Congratulations to Sensorium members Janine Marchessault (Cinema & Media Arts) and Brandon Vickerd (Visual Art & Art History) who are being celebrated by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation as part of this year’s list of York University Research Leaders.
Professor Marchessault is being recognized for her New Chapter Grant, XL Outer Worlds, housed in the AMPD Motion Media Studios at Cinespace. Professor Vickerd is being recognized for his four commissioned public art installations across Canada.
XL Outer Worlds – Janine Marchessault
Janine Marchessault won a New Chapter Grant – a special, one-time program created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Canada Council funded this as part of a historic re-investment in the arts. The highly competitive program attracted over 2,000 applications from which 200+ projects were selected. Marchessault’s win will commission five, digital film shorts as part of a three-day festival in 2019. The XL Outer Worlds festival will take place at the Cinesphere, the world’s first permanent IMAX movie theatre in Toronto at Ontario Place.
Public Art – Brandon Vickerd
Brandon Vickerd is acknowledged for four commissioned public exhibit successes in 2017: City of Calgary, Bridge Public Art Project; Region of Waterloo: ION LRT Development Public Art Project; Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, McQueston Commemorative Sculpture; and City of Ottawa, Public Art Commission for Greenbanks Road. Vickerd is a sculptor whose research encompasses robotics, site-specific interventions, metal fabrication, foundry processes and collaborative projects. He has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo shows.