Norman T. White -- Curriculum vitae

[Group Shows] [Solo Shows] [Commisions] [Public Collections] [Private Collections]
[Bibliography] [Prizes] [Public Lectures] [Education] [Teaching] [Panelist] [Agents]

Selected Group Shows

2019 "Carbon + Light", Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.
2017 International Digital Art Biennial / Elektra 17, Montreal, Quebec.
2014 "Influenc(ed.) Machines", OCADU Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2012 "RAM / Rethinking Art and Machine", THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Ontario.
2011 Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0, Rotterdam, Holland.
2008 "IA25: Mapping a Practice of New Media Art" Inter/Access, Toronto, Ontario.
2007 "BIOS 4" Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporanco, Seville, Spain.
2006 "Maskin", Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter, Trondheim, Norway.
2006 transmediale.06, Berlin, Germany.
2006 Inter/Acess, Toronto, Ontario.
2005-6 "Resonance/Electromagnetic Bodies", six venues:
   1. Occurence Gallery, Montreal, Quebec.
   2. Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany.
   3. Conde Duque Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
   4. V2 Gallery, Rotterdam, Holland.
   5. Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary.
   6. Festival @rtOutsiders, Paris, France.
2004 "Electrohype", Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden.
2003 "Machine Life", Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
2002 "Sentient Circuitry", Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta.
2002 "Paradise Reflected", Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario.
2001 "Bellevue", Paul Petro Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2000 "Engaging the Virtual", Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1999 "Nature of the Machine", Cambridge Library & Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario.
1997 "A Life of Its Own", Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico.
1997 "Like Life", European Conference on Artificial Life, Brighton, England.
1995 "Net@Works, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico.
1995 "Welcome to the Electric Skin", McLuhan Programme, Toronto, Ontario.
1995 "Two Works from the Permanent Collection", National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
1994 "Our Own Devices", Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario.
1994 "Art + Technology", two-person show with Maggie Dorning, Workscene Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1992 "Age of Electronics", Lake Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1990 "Numbering", Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario.
1989-90 "Machinations", four venues:
   1. La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City, Quebec.
   2. Espace Virtuel, Chicoutimi, Quebec.
   3. Centre Culturel, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
   4. Galerie d l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.
1989 "Beyond Electonics", Gallery One-One-One, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1988 "Salamandre", Musee d'Art, Bourges, France.
1988-89 "The Phase Show", two venues:
   1. Glendon College Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
   2. A-Space, Toronto, Ontario.
1986 "Les Machines Sentimentales", three venues:
   1. C.I.R.C.A., Villeneuve-lex-Avignon, France.
   2. Centre Georges Pomidou, Paris, France.
   3. Centre Culturel, Caen, France.
1986 "Strategic Arts Initiative", University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy.
1985 "Hearsay", global art/telecommunications event originating from A-Space,Toronto, Ontario.
1984 "Influencing Machines", YYZ Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1982 "Artists/Computers/Art", four venues:
   1. Canada House, London, England.
   2. Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France.
   3. Exhibition Gallery, Milton Keynes, England.
   4. The Ulster Museum, Belfast, North Ireland.
1979 "Sound at PS-1", Clocktower Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1977-8 "Another Dimension", four venues:
   1. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
   2. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
   3. Art College of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta.
   4. Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alta.
1969 "The Canadian Electric Company", Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1969 "Some More Beginnings", Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.), Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York.

Solo Shows

2018 Digifest 18, Toronto, Ontario.
2009 "We Fix Toasters" Weserburg Kunsthalle, Bremen, Germany.
2003 "Norm's Robots", Koffler Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario.
1984 "Funny Weather", Eye Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. 1983 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
1982 "Funky Isn't Junky", A-Space, Toronto, Ontario.
1981 Media Study Centre, Buffalo, New York.
1975-6 "Electrical Machines", three venues:
   1. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia.    2. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
   3. Owens Art Gallery, Mt.Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.
1971 Electric Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1974 Electric Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1972 Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario.


1975 "Splish Splash Two", Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Vancouver, B.C.
          (40 ft. x 8 ft. electronically controlled light mural).

Public Collections Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University.
Art Gallery of Ontario (2 works).
Art Bank, Canada Council (8 works).
Erindale College, University of Toronto.
National Gallery of Canada (3 works).
Vancouver Art Gallery.

Selected Private Collections

Joseph Colucci
Laura Kikauka
Heinz Macke
Al Mattes
Sam Markle
Medtronic Museum of Electricity and Art
Hans Redmann
Julian Rowan
P. Schumaker
Brydon Smith
John Weinzweig
Peter Wilson

Selected Bibliography

2023 "Exclusive Memory / A Perceptual History of the Future", Author: Tom Sherman,
         Editor: David Diviney. Anecdotes on pp.27, 28, 70, 98, 1111.
         Published by Goose Lane, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Art Metropole.
2023 "Variable Conditions / Paracomputational Arts in Canada, 1965-1995",
         Chap. 15: Norman White interviewed by Adam Lauder. McGill-Queens University Press.
2016 "Robots and Art / Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis", Edited by Stellarc, Damith Herath, and
         Christian Kroos. With chapter by Norman White entitled "Way of the Jitterbug". Springer Press.
2000 Ursula Huws, "Nature, Technology, and Art: The Emergence of a New Relationship?",
         Leonardo, Vol.33, No.1.
1997 Eduardo Kac, "Foundation and Development of Robotic Art", Art Journal, Vol.56, No.3.
1997 Annette Hünnekens, "Der Bewegte Betrachter. Theorien der interaktiven Medienkunst",
         Wienand Medien.
1997 Ursula Huws, "Beast in the Machine", Guardian (On-Line Section), April 3rd.
1984 Brian Reffin Smith, "Soft Computing: Art & Design", Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
1976 Joe Bodolai, Artscanada, May issue.
1975 John Turnbull, Vanguard, September issue.

