Events

Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
10
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents practice through process with filmmaker Francisca Duran
Mar 10 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents practice through process with filmmaker Francisca Duran

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents a showcase and discussion with MFA alumna and experimental filmmaker, Francisca Duran on practice through process, memory and history. In conversation with Professor Philip Hoffman.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Mar
17
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents an afternoon with Guy Maddin
Mar 17 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents an afternoon with Guy Maddin

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents an afternoon with Guy Maddin. Canada’s most idiosyncratic auteur director will present and discuss his remake of Hitchcock’s The Green Fog (2017), created with re-appropriated footage, and a short film on the absurdist writer Daniil Kharms. Bonus: a sneak preview of Guy’s current work-in-progress: his dream tribute for Federico Fellini’s centennial!

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Mar
24
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Wonder Wanders
Mar 24 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Wonder Wanders

Taiwanese multimedia artist Shu Lea Cheang presents Wonder Wanders, a four-episode mobi-web-serial that explores an off-the-mainstream nouveau queer generation. Artist in attendance.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Mar
28
Sat
Imagining Differently: Research-Creation Practices In Urgent Times
Mar 28 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 29 @ 5:30 pm

IMAGINING DIFFERENTLY: RESEARCH-CREATION PRACTICES IN URGENT TIMES

CENTRE FOR IMAGINATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY (CIE) SYMPOSIUM
AND
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN THEATRE & PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE

MARCH 28 & 29, 2020
207/ 209 / 244 (Accolade East Building)
York University

FREE

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Keynote
WHY RESEARCH-CREATION?
ARTISTIC METHOD AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
DR. NATALIE LOVELESS
University of Alberta

PANELS
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Pedagogies of the futures (Panel 1)

A Thr(3)e Dimensional Text: Playwriting for an Alt-traditional Structure.
Mike Czuba (University of Calgary)

Flipping the Script on Power Dynamics: An Image Theatre workshop for Institutionalized Researchers
Shannon Elizabeth Hughes (York University)

Queer Spawn Kid
Kira Meyers-Guiden (York University)

Learning to Juggle Taught Me How to Learn
Morgan Anderson (York University)

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Methods: Improvisation, Interrogation & Intervention (Panel 2)

Unreliability and Lepidoptera: Adapting Nabokov’s Lolita as a Graphic Novel
Melanie Proulx (Queen’s University)

Univille: A Fairytale in Search of a Question
Marilo Nuñez, Alireza Asgharzadeh, Margaret E. H., Rimah Jabr, Thomas O’Hanley and Marta Shpak (York University)

It Came to Me in a Dream
Nic Cooper and Natalie Bruvels (University of Ottawa)

Considering Emergence and the Choreographic Toolkit
Allison Peacock (Concordia University)

BREAK

2:00 -3:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Performance Ethnography and Future-making (Panel 3)

Interventionist activism and futurity
Jillian Groening (York University)

Design Thinking as a Creative Alternative Methodology in Cultural Studies Research
Amanda Carvalho (University of Winnipeg)

micro-transgressions: temporary agents for change
Marcela Echeverri, Judit Csobod and Stephen Donelly (Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Guelph)

Unmapping Heteronormativity: Queering Death Through Art Practice
Devin West (Queen’s University)

2:00 -3:30 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
More than human socialities (Panel 4)

How am I to listen to you llama?
Jacqueline Sawatzky (York University)

Time Machine: A Cruise into the Future
Tara Gallagher Harris (York University)

Cenotaph For Weird’s Well And T[h]ree Missing Bodies
Julie Dind (Brown University) and Rolf Gerstlauer (Oslo School of Architecture and Design)

Poetry and Drama in Ecologically Compromised Times
Sanita Fejzić (Queen’s University)

3:30 -5:00 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Mapping The Everyday: Borders, Disorders (Panel 5)

