Events

Mar
9
Mon
Sensorium Writing Group
Mar 9 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Please join us for the Sensorium Writing Group Monday, March 9th from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Organized to facilitate productive writing sessions within a supportive and accountable work environment, all Sensorium Writing Groups are open to all graduate students on a drop-in basis.

For more information about the Sensorium Writing Groups please email sensinfo@yorku.ca.

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The Sensorium Research Loft is located on the 4th floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts. The Loft is wheelchair accessible, for full access details please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

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
11
Wed
*CANCELLED* Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Marta de Menezes
Mar 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
*CANCELLED* Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Marta de Menezes @ The Sensorium Research Loft

*Cancelled*

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Marta de Menezes

Wednesday, March 11 | 11:30am-12:30pm

The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor GCFA (Room M333)

RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca

*Due to unforeseen circumstances the Winter Lunchtime Seminar Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Marta de Menezes has been cancelled.*

Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist (b. Lisbon, 1975) with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal.

About the Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series

The Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series is a weekly event which aims to foster interconnectivity between faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and artists within the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. This casual, lunch time seminar series will host a variety of graduate student presentations, faculty presentations and pitch sessions, open luncheons, topical discussions, invited speakers and external associations or organizations looking to interface with our community and share their work.

The Sensorium Research Loft is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

*Postponed* Sensorium Writing Group
Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

*This event has been postponed*

Please join us for the Sensorium Writing Group Wednesday, March 11th from 1:30-4:30pm. Organized to facilitate productive writing sessions within a supportive and accountable work environment, all Sensorium Writing Groups are open to all graduate students on a drop-in basis.

For more information about the Sensorium Writing Groups please email sensinfo@yorku.ca.

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The Sensorium Research Loft is located on the 4th floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts. The Loft is wheelchair accessible, for full access details please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

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!

 

 

Apr
4
Sat
Dispersion Relation X…where X = you (Virtual Event)
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dispersion Relation X…where X = you

Dispersion specializes in carving out a virtual space of community, allowing for remote connections of listening and sounding.
To this end, the Dispersion Relation series continues over the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Doug Van Nort will perform each week on Zoom. Please join him and fellow collaborators for a truly unique musical experience.

Event Information
Saturday, April 4, 2020
6:00pm-7:00pm
Zoom Event Link

The April 4th performance will feature:
Alex Ring – Violin
Maurice Rickard – Guitar + Max/MSP
Erin Corbett – modular synths

 

Apr
30
Thu
Sensorium Virtual Salon
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sensorium Virtual Salon @ Zoom

Sensorium Virtual Salon

Though current circumstances prevent us from gathering in person, we remain committed to facilitating a space for members of Sensorium to socialize and connect with community. Please join us Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm via Zoom for our Sensorium Virtual Salon!

All members of the Sensorium and AMPD community are welcome to attend. The event will start off with a quick intro and update from the Centre, attendee introductions, followed by discussion. Salon attendees are welcome (but not obligated!) to share:

  • Personal stories and/or strategies for coping with life during Covid-19.
  • Short Presentations (2-3 minutes) based on ongoing research and/or how the current crisis has reconfigured the content of your work (such as through political, economic, interpersonal and ecological relationships)
  • Visual Narrative Sharing of objects, spaces, images and booklists which invoke certain questions, lines of inquiry or a “show-and-tell” of alternative spaces for artistic creation

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP sensinfo@yorku.ca. Zoom event link and password will be provided to those to RSVP.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask Centre Coordinator Alanna who can be reached at amdunlop@yorku.ca.
May
2
Sat
Dispersion Relation X (Virtual Event)
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dispersion Relation X

Dispersion specializes in carving out a virtual space of community, allowing for remote connections of listening and sounding.
To this end, the Dispersion Relation series continues over the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Doug Van Nort will perform each week on Zoom. Please join him and fellow collaborators for a truly unique musical experience.

