Events

Dec
2
Mon
FREE drop-in yoga classes
Dec 2 2019 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 8 2020 @ 4:00 pm
FREE drop-in yoga classes @ Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College

Mark your calendar!!! Starting Monday, September 16th, do your body some good by coming to our FREE drop-in yoga classes. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Feb
3
Mon
Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication Exhibition
Feb 3 – Feb 13 all-day
The Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication exhibition explores the relationship between digital fabrication processes and social design that increasingly revolve around prototyping and iterative testing.  Digital tools are today ubiquitous in academic and community settings, yet engaging with these goes beyond any particular technologically enhanced capacity.  In what Katherine Hayles calls a ‘Regime of Computation’, works today increasingly involve a co-evolution of life and mind, individual and society.  The ‘disruptive’ technologies that will be introduced reflect on the infrastructural machinic processes that are pervasive in digital culture today, and reveal biases and stereotypes in their design through alternative networking of edge sensing, assistive technologies, Google Homes, wikiLeaks, artscience visualizations and more. 
 
Through the symposium, we hope to create an opportunity for artists and theorists to engage in a discussion of critical making, accountability and experiential learning through their works and research projects.  The exhibition provides an experiential context to their works and for visitors to gain experience into their working processes.  

 

Exhibition features works by :

Garnet Hertz, Mark-David Hosale, Evan Light, Lorena Salome, Robert Towmey and more.

house machine

Feb
4
Tue
Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication Symposium
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
The Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication exhibition explores the relationship between digital fabrication processes and social design that increasingly revolve around prototyping and iterative testing.  Digital tools are today ubiquitous in academic and community settings, yet engaging with these goes beyond any particular technologically enhanced capacity.  In what Katherine Hayles calls a ‘Regime of Computation’, works today increasingly involve a co-evolution of life and mind, individual and society.  The ‘disruptive’ technologies that will be introduced reflect on the infrastructural machinic processes that are pervasive in digital culture today, and reveal biases and stereotypes in their design through alternative networking of edge sensing, assistive technologies, Google Homes, wikiLeaks, artscience visualizations and more. 
 
Through the symposium, we hope to create an opportunity for artists and theorists to engage in a discussion of critical making, accountability and experiential learning through their works and research projects.  The exhibition provides an experiential context to their works and for visitors to gain experience into their working processes.  

Panel 1 – Between Disruption and Inclusion: an Internet of Difference
Jutta Treviranus , Garnet Hertz, Evan Light, Robert Twomey
Discussant: Lorena Salome

Panel 2 – Assistive and Sustainable Design

Deborah Fels, Shital Desai, Lauren Sergio and Joel Ong
Discussant: TBC

 

Gospel in the Lounge
Feb 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Please join us for an uplifting midday concert featuring the York University Gospel Choir.

Directed by: Karen Burke

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Fracas and other nature films
Feb 4 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Fracas and other nature films

And a time when the natural world is under unprecedented threat, a series of short documentaries from France that challenge our conventions about nature films.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Feb
5
Wed
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Associate Professor Graham Wakefield
Feb 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Associate Professor Graham Wakefield

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
11:30am-12:30pm
Sensorium Research Loft
(4th Floor CFA, Room M333)
RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca 
Light refreshments will be served!

Please join us Wednesday, February 5th for our next Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series which will feature a research talk by Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor Graham Wakefield!

About Graham Wakefield

Graham Wakefield joined York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design in 2014. He is appointed to the Department of Computational Arts, and holds a Canada Research Chair in Computational Worldmaking. He is the founding director of the Alice Lab in AMPD, a facility dedicated to the development of computationally literate art practice and  creative coding software for the construction of responsive artificial worlds experienced through rapidly emerging mixed/hybrid reality technologies. Dr. Wakefield is also a Core Member of the VISTA program.

Dr. Wakefield is an artist-researcher whose contributions include both scholarly research and the creation of works of art. His research-creation is founded upon a trans-disciplinary academic training in interactive art, music, virtual/augmented reality, mathematics and philosophy, partnered with extensive professional practice in software engineering for creative coding in audio-visual, interactive and immersive media.