Prizes and Awards

2018 Digifest; Digital Pioneer Award, Toronto, Ontario.
1995 Petro Canada Award, Ottawa, Ontario.
1990 Prix Ars Electronica 90. Linz, Austria. "Auszeichnungen": for The Helpless Robot.
1985 La Villette, Musee National des Sciences, des Techniques, et des Industries, Paris, France.
          Second Prize: for the design of a landmark object for "Le Zoo des Robots".

Formal Education

1962-63 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Calif. (part-time/night classes)
1959-60 Art Students' League, New York City, N.Y. (part-time/night classes)
1955-59 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (B.A., Biology).
1951-55 Punchard High School, Andover, Mass.

Teaching Activity

1978-2003: Instructor, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario.
2003-2016: Instructor, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Ontario.

Public Lectures

2003 "Sentient Machines" -- "Connected!" speaker series organized by Graham Smith and sponsored by the
         WAAG Society of Old and New Media, Amsterdam, Holland.
2003 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
2002 State University of New York, Buffalo, New York.
2000 Centre de Recherches d'Esth tique du Cin ma et des Arts audiovisuels, Universit Paris 1, Paris, France.
1997 "Where There's Artificial There's Art", European Conference on Artificial Life, Brighton, England.
1995 "Confessions of an Electric Artist", National Gallery of Canada.
1990 "Artists' Forum", Ars Electronica, ORF-Landesstudio Oberosterreich, Linz, Austria.
1986 "Viewpoints", Banff School of Art, Banff, B.C.
1983 "New Horizons", Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.
1976 National Gallery of Canada.

Participation in Panel Discussions

2002 "Machiko Kusahara in Conversation with Norman White", Art Creates Change -- Speaker series sponsored by the Ontario College of Art & Design, The Rivoli, Toronto, Ontario.

2001 "Robotics & Sculpture", Panelist with Simon Penny, Theo Jansen, Jen Hall, and Ken Rinaldo. 19th International Sculpture Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

1998 "Pour une Ecologie des Media, Rencontres Internationales Art Cinema-Video-Ordinateur", Panelist with Nancy Paterson, Edmond Couchot, and Sally Jane Norman. Sponsored by A.S.T.A.R.T.I pour l'Art Audiovisuel, Paris, France.

1995 "NERVEgate". Panelist with Ulrike Gabriel, KP Ludwig John, Nancy Patterson, David Rokeby, and Akke Wagenaar. Sponsored by Inter/Access and the Goethe Institute, Toronto, Ontario.

1995 "Three-space, Time-base, In-yer-face Art: The Aesthetics of Real Space Interactives", Panelist with Doug Back, Chris Csikzentmihalyi, Louis Phillipe Demers + Bill Vorn, James Hagan, Ed Bennet + Eduardo Kac, Theodore Krueger, Kenneth Rinaldo, and Gerfried Stocker (moderated by Simon Penny). ISEA95, Montreal, Quebec.

1995 "Robotica: O Cenario Homem-Maquina", Panelist with David Rokeby, Lucia Santella, and Stellarc. Sponsored by Arte No Seculo XXI, Sao Paolo, Brasil.

1993 "Cyberspace, Virtual Reality, and the Body". Panelist with Dan Lander, Nancy Patterson, Jeanne Randolph, Catherine Richards (also Corrine Curry, Kim Sawchuk, Nell Tenhaaf, and David Tomas by vidoconferencing link), at the McLuhan Programme, University of Toronto. Sponsored by Inter/Access, Toronto, Ontario.

1992 "MetaNetworks/MetaCulture". Panelist with Robert Adrian, Jeff Mann, Heidi Grundmann, Nancy Patterson, Peter Sepp (also Hank Bull, Kit Galloway, Carl Loeffler, Judy Malloy, Arthur Mattock, and Sheri Rabinowitz by telephone conference call), at A-Space, Toronto, Ontario.

1985 "Electro-Culture", Ontario Association of Art Galleries general meeting. Panelist with Richard Hill, Marien Lewis, Jon Lomberg, Teddy Paul. Artculture Resource Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

1984 International Council of Fine Arts Deans. Panelist with Bob Augur, Bob Blaich, Richard Williams (moderated by Paul D. Fleck) on the topic, "New Directions in Electronic and Film Media", Amsterdam, Holland.

1983 "Art and Telecommunications".Panelist with Carl Helmers, Jr., David Leavitt, and Nam June Paik (moderated by Willowby Sharp) on the topic, "Robots", at the School of Visual Arts, New York, N.Y.

1983 Annual Conference of the University Art Association of Canada. Panelist with Bruce Barber, Judith Doyle, and John Massey (moderated by Ian Carr-Harris) on the topic, "Issues of Representation through Technology", University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

1980 "Computer Culture Exposition". Panelist with Bill Buxton, August Coppola, and Ruth Leavitt (moderated by Gary Michael Dault) on the topic, "The Arts". Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario.

1978 "S/10: 10th Annual Sculpture Conference". Panelist with Johnathan Benthall, Jack Burnham, Edward Ihnatowicz, Marshall McLuhan (moderated by Dr.Robert Arn) on the topic, "Pygmalion or Pythagoras: Sculptural Response to Living Systems". York University, Toronto, Ontario.


1979-85 Al Mattes, The Music Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1970-77 The Electric Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1969-70 Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

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