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Our History

InterAccess was incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit, artist-run access centre, under the name Toronto Community Videotex. It provided artists with access to the Telidon system, a two-way interactive videotex system now lauded as "the Internet before its time." The name change in 1987 reflected a subsequent shift in emphasis on access to Macintosh-based graphics, multimedia production and a dial-up network known as Matrix.

In 1996, InterAccess took up residence at 401 Richmond Street West. The new location, featuring a gallery and studio, allowed us to expand both our exhibition programs and production facilities supporting the development of electronic art.

We conducted a major renovation of our production studio with the support of a Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2001. Artists using the InterAccess studio for their research or production projects now have access to an electronics lab, streamed media studio and a computer sound environment.

In the most recent chapter of our history, InterAccess relocated on May 1, 2005, to a stand-alone building in the cultural hub of the Queen Street West district. The new location is at 9 Ossington Avenue.

Today, InterAccess is Ontario's only gallery and production facility devoted exclusively to electronic media art. From its early incarnations as a non-profit, artist-run access centre in the mid-1980s to its current role as a global participant in electronic media art curation and exhibition, InterAccess has ambitiously explored artistic practices associated with interactivity; networked and remote connection; and experimental interfacing between the physical and virtual.