The Sound of Contested Places: An Improvisational Performance on Gentrification in Parkdale, Toronto
Jared Epp (Carleton University)

[Un]Being and Time: Transculturalism and Translation in Akram Khan’s Giselle
Alexandra Rego (University of Chicago)

Art as an Imaginative Tool
Mariana Muñoz Gomez (University of Winnipeg)

In the rhythm of creativity: […] prayerful performance?
Myrto Koumarianos (University of Toronto)

INFINI#5
Rimah Jabr (York University)

3:30 -5:00 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Ethics: Witnessing & Disrupting (Panel 6)

Transnational assemblage and urgent actions: Performance of solidarity
Alireza Gorgani (York University)

INSIDES(S)
Alisha Van Wieren (York University)

Live History and its audiences: diversity encounters the unitary narratives of small public
Rick Cousins (Trent University)

Cam Hunters: Short Video Screening and Talk
Stéfy McKnight and Julia Chan (Queen’s University)

The Somatic Structure of Memory, Sensory Based Creativity and The Exile Experience.
Alejandra Nuñez (York University)

6:00 – 8:00 PM (Performance)
the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields
A multimedia ethnographic physical theatre piece based on a short story written by Lynn Hutchinson Lee. Co-sponsored by Centre for Imaginative Ethnography and Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology.

Location:
McLean Performance Studio
Accolade East Building – Second Floor (Room 244)
York University

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
1:30 -2:00 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Memory, Colonialism and Power: A performance by Diane Llewelyn-Jones, Arpita Bajpeyi, Danielle Alfaro (York University)

1:30 -3:00 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Multimodal Interventions, Empowerment and Positionality (Panel 7)

Improving public understanding of and police response to coercive control
Jessica Rose (Bournemouth University)

Creating Care-fully: Fostering radical relatedness and interdependence through performance ethnography by disabled/non-disabled artist
Becky Gold (York University)

Dancing to the Derogatory – Female Hip-Hop Dancers Face the Music
Deanne Kearney (York University)

Ponytail: Examining the social and educational binaries between artists and athletes
Alison Blair (York University)

Revealing Our Unconscious Complicity in Rape Culture
Andrew Houston and Brooke Barnes (University of Guelph)

2:00 -2:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Tale of a Town: An auto-ethnographic performance lecture by Lisa Marie DiLiberto (York University)

3:00 -4:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Roundtable
RESEARCH-CREATION LUNCHTIME WORKSHOP
WITH DR. NATALIE LOVELESS
This informal roundtable is for graduate students working on research-creation. Please come prepared to share your research questions, methods, and any struggles you are facing. We will exchange best practices and insights, and discuss the role of research-creation doctoral projects in the university today. Registration is limited to 12.

Dr. Natalie Loveless – Bio and Keynote Description

Natalie Loveless is an artist and academic located at the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design, where she teaches in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, directs the Research-Creation and Social
Justice CoLABoratory, and co-leads the Faculty’s Signature Area in Research-Creation. Her recent books, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation examine debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters – to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. Loveless is currently working on a book and curatorial project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Aesthetic Attunement in an age of Urgency and a collaborative interdisciplinary curatorial project, Speculative Energy Futures, as part of the Just Powers initiative funded by the Future Energy Systems CFREF (Canada First Research Excellence Fund).

As an intervention into normative scholarly practice, research-creation has gained increasing visibility and validity over the past decade within the academy. Often mobilizing interdisciplinary and collaborative methods, with one foot – always – firmly grounded in artistic literacies, research-creation asks us to attend, with detail, to the methods we mobilize as well as our modes of output and publication at the level of constitutive form. Paying particular attention to performance-based practices, this talk asks what research-creation methods and
approaches offer climate justice projects in the academy today – a time marked by the need for both urgent action and new attunements to our local ecologies.

Conference convenors
Justine Conte and Rajat Nayyar

Organizing committee
Justine Conte
Rajat Nayyar
Marilo Nuñez
Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

Financial and institutional support
Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE)
Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology
Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies,
York University

Special thanks to
Alanna Dunlop, Alison Blair, Christina Cicko, Jacquie Lazar, Laura Levin,
Marilo Nuñez, Marlis Schweitzer, Marta Shpak, Mary Pecchia, Prina Pui Ying Wong,
T&PS Graduate Student Association

Contact
conte@yorku.ca
rajatn@yorku.ca

 

 

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…

Multimedia Artist and Writer Lynn Hutchinson Lee’s Short Story Adapted into Ethnographic Physical Theatre Performance and featured at the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) Symposium and the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Conference

On March 28, The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) in partnership with the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies and Sensorium: Centre for Digitial Arts and Technology at York University will present the world premiere of the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…, an adaptation of a short story written by Toronto’s Lynn Hutchison Lee, daughter of a Canadian mother and Romanichal (English Romani) father.

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…is inspired by the life of Lynn’s paternal aunt May and takes place during the latter part of the Depression in the Tillsonburg area (Southwestern Ontario). The performance project uses multimodal ethnographic approaches, including physical theatre, film, photography, spoken/written word to tell the story of family, identity and absence. “The story is based on my family’s history; it is the story of my aunt. I wanted to bring life to this young girl, to humanize her. My aunt May was a recluse and she came from a poor, illiterate family who was separated and scattered. There are stereotypes about the Romani people, and I wanted to dispel some of these biases about my father’s people.”

How does one do an ethnography about a non-living person? This is the main question for the creative team of the ethnographic performance, helmed by professor and stage director Magdalena Kazubowski- Houston who has extensive experience working with Romani people in Poland.

Production Synopsis: May climbs onto a roof being tarred by her father and brothers and is enchanted by the sight of two swans on a pond owned by the wealthy tobacco farmer for whom her family works. She is hired as a paid companion for the farmer’s wife, Missus Quince, and is assigned the task of preparing food for the swans. Over the years, May finds comfort in her visions of the two swans on the pond who often ‘visit’ her at night, and eventually becomes a healer of birds.

the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…
Direction: Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston and Shawn Kazubowski-Houston
Playwright/Dramaturgy: Lynn Hutchinson Lee
Assistant Direction: Becky Gold
Audiovisual Ethnography: Rajat Nayyar
Ethnographic Photography: Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston
Costume Design: Marta Shpak
Performers: Leanne Hoffman, Sadie Wells Liddy

Co-sponsored by Centre for Imaginative Ethnography and Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

Date: March 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: FREE (Those interested are encouraged to RSVP Becky Gold @ blgold@yorku.ca)
Location: McLean Performance Studio, York University Accolade East Building, Room 244, 4700 Keele St.
More Information: www.imaginative-ethnography.com

Artistic Collaborators
Alison Blair – project assistant, props, costumes and publicity
Alison is a Toronto-based emerging artist and arts educator currently pursing her Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. Her arts creation and research interests focus on wellness and embodied educational practices in secondary schools. After graduating from University of Toronto and Sheridan College (Theatre and Drama Studies) in 2012, Alison discovered a love for fitness and the wellness of performers which led her on a path to a career in the fitness industry and ultimately in education. She studied the practice of teaching Drama under Kathleen Gould-Lundy at York University and hopes that through performance creation, she can continue the work she does in classrooms by teaching through movement and the arts.

Becky Gold – assistant director, co-editor, field notes blog
Becky is a community arts facilitator, artist support worker, and emerging scholar currently pursuing her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. She holds a BA Honours in Drama and English from Queen’s University and a MA in Theatre Studies from the University of British Columbia. Becky’s research interests include: disability theatre, interdependence and care politics in performance, performance ethnography, and imagining futures of disability through performance.

