Thursday Night Live is a new live-stream series/digital art talk show hosted by the MacKenzie’s Digital Coordinators Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll. Each event will feature guests from various corners of the Online/Digital Arts community who join the hosts as they deliver workshops, panels, tours, and talks that expand our understandings on how to view, make, and enjoy digital art in our emerging new realities.



What does an online art exhibit look like? We continue our exploration of virtual galleries and online art with a tour of the exhibit “Well Now WTF?” lead by co-curator Faith Holland. The exhibit features over 140 Canadian and international artists, exhibiting video, GIF, and web-based work in its intended platform. The exhibit has been praised for its relevance during the pandemic as cultural organizations move towards online content to engage with audiences. “[The] exhibition brings some cynical dystopian wit to distract from (or frame anew) the information overload, art-world privilege and sociobiological crises defining this moment for many.” (Leah Sandals, Canadian Art)

The exhibit may contain work with mature themes.

Participant bio:

Faith Holland is an artist, curator, and educator whose multimedia practice focuses on gender, intimacy, and technology. She has exhibited at venues such as The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), NRW Forum (Düsseldorf), Fotografisk Center (Copenhagen), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder), Human Resources (Los Angeles), and DAM Gallery (Berlin). Her work has been written about in Artforum, The New York Times, The Sunday Times UK, Elephant, Hyperallergic, Broadly, and The Observer. She has been a NYFA Fellowship Finalist in Digital/Electronic Art, an artist-in-residence at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and Harvestworks, and a finalist for Fotomuseum Winterthur’s Post-Photography Prototyping Prize. She is opening Hard/Soft, her third solo exhibition with TRANSFER, online and offline on June 4, 2020. You can see her work online at

Relevant links:

The exhibit can be viewed online at

You can follow along on the MacKenzie’s Facebook and YouTube pages at 7pm CST on Thursdays!

Past Livestreams

Streaming for Artists

This class will introduce participants to using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to livestream their art, work, and play onto platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Participants can use streaming to show work in progress, or as a medium for performances, or to create entirely new hybrid media only possible on these new platforms. This workshop will demonstrate how to stream digital drawing on desktops and external tablets, as well as analogue drawing using a video feed. OBS is a free software, but in our demonstrations we will be using some equipment and programs that are not free. It is not necessary to have those to participate in the workshop, as they are just an example of some of the many ways for an artist to use streaming.

Augmented Reality Makeup

Join our digital media artists Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll as they use Snapchat Lens Studio to create augmented reality makeup that can be used in Zoom meetings, Skype calls, or published to Snapchat and shared with your friends! The livestream will be available to watch on Facebook and YouTube after it airs.

Lens Studio is used to create augmented reality filters that can run on your computer via your webcam, or on your phone. It lets you easily create designs that follow your face around, and we will be using that functionality to create digital makeup looks that you won’t see anywhere else!

Lens studio is available for free, please download in advance to follow along with the tutorials. To see your filters applied on yourself, you will need a webcam, and Lens Studio requires a Snapchat account to use (which is also free).


Snapchat Lens Studio

Snapchat account


Animating with After Effects

Join Digital Coordinators Cat Bluemke & Jonathan Carroll for another Thursday Night Live Online as we explore After Effects! The livestream will take place simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube, and be available for viewing afterward on all channels, and on the MacKenzie’s website.

After Effects is one of the most exciting Creative Cloud applications, but it’s wealth of options makes for an intimidating learning curve. Starting with basic keyframe animation, this workshop will demonstrate the fundamentals for getting started, and show some tips and tricks for making motion graphics and animation juicy and engaging.

This workshop will require access to After Effects, a paid program that can be downloaded and installed via Adobe Creative Cloud.


Worldbuilding with Unity3D

Unity3D is a free tool predominantly used by video game artists and designers, but it opens up interesting possibilities for any artist working with digital media. Unity3D can be used to create interactive and multimedia experiences, and it does not take much to get started. We will be starting from scratch with the tools and interface of the software, and by the end we will have built a virtual landscape that we can walk around with. We will be joined by artists working with digital technology to find out how artists can leverage this technology to create innovative works.

Unity can be downloaded here

The Virtual White Cube: A panel on digital art galleries

The temporary closure of art galleries and museums has led to the creation of many new online exhibits, programs, and galleries. In this panel discussion, curators discuss what it means for art when the gallery space is recreated online. We discuss the ‘white cube’ gallery, its translation into virtual space, and other models for representing art online.

Participants include Lillian O’Brien Davis (MacKenzie Art Gallery), Wendy Peart (Dunlop Art Gallery), Eric Hill (Dunlop Art Gallery), Emily Fitzpatrick (Trinity Square Video), and Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll (moderators).

About the Panelists:

Lillian O’Brien Davis is an emerging curator from Toronto, ON currently based in Regina, SK. Her recent curatorial research has focused on the creolization of the art gallery and archipelagic thinking as curatorial practice. Lillian is the Curatorial Assistant at the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the co-host of A Real Piece of Art on CJTR Regina Community Radio.

Emily Fitzpatrick is an independent curator and arts administrator who holds a master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Her work involves temporary public art projects rooted in social practice. Recent curatorial projects include MMMMM…Gendai Kitchen, a food-art subscription service; On The Table, an artist multiple project speaking to issues related to gender-based violence and sexual harassment in public space; and Gallery Galleria, a group exhibition responding to a mall’s publics, economies, and aesthetics, both co-curated with the collective Aisle 4. She has extensive experience working within Toronto’s artist-run centres and public institutions including Images Festival, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Gendai Gallery, and Art Metropole.

Wendy Peart is Dunlop Art Gallery’s Curator of Education and Community Outreach. She has enriched the cultural lives of Reginans for over 25 years through teaching, curatorial projects, outreach work, and artistic practice. She is a strong advocate for visual, digital and media literacies. She works with artists from a wide range of practices and from culturally diverse backgrounds enabling them to form meaningful experiences and relationships with community members.

Building a Virtual Gallery in Unity3D

Expanding on last week’s conversation about the challenges and opportunities of curating virtual galleries, this week on Thursday Night Live we look at the work behind building spaces for presenting digital artwork. We will be talking with digital artist Ryan Hill, who recently created a virtual gallery for presenting his photogrammetry work through the Dunlop Art Gallery. We will be returning to Unity3D, a free video game engine we introduced in a previous Thursday Night Live. Participants can expect to learn how to present different media, like sculptures, videos, and images, in an interactive 3D space. We’ll also talk about the advantages of presenting work in this format, and the possibilities for sharing with other people.

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Previous livestreams:

Ryan Hill’s Artifacted:

Download Unity3D: