Events

May
9
Thu
Kate Macfarlane Acts of Resistance: Choreographic Drawing in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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ACTS OF RESISTANCE: CHOREOGRAPHIC DRAWING introduces artistic strategies that exploit the salient attributes of drawing whilst resisting its conventions and testing its limits. Works by seven women contemporary artists are considered through the lens of choreography, including Monika Grzymala’s spatial drawings, Aleksandra Mir’s collectively-made murals, Florence Peake’s performances, Kate Davis’s revision of Amedeo Modigliani’s nudes, Kathy Prendergast’s remapping of continental Europe, and figurative drawings by ruby onyinyechi amanze and Nicola Tyson.

Kate Macfarlane is a curator and writer based in London, UK, and is co-founder and co-director of Drawing Room, London. Recent curatorial projects include A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings (Drawing Room and Modern Art Oxford) 2018; Dove Allouche – Mea Culpa of a Sceptic (The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris)2016; Line (Lisson Gallery, London) 2016. Recent writing includes: ‘Graphic Witness’ a chapter for The Companion to Contemporary Drawing, Wiley Blackwell (2019); ‘Intimate Reflections’ in Auto Fictions – Contemporary Drawing, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Germany (2018).


Exploring the theme of Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts comprises a graduate intensive and three public lectures.

The other two public lectures feature artist and scholar Torkwase Dyson (May 2) at the Power Plant and curator Connie Butler (May 7) at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Summer Institute is named in recognition of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding supporters of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, whose generous gift has made this annual residency program possible.

May
14
Tue
FREE SCREENING: Ali Kazimi’s film Continuous Journey
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
FREE SCREENING: Ali Kazimi's film Continuous Journey @ Nat Taylor Cinema, York University

Join us for a screening and discussion of YorkU Cinema & Media Arts Professor Ali Kazimi’s film Continuous Journey (2004), part of the 2019 Summer Institute at York University and Archive/Counter-Archive, Janine Marchessault’s SSHRC Partnership Grant project.

Kazimi is a filmmaker whose work deals with race, social justice migration, history, and memory. He is the recipient of the 2019 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts.

In 1914, Gurdit Singh, a Sikh entrepreneur based in Singapore, chartered a Japanese ship, the Komagata Maru, to carry Indian immigrants to Canada. On May 23, 1914, the ship arrived in Vancouver Harbour with 376 passengers aboard: 340 Sikhs; 24 Muslims and 12 Hindus. Many of the men on-board were veterans of the British Indian Army and believed that it was their right as British subjects to settle anywhere in the Empire they had fought to defend and expand. They were wrong… Continuous Journey is an inquiry into the largely ignored history of Canada’s exclusion of the South Asians by a little known immigration policy called the Continuous Journey Regulation of 1908. Unlike the Chinese and the Japanese, people from British India were excluded by a regulation that appeared fair, but in reality, was an effective way of keeping people from India out of Canada until 1948. As a direct result, only a half-mile from Canadian shores, the Komagata Maru was surrounded by immigration boats and the passengers were held in communicado ­virtual prisoners on the ship. Thus began a dramatic stand-off which would escalate over the course of two months, becoming one of the most infamous incidents in Canadian history. By examining the global context and repercussions of a Canadian event, Continuous Journey challenges us to reflect on contemporary events, and raises critical questions about how the past shapes the present.

CONTINUOUS JOURNEY trailer from Cinema Politica on Vimeo.

Archive/Counter-Archive is a SSHRC project led by Janine Marchessault, dedicated to researching and remediating audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQ2+ community, and immigrant communities. Political, resistant, and community-based, counter-archives disrupt conventional narratives and enrich our histories.

