Faisal Anwar
Since 2007
Works in Canada

BIO
Project creator / Artist
Faisal Anwar is a digital media artist Pakistan / Canada with diverse backgrounds in theatre, film, media, interactive art and graphic design. He is currently the owner of an interactive art and design lab called DigitalDip. Anwar is creator of mycitystories. A multi-platform project combining web and site specific architectural spaces with city based stories. He co- founded 'Into it!' an interactive sculpture creating an entertaining and learning experience from animals' perspective for kids. In 2006/07 'Into it!' project was selected under the 'artist as Innovators category', for research and development for children with multiple disabilities under CulturalAll (CFC media lab, Banff Newmedia, Adoptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto). Another Anwar's collaborative project 'Zero-cluster', which got nominated @ the PopVox awards, Vancouver in 2005. 'Zero-cluster' is a multi-arts installation using hybrid technologies, live music performance and real-time video/film with multi-layer projection experience. 'Odd spaces', is another project that examines odd, locative experiences of everyday urban life using ordinary, shared spaces in urban architecture such as elevators, hallways etc. He has directed four sort films which were part of various festivals in Canada and abroad, such as Monitor 3 South Asian Film and Video' presented by SAVAC Toronto, 2007, 'Pollution' presented by INTERart, Romania, 2007, aluCine Toronto Latin Festival, 2007, shortsnonstop.com and at TPW Gallery Toronto, 2007. Anwar is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat-LAB, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program 2004, Anwar did his Bachelors in graphic design from the National College of Arts Pakistan 1996, he is one of the pioneer members of 'The Puppeteers' theatre group in Pakistan and worked on many performance based work addressing social awareness themes in Pakistan. Faisal volunteered on the Programming Committee of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) (05 to 07 ) and teaches part time at Centennial College.