Events

Feb
24
Mon
Sculpture and Drawing Area Exhibition
Feb 24 – Mar 5 all-day

 

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A group show featuring sculpture and drawings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Print Media (Property of)
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm

Print Media (Property of)

Artists: Group show of upper level Print Media Students

This exhibition at York University’s Special Projects Gallery highlights the work of the upper level Print Media students from the Department of Visual Arts. These print-based works show the variety of individual approaches explored in the courses: 3070 Extended Print Practice; 3072 Photo-based Print Processes, and 4090L Print Media.

Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am-4pm

Dates: February 24 – March 6, 2020

 

 

 

Feb
25
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Zaynê Akyol’s documentary Gulistan, Land of Roses
Feb 25 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Gulistan, Land of Roses

Zaynê Akyol’s award-winning documentary Gulistan, Land of Roses, about women guerillas in a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Free Women’s Unit, in combat against the Islamic State of Levant.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Feb
26
Wed
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Alison Humphrey
Feb 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Alison Humphrey 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
11:30am-12:30pm
The Sensorium Research Loft
4th Floor CFA, Room M333
RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca 

Please join us for our next Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Cinema and Media Arts PhD Candidate and Sensorium Graduate Research Associate, Alison Humphrey!

Alison Humphrey plays with story across drama, digital media, and education. As a Vanier Scholar in Cinema and Media Arts at York University, her research-creation doctoral dissertation explores how a participatory science fiction storyworld, Shadowpox, can help young people build scientific, civic and media literacy by exploring immunization and vaccine hesitancy through a superhero metaphor.

The project’s first phase, full-body videogame, debuted during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, where The Lancet called it “one of the most powerful and playful ways to illustrate both the individual and population-level implications of community immunity.” The second phase is a networked superhero narrative, The Cytokine Storm, co-created with young artists on three continents.

The third phase adapts this narrative into a Scalar-based online platform for a “courseplay”, a hybrid undergraduate seminar that weaves academic study with dramatic composition and digital production. Science & Fiction: Imagining Immunity in an Immersive Storyworld takes a new approach to the concept of experiential education: action refraction, where students use metaphoric world-building and digitally augmented role-play to explore one of the thorniest political dilemmas of public health: voluntary participation in the collective good.

For more, please see www.alisonhumphrey.com and www.shadowpox.org.

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

Feb
27
Thu
Faculty Jazz Performance with Jazz Artist-in-Residence Dave Douglas
Feb 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

DAVE DOUGLAS : 2020 OSCAR PETERSON JAZZ ARTIST- IN-RESIDENCE

Award winning trumpeter and composer, Dave Douglas, is the Department of Music’s 2020 Oscar Peterson Jazz Artist-in-Residence. During his residency, he will deliver masterclasses for instrumentalists as well as coach small jazz ensembles.

This jam session offers a unique opportunity to hear Douglas in performance with faculty members in the Department of Music’s jazz program. Admission is free.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
DAVE DOUGLAS 
Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two Grammy Award nominations. Douglas’ career spans more than 50 unique original recordings as a leader and more than 500 published works. His current ensembles include: Dave Douglas Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; UPLIFT, a sextet including bassist Bill Laswell; Present Joys, a longstanding duo with pianist Uri Caine which recently added Andrew Cyrille as third member for a 2019 recording; High Risk, an electronic ensemble with Shigeto, Jonathan Maron, and Ian Chang; and the latest project, ENGAGE, a sextet with Jeff Parker, Tomeka Reid, Anna Webber, Nick Dunston, and Kate Gentile. Douglas is often engaged in special projects which include big bands, tributes, and multi-trumpet ensembles, such as Dizzy Atmosphere.

