Artist Talk: Skawennati and Jason Lewis
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Artist Talk 
Skawennati & Jason Edward Lewis
Turtle Island <3 AbTeC Island

Thursday, September 20
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Accolade East, York University

Skawennati and Jason Edward Lewis write, make art, invent technologies, and run workshops that teach Indigenous youth how to make video games and machinima (among other things). Their individual and collaborative works have been distributed and celebrated online, in gallery exhibitions, public installations, and at media and Indigenous arts festivals across Canada and internationally. Critical to their creative practice is the idea that their work in the virtual world helps to enact positive change in the real world.

In addition to their creative practice, Jason and Skawennati are co-directors of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC). AbTeC is an Aboriginally determined research-creation network of artists, academics, and technologists that seek to ensure Indigenous presence in online platforms and environments, video games, and virtual worlds that comprise cyberspace. AbTeC projects include Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design, and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. What futures we do we want to imagine, and then create, for our Aboriginal communities?

This artist talk is free and open to the public – but we need you to let us know you’re coming! There will be a reception in the CIBC Lobby following the talk.




This keynote event is made possible by the Digitally Engaged Learning Conference (DEL 2018), hosted at York University for the first time in Canada.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Academic Innovation Fund from the Office of the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the Dean’s Office in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, and the Department of Design.

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology and the Institute for Research on Digital Learning.

Digitally Engaged Learning Conference – DEL 2018
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm

We’re excited to announce that DEL 2018 will be hosted by AMPD at York University from Sept 20-22, 2018. Digitally Engaged Learning (DEL) is an international conference exploring and evolving digitally engaged teaching and learning in art and design Higher Education.


DEL is a place for creative and critical making, where you will find objects, artefacts, experimental technologies and performances alongside presentations and workshops. We welcome educators, researchers, technicians, instructional designers, artists, makers, art historians, digital humanities scholars, and others across all creative disciplines.

The edge effect is an ecological concept that describes biological interactions happening on the boundaries of two overlapping ecosystems. Species from both ecosystems live alongside one another, as well as unique species that aren’t found in either. The unique species are specially adapted to the conditions of the transition zone between the two edges. Many species seek out edges because they offer simultaneous access to multiple environments, and a greater richness in habitat. In art and design, working at the “edges” of ideas or practices, often in spaces between disciplines, ways of knowing and bodies of knowledge, can be very fruitful. It can provide new insights, allow us to challenge conventions, and rethink our engagement with the world around us.

Meet AMPD at the Ontario Universities Fair
Sep 28 – Sep 30 all-day

Free and open to the public, the Ontario University Fair is the only event where you can interact with all 21 universities in Ontario in one place. Come meet York AMPD professors, students and admissions representatives. We can answer your questions about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.

Visit the OUF website to register in advance for an OUF Passport!

September 28 to 30, 2017

10 am to 5 pm daily

Amnon Buchbinder Film Retrospective March 22 and 29
Mar 22 – Mar 29 all-day

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In celebration of his recent promotion from Associate Professor to Professor, The Department of Cinema & Media Arts presents a 2 day Amnon Buchbinder retrospective featuring 7 of his films and a workshop by  Geneviève Appleton exploring Buchbinder’s innovative interactive documentary project Biology of Story.

Amnon Buchbinder started teaching at  York University in 1995 and received a tenure stream appointment in 1996. He is a former Chair of the department and has played an instrumental role in developing the department’s curriculum in production and screenwriting. An active filmmaker, screenwriter and author, his credits include directing two theatrically-released feature films: Genie award winning The Fishing Trip (1998), made in collaboration with his students and distributed by Mongrel Media, and Whole New Thing (2005) which screened at more than 100 international film festivals, winning a dozen best-film awards. Working in the Canadian film and television industry, Buchbinder has written numerous screenplays and served as story editor on over a hundred feature film projects in funded development. His book The Way of the Screenwriter (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which reinterprets the craft from both a philosophical and practical point of view, has been widely acclaimed by working screenwriters and he has taught professional screenwriting workshops in a dozen countries. Buchbinder has also served as a curator and film programmer for several organizations including the Vancouver International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Biology of Story illustrates Buchbinder’s theory of story and anti-story in art and life. It was undertaken as research-creation and funded with a major SSHRC Insight grant, launching at SXSW-Interactive in 2016 with over 70 hours of material (see news story). It is now a highlight of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design’s eLearning courses.


11am    Oroboros (1983)  & Seed (1988)

1pm      The Fishing Trip (1998)

4pm      Whole New Thing (2005)



10am    Travelling Medicine Show (2011)

1:30pm Biology of Story (2016) (MFA workshop with Genevieve Appleton)

4pm      Amnon, talking about his work

followed by reception/celebration of his promotion to Professor

[caption id="attachment_101541" align="aligncenter" width="800"]A still from Biology of Story - Amnon Buchbinder's interactive documentary A still from Biology of Story – Amnon Buchbinder’s interactive documentary[/caption]

Book a Tour
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 12:01 pm

Come and tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about why we attract top students from all over the world. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) tour takes 45 minutes to one hour, and is guided by a current student.

