Jaw-dropping entertainment is tradition at TED. TEDxToronto is happy to be featuring local artists who will surely get your heart pumping.
Robert and Eric are friends of The Remix Project http://www.theremixproject.ca/index.html , a youth program that acts as an arts + cultural incubator in Toronto.
Artist-programmer Eric Chan (a.k.a. eepmon http://www.eepmon.com/ ) works at the intersection of art, design and technology.
He is currently exploring the creative potential of a free and open Internet by combining art with open data to create spontaneous and unexpected paintings. His most recent pieces, entitled Intersections and based on weather information streamed from the Google Weather Service, were exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) in summer 2010.
States Andrea Fatona, curator of contemporary art at the OAG, "[Chan] integrates computer algorithms into his paintings, illustrating contemporary conceptions of the machine as an extension of the body. His process is shaped by chance and certainty, improvisation and script, affect and effect."
Eric has also applied his multidisciplinary skill set towards commercial works that include visually integrated campaigns and projects for Microsoft XBox 360 (Europe), MINI Cooper (Canada), Yahoo! (Singapore) and Tiger Beer (China).
Eric was awarded "Best Canadian Student" at FITC 2006, and the "Excellence Award for Illustration" in Computer Arts magazine’s Graduate Showcase 2008. He was a recipient of a 2009 Banff Centre artist residency, and was a PechaKucha:Tokyo 2009 speaker. His art has been acquired by the Canada Council’s Art Bank.
Eric will become a part-time faculty member of Algonquin College in fall 2010. http://twitter.com/eepmonRobert Bolton
Robert Bolton is an award-winning poet and recording artist + one-half of the band, Times Neue Roman http://www.myspace.com/timesneueroman. He has performed his work across Canada, the US, Japan, and Cuba. Robert recently completed a Masters of Arts in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.He currently lives in Toronto where he works as a creative communications consultant. http://twitter.com/arowbe