As a composer, Douglas has received commissions from a variety of organizations including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Essen Philharmonie, The Library of Congress, Stanford University and most recently, Monash Art Ensemble, which premiered his chamber orchestra piece Fabliaux in March 2014. He is currently completing a new work for the chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, which will premiere in May 2019.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and programmer. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and president of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2017. He is currently on the faculty at the Mannes School of Music and is a Guest Coach for the Juilliard Jazz Composer’s Ensemble. In 2016, he accepted a three-year appointment as the Artistic Director of the Bergamo Jazz Festival.

In 2005 Douglas founded Greenleaf Music, an umbrella company for his recordings, sheet music, podcast, as well as the music of other artists in the modern jazz idiom. Greenleaf Music has produced over 70 releases and will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2020.

Dave Douglas is the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.
– Frank Alkyer, Publisher, Down Beat

Feb
29
Sat
York / OBA Wind Conductors Symposium
Feb 29 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

26th ANNUAL YORK/OBA Wind Conductors Symposium
Featuring Guest Clinician Dr. Robert Taylor

SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW

SYMPOSIUM TOPICS
Conducting Gesture and Music-making
Rehearsal Techniques​

​SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING
A conducting baton

A band instrument they are experienced on; delegates are encouraged to perform with the York Wind Symphony during the afternoon conducting masterclass

Scores to follow along during the afternoon conducting masterclass session: (scores available from St. John’s Music toronto@stjohnsmusic.com | 416-785-5000)

Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo – Malcom Arnold (Paynter) – Carl Fischer

Earthscape – David Marlatt – Eighth Note Publications

Dusk – Steven Bryant – Hal Leonard Corp.

Thin Places – Bill Thomas – Eighth Note Publications

In the Forest of the King – Pierre La Plante – Daehn Publications​d

Delegates may indicate an interest in being selected to conduct the York University Wind Symphony and receive feedback during the conducting masterclass sessions by our guest clinician. Delegates interested in conducting must have their own score and baton while all are welcome to bring scores to follow along. Delegates will be notified if they have been selected to conduct by February 7, 2020.

Please contact york.oba.wcs@gmail.com for more information.

WHY ATTEND?
– A workshop session presented by clinician Dr. Robert Taylor
– Rehearsal techniques and repertoire ideas
– St. John’s Music booth
– Opportunity to play with the York University Wind Symphony during the conducting masterclass sessions.
Delegates are encouraged to bring a band instrument on which they are experienced
Network with other teachers!
– Conducting masterclasses – see website for the selected repertoire

SCHEDULE
Registration and time to visit SJM booth
9:00 AM

Clinician Session 1
9:30 AM

10:30 AM – Break

Clinician Schedule 2
10:45 AM

12:00PM – Lunch

Conducting Masterclass & Rehearsal Techniques Part 1
1:00 PM

2:00 PM – Break

Conducting Masterclass & Rehearsal Techniques Part 2
2:15 PM

3:00 PM – Break

Conducting Masterclass & Rehearsal Techniques Part 1
3:15 PM

Final Remarks
4:00 PM

Registration is now closed.

 

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

Organized to facilitate productive writing sessions within a supportive and accountable work environment, the Sensorium Writing Groups are open to all graduate students on a drop-in basis!

February 26 – April 8 Sensorium Writing Group Dates:

Monday, March 2, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 4, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, March 9, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 11, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, March 16, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 18, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, March 23, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 25, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday March 30, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, April 1, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, April 6, 11:30am – 2:30pm

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

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.

Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Mar 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions

 

Mar
3
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Festival of (In)appropriation
Mar 3 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Festival of (In)appropriation

Professor Jaimie Baron, U of Alberta, presents the Festival of (In)appropriation – cutting-edge, experimental, found-media film and video.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Mar
4
Wed
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Graduate VR Artists
Mar 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Graduate VR Artists @ The Sensorium Research Loft

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Graduate VR Artists

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
11:30am-12:30pm
The Sensorium Research Loft
4th Floor GCFA, Room M333
RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca

Join us for our first Sensorium Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series event of March, featuring a panel discussion with VR artists David Han, Michaela Pňačeková and Michael Trommer.