Graham is an internationally exhibited artist of immersive and mixed-reality art installations, including the series Artificial Nature, an ongoing collaboration since 2007 with artist/researcher Haru Ji. These artworks present experiences of nature as it could be, through interactive worlds in which participants become one more component of an ecosystem, linking the generative open-endedness of biology and computation through aesthetic experience. The installations have been exhibited in numerous venues and events internationally including La Gaîté Lyrique/Paris andZKM/Germany, and have been recognized in peer-reviewed publications as well as organizations such as SIGGRAPH and VIDA.

Dr. Wakefield’s research is documented in numerous leading conferences, including a best paper award at NIME, journals including IEEE Computer Graphics & ApplicationsInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies and Computer Music Journal, as well as popular texts such as O’Reilly’s Beautiful Visualization. Graham played a central role in the development of software systems and authoring content for the AlloSphere: a three storey spherical multi-user immersive instrument in the California Nano-Systems Institute. Graham is also a software developer for Cycling ’74, co-authoring the Gen software used by tens of thousands in the media arts environment Max/MSP/Jitter.

Artist website               Alice Lab website

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.

Goldfarb Lecture 2020: “No Nowhere” with Jenifer Papararo
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Goldfarb Lecture 2020
Jenifer Papararo
Director/Curator, Art Gallery of York University

“No Nowhere”
Jenifer Papararo will speak about her work as a curator of contemporary art and her interest in locating art and exhibitions as situations tethered to place and shared experience. She will discuss institutional knowledge as developed by the artists she works with, harnessing their approaches to redefine the presumed safety net of museums and galleries that ubiquitously function to be any-place, any-where, any-time. Papararo considers the impossibility of this nowhere.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Room 312 Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
York University

Jenifer Papararo is the recently appointed Director / Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, beginning her tenure in 2020. She comes to the AGYU, from Plug Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, where she was the Executive Director. She was previously, the Curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and the Program Director at Mercer Union, Toronto. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibition. She initiated STAGES biennial in 2017 a temporary public art exhibition of sculpture and performance in Winnipeg, and recently curating the 2019 iteration, including Raymond Boisjoly, Daniel Buren, FASTWÜRMS, Kenneth Lavallee, Joar Nango, Andrea Roberts and Silke Otto-Knapp. In 2018 at Plug In ICA, she worked with Skeena Reece, DIS.art, BUSH gallery, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Przemek Pyszczek, and co-curated the group exhibition Days of Reading: beyond this state of affairs. She has written numerous curatorial texts and edited various exhibition related books: including My Best Thing by Frances Stark and the exhibition catalogue Enter the Landscape, that focuses on the female or queer body, its representation and relation to the land. Papararo is a founding member of the artist and curatorial collective Instant Coffee, whose work has been exhibited at One +J in Seoul, South Korea; Vancouver Art Gallery; the Toronto Sculpture Garden; the Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; Subvision, Hamburg; Encuentro Internacional, Medellín; Sparwasser HQ, Berlin; the Americas Society, New York; and the 2nd Tirana International Biennial, Albania and are represented by MKG 127, Toronto.

 

Artist Talk with Miwa Matreyek
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Artist Talk with Miwa Matreyek

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:00-8:00pm
Sensorium Research Loft (4th Floor CFA, Room M333)
RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca

Please join us Wednesday, February 5th from 6:00-8:00pm in the Sensorium Research Loft for an artist talk with interdisciplinary performer, Miwa Matreyek who will discuss her creation process, upcoming works and collaborations with Cloud Eye Control.

About Miwa Matreyek

Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Miwa Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross-section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature. Her work exists both at the realm of the hand-made and tech. She travels as a one-woman show, often incorporating artist talks and workshops.

She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, and tech conferences. A few past presenters include TED, MOMA, Lincoln Center, Sundance New Frontier, Future of Storytelling conference, Exploratorium, Adler Planetarium, ISEA conference, Meta.Morph (Norway), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Houston Cinematic Arts Festival, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and many more. She has also performed at many universities, including Texas A&M, Boston University, USC, UC San Diego, University of Michigan, Western Carolina University, University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana, University of Hawaii in Hilo, and more.

She received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007. She is also a co-founder and core-collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control.

