9th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival investigates Architecture and Responsiveness in 2006
June 1st - June 4th, 2006
University of Toronto, Toronto Canada

Recognized internationally as a forum that encourages new insights and collaborations, Subtle Technologies invites artists and scientists to contemplate how art and science can work together and reshape perspectives. The gathering will include four days of presentations including illustrated talks, gallery installations, workshops and discussions. Subtle Technologies events encourage active discussion and draws upon the wide-ranging perspectives of participants and audience members. The extraordinary interest of highly specialized topics and often-unexpected threads woven between presentations make the festival a unique experience.
This year's theme for Subtle Technologies is Responsive Architecture. We are interested in investigating how environments and systems can interact and respond to their occupants. We hope for wide-ranging discussions and presentations that explore dynamic systems and environments at every scale, from molecules to continents. The conference will include a wide definition of architecture that encompasses buildings, mechanical and natural environments.

Examples of possible topics include:
  1. Interactive systems
  2. Smart materials
  3. Buildings that can move and transform
  4. Adaptive environments
  5. Hybrid ecologies
  6. Complex systems analysis
  7. Expanded perception

Within this general theme, sound and acoustics will be a special focus. The 2006 festival is being held in partnership with SoundaXis, a Toronto-wide event inspired by the work of renowned architect-composer Iannis Xenakis.

Specialized topics include:
  1. Resonance
  2. Spatial acoustics
  3. Physics of sound
  4. Psychoacoustics
  5. Sound Installations


We encourage demonstrations and can accommodate a wide variety of presentations. Technical support and honoraria for presenters is included.
Summaries of past presentations are archived on our website. We encourage those interested in submitting a proposal to acquaint themselves with our history of programming.
The festival is open to the public and presentations should be accessible to a non-specialized audience. Presentations typically last 40 minutes, followed by a ten minute question and answer period.