David Han is a media artist, scholar and educator whose work employs emerging technology to explore the boundaries between computation, cinema and immersive media. His current practice employs a structuralist approach inspired by early media artists to explore the poetics of virtual reality and aims to expand the range of possibilities for creative practice in VR. His PhD research-creation work, After Dan Graham, is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was recently awarded the People’s Choice Award for Best Interactive Experience at the Festival of International Augmented & Virtual Reality Stories.

Michaela Pňačeková is an interactive creator, producer and a PhD candidate at York University. Her focus lies in the ways new media impact the real through interaction with algorithmic processes and artificial intelligence. Her first VR piece Symphony of Noise premiered at Reeperbahn Music Festival and IDFA Doc Lab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction 2019 and was listed as one of the best XR installations of 2019 according to Forbes magazine. She co-produced the VR AI installation Chomsky vs. Chomsky: First Encounter, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2020. She is the author and producer of the interactive predictive policing app Pre-Crime Calculator. Since 2014, she has produced three feature length documentaries and two short fiction films, which have been shown at DOK Leipzig, IDFA, Warsaw Film Festival, GoEast Film Festival, Montreal World Festival and more. Graduate of Masaryk University, Czechia. She has received Special Mention at the Bosch Stiftung East European Co-Production Prize 2014, EWA Development Award 2017 and Golden Frog for Best Feminist Play in 2009.

Michael Trommer is a Toronto-based sound and video artist; his experimental work has been focused primarily on psychogeographical and acoustemological explorations via the use of VR, ambisonic and tactile sound, field recordings, as well as immersive installation and expanded cinema. He has exhibited and performed his work at galleries and festivals throughout the world.

In addition to teaching graduate sound design and sound art at George Brown College, Michael also teaches Think Tank at OCAD University and is currently a PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Arts at York University. 

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

Sensorium Writing Group
Mar 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Organized to facilitate productive writing sessions within a supportive and accountable work environment, the Sensorium Writing Groups are open to all graduate students on a drop-in basis.

February 26 – April 8 Sensorium Writing Group Dates:

Monday, March 2, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 4, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, March 9, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 11, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, March 16, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 18, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, March 23, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 25, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday March 30, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, April 1, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Monday, April 6, 11:30am – 2:30pm

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

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.

Coalition: Visual Art & Art History Open House
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Department of Visual Art & Art History presents Coalition, an open house exhibition featuring hundreds of works in print media, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture created by the rising young talent in the department.

Admission is free and all are welcome | Map and Directions 


Location
: Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts & the Gales Gallery
Installation: 12:30-2:00pm
Showcase: 2:00-8:00pm
Awards Ceremony: 7:00-8:00pm | Gales Gallery: 105 Accolade West Building
De-installation: 8:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Mar 5 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions 

 

Graduate Seminar featuring Wafaa Bilal
Mar 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Poster for Graduate Seminar featuring Wafaa Bilal

Please join us March 5 from 2:30-4:00pm for a Graduate Seminar in the Sensorium Research Loft with featured speaker Wafaa Bilal following the 2020 Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture: WafaaBilal (Performing Change).

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international and interpersonal politics. Bilal’s work explores tensions between the cultural spaces he occupies —his home in the comfort zone of the U.S. and his consciousness in the conflict zone in Iraq. For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in FlatFile Galleries where people could shoot him via a remote-access paintball gun. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time”—naming him 2008 Artist of the Year. That year, City Lights published Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun about Bilal’s life and Domestic Tension. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continued to challenge the public’s comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and and Counting…. Bilal’s work, Canto III, was included as part of the Iranian pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Bilal’s current work 168:01 brings awareness to cultural destruction and promotes the collective healing process through education and audience participation. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was conferred an honorary PhD from DePauw University. Bilal is currently an Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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The Sensorium Research Loft is wheelchair accessible, for full access details please email sensloft@yorku.ca