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Marisa Hoika

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2015 Masters of Digital Media, Ryerson University, Toronto (accepted to program)

2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts (with distinction) –Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montréal

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I’m interested in project management or development, creative producer in small to midsize companies that are innovative, creative, cutting edge -that are not afraid to experiment. I enjoy figuring out how to stretch these limitations, turn them into positives and produce something creative at the other end. I enjoy learning what people are passionate about and getting people and organizations to work together. I aim to create environments where people enjoy what they’re doing so much that it doesn’t feel like work.


As a freelancing/entrepreneur emerging artist for the past five years, I have created multi installation shows and performances for a number of different types of audiences and venues. Most recently I have received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for an upcoming new media installation. I love learning what technicians and other people do and problem solving how to fit it all together in a bigger real world project, when there are limitations on time, money, skills and that it has to fulfill client’s/company’s needs.

Why Digital Media?

I look forward to learning the newest technologies through the program’s labs and other resources. I expect to hone my skills: pitching ideas, leading and participating in teams, better understanding the principles and successful practices of entrepreneurial digital businesses and expanding my networks, communities and contacts. I’m not looking to make work in a bubble - my artistic practice and work should be complementary based on real world applications.


Major Research Project

Data Visualization

As an award-winning digital-media artist who has shown internationally, Hoicka turns conceptual ideas into narratives anyone can understand. At Ryerson, she is gaining additional interactive programming and business skills to work on big data visualization projects with marketing experts. First she will interview marketing professionals about how big data visualization can improve data analysis and communicate opportunities to senior management. Then she will examine ways to communicate big data that immediately resonate with people, create tangible experiences for viewers, and focus on senior executive mindsets. Finally, she will explore how people respond to visual information emotionally, how they understand conceptual information, etc., and new ways of communicating big data to mass audiences.




2014 •    Upcoming, 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival, Toronto •    Upcoming, Wade In, Eastern Edge, St John’s Newfoundland •    Film Program in Which There Appear Colour Bars, Greek Pop Songs, Didactic Eye Makeup, Etc. Images Festival, Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall, Toronto (Screening sponsored by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto) •    Screen Test: Curatorial Incubator v.11, Vtape, Toronto  2013  •    More Than Just Queer, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco •    Meet Me Half Way, Heritage Canada, Art in Office, Toronto (solo) •    More Than Just Queer, Rebels With a Cause Film Festival, York University, Toronto  2012 •    Nature Morte, Le Labo, Toronto (solo) •    Escaping Escapism at Powerball: Quarter-Life Crisis, The Power Plant, Toronto •    This is Not a Test at Videodrome, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto 2011 •    The Other Painting Competition, Art Gallery of Ontario and Nuit Blanche, Toronto •    Trust My Gut (Marisa Hoicka & Johnny Forever) in Extra-Rational, FADO’s Emerging Artist Series,  XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto