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's work has been in numerous solo exhibitions at galleries including the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, ON); the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge, AB); the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as a 2015 performance project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He has completed recent public art commissions for Sheridan College (Oakville, ON) and the City of Barrie Ontario. Selected group exhibitions include Platform Art Spaces (Melbourne, Australia); Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan); and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto, ON). His video work has screened at the MCA (Sydney, Australia); Brick + Mortar Film Festival (Greenfield, MA) and the Images Festival (Toronto, ON).
Sasaki was the recipient of the 2015 Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize (Dufftown, Scotland). He holds a BFA from Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) and is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.
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Interested in mythology and technology, Trudy 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.” This intersection of spirituality and technology she finds 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 in the Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (DPXA) specialization.
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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.