Leanne Hoffman – performer
Leanne is an actor and writer based in Toronto, Canada. Originally from Medicine Hat Alberta, she moved to Toronto to attend the theatre program at York University. After completing the acting conservatory program, she currently resides in the city to share in the multitude of opportunities Toronto provides. You can catch Leanne indoors on a rainy day, rereading old favorite books, or listening to music her parents had hoped she’d grow out of.

Lynn Hutchinson Lee – playwright, dramaturgy
Lynn is a multimedia artist from Toronto, Canada and is a co-founder of Red Tree and chirikli collectives. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and Latin America. chirikli’s sound installation Canada Without Shadows was exhibited at Call the Witness, Second Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale; BAK, Utrecht, Netherlands; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania. Five Songs for Daddy, Lynn’s spoken word piece from Canada Without Shadows, was installed at the Art Gallery of York University’s Audio Out, Toronto. Her selected writing is included in The Food of My People (forthcoming, edited by Ursula Pflug and Candas Jane Dorsey, Exile Editions); CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change(edited by Bruce Meyer, Exile Editions); Romani Women in Canada: Spectrum of the Blue Water (Inanna
Publications); Romani Folio (Drunken Boat International Journal of Literature and the Arts), and other publications.

Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston – ethnographic photographer
Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston is an environmental researcher, activist, musician, and a licensed glider pilot. His research interests include classical and jazz performance, old and forgotten instruments, nature conservation, animal rights, and environmental and ethnographic photography. He is currently a student in the BA Honours in Environmental Studies at York.

Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston – co-director, lead ethnographer
Magdalena is an anthropologist, performance theorist, theatre director and playwright. She is Associate Professor of Theatre, and has graduate appointments in Theatre & Performance Studies and Social Anthropology at York University. Her research interests include performance ethnography, ethnographic storytelling, ethnographic (non)fiction, multimodal ethnography, physical and political theatre and performance. She has collaborated on imaginative ethnography projects with Romani people and Nazi-Holocaust survivors in Poland and Canada, and residents from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her book, Staging Strife (2010), was awarded the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Outstanding Qualitative Book Award and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Ann Saddlemyer Book Prize (2011). Her article, “quiet Theatre: The Radical Politics of Silence,” was awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) 2019 Richard Plant Prize, granted annually to the best English-language article on a Canadian theatre or performance topic. She is a Co-Curator of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE).

Shawn Kazubowski-Houston – co-director, co-editor
Shawn is a thespian, theatre director, playwright, photographer, editor and poet. He has worked as ethnographer and co-artistic director (Teatr Korzenie) on various projects in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Poland. Shawn is also the events and media coordinator at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Rajat Nayyar – co-editor, audiovisual ethnographer and filmmaker
Rajat Nayyar is an anthropologist and a filmmaker with an MA in Audiovisual Ethnography from Tallinn University. His recent film ‘Kashi Labh’ was screened at RAI film festival and numerous other anthropological film festivals and conferences. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, where his focus is on vocal traditions, everyday acts of resistance, collaborative fiction filmmaking and futures anthropology. Rajat is the founder of Espírito Kashi, a project that facilitates performative spaces for rural Indian communities to critically re-imagine folklore, decolonize archives and film futures. He also co-edits the ‘Performance Ethnography’ section of Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, a transnational research-creation network.

Marilo Nuñez – stage manager, project assistant, props, costumes and publicity
Marilo Nuñez is a Chilean-Canadian playwright and director. She was the 2018 recipient of the Hamilton Arts Awards for Established Theatre Artist and was recently nominated for the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize. She is the recipient of the prestigious Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction and the Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Scholarship in the Fine Arts among countless other grants and scholarships. Currently a member of Natural Resources, Factory Theatre’s playwright’s unit for established writers, she has been a member of playwright’s units at Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Cahoots Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre and Alameda Theatre Company. She was Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre in 2016 and was McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence in 2018. She was founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a company dedicated to developing the new work of Latinx Canadian playwrights. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Guelph and is currently obtaining her Ph D. in Theatre & Performance Studies where her research will focus on race and racism in Canadian theatre at York University.