Upcoming performances include This World Made Itself & Infinitely Yours, presented February 6-7 in Toronto as part of the 2020 Progress Festival.

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The Sensorium Research Loft and Sensorium Flex Space are wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

Feb
6
Thu
Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Feb 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions 

 

Concerto Competition Winners in Concert with the York University Symphony Orchestra
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Professor Mark Chambers conducts the York University Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring  2017 Concerto Competition winners.

2020 Winners
Christian Masucci-Facchini: Countertenor
Daniel Pasoff:  Tenor Saxophone
Xingzhi Wang: Tenor

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors. 

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

Maps & Directions

Improv Soirée
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Steve Koven.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

 

Feb
11
Tue
playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development
Feb 11 – Feb 14 all-day

playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development

Created and produced by undergraduate students in the Department of Theatre.
Now in its 28th season, this annual, student-produced fringe fest features new, highly original works and works-in-progress by up-and-coming playwrights, directors, designers and performers.

In keeping with the true spirit of playGround, the pieces reflect an uncurbed spirit, a humourous undertone and a risk-taking mindset.

playGround runs in two series

SERIES A
Tues. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Wed. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 14, 1:00 p.m. (Closing)

SERIES B
Wed. Feb. 12, 1:00 pm (Opening)
Thurs. Feb. 13, 7:30 pm
Fri. Feb. 14, 7:30 pm (Closing)

Admission: $7 per series.

Box Office: online or tel. 416.736.5888.
Seating is limited and performances often sell out in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Directions

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents RECLAMATION
Feb 11 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents RECLAMATION

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents RECLAMATION: Three short films to reclaim identity and lived experience, exploring themes of queer youth, racialized women, and women in competitive sport, in cooperation with Professor Mary Bunch.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Feb
12
Wed
York Dance Ensemble: Language of Landscape (investigating movement, meaning and environment)
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

York Dance Ensemble: Language of Landscape (investigating movement, meaning and environment)
The Department of Dance Showcase
Featuring the York Dance Ensemble
Artistic Director: Susan Lee

CHOREOGRAPHY BY
Faculty member: Susan Lee
MFA candidates: Emilio Colaillo and Raine Kearns
York Alumna: Nina Milanovski
4th Year BFA student: Sophie Goyette- Hamels

February 12-14, 2020
Location: Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $18 | $12 advance purchase until Sunday, Feb. 9
Box Office: 416.736.5888 | ampd.yorku.ca/boxoffice

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series Featuring Professor Brandon Vickerd
Feb 12 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Sensorium Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series Featuring Professor Brandon Vickerd 

Wednesday, February 12th

11:30-12:30pm

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

Please join us Wednesday, February 12th for our next Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Professor Brandon Vickerd!

About Brandon Vickerd

Brandon Vickerd is a sculptor whose site-specific interventions, public performances and object-based sculptures act as a catalyst for critical thought and engagement with the physical world. Purposely diverse, his studio work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement. Whether through craftsmanship, the creation of spectacle, or humor, the goal of his work is to provoke the viewer into questioning the dominate myth of progress ingrained in Western world views.

Vickerd’s current research engages in enriching public spaces through the development of public art that challenges citizens to reflect on our notions of public space. Projects such as Dance of the Cranes (Edmonton and Washington DC) transform the cityscape through choreographed dances executed by high-rise construction cranes perched upon condos developments. Most recently Vickerd was awarded a commission for a permanent installation for 12th Street S.E. Bridge Public Art Project in Calgary. The resulting artworks was titled Wolfe and the Sparrows and resulted from a three-month collaborative process with the citizens of Inglewood and the City of Calgary. Wolfe and the Sparrows consists of a traditionally rendered monument that appears intact from a distance; however, as the viewer moves closer, the upper body of the sculpture transforms into a flock of sparrows scattering into the distance. Cast in bronze and positioned on a traditional raised pedestal, this sculpture utilizes the language and aesthetic of traditional statuary to actively subvert the authority of public monuments.

Professor Vickerd is principal investigator for the CFI-supported Digital Sculpture Lab at York University, dedicated to studying the convergence of the digital and the physical in art by translating digital code into physical reality.” Vickerd has received numerous awards and grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council.

www.brandonvickerd.com

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.