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Don Sinclair

BA (Mathematics), BA (Computer Science and Music) - York, MA (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Associate Professor, Digital Media Program
Coordinator, Digital Media Program

Don Sinclair is a computational media artist with diverse interests. His creative research areas include interactive performance, sound art, web and database art, cycling art, sustainability, and choral singing.

An enthusiastic cyclist, he has developed many art works around this passion. He created a series of works based on oh, those everyday spaces, a database of over 25,000 images captured during a 15 month period while cycling in and around Toronto. Variations/Variantes, a web/database art work, Going Home is a "video" based on a selection of images and sonified data, and Digital Prints have been exhibited locally and internationally. Variations/Variantes was included in a retrospective of in Canada since 2000 by the Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (no 32 / 2008). In 2012, he began developing the Urban Trail Portraits series of photo-based works exploring mountain bike trails in urban centres. See his cover image and article in Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus FALL 2013: V.09 N.03.

Don has collaborated extensively in the creation of performance works. With choreographers and dancers he has created works that explore movement-based manipulation of sound and image. His collaborators include Holly Small (a journey toward the end in the shape of air, Draw a Bicycle, Night Vision - Nyx), Karen Kaeja/Diana Groenendijk (Stable Dances at Nuit Blanche 2008), and Susan Lee/Andra McCartney (Soundwalking Interactions, Choreography, Interface, Soundwalk, Visualization). In 2012, he collaborated with Out of the Box Productions on a full-length production, Bugzzz ~ a cautionary tale, in Toronto where he developed software for sound and image that integrated Kinect into the performance.

In 2012, Don co-founded the Digital Dramaturgy Lab with Professor Antje Budde director and dramaturg, at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. This group is a creative research initiative of artists, scholars, scientists, technicians, programmers/software developers and students. Projects include conference presentations, workshops, and recently a performance of Stare.Print.Blue at SURVIVAL – International Performance Festival 2014 in Berlin.

The exploration of the sonic world is important to many of his works, and he has collaborated with numerous sound-based artists to create audience-focused interfaces. They include Andra McCartney (Journées Sonores, Canal de Lachine, interaction / rétroaction / feedback, Toronto-Norwood-Toronto); Chantal Dumas/Christian Calon (around radio roadmovies); and Darren Copeland/New Adventures in Sound Art (Toronto Island Sound Map).

Don has taught digital media in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York since 1990. He was the original designer of many of the School's digital media courses and was instrumental in the development the inter-Faculty Specialized Honours BA Program in Digital Media in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. An enthusiastic participant in collaborative teaching, he has developed innovative cross/interdisciplinary courses in interactive dance and theatre with Holly Small and William Mackwood (Dance) and physical computing with Wojtek Janczak (Design), and supervised students in pan-School productions of Midsummer Night's Dream and Beggar's Opera. Don is active in e-learning initiatives and is on the development team for PerLS/Daagu, an innovative tool for e-learning headed by Professor Gail Mitchell, as well as being awarded a York University eLearning Curricular Innovation Grant.

See his research creation website.