Marta Shpak – performer
Marta is a singer, songwriter and actress. She is an Honoured Artist of Ukraine whose international performances showcase its culture. Marta holds a Master’s Degree in Choreography from the National Academy of Leading Staff of Culture and Art of Ukraine. She has worked as a main soloist for State Ensemble of Song and Dance for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and recorded five musical albums with genres including folk, electro and pop. Marta has also worked as a choreographer and performer for children’s folk-ethnographic group Malenki Boiky, and is currently pursuing an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University.

Sadie Wells Liddy – performer
Sadie is a full-time mover and shaker. When Sadie is not moving and shaking, she is studying at York University pursuing an undergraduate degree in both Devised Theatre and Law & Society. Sadie’s most recent work includes assistant stage managing for Shakespeare in Action’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as performing in York University’s most recent production of Vagina Monologues.

Photos by: Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston

Mar
31
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Censorship in the Arts in Canada with Sook Yin Lee
Mar 31 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Censorship in the Arts in Canada with Sook Yin Lee

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents a special presentation with broadcaster, director, actress and writer Sook Yin Lee on censorship in the arts in Canada.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Sep
22
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Phillip Pike’s Our Dance of Revolution
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Phillip Pike’s Our Dance of Revolution
September 22, 2020

Join us for our first iteration of this year’s Nat Taylor Tuesday, with an online screening of Phillip Pike’s Our Dance of Revolution!

“Phillip Pike is an emerging documentary filmmaker. As a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Phillip’s journey of personal and professional discovery has taken him from a career creating change as a community activist and human rights lawyer to a career creating change through storytelling as an independent documentary filmmaker.”

“Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.”

Please join us for this free screening.

DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
TIME: 12:00 – 2:30 PM
VIMEO LINK | PASSWORD: cMYOrk$19

FREE + open to the public!

Screening Schedule:
Screening Schedule:
12:00 pm: on Zoom, we conduct intros
12:05 pm: breakout of the Zoom call to view the film
1:50 pm: return to Zoom for the Q&A session

 

Oct
6
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Michelle Mohabeer’s Queer Coolie-tudes
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Michelle Mohabeer’s Queer Coolie-tudes
October 6, 2020

Join us for our second screening of this year’s Nat Taylor Tuesday series, with an online presentation of Michelle Mohabeer’s Queer Coolie-tudes, and a post screening discussion with the filmmaker and Prof. John Greyson.

Queer Coolie-tudes is a queer ethnography that reclaims the slur of Coolie and compellingly visualizes the intergenerational lives, histories, creole identities, familial relations and sexualities of a diverse range of subjects (artists, academics, and activists) from the queer Indo-Caribbean and Black Caribbean diasporas in Canada.

Please join us for this free screening.

DATE: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
TIME: 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Screening Schedule:
1:00 pm: Live introduction on Zoom
1:05 pm: Film viewing on Vimeo
2:40 pm: Post screening Q&A with filmmaker on Zoom

FREE + open to the public!

Biography:
Michelle Mohabeer is Guyana born and lives in Toronto, she is an award-winning filmmaker and academic. Mohabeer’s films have exhibited worldwide at over 300 festivals, conferences and galleries, and collected by over 60 University libraries across the U.S, Canada and the Caribbean. Her films have been profiled or written about (or mentioned) in Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors, The Romance of Transgression in Canada, North of Everything, The Bent Lens, and Queering Canada: A Collection of Essays. Michelle Mohabeer teaches at York University School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Future projects include a feature doc and a contributing editor of the critical anthology, Reframing the Nation: Racialized & Queer Diasporic Women of Colour and Indigenous Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers 1990-2020.

 

Oct
22
Thu
Sensorium Virtual Fall Mixer
Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Sensorium Virtual Fall Mixer

Thursday, October 22, 2020

5:00-7:00pm 

RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca  

We invite all members of the Sensorium and AMPD community to join us for our Virtual Fall Mixer Thursday, October 22 from 5-7pm!