2019 Summer Institute: Archive/Counter-Archives is convened by Philip Hoffman, Janine Marchessault, and Michael Zryd. Free and public screenings, panels, and master classes will be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and York University, and will feature special guests such as Matthias Müller, Ali Kazimi, Yvonne Ng, and Suzanne Morrisette. Visit here for details: https://counterarchive.ca/summer-institute-archivecounter-archives

May
18
Sat
Imogen Heap, keynote & workshop on blockchain for digital rights management for artists
May 18 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

Mycelia, Mi.Mu and the Future of Music: a keynote by Imogen Heap

Please join us for a keynote talk, followed by Q&A conversation, with internationally-acclaimed musician Imogen Heap. The talk will include Heap’s thoughts on the future of music, ranging from her new blockchain-based project Mycelia for artist/music rights to her Mi.Mu interactive glove-instrument.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mycelia-mimu-and-the-future-of-music-a-keynote-by-imogen-heap-tickets-60935582969

Attendees are also strongly encouraged to stay for a Creative Passport workshop hosted by Imogen and the Mycelia group from 2:00-4:30pm in the same room, focused on their new blockchain-based approach to digital rights management for artists. Snacks and coffee will be provided between the keynote and workshop. Please sign up for the workshop here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-passport-forum-toronto-tickets-59993602480

Time/Date: May 18th
Keynote: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Workshop: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Location:
Transmedia Lab, 103 Accolade West Building, York University

Presented by the DisPerSion Lab, Mycelia4Music and Patrick Twaddle

Special Thanks to the Departments of Music and Computational Arts

London based recording artist Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, one as Frou Frou (with Guy Sigsworth), and collaborating with Jeff Beck, Mika and Josh Groban amongst others, Heap has penned tracks for movies, TV shows and produced the score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, winning the ‘Outstanding Music in a Play’ Drama Desk Award.

Counting 5 Grammy nominations, winning one for engineering and another for her contribution to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, Heap also received an Ivor Novello Award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award, the MPG Inspiration Award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology for her MI.MU gloves work: a ground-breaking gestural music making system.

In 2014 she envisioned a flourishing music industry ecosystem through Mycelia and released ‘Tiny Human’, the first song to use smart contracts on a blockchain.

Creating an artist-led, fair and sustainable decentralized ecosystem, Mycelia’s ‘The Creative Passport’ provides an ID for music makers to connect digitally with the music industry.With three world tours, sold out Royal Albert Hall and Greek Theatre shows and thousands of 5* reviews, last September Heap embarked on a year-long music and technology world tour.

May
21
Tue
Video Archive Master Class with Yvonne Ng
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Yvonne Ng HeadshotJoin us for a free, public master class with Yvonne Ng, the Senior Archivist at WITNESS, an international nonprofit organization that supports activists using video and technology to protect human rights. The masterclass is part of the 2019 Summer Institute at York University and Archive/Counter-Archive, Janine Marchessault’s SSHRC Partnership Grant project.

Yvonne Ng is an audiovisual archivist and has been part of the WITNESS team since 2009. In collaboration with WITNESS regional leads, she trains and supports partners on collecting, managing, and preserving video documentation for human rights advocacy and evidence. She develops training resources related to archiving and preservation, such as the groundbreaking Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video. Ng also manages WITNESS’s own archive of human rights video.

Outside of WITNESS, Ng currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), on the Advisory Boards of the Memory Lab Network and Documenting the Now, and as a Research Consultant for the Human Rights Investigations Lab at UC Berkeley. She regularly participates in international archiving fora and tweets on archival issues at @yvonne_yvonne.

Prior to joining WITNESS, Ng worked as a Research Fellow on the Preserving Digital Public Television Project, and at NYU Libraries, New York Public Library, and the Canadian Filmmakers’ Distribution Centre. Ng holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University, where she has also taught a course on Personal Digital Archiving. She holds a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.

Archive/Counter-Archive is a SSHRC project led by Janine Marchessault, dedicated to researching and remediating audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQ2+ community, and immigrant communities. Political, resistant, and community-based, counter-archives disrupt conventional narratives and enrich our histories.