The tours will be departing from the Student Information Centre, located on the first floor of the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre.

Click here to visit the tour page to select the the program and dates you are interested in.


Tours return End of September!
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 18 @ 12:01 pm
We are Here: Sara Niroobakhsh
Sep 5 @ 12:30 pm

We are Here: Sara Niroobakhsh features the work of Iranian-Canadian artist Sara Niroobakhsh. In 2014, Niroobahksh moved from Iran to Canada where she continued to develop and expand her artistic practice. Her work delves deeply into various aspects of Iranian culture and her experiences of migration. Niroobakhsh work has continued to explore her heritage through performance, video, photography, and sculpture. There is an inherent sense of play in Niroobakhsh’s work, which can be seen in her use of media such as grains of rice, saffron, and water. Niroobakhsh effectively uses traditional and non-traditional media to capture her observations of nature, language, and womanhood.

In each of her works, Sara Niroobakhsh navigates the interstitial space that We Are Here intends to explore. Creating works that reflect back on her experiences in Iran can be seen as a way for Niroobakhsh to replant the roots of her cultural and creative experiences here in Canada. What results is a body of work that is dynamic in both medium and context, occupying many spaces within both time and place. Above all, it is a body of work that continues to grow in complexity and challenge frameworks of contemporary art practice.

Curator/ Assistant Curator Biographies

Jenna Shamoon is an independent curator and York University alumna. She received her BA in Art History and English from McMaster University and has an MA in Art History with a diploma in Curatorial Practice from York University. During her time at York University, Jenna’s research was focused on visual theory, postcolonialism, and Mesopotamian cultural heritage. She has worked as a curator on exhibitions at York University, The Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, and Hamilton Artists Inc. She is currently based in Hamilton, Ontario.


Maria Won is a graduate candidate in Art History & Curatorial Practice diploma, York University. She is also an artist with a keen interest in multi-media art, plastic, and pop culture. Her curatorial practice commenced as a curator for the student run Eleanor Winters Art Gallery, collections assistant for Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, and was an international programs coordinator for the Busan Biennale (2013). In her art practice, Won explores the element of plastic in video art, mix media, and performance art.

She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Seoul, Tokyo, and recently in Brooklyn, New York. Won has an Honours in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts & Art History from York University as well as accredited from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada.


Remarks from Curators

We would like to say a special thanks to Anna Hudson, Terry Wright, The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Joan Goldfarb and York University.


Exhibition Dates

September 5th – December 6th, 2019
Opening Reception – Thursday September 26th, 2019
6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Remarks at 6:30 pm
RSVP for the Opening Reception on Eventbrite



Joan Goldfarb Visual Arts Study Centre / York University, Keele Campus
275 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (CFA)
86 Fine Arts Road, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Gallery on 2ndfloor
Elevator access available


Opening Hours
Tuesday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Closed Friday to Monday, and statutory holidays

Meet AMPD at the Ontario Universities Fair
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

Free and open to the public, the Ontario University Fair is the only event where you can interact with all 21 universities in Ontario in one place. Come meet York AMPD professors, students and admissions representatives. We can answer your questions about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.

Visit the OUF website to register in advance for an OUF Passport!

September 27 to 29, 2019

10 am to 5 pm daily

Hollywood Old and New: ReDesigns for Student Engagement in eLearning with Gillian Helfield & Dan Becker
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hollywood Old and New: ReDesigns for Student Engagement in eLearning with Gillian Helfield & Dan Becker
Thursday, March 12
12:00 – 1:30 PM
AMPD Faculty Lounge (GCFA 214)

Join us for this lunchtime talk about the evolution of “Hollywood Old and New”, a fully online class that offers students an understanding of Hollywood film genres from a historical and social perspective. In this talk, the presenters will discuss their pedagogical strategies for the new course redesign to facilitate student engagement in a large format class. This course is offered by the Department Cinema and Media Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. 

Gillian Helfield lectures at York University, in Cinema and Media Studies in AMPD, Humanities in LAPS, and Canadian Studies at Glendon College. Though she has specialized in Canadian and Quebec Cinemas, other areas of academic interest include Genre Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Cinema, National Cinemas, Diasporic and Exilic Cinemas, Middle Eastern Cinemas, and Rural Cinemas. In 2006, her book Representing the Rural: Space Place and Identity, in Films About the Land, was published by Wayne State University Press.

In collaboration with AMPD, Gillian has developed and redesigned two large-enrolment online film courses, which have earned recognition from international eLearning associations (IELA) and the Teaching Commons at York University (York’s nomination for the STLHE Brightspace /D2L Innovation Award). In 2017, she received the AMPD eLearning Teaching Award.

Dan Becker is the Educational Designer and Developer for the Faculty of Education. He works extensively with instructors to operationalize educational theory and current research within courses that utilize technology. Dan develops learning experiences that engage students, build communities of inquiry and employ meaningful assessment strategies, while avoiding excessive effort on the part of the instructor. His approach of simplicity and depth has produced a variety of courses that are enjoyed by instructors and students alike.