[caption id="attachment_101471" align="alignleft" width="550"] Title: Silaup Putunga (Laakkuluk WIlliamson Bathory) ©Jamie Griffiths 2018[/caption]
When the exhibit Tunirrusiangit:Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak opened in the Sam & Ayala Pavilion it was one of the largest showcases of Inuit artwork at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). it could be seen as a singular sound that started a continuing harmony and one that echoes here within these walls of the Joan Goldfarb Study Centre.
The exhibition runs Mondays through Thursdays 12:30-4:30 until April 25.
Curated by Jocelyn Piirainen, echoes features “Silaup Putunga” and “Inuit in the Media” that relate to the idea of an echo and to ‘nipi’ – the Inuktitut word that best describes sounds as understood in the English language. Commissioned within the context of Tunirrusiangit, they were created by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory & Jamie Griffiths and Taqralik Partridge as responses to the artwork of Inuit artists Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak.
The Goldfarb Study Centre exhibition ECHOES and the screening of THE 5th REGION documentary are presented at York University by MOBILIZING INUIT CULTURAL HERITAGE (MICH), a six-year SSHRC Partnership Grant focusing on the contribution of Inuit visual culture, art, and performance to Inuit language preservation, social well-being, and cultural identity. MICH is based at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and Anna Hudson, Professor/AMPD is the Principal Investigator
[caption id="attachment_101540" align="alignleft" width="400"] Amnon Buchbinder. Photo by Caleb Buchbinder.[/caption]
In celebration of his recent promotion from Associate Professor to Professor, The Department of Cinema & Media Arts presents a 2 day Amnon Buchbinder retrospective featuring 7 of his films and a workshop by Geneviève Appleton exploring Buchbinder’s innovative interactive documentary project Biology of Story.
Amnon Buchbinder started teaching at York University in 1995 and received a tenure stream appointment in 1996. He is a former Chair of the department and has played an instrumental role in developing the department’s curriculum in production and screenwriting. An active filmmaker, screenwriter and author, his credits include directing two theatrically-released feature films: Genie award winning The Fishing Trip (1998), made in collaboration with his students and distributed by Mongrel Media, and Whole New Thing (2005) which screened at more than 100 international film festivals, winning a dozen best-film awards. Working in the Canadian film and television industry, Buchbinder has written numerous screenplays and served as story editor on over a hundred feature film projects in funded development. His book The Way of the Screenwriter (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which reinterprets the craft from both a philosophical and practical point of view, has been widely acclaimed by working screenwriters and he has taught professional screenwriting workshops in a dozen countries. Buchbinder has also served as a curator and film programmer for several organizations including the Vancouver International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
Biology of Story illustrates Buchbinder’s theory of story and anti-story in art and life. It was undertaken as research-creation and funded with a major SSHRC Insight grant, launching at SXSW-Interactive in 2016 with over 70 hours of material (see news story). It is now a highlight of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design’s eLearning courses.
11am Oroboros (1983) & Seed (1988)
1pm The Fishing Trip (1998)
4pm Whole New Thing (2005)
10am Travelling Medicine Show (2011)
1:30pm Biology of Story (2016) (MFA workshop with Genevieve Appleton)
4pm Amnon, talking about his work
followed by reception/celebration of his promotion to Professor
[caption id="attachment_101541" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A still from Biology of Story – Amnon Buchbinder’s interactive documentary[/caption]
Theatre @ York presents Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by MFA candidate Lindsay Bell and The Balcony by Jean Genet, directed by MFA candidate Margaret Legere. The two shows will be performed in repertory and feature the MFA and fourth-year actors.
Orlando is a dramatic adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s feminist classic by contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl. It investigates the adventures of a poet who changes sex from man to woman and lives for centuries, meeting the key figures of English literary history.
The Balcony uses the setting of an unnamed city and a distant background of a revolution and counterrevolution to explore strains of power in a society. The play compelling examines the delicate equilibrium of reality and illusion.
Sunday, March 24 at 7:30pm (Preview)
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30pm (Opening)
Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00pm
Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm
Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm (Preview)
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm (Opening)
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 29 at 1:00pm
Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Tickets $7- 20
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The York University Concert and Chamber Choirs
Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor
Join the York University Concert and Chamber Choirs as they perform Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 and Stravinsk’s Symphony of Psalms with two pianos.
Ticket Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors.
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Four Faces of the Moon and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) by Amanda Strong will be on display in the Sensorium Research Loft Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 3:00pm from March 25th to April 4th. Amanda Strong is an award-winning interdisciplinary Michif artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations, and media art. She is currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver. Strong is the owner/director/producer of Spotted Fawn Productions Inc. (SFP). Under her direction SFP utilizes a multi-layered approach and unconventional methods that are centred in collaboration on all aspects of their work. With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language, and culture. The Sensorium Research Loft is located on the 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University.
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The Department of Cinema & Media Arts, Nat Taylor Tuesday and the South Asian Visual Art Centre (SAVAC) present a free public screening of Priya Sen’s Yeh Freedom Life/This Freedom Life, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by Indu Vashisht, Executive Director of SAVAC.
Filmed over the course of a year in a dense, working class area in south Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life/This Freedom Life invites us into the world of Sachi and Parveen, two women in love with other women, whose desire is to live and love outside the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Scenes by Design, the annual showcase exhibition of the Department of Theatre, offers an insider’s look at the creative work done behind the scenes before the curtain rises on a stage production.
