InterAccess, Ontario’s only gallery and production facility devoted exclusively to electronic media art, is celebrating 30 years of operation this year.

InterAccess has been a pillar of the arts and technology communities in Toronto throughout its 30 year tenure. Their exhibition space and production facilities provide a public forum for the development and discussion of artistic practices involving interactivity, networked and remote connection, and the interface of the physical and the virtual.

With a mission to expand the cultural space of technology they frequently host workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions, and open labs for their members and the general public alike. Hosting introductory classes on topics like electronics, wearable technology, interactive installation art, creative coding, and raspberry pi – there is no end to the wealth of information and opportunities that come out of the organization’s Ossington location on a weekly basis.

What else do we love about InterAccess? They are collaborators. They have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary dialogue and interdisciplinary method and have worked with organizations like the Images Film and Video Festival, the Finnish Foundation, Vtape, ImagiNATIVE, Year01, PING Network, the Design Exchange, the Power Plant, South Asian Visual Arts Collective, and DeWaag. Stating that these collaborations “allow us to exchange ideas, cultivate new perspectives, and further expand the range of electronic media art practice.”

To celebrate their 30 years in the Toronto community, InterAccess is hosting a MECHA KUCHA event this Thursday, January 16th. An event that is touted as being: a culmination of concepts, tools and devices, and other terms of reference that have shaped and transformed new media art practices over the last three decades, manifesting into a jam packed evening of 3-minute talks by 30 practitioners. The event page notes that mecha kucha is an onomatopoeia in Japanese, meaning ‘messy, mixed-up, all over the place, and wacky’ or it could mean ‘really really, or super duper’. Sounds fun!

Here’s wishing InterAccess another successful 30 years in the city!

If you’d like to find out how you can get more involved, be sure to check out their annual and monthly memberships as well as education passes for their many workshops. You can find out more on their website