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Jordan Shaw

Jordan Shaw is an artist and creative technologist. As a MFA graduate from OCAD University’s Digital Futures program, his work spans mediums ranging from strictly digital to interactive physical environments. He  explores themes relating to the influence of technology in popular culture and the predefined expectations society has about their relationship with computers, technology, and the future. The manifestation of his creative output transpires through projects that focus on communicating the invisible, yet very physical components of technology and how these unnoticed pieces of technology impact, influence and alter our behaviour and surroundings. 

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2022 - “Various Works”, Toronto Machine Learning Summit. The Carlu (Canada)

2019 - “Canadian Abstracts”, Vector Festival. Artscape Youngplace (Canada)

2019 - "Refactored Landscapes",  #Hashtag Gallery. (Canada)

Commissions / Public Art 

(2024) - Hamilton Winterfest (Hamilton, Canada)

2023/25 - “Same Material / Different Time.” Millennium Square (Pickering, Canada)

2023 - “Signal”. igNIGHT (Fort McMurray, Alberta. Canada)

2023 - “Trails”. 24hr Summer Solstice (Caledon, Canada)

2023 - "[W]HOLE", Lumière: The Art of Light, Trillium Park  (Toronto, Canada)

2020 - Vector Festival 2020 (Online is the new IRL), Festival platform and integrated conceptual artwork. Inter/Access (Online)

2019/20 - “Stella Polaris”, Pre-Qualified Artwork Inventory. The Department of Canadian Heritage (National Capital Region, Canada)

2019 - “What We See”, (Shortlisted). First Capital Realty Sculpture Competition.  (Canada)

2018/9 - "Stella Polaris", Winter Light Exhibition, 2018. Ontario Place. (Toronto, Canada)

2018 - Holy Noir Tattoo. Toronto, Canada.

Group Exhibitions

2023 - "Reality Edits". Algorithmic Random Selected AV Exhibition, Digital Kunst Festival (IDKF) (Stuttgart, Germany)

2023 - “Signal”. igNIGHT (Fort McMurray, Alberta. Canada)

2023 - “Reality Edits”. MAPP_MTL (Montreal, QC. Canada)

2023 - “Worn Out Motors.” Retrospect: Decommissioned Works, Lodger Gallery (Online, Kansas City, USA)

2023 - Various Works. “Screenshots.” The Wrong Biennale, Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia, USA)

2023 - Various Works. Provocation Ideas Festival. (University of Toronto, Inter/Access, Art Gallery of York University + Toronto Public Libraries, Canada)

2023 - "[W]HOLE", Lumière: The Art of Light, Trillium Park  (Toronto, Canada)

2022 - Akin Winter Art Exhibition, Clark Centre for the Arts (Scarborough, Canada)

2021 - Various Video Works. Digital Kunst Festival (IDKF) (Stuttgart, Germany)

2020 - Various Video Works. Digital Futures Open Show (Toronto, Canada / Online)

2020 - “Untitled Generative”. #tinycode, Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain)

2020 - Various Video Works. Digital Kunst Festival (IDKF) (Stuttgart, Germany)

2020 - “Canadian Abstracts #2”. Arts Electronica + .ART Global Gallery (Linz, Austria / Global / Online)

2020 - “Canadian Abstracts #2”. Squeaky Wheel, 17th Annual Animation Fest, (Buffalo, NYC)

2020 - “Canadian Abstracts #2”. Creative Code Showcase. (Online / NYC)

2020 - "We’re all inside dreaming of each other and the open air", Vector Festival 2020 Online Festival Conceptual Platform & Artwork (Online)

2019 - “The 21 Club”, The Power Ball 21, 3D Animation w/ UNION Creative. The Power Plant (Canada)

2019 - “What We See”, Shortlisted model. FCR Sculpture Competition.  GradEx#104, OCAD U (Canada)

2019 - "2/40 min on 05/07/2017", I Blink my Eyes to Keep the Time. Beaver Hall. (Canada)

2019 - "Canadian Abstracts  #8", Winter Emerging Exhibition, 2019, Gallery 1313. (Canada)

2018 - "2/40 min on 05/07/2017", Plexus Projects. (Brooklyn, USA)

2018 - Salon of Inclusiveness 2018, Black Cat - Artspace (Canada)

2018 - 4x4 ...and a Little More 2018, Hashtag Gallery (Canada)

2018 - "Stella Polaris", Winter Light Exhibition, 2018. Ontario Place. (Toronto, Canada)

2018 - "Intersections", Nuit Blanche 2018. (UNION Creative Innovation Team) (Toronto, Canada)

