Showcasing 25 installations from nine countries, digiPlaySpace 2016 is all about learning through play, collaborative discovery, open exploration, and accessibility, designed to stimulate imaginations and inspire a lifelong passion for creativity and invention.
Take a DEEP breath ... and dive into a wondrous new world of media, where physical meets digital, the virtual meets the actual, and the imaginary springs to real life around you. The 2016 edition of digiPlaySpace is an immersive learning experience, surrounding visitors and delighting the senses with the world's most innovative, imaginative, and entertaining media creations. Here, kids of all ages can play with brand new interactive installations making their world premieres, strap on VR scuba goggles to descend into the Arctic Ocean, and dance their way into an incredible new land in which their movements shape the elements. Here, imaginations are set free as visitors put their heads in the clouds; enter paper doodles into the digital realm of videogaming; roll up their sleeves to build creative circuits, inventing new gadgets and programming friendly robots; and so much more!
Artist: Tangible Interaction
Stick your head in the clouds and float on creative currents that will lift you to stratospheric heights of inspiration in a crescendo of colour, light and form.
Artist: Design I/O
Immerse yourself in this interactive installation to embody Earth, Wind, Fire or Water. Transform and sculpt the environment by bringing these elements to life!
Artist: Jérémie Cortial, Roman Miletitch
Flip into the future of play with this outrageously entertaining mashup of pinball, videogaming and drawing.
Artist: Robin Baumgarten
Players will wobble and cheer as they struggle to escape a one-dimensional world by shaking a unique controller made from a doorstop spring and an LED strip.
LITTLEBITS INVENTION LAB
Artist: littleBits Electronics
This hands-on lab features easy-to-use building blocks that empower anyone to create inventions — no soldering or programming required!
DIGITAL BIRD PLAYGROUND
Artist: Tom van den Boogaart
Become a carefree bird in this digitized playground where you can challenge your friends to games or just take in the serene surroundings while picking up sticks, frogs and worms.
PUGS SNIFFIN PUGS BY SPACEBEAGLES (A TIFF KIDS EXCLUSIVE)
Sniff, bark and chew your way through Central Bark park in this two-player exploratory game!
SIMANTICS: REALISTIC ANTEATER SIMULATOR
Artist: Liselore Goedhart, Tom Francis
Eat the most ants to win in this two-player virtual-anteater simulator!
Artist: Andrew Carvalho, Gabby DaRienzo
This eight-person game lets you play as a raccoon in a hurdles race through Toronto!
WANDERMENT: A CURIOUS COMMUTE
Artist: Andrew C. Wang
Use your senses to help a blind but brave kitty travel across town to meet its friend, in this visually stunning videogame.
Show off your gold-medal moves for the judges in Catshrine's hilarious take on the world of sports!
Artist: Aaron Van Domelen
Travel the world with Keylight! Experience digiPlaySpace's custom green-screen space and let the technology of motion pictures transport you on your very own adventure!
AUGMENTED REALITY SANDBOX
Dig, sculpt and sift through real sand to create a topographic environment, augmented in real time by an elevation map, contour lines, and simulated water.
THE BLU: ENCOUNTER
Strap on your VR scuba goggles for this thrilling, immersive ocean experience. Age restrictions apply — Samsung GearVR should only be used by children 13+.
ART ALIVE VR: AEROPLANE BY PUDLO PUDLAT
Inuit artist Pudlo Pudlat's iconic print, Aeroplane, is brought to life by the innovative Samsung GearVR headset experience. Age restrictions apply — Samsung GearVR should only be used by children 13+.
SAGO MINI TRUCKS AND DIGGERS + BUILD-A-HOUSE ACTIVITY
Artist: Sago Sago
Interact with virtual dirt-moving machines in Sago Mini's newest app and decorate your own cardboard house.
Artist: Cowly Owl, Chris O'Shea
Build your own friendly monster! Choose different body parts and build a creature to explore a magical kingdom with musical scenery and hidden surprises.
Artist: Adrian Sas
Sensory Imaging encourages children's sensory exploration and nurtures their capacity to learn through visual, tactile, and proprioceptive exploration.
TIFF KIDS APPCADE
Artist: Richard Lachman, TIFF Kids, Brock Dubbels, Debbie Gordon, Sara M. Grimes, Emily DeVries, Carly Beath
Kids and parents learn together through play and creation, exploring a range of games, creative tools and storytelling activities on the latest mobile and tablet devices.
TIFF KIDS MICRO MAKERS' SPACE
Artist: TIFF Kids
At the TIFF Kids Micro Makers' Space, kids take the lead as they learn the basics of robotics, explore digital sound, 3D printing and a whole lot more!
THYMIO ROBOT PLAYGROUND
Artist: Association Mobsya
Meet Thymio: a small, programmable robot with an artistic soul. Experiment and make funny new robotic friends in the Thymio Robot Playground!
CHOOSATRON DELUXE ADVENTURE MATRIX
Artist: Monkey with a Mustache LLC
This interactive fiction printer blends digital and analogue storytelling, letting you choose your own reading adventures!
Artist: Ralph Borland
This display reveals the inspirational story of African Robots, an art, social and skills-development project intended to create cultural and technological connections between street-art communities in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Artist: Simone Giertz
Come see this revolutionary way of brushing your teeth, where you can sit back, relax, and let a robot arm do the job.
COMMUNITY CREATIVITY TABLE
Artist: Gabby Resch
Kids from local community maker groups are selected to explain their creations in this space presented by the University of Toronto's Semaphore Research Cluster.
Artist: Johannes Kristmann, Alexander Pieper
Use your mobile device as a controller in this hilariously chaotic multiplayer game of swipe hockey, projected onto a gigantic onscreen rink inside TIFF Bell Lightbox.