The event is an opportunity for new and existing community members to connect and share ongoing work/initiatives. The evening will begin with a short introduction and update on centre activities before moving into casual breakout conversations.

Over the last few months,  we have been organizing and building community through our digital extensions.  How have the new realities and struggles of our digital environment influenced creative processes and the sharing of ideas?  How does the digital medium support or deny intimacy and community?  What counts as productivity and labor in today’s world? These will serve as casual prompts throughout the event as members meet, mingle and network.

In addition to the classic Zoom format, we will also be simultaneously hosting a virtual Mozilla hubs space where participants can enter into a virtual space and say hello to fellow researcher avatars. For more info on mozilla hubs – see HERE.

 

Oct
27
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Two Films by Lev Lewis
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Two Films by Lev Lewis
October 27, 2020

Join us for our third screening of this year’s Nat Taylor Tuesday series, with an online double-presentation of Lev Lewis’s The Intestine, and his newest short Every Day’s Like This. We’ll be discussing the technicalities of a burgeoning career as an independent Canadian filmmaker, as well as the shifting festival landscape in the face of COVID.

Please join us for this free screening.

DATE: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
TIME: 1:00 – 3:30 PM

Screening Schedule:
1:00 pm: Live introduction on Zoom
1:05 pm: Film screening on Vimeo (links will be live on October 27th)
Every Day’s Like This: A family tries to schedule the medically assisted death of a loved one.
The Intestine: A young woman attempts to better her life by appropriating a rich man’s home.
2:40 pm: Post screening Q&A with filmmaker on Zoom
FREE + open to the public!

Biography:
Lev Lewis is the co-founder of Lisa Pictures, a Toronto-based production company that has produced a wide roster of acclaimed independent films over the past decade. Lev is the director of The Intestine (2016), and the co-director of Spice It Up (2018). Most recently, he edited and composed the score for White Lie (2019) and directed the short film Every Day’s Like This (2020).

Nov
10
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Andrea Bussmann’s Fausto and Nicolas Pereda’s Fauna
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Andrea Bussmann’s Fausto and Nicolas Pereda’s Fauna
November 10, 2020

Join us for our fourth and second-to-last screening of this semester’s Nat Taylor Tuesday series, with an online double-feature of Andrea Bussmann’s Fausto, and Nicolas Pereda’s Fauna. This will be a longer than typical NTT, but we’re so excited to be hosting the filmmakers and their work! This week’s conversation will be moderated by Zaira Zarza..

DATE: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
TIME: 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Screening Schedule:
1:00 pm: Live introduction on Zoom
1:05 pm: Film screening on Vimeo 
3:30 pm: Post screening Q&A with filmmakers on Zoom
FREE + open to the public!

Fausto: On the Oaxacan coast tales of shapeshifting, telepathy and dealings with the devil are embedded within the colonization of the Americas. Through literature and myth, characters from the Faust legend intermingle with the inhabitants, while attempting to control nature with a never-ending building project.

Fauna: Luisa and Gabino visit their parents in a mining town in the north of Mexico. Their father’s only interest in them is sparked by Luisa’s actor boyfriend when he acts out the role of a narco kingpin. To cope with family tensions, Gabino imagines a parallel reality of detectives and organized crime.

BIOS
Andrea Bussmann was born in Toronto, Canada. She earned a MA in Social Anthropology and an MFA in Film Production. After completing her degrees, she directed He Whose Face Gives No Light. In 2016, she co-directed Tales of Two Who Dreamt, which premiered at the Berlinale Forum. The film was awarded the best documentary at the Festival International de Films de Femmes in 2017. Her latest film Fausto, premiered in 2018 at the Locarno International Film Festival, made its North American premiere at TIFF and NYC premiere at New Directors/New Films. The film won the Best Latin Feature at The Mar del Plata International Film Festival. She was awarded the Discovery Award by The Directors Guild of Canada in 2018.

Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools. He often collaborates with the theater collective Lagartijas tiradas al sol and actress Teresita Sánchez. His work has been the subject of more than 30 retrospectives worldwide in venues such as Anthology Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, Jeonju International Film Festival and TIFF Cinematheque. He has also presented his films in most major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, and Toronto, as well as in galleries and museums like the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Guggenheim and MoMA in New York. In 2010 he was awarded the Premio Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival. Since 2020, he is an Assistant Professor in the Film and Media department at UC Berkeley.

Zaira Zarza is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at Université de Montréal. She obtained her PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Art History from the University of Havana. Zarza was a Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta (2016-2018) and a Sessional Assistant Professor of film at York University (2018-2019). She published the book Caminos del cine brasileño contemporáneo (Ediciones ICAIC 2010) and founded Roots and Routes: Cuban Cinemas of the Diaspora in the 21st Century, a promotional platform for film and media works by Cuban migrants. Zarza directed the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Film Festival Boston 2019. As a programmer, she works at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Cartagena International Film Festival. Her current projects focus on Caribbean creative industries/economies and Latinx film and media arts in Canada.

Nov
20
Fri
DEPTH OF FIELD 2020: Recent works by MFA Film Graduates
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm

DEPTH OF FIELD 2020: Recent works by MFA Film Graduates

Please mark your calendar for our first online edition of DEPTH OF FIELD featuring recent graduate thesis work from the past year.

DATE: Friday, November 20th
TIME: 2:00 PM
SCHEDULE
2:00 PM: Introduction: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/3354019394
2.05 PM: Watch Films 1-4: https://vimeo.com/461947729
3.10 PM: Q&A: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/3354019394
3.30 PM: Watch Films: 5-8 https://vimeo.com/461947729
4.45 PM: Q&A: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/3354019394

DEPTH OF FIELD showcases eight films of various genres including documentaries, autobiographical, drama and comedy created by eight filmmakers. The event also features a Q & A session with the creators.

Nov
24
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Manifesto 4×4
Nov 24 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Manifesto 4×4
November 24, 2020

Join us for our fifth and final screening of this semester’s Nat Taylor Tuesday series, with Manifesto 4×4 and a slew of filmmakers, as we celebrate their work, a collaborative feature length experiment, made remotely by a class organized of cross-interdisciplinary talent. The screening will be moderated by class instructor Prof. Ingrid Veninger.

DATE: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
TIME: 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Screening Schedule:
12:30 pm: Live introduction on Zoom
12:35 pm: Film screening on Vimeo 
1:50 pm: Post screening Q&A with filmmakers on Zoom
FREE + open to the public!

THE CREATORS:

 

Nov
25
Wed
Creative Shifts – AMPD Graduate Research-Creation Workshop
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Creative Shifts

AMPD Graduate Research-Creation Workshop

Co-Organized by the Associate Dean Research, AMPD Graduate Program Directors, and Sensorium
Date: November 25, 10-11:30am
Workshop Description:

This Research-Creation Workshop will focus on strategies that graduate researchers are using to devise research-creation within the current pandemic context, as well as opportunities and challenges they are discovering in this process. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for students from across AMPD and within Sensorium to meet one another in breakout rooms, share research strategies and resources, and forge interdisciplinary connections.

Speakers:

  • Ella Dawn McGeough, PhD student, Visual Arts
  • Lia Tarachansky, PhD student, Cinema and Media Studies
  • Lisa Marie DiLiberto, PhD student, Theatre & Performance Studies
  • Meera Kanageswaran, MFA student, Dance
  • Sarah Vollmer and Racelar Ho, PhD student, Computational Arts
  • Scott Christian, MA student, Music Composition

Register for the workshop at: sensinfo@yorku.ca

Image of Creative Shifts event poster.