2019 Summer Institute: Archive/Counter-Archives is convened by Philip Hoffman, Janine Marchessault, and Michael Zryd. Free and public screenings, panels, and master classes will be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and York University, and will feature special guests such as Matthias Müller, Ali Kazimi, Yvonne Ng, and Suzanne Morrisette. Visit here for details: https://counterarchive.ca/summer-institute-archivecounter-archives

Jun
13
Thu
Spotlight on Contemporary Indigenous Filmmaking with Suzanne Morrissette
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a free public Spotlight on Contemporary Indigenous Filmmaking with Suzanne Morrissette (OCAD University) part of the 2019 Summer Institute at York University, Archive/Counter-Archive, Janine Marchessault’s SSHRC Partnership Grant project.

Suzanne Morrissette is a Metis artist, curator, and scholar from Winnipeg researching reactions to Indigenous political thought and curatorial strategies for centering Indigenous knowledge.

6-7:30 PM – Curator Talk, York University, Nat Taylor Cinema N102 Ross Building

9-10 PM – Outdoor Projections, York University, Jacob Stong House and Barn

NOTE: In the event of rain, the screening will move indoors to Nat Taylor Cinema at 9:00 PM. Please check www.facebook.com/counterarchive for updates

Archive/Counter-Archive is a SSHRC project led by Janine Marchessault, dedicated to researching and remediating audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQ2+ community, and immigrant communities. Political, resistant, and community-based, counter-archives disrupt conventional narratives and enrich our histories.

2019 Summer Institute: Archive/Counter-Archives is convened by Philip Hoffman, Janine Marchessault, and Michael Zryd. Free and public screenings, panels, and master classes will be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and York University, and will feature special guests such as Matthias Müller, Ali Kazimi, Yvonne Ng, and Suzanne Morrisette. Visit here for details: https://counterarchive.ca/summer-institute-archivecounter-archives

Sep
3
Tue
impulse: York University’s MFA & PHD Visual Arts Program Group Opening Exhibition
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

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York University’s MFA & PHD Visual Arts Program

Group Opening Exhibition

featuring work by:

John Ancheta, Nima Arabi, Hannah Bullock, Shea Chang, Phillip Delisle, Hannah Doucet, Annie Dunning, Elham Fatapour, Katelyn Gallucci, Niloo Inalouei, Kelly McCray, Ella Dawn McGeough, Zoe Mpeletzikas, Rhenix Shi, Dan Tapper, Gerry Visco, Nava Waxman, Rachelle Wunderink, Arma Yari, Mikhail Yerkovich, Jes Young

Gales Gallery – 105 Accolade West Building

Special Projects Gallery – 102 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts

September 3-12, 1:00-4:00

Reception: September 11, 12:30-2:00

Sep
20
Fri
Film Masterclass: Matthew J. Lloyd DOP of Spiderman: Far from Home
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Film alumnus Matthew J. Lloyd (BFA ’06), Director of Photography of Spiderman: Far from Home, returns to York University for a free master class on the craft, design, and engineering involved in framing and lighting the shot. Moderated by his frequent collaborator, Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home).

Directions to York at Cinespace by TTC:  Subway Line 1 south from York University stop; transfer at St. George to Subway Line 2 west to Kipling Station. Take 44 bus South. Takes about an hour. Entrance is via the main Cinespace entrance at Gate 3. Our main Stage 1 is located just inside the main lobby of Cinespace behind the coffee place.

Oct
1
Tue
Cinema Politica: Indigenous Documentary Futurism (co-presented with OPIRG)
Oct 1 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Cinema Politica: Indigenous Documentary Futurism (co-presented with OPIRG)

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening of Cinema Politica: Indigenous Documentary Futurism. This event is co-presented with OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group). Commissioned hybrid films engage and contest indigenous futures. Following the film there will be a discussion lead by Naila Lalji from OPIRG. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

Oct
8
Tue
Future Cinemas with Caitlin Fisher and Taien Ng-Chan
Oct 8 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

 Future Cinemas with Caitlin Fisher and Taien Ng-Chan

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening and discussion of Future Cinemas with Cinema and Media Studies faculty Caitlin Fisher and Taien Ng-Chan. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

Oct
22
Tue
The 5th Region
Oct 22 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

The 5th Region

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening and post screening discussion of Northern/Inuit Arts research project,  The 5th Region, with Professor Anna Hudson,  Filmmaker Aeyliya Husain and Inuit educator Joshua Stribbell. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

The 5th Region
Oct 22 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

The 5th Region

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening and post screening discussion of Northern/Inuit Arts research project,  The 5th Region, with Professor Anna Hudson,  Filmmaker Aeyliya Husain and Inuit educator Joshua Stribbell. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
5
Tue
Best of Cinesiege 2019
Nov 5 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

York Cinema & Media Arts and Nat Taylor Tuesdays present Best of Cinesiege 2019

For those who will miss out on Cinesiege 2019 this Monday, November 4th downtown, here’s your second chance to watch celebrated works by York University undergraduate students, with filmmakers in attendance.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
12
Tue
AIDS Activist Cinema & The Queer Canadian Underground with Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh
Nov 12 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

AIDS Activist Cinema & The Queer Canadian Underground with Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh

York Cinema & Media Arts, Nat Taylor Tuesdays, and Archive/Counter-Archive are delighted to welcome scholars Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh to present their research on AIDS Activist Cinema and Underground Canadian Queer Cinema! Tuesday, November 12 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Nov
26
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Cinema Politica Present: La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)
Nov 26 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Cinema Politica Present:La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016). Please join us for a free screening and question and answer period with Rodrigo Michelangeli (co-writer & cinematographer)

Tuesday, November 26 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

 

 

 

Dec
3
Tue
Depth of Field: Excerpts from Recent York MFA Thesis Films
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

DEPTH OF FIELD
Excerpts from recent York MFA Thesis Films

Red Bicyle (Fiction)
Fazila Amiri
Mahal, a young Afghan woman is arrested on the charge of a “moral crime”, losing her virginity before marriage. After she finds a red bicycle, she plots out a daring escape from women’s prison.

 

 

 

El Mundo o Nada (Documentary)
Ingrid Veninger
A portrait of 29-year-old Cuban twin brothers, Rubert and Rubildo, after their recent migration to Barcelona; this documentary explores the emotional cost of big ambitions, the intimate bonds of sibling love, and the challenges of building a new life.

 

 

 

Our House (Fiction)
Susan Bayani
A socio-political drama about Anahita, an Iranian refugee in Toronto, who runs into the man who brutally murdered her parents in Tehran years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Revolution Moosehide (Documentary)
Lesley Johnson
In Dene culture, the newly created earth was made beautiful by a moosehide. Revolution Moosehide follows Melaw Nakehk’o’s journey of cultural resurgence by learning the practice of moosehide tanning, inspiring a revitalization movement across Denendeh and beyond.

 

 

 

 

End of the Rope (Fiction)
Sibel Guvenic
After being crippled by a car accident, a former dancer enters a power struggle with an exploitative scientist who promises her creative freedom in an altered reality with his invention.

 

 

Aqui y Alla (Documentary)
Lina Rodriguez
A poetic reflection on family as an emotional system that operates across generations, Aquí y allá juxtaposes colour 16mm, B&W mini-DV footage, and photos from my family’s archive to meditate on the passing of time, the possibilities of remembering, and the construction of space as an ongoing historical and subjective process.

 

 

 

Of Sand and Gold (Documentary)
Raghed Charabaty
A mother and her children live in a small house in Mount Lebanon. One day, a terrifying sandstorm called the Khamseen arrives and destroys the house and all of its inhabitants, children and visitors alike. ‘Of Sand & Gold‘ weaves together a timeless myth in parallel with real interviews with Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon today, alongside displaced Lebanese families.

 

 

Birthday (Fiction)
Atefeh Khademolreza
‘Birthday’ concerns three new immigrants to Toronto (a Serbian divorcee, a Syrian boy, and an Afghani dishwasher), connected only through a series of soft-wipe split-screens. At first, they appear to form a single family as they prepare for a birthday celebration. As the story unfolds, we realize that the only thing connecting them together is the thread of loneliness.

 

 

December 3, 2019
7.30PM (doors open 7.00PM)
Art Gallery of Ontario: Jackman Hall
317 Dundas Street. Entrance at McCaul Street.
Free admission