The Community Gallery is currently home to The Hand Eye Society’s Torontrons. The Torontrons are rescued, classic arcade cabinets that have been updated to play contemporary videogames by local artists. The Torontrons have a physical, public presence that creates a spectacle, attracting a community of players, supporters, and interested passersby.
AGO: Artsy Games Organizing was conceived by Jim Munroe, current artist-in-residence, Jim is a self-described “indie culture maker” who produces science-fiction novels, designs indie video games and makes lo-fi sci-fi films. In 2009 he co-founded The Hand Eye Society, a not-for-profit video game arts organization that helps people make games, connects game makers with each other and with audiences offline, and promotes diversity in game creation and public perception of games. His co-founders were Raigan Burns, Jonathan Mak, Jim McGinley, Mare Sheppard and Miguel Sternberg.
The Artist-in-Residence Program fosters new connections between the AGO and Toronto-based artists, encouraging new forms of expression and audience engagement. Projects can happen anywhere in the AGO and can take any number of forms, including performances, pop-up exhibitions, gallery interventions, events and programs.