Emmanuel Madan is an artist who works with sound and technology and an organizer advocating on behalf of the Canadian media arts community. After training in electroacoustic music composition and work in the community radio sector, he has since 1997 devoted himself to an art practice that spans digital and electronic art, installation and performance, audio and video. He is a member of the collective [The User] which he co-founded with architect Thomas McIntosh. He previously served as a Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts and is currently National Director of IMAA.
Mercedes Pacho is a human rights activist and an arts advocate. Originally from France and Spain, she has been working for the UN in Senegal and for the French Embassy in Israël.
With a special interest in media arts, she has participated in numerous activities across Canada since 2012, acting as the Director of Communications and Development for the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA). She holds a Master’s degree from Paris VIII University/CUNY Universities in New York and followed the EnsadLab Research Program with a focus on memory and interactivity.
Yuko Fedrau is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia with a major in Art History and a minor in Asian Canadian/Asian Migration studies. Her research focuses on contemporary artwork with themes of queerness and diaspora. Her previous projects include curating and creating installation/video work for Canned Foreign at the Hatch Gallery (November 2019) and directing the short documentary, RICECAKE (April 2019) which screened at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.
Benjamin J. Allard is an artist and teacher. Working between site-specific installations, interactive structures and curatorial projects, Allard investigates archival documents with an interest for historiography, institutional contexts and the political dimension of our personal life. He completed an MFA in Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia and a BA in Communication Studies at Concordia University.
Leyla Sutherland is a multidisciplinary performance artist with a background in theatre and storytelling. Her work includes sound and audio walk design, performance creation and installation work and explores themes of identity, queerness and the mundane. She is a graduate of Concordia University (2018) and was previously a research assistant for Le Projet Rencontres/The Encounters Project, an intercultural research-creation project using performance as a means to build relationship across different values and life experiences.