otso Gallery (Helsinki, Finland)


1990                  European Media Arts Festival (Osnabrück, West Germany)

                          Kanagawa International Outdoor Art Festival (Manazuru, Japan)

                          Rencontres Internationales Art Film/Art Video/Art Ordinateur (Paris, France)


1989                  Invitation to Interactive Art (Kawasaki-shi, Japan)

                          artware: Kunst und Elektronik (Hannover, West Germany)


1988                  Guerilla Tactics, MacDonald-Stewart Gallery (University of Guelph, Guelph)

                          Siggraph ’88 Art Show (Atlanta, USA)

1986                  Arte, Technologia e Informatica, Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy)


Selected Commissions


       Public Art Commission (8th Street, Calgary) (2009), permanent, (in development, completion:                2016),Calgary, Canada

       Ripley’s Aquarium Canada (2013-2014 (2 parts), permanent (in collaboration with Michael Awad),         downtown (Toronto, Canada)

       Long wave (2009) (commissioned by Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts + Creativity)

       Pixel Cube (2009), permanent (in collaboration with Michael Awad), Telus House, 25 York Street,          Toronto, Canada

       Watch (Dundas and Yonge, Toronto) (2009), Public Art Commission for 10 Dundas Street East

       Machine for Taking Time (rue Saint-Laurent) (2007) (Commissioned by the Fondation Daniel                  Langlois)

       Cloud (2007) (Commissioned by the Ontario Science Centre))

       Gathering, Sao Paulo Bienal, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2004) (Commissioned by the Art Gallery of                    Hamilton)

       Seen, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy (2002) (Commissioned by Alphabet City /                InterAccess)

       Machine for Taking Time, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada (2001)

       n-Chant, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada (2001)

       Watched and Measured, The Science Museum, London, U.K. (2000)

       Watch, KwangJu Biennale, Kwangju, Korea (1995)

       Silicon Remembers Carbon, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (1993)


Public Collections

                          The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto, Canada.

       National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

       Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Canada

       Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Canada

       Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

       Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

       Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Canada

       The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, Canada

       Fondation Daniel Langlois, Montréal, Canada

       Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada

       Fundació Sorigué, Lléida, Spain

       Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada

       the Science Museum, London, U.K.



2018                 Jackman Humanities Institute Artist-in-Residence 2018-2019, (Toronto, Canada)


Selected Press


       “City of Lights: Public Artwork Illuminates Toronto”, The Toronto Star, January 2011

       “Sonic Rooms”, National Post, March 2010

       “Marshall McLuhan Lives Here”, The Toronto Star, May 2010

       “The Lining of Forgetting: Internal and External Memory in Art”, The Austin Chronicle, July 2009

       "Urban Intervention: A miss and a see", Globe and Mail, June 2009

       "Under an acrylic cloud: David Rokeby's mechanical lyricism", Globe and Mail, May 5, 2007

       “David Rokeby @ WCMA”, Big RED and Shiny, issue #21, 2005

       "New-media work that takes its own sweet time", Globe and Mail, November 5, 2005

       “Nervous Systems”, Canadian Art, Summer 2005

       "Where tech gives way to the exquisite", Globe and Mail, August 4, 2004

       “eVolution: The Art of Living Systems”, Boston Weekly Digest, February 2004

       “David Rokeby Turns Art of Surveillance on his Audience”, The Toronto Star, March 2003

       “Konkurrenzlos”, art: Das Kunst Magazine, January 2003

       “David Rokeby”, Canadian Art, Spring 2003

       “The Architecture of Language in a Networked Soundspace”, AudioHyperspace, October 2002

       “Rendering Art: Salute to David Rokeby”, OCAD Sketch, Spring 2002

       “Renderings of Digital Art”, Leonardo Vol. 3, Nov 2002

       “Next Memory City”, Border Crossings, Nov 2002

       “Irritation as Inspiration”, The Toronto Star, April 2001

       “David Rokeby”, Canadian Art, Summer 2001

       “Dances with Machines”, Technology Review, June 1999

       “watch/ed and measure/d”, Coil Journal, Issue 4, 1997

       “David Rokeby at Holly Solomon”, Frieze Magazine, Nov/Dec 1996

       “David Rokeby: Giver of Names”, Cyberstage, Fall 1995

       “Very Nervous System”, WiReD Magazine, March 1995

       “The Four Elements”, ARTnews, May 1993

       “L’esthetique de la communication: Dossier”, ArtPress 122, February 1988

       “Biennale: Uncertain Meld of Art and Technology”, International Herald Tribune, June 28-29, 1986


Selected Authored Papers


       "The Computer as a Prosthetic Organ of Philosophy" dichtung-digital, Ausgabe 3/2003

       “Where the Virtual Meets the Real”, catalog essay for “Touch/Touché” (1999) (OAAG Curatorial              Writing Award)

       “Constructing Experience”, “Digital Illusions” (ed: Clark Dodsworth), Addison-Wesley, New York             1998

       “Transforming Mirrors”, in “Critical Issues in Electronic Media” (ed: Simon Penny), SUNY, New                York, 1995


Selected Catalogs


       “Archival Dialogues”, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada (2012)

       “Panorama 14”, Le Fresnoy studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France (2012)

       “MACHines”, Centre des arts, Enghiens-les-bains, France (2012)

       "Sorting Daemons, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Kingston, Canada (2010)

       "Mois de la Photo 2009, Montreal, Canada (2009)

       "See This Sound, Lentos Museum, Linz Austria (2009)

       "Synthetic Time", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2008

       “The Lining of Forgetting”, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro 2008

       "Sublime Embrace", Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, 2006

       "David Rokeby", Art Gallery of Hamilton / Presentation House, Vancouver / Bienal de Sào Paulo,            2004

       "David Rokeby", Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada, 2004

       "Einbildung, Das Wahrnehmen in der Kunst", Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, 2003

       “The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2002”, Canada Council, Ottawa, 2002

       “Computer Voices / Speaking Machines”, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, 2001

       “Alien Intelligence”, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, 2000

       “David Rokeby: Giver of Names”, MacDonald-Stewart Arts Centre, Guelph, 1998

       “Paul Garrin / David Rokeby: Border Patrol”, O.K. Center fo Contemporary Arts, Linz, 1998

       “InfoART: '95 Kwangju Biennale”, Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea, 1995

       “Press Enter”, The Power Plant Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada 1995

       “Machinations”, La Société d'esthétique du Québec, Montréal, Canada 1989

       “XLII Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte La Biennale di Venezia”, Venice, Italy 1986


Selected Awards


       Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art, Linz, Austria (1997)

       IDMAA Award for Innovation in Media Arts, Philadelphia, USA (2007)

       2004 World Technology Award for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2004)

       Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art, Linz, Austria (2002)

       Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2002)

       BAFTA Award for Interactive Art, (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) (2000)

       Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art, Linz, Austria (1991)

       PetroCanada Award for Media Arts (1988)

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