2018 - "​All Eyes On You"​ . INFINITI x UNION Creative. Nuit Blanche 2018 Sponsor. Innovation Manager (Toronto, Canada) 

2018 - “Waldeinsamkeit”, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Semi-Finalist. Artscape Sandbox. (Toronto, Canada)

2018 - "Enhancer". Colour: What Do You Mean By That?, Propeller Gallery (Canada)

2018 - "Enhancer". Come Up To My Room 2018, Gladstone Hotel (Canada)

2017 - “Habitual Instinct”. Vector Festival, InterAccess (Canada)

2017 - “Habitual Instinct”. GradEx, Open Gallery, OCAD U (Canada)

2017 - “Habitual Instinct”. Digital Futures Graduate Show. Open Gallery, OCAD U (Canada)

2017 - “Creation By Error”. Digital Futures Open Show. Open Gallery, OCAD U (Canada)

2016 - “Parting Ways”, “Everywhere”. The Salon of Inclusiveness III, Black Cat - Artspace (Canada)

2016 - “Understory”, WayHome Music & Arts Festival (Canada)

2016 - “Sentiment Cocoon”, Vivid Sydney (Australia)

2016 - “CBC Holodeck”,  OCAD U, Black Box Gallery (Canada)

2015 - “Curious”, OCAD U Graduate Gallery Group Show (Canada)

2015 - “Mirror Lake Refactored”, “Jack Pine Refactored”, “Pic Island Refactored”. The Salon of Inclusiveness II, Black Cat - Artspace (Canada)

2008 - ACM SIGGRAPH SpaceTime Student Competition (Runner up) EmoCapsule Interactive Art Installation (USA)


2015 - 2017: MFA, Digital Futures. OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario.

2004 - 2008: Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario. Bachelors of Information Technology (BIT) majoring in Interactive Multimedia and Design (IMD).

2004 - 2008: Algonquin College, Ottawa Ontario. Advanced College Diploma from the school of New Media & Design in Interactive Multimedia and Design (IMD).


2023 - CABINSCAPE Artist Fellowship Program. (Haliburton, Canada)


2020 - p5.js 1.0 Contributors Zine (Print & Online)

2020 - AI in plain English: The impact of technology on the creation of new media artworks.

2020 - The Earth Issue, 004: Refactored Landscapes. Print cancelled (COVID-19). Online only. (London, UK).

2019 - A5 Magazine: ​A5 Portfolio #33​ (December). (London, UK).

2019 - TheSixHundred: ​I Blink My Eyes to Keep the Time​. Online and Print Publication for Artists and Writers.

2018 - Communication Arts, Advertising Annual. ​Noise Cancelling Poster​ (Advertising / Posters / Lifestyle).

2018 - Color: what do you mean by that? Propeller Gallery / Colour Research Society of Canada Exhibition Catalog.

2017 - ​Habitual Instinct​. Graduate Thesis. OCAD University. Digital Futures MFA. (​ResearchGate​)

2016 - “The Marshmallow Challenge”, “The Flâneur” ​Creative Techniques Handbook​ 2015 Digital Futures OCAD University.


2019 - Shopper Innovation Awards: Silver In-store engagement. Upper Canada Mall: Market & Co. Food That Sings.

2019 - FWA OF THE DAY, 2019: INFINITI QX50 — All Eyes On You.

2018 - Epica Awards, 2018: Silver, Creative Technology, Noisy Neighbour Poster.

2018 - The Advertising & Design Club of Canada: GOLD, Advertising, Out Of Home Enhanced, Single, Noisy Neighbour Poster.

2018 - Canadian Marketing Association Awards: Silver, Innovative Media for a Consumer Services. Campaign: Noisy Neighbour Poster. 

2017 - The Advertising & Design Club of Canada: Interactive Miscellaneous Merit for UNION Hats. 

2017 - Best Exhibited Thesis Work for Habitual Instinct. Digital Futures Thesis Examination Awards 2017. 

2017 - Applied Arts: Agency Self-Promotion, Single, 2017 + Experimental/Artistic, 2017 for UNION Hats (agency self-promotion).

2016 - Best Niche Targeting (Silver), AToMiC Shift (Silver) for Mount Pleasant Group - Quitbit

2016 - Applied Arts: Interactive: Agency Self-Promotion for The Cannescellation. (Video)

2016 - OCAD U Graduate Scholarship

2015 - OCAD U Graduate Scholarship

2008 - SpaceTime ACM SIGGRAPH Student Competition (Runner up). EmoCapsule Interactive Art Installation


2020 - Toronto Arts Council, TOArtist COVID Response Fund.