Event Information
Saturday, May 2, 2020
6:00pm-7:00pm
Zoom Event Link
Password: 237478

The May 2nd performance will feature:
Viv Corringham – Voice
Rory Hoy – Processed Bass, drums
Danny Sheahan – Voice
Matt Wellins – Laptop
Doug Van nort – greis/electronics

 

May
22
Fri
Peripheral Vision Speaker Series: Online
May 22 – Jul 31 all-day

Peripheral Vision Speaker Series: Online

Did you know that the 2019 Peripheral Visions Speaker Series lectures are available online? Check out the Peripheral Visions Speaker Series website for more information regarding the series, featured speakers and ongoing work!

Running from January 2019 to March 2019, the Peripheral Vision Speaker Series presented scholars/artists working within critical disability and Indigenous frameworks to address vision, blind epistemology and art, crip technoscience, and Indigenous visioning practices. The series explored and critiqued the primacy of vision, problematizing the normalcy of ‘perfect’ vision, and worked to innovate blind and multi-sensory ways of knowing.

Curated by Mary Bunch, Laura Levin and Lauren Sergio the Peripheral Vision Speaker Series was hosted by York University’s Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology in the School of Art, Media, Performance and Design. The series was sponsored by SSHRC, CREF, VISTA -Vision: Science to Applications, The Departments of Theatre and Cinema and Media Arts, the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series and the Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies. Other partners included Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, Tangled Art + Disability, and the New College Disability Studies Speaker Series at the University of Toronto.

Toasterlab: Mixed Reality Performance Symposium At York
May 22 – Jul 31 all-day

Image of a woman holding a virtual reality headset with her left hand. Behind her are two tall condominiums and between them stands a tall, multicolour poll.

Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York

If you were unable to attend the November 5, 2019 Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Symposium at York University you can now view recordings of live webcast presentations and panel discussions here.

The Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York is the first of six symposiums hosted by mixed reality producers Toasterlab, and will explore extended and mixed reality performance. Artists and new media creators will share modes of working and recent successes in VR, AR, and immersive theatre.

Projects include: 

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. Every four months, an Atelier cohort will present progress on their projects at a symposium hosted by Toasterlab in partnership with a university and the Atelier’s advisory board. When the Atelier concludes in June 2021, Toasterlab will share open source tools, guidelines, and instructional material for the creation of immersive media in an arts context.

Toasterlab creates place-based extended reality experiences that promote deeper engagement with history, community, and imagination. Toasterlab combines expertise in storytelling, theatrical and media production, and the development of new technology to produce both original work and partnerships. Our work ranges from live site-specific live performance to bespoke mobile applications and VR films, and often combines a variety of approaches to collapse time and space for the delivery of impactful narratives. From the largest festivals to community youth workshops, we build accessible ways to understand places in whole new ways.

Sponsored/Supported by: 

Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

Canada Council for the Arts

May
28
Thu
Sensorium Virtual Salon: Shaping the Future through Stories of the Now
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sensorium Virtual Salon: Shaping the Future through Stories of the Now @ Zoom

Join us May 28th as we continue our conversation around COVID-19’s reach into our social, cultural and personal lives.

Stories have a real function in shaping our collective imagination – the central mythology in today’s crisis being that of isolation and self-surveillance, but also of resilience and community. These stories urge us to consider our vulnerabilities today as catalysts for how we will shape the future of coexistence in an increasingly ‘woke’ world of hybridized technoscience, social justice and citizen agency.  More than ever, we rely on stories to inform us about the world around us, but we also need them to speculate and to create a new scenography for the future.

In this virtual salon, let’s share stories from our families and homes around the world, and discuss through informal presentations of interdisciplinary research, performance-creation, field work etc. our experiences and thoughts when “life takes control”.

For those interested in presenting at the salon, please email Centre Coorindator Alanna Dunlop at amdunlop@yorku.ca

To RSVP, email sensinfo@yorku.ca – Zoom event link and password will be provided to those to RSVP.

 

Image: STILL LIFE WITH STEM CELLS, 2002, Patricia Piccinini, Silicone, polyurethane, human hair, clothing, carpet