The exhibition features original set designs and maquettes, costumes, props, scene painting, renderings, drawings and lighting design by students in the production/design area.
Wed. March 27: 11am – 8pm Opens with 2019/20 Season Announcement
Thur. March 28: 11am – 8pm
Fri. March 29: 11am-8pm
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Professor Ron Westray directs the York University R&B Ensemble in a show-stopping performance of soul and funk music.
The concert will feature the music of Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and many other great artists.
Admission is free and open to everyone.
Research Talk with Heather Barnett and Physarum polycephalum
Wednesday, March 27, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Sensorium Research Loft (M333)
4th Floor, Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
We are pleased to invite you to a series of events featuring interdisciplinary artist Heather Barnett and Physarum polycephalum. During her visit, Barnett will present her recent research, will conduct a workshop, and will explore the city of Toronto, inspired by the nonhuman perspective of this organism, also known as slime mould.
The slime mould (Physarum polycephalum) is a bright yellow amoeba that possesses primitive intelligence, problem solving skills and memory. It is highly efficient at forming networks between given points and has been used to map the worlds’ transport networks, migration routes, and desire paths. Most notably, in 2010 it accurately replicated the Tokyo suburban rail network. The slime mould is also quite beautiful, the branching patterns reminiscent of forms seen at varying scales within nature, from blood vessels to tree branches, from river deltas to lightning flashes. It can learn about its environment, remember where it’s been and navigate through complex territories – all without any sensory organs and not a single neuron to its name.
Heather Barnett’s art practice engages with natural phenomena and complex systems. Working with live organisms, imaging technologies, and playful pedagogies, her work explores how we observe, influence and understand the world around us. Recent work centres around nonhuman intelligence, collective behaviour, and knowledge systems, including The Physarum Experiments, an ongoing ‘collaboration’ with an intelligent slime mould; Animal Collectives collaborative research with SHOAL Group at Swansea University; and a series of publicly sited collective interdisciplinary bio/social experiments, including Crowd Control and Nodes and Networks.
This event has been made possible thanks to the support of the School of Cities and New College (UofT), and is a collaboration between ArtSci Salon, Sensorium, the Research Centre for Creative inquiry and Experimentation, the Departments of Computational Art and Visual Art & Art History at York University. Research for this event was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. ArtSci Salon is an interdisciplinary program hosted by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. LASER – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST.
“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”
Anna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.
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.
Public Lecture & Masterclass with Professor Hannah Thompson
We are pleased to welcome Professor Hannah Thompson for the final Master Class and Lecture in the Peripheral Vision Speaker Series! Join us this Thursday, March 28th for The Aesthetics of Audio Description Master Class.
Thursday, March 28th 11:00am-1:00pm
Sensorium Research Loft (M333), 4th Floor GCFA, York University.
Wheelchair Access | ASL Interpretation Provided
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This class will use insights from critical disability studies to explore how audio description might enhance the aesthetic experience of both blind and non-blind beholders. Drawing on articles published in the 2018 special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly, ‘Blindness Arts’, we will explore what non-visual ways of engaging with art and artefacts might teach the visually dependent world. When it is made available to everybody and included in the conception of an exhibition or artwork, can audio description be celebrated as a privileged example of “blindness gain” which works to challenge ocularcentric understandings of the hierarchy of the senses?
Friday evening the Peripheral Visions Speakers Series, Tangled Art + Disability and the Bodies in Translation Project present “Blindness Gain and the Art of Non-Visual Reading” a public lecture which celebrates the critical and creative power of blindness.
Friday March 29, 6:00-8:00pm, reception to follow
Location: Tangled Art + Disability, 401 Richmond Street
Wheelchair Access | ASL
Through a discussion of examples from 19th century French literature and art, Professor Thompson will argue that blindness is a fruitful theoretical stance available to both blind and non-blind people, Thompson’s Critical Disability Studies approach will dismantle the traditional hierarchy of the senses and invite new ways of beholding familiar texts and images.
BIO: Professor Thompson has published widely on French literature and theory, the body, gender, sexuality and disability. She is the author of three books on French literature and culture including Reviewing Blindness in French Fiction (1789-2013) (Palgrave, 2017), which marks the start of Professor Thompson’s influential work on the cross-overs between French Studies and Critical Disability Studies. Professor Thompson has published two edited volumes: New Approaches to Emile Zola and Corporeal Practices: (Re)Figuring the Body in French Studies (with Julia Prest). In 2015 she co-organised the Blind Creations conference and micro-arts festival with Vanessa Warne and she is the author of the popular Blind Spot Blog.
The Peripheral Visions Speakers Series is a partnership of the Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, VISTA: Vision Science to Application and the Peripheral Visions Lab. This event is co-sponsored by Tangled Art + Disability, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life, the Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies, The Departments of Theatre and Cinema and Media Arts, and the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series. We are grateful for support from the Canada Research Excellence Fund and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The Peripheral Visions Speaker Series is co-curated by Mary Bunch, Laura Levin, and Lauren Sergio.
Classical piano students from the studio of Professor Christina Petrowska Quilico showcase their talent.
Free admission. Everyone welcome.