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OUR COLLABORATION

Matt Donovan and Hallie Siege, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2015.

Matt Donovan & Hallie Siegel are a Toronto-based arts collaborative who take the long view to explore the hopes and anxieties brought about by major technological disruptions. In blending 2D and 3D, text and sculpture, narrative and gesture, they create seamless hybrids that deconstruct material expectations and defy simple classification.

They make “slow art” that has materialized out of over 20 years of conversation at the interface of art and communication. Their approach is not one of juxtaposition, but rather of synthesis; they know that a work is complete when they can no longer distinguish where one discipline leaves off and another begins. 

Their work is held in private and public collections, and has shown across North America and in Europe, where they were featured artists at the 2016 Edinburgh Arts Festival. In 2017 they were awarded a New Chapter Grant, a one-time program from the Canada Council created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.  They have been represented by the Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto) since 2007.

Matt & Hallie wish to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, as well as the generous support of friends and family.

MATT DONOVAN

Matt Donovan is an artist and industrial designer. Formally trained in Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design, but with an instinctive understanding of engineering, he has built a career in which design and art are inseparable.  In addition to his collaboration with Hallie Siegel, highlights from Matt’s career include collaborating with Max Dean and Raffaello D’Andrea on The Robotic Chair. He has exhibited at ARS Electronica, ARCO art fair, the Luminato Festival, the Edinburgh Arts Festival, and the Olga Korper Gallery, and has work in the permanent collection at BMO and the National Gallery of Canada.

 

HALLIE SIEGEL

Hallie Siegel is a story teller and designer of human-friendly pathways for navigating disruptive technologies. She has a 15-year career advising universities, startups and NGOs at the edge of STEM, the humanities and the arts, and is presently a Dean’s Scholar at OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation Lab where she studies strategy design, innovation ecosystems,  pathways for positive transformation, and methods for multi-stakeholder collaboration and problem solving.

Born in London, Ontario and raised in Toronto, Hallie completed her B.A. in Communication Studies at Concordia University with Distinction, and expects to complete her MDes Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU in 2019.