2019 - Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Accelerated Review Process (ARP) technical research grant fordeveloping a volumetric video and 3d animation pipeline for Tendril Animation & Design.

2018 - Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant. Stella Polaris at Ontario Place's Winter Light Exhibition 2018.

2018 - OCADU, Center for Emerging Artists & Designers, Career Launchers Fund. Intersections at Nuit Blanche 2018.

2017 - Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant. Enhancer at Gladstone's Come Up To My Room 2018.

2015 - OCADU, “CBC Holodeck”. Funded by The Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIIVDDD).

2015 - Fucked Up, Year of the Hare interactive music video. Funded by a MuchFACT grant.

Speaking / Teaching

2023 - Public Artist Panel Discussion. igNIGHT Festival. Fort McMurray.

2023 - Intro to Interactive Art and Physical Computing. igNIGHT Festival.

2023 - Training machines for autonomous interactive artworks. Toronto Machine Learning Summit.

2023 - How to get what you want out of AI generative images. A.I. Spotlight. FITC.

2023 - Panel Discussion with  A.I. Spotlight. FITC.

2022 - "Tips & Tricks for Intentional Text-to-Image Generation", Toronto Machine Learning Summit.

2021 - InterArtsMatrix - Sandbox Sessions, Machine Learning Workshop.

2020 - Artist Panel and Q&A, 17th Annual Animation Fest, (Buffalo, NYC)

2020 - The Virtual and the Viral: Digital Arts Practices. Artist Panel, Vector Festival 2020.

2019 - Digital Art: The Next Great Leap. Panel Discussion, LUMAS Canada.

Selected Press

2023 - Jordan Shaw - 500 Top Tech Artists by Daniel Eckler.

2020 - e-flux: Vector Festival 2020

2020 - Canadian Arts: Vector Festival 2020

2020 - Now Toronto: The best summer 2020 events in Toronto

2020 - InterAccess: Vector Festival 2020 | Program Highlights

2020 - Akimbo: Vector Festival 2020: Online Edition

2020 - Multidisciplinary Art

2019 - InterAccess: Canadian Abstracts | GIF

2019 - Akimbo: Vector Festival 2019. Speculative Ecologies: Media Art at the Anthropocenic Precipice

2019 - e-flux: Vector Festival 2019. Speculative Ecologies: Media Art at the Anthropocenic Precipice

2019 - Strategy Online: SIA Awards: Sensorial stunts

2019 - intel Real Sense: Making Magic – Art and technology working together

2019 - ADWEEK: Organization Is Giving Toronto Students the LGBTQ Sex Education That Conservative Policies Took Away

2019 - Strategy Online: Get Real’s code for inclusivity

2018 - OCAD U: DF Grad Alumnus (MFA 2017), @Jshaw3, exhibits: “Stella Polaris” @OntarioPlace Winter Light Exhibition 18′

2018 - CBC Toronto: Ontario Place’ Winter Light Festival Opening Weekend

2018 - BlogTo: Here's what the winter lights festival at Ontario Place looks like

2018 - Strategy Online: Market & Co. engages shoppers with music

2018 - Strategy Online: Union puts its tech talent on display

2018 - OCAD U Graduate Studies: Digital Futures Grad Alumni Jordan Shaw (MFA, 2018) & Marcelo Luft (MDes, 2018) to exhibit “@Intersectionsto” @nuitblancheTO


2018 - OCAD U Career Launchers: 2018 Nuit Blanche Independent Project"

2018 - Toronto Financial District BIA: Navigating Nuit Blanche 2018

2018 - Breakfast Television Toronto: Sneak peek of Gladstone Hotel’s Art and Design Exhibition

2018 - Now Magazine: The 10 best design events happening in Toronto this weekend

2018 - Gladstone Hotel: 4 Anticipated #CUTMR2018 Projects To Look Out For

2017 - Canadian Art: Must-Sees This Week: July 13 to 19, 2017

2017 - BlogTO. Listed as #4: 41 artists to watch from the OCADU graduation exhibition


2015 - Pitchfork: Fucked Up Year of the Hare EP

2015 - Year of the Hare (interactive video)

2015 - The Creators Project: Surreal 3D Video Game Puts an Architectural Spin on the Exquisite Corpse

2015 - Prosthetic Knowledge: Exquisite City

2015 - Strategy Online : Relief for the Cannes-nots among us

2015 - Creativity Online (AdAge): Not at Cannes? This Twitter Cannes Blocker Might Make You Feel Better

2011 - BlogTO: Doors Open 2011 mobile apps

2011 - Torontoist: Extra, Extra: People Against the Quarry, Apps for the City

2008 - SpaceTime Student Competition & Exhibition Catalog (EmoCapsule)

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