Events

Nov
25
Mon
FREE drop-in yoga classes
Nov 25 2019 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 1 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.

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.

Dec
6
Fri
DisPerSion Relation #4 with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dispersion Relation #4: Doug Van Nort with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra

In this on going series Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space. The lab door will remain open, and people are welcome to come in late or leave early during the show. (Please remove shoes before entering!)

The fourth event welcomes a special performance with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra. Two pieces will explore new modes of composing for attentional strategies that blend Soundpainting conducting, cross-performer shared sound processing, interactive spatialization and lighting.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space.

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism

Sponsored co-presentation with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi, Co-Chair, Pleasure Dome.

Date|Time: Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30-10:00 PM
Place: Small World Music Centre | 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10 General Admission | $5 Member Rate or PWYC

In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. Pleasure Dome’s Lost and Found in Late Capitalism will attempt to speak truth to power by speaking power’s language while capitalism continues to destroy our environment, wage wars on our people, and destroy our social fabric. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources, and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.

Follow Pleasure Dome 
Instagram and twitter: @ PleasureDomeTO
Facebook: @ PDomeTO
website: www.pdome.org

 

Image Credit: Beyond Human, Pete Burkeet (Ohio, USA), 2018.

 

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Lost and Found in Late Capitalism

Sponsored co-presentation with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi, Co-Chair, Pleasure Dome.

Date|Time: Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30-10:00 PM
Place: Small World Music Centre | 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10 General Admission | $5 Member Rate or PWYC

In recent years, with the election of right-wing and fascist politicians around the world, the link between fascism and capitalism has become impossible to ignore. Existing somewhere between apocalypse and parody, the age of late capitalism has brought about dystopian ideals presented to its subjects as standard societal practices. Pleasure Dome’s Lost and Found in Late Capitalism will attempt to speak truth to power by speaking power’s language while capitalism continues to destroy our environment, wage wars on our people, and destroy our social fabric. This program consists of a series of short videos constructed from found footage, coming from a variety of formats, sources, and levels of legality. These videos use footage from Hollywood films, business promotional videos, public domain artefacts and military footage to tell stories of life under the thumb of capitalism. It is through this re-appropriation of the products of capitalism that today’s artists can attempt to come to terms with the struggle of living under an unquestionable dictatorial system.

Follow Pleasure Dome 
Instagram and twitter: @ PleasureDomeTO
Facebook: @ PDomeTO
website: www.pdome.org

 

Image Credit: Beyond Human, Pete Burkeet (Ohio, USA), 2018.

 

Dec
21
Sat
Music to Play in the Dark #1
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Music to Play in the Dark #1

In this on going series Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space. The lab door will remain open, and people are welcome to come in late or leave early during the show. (Please remove shoes before entering!)

An immersive, spatial audio-haptic concert in total darkness for the Winter Solstice!

This concert will feature existing pieces by invited composer Darren Copeland and Doug Van Nort that are re-imagined for the 28.2 audio and 56-channel haptic floor of the DisPerSion Lab. It will also include a new piece by lab member Rory Hoy created for this event.

Copeland’s piece will feature a small amount of light in order to see his performative gesture-based spatializations sound. Van Nort’s piece, originally composed in 2012, will be the first full use of the haptic floor that he has created over the past few years. Hoy’s piece will be a new construction created in the space leading up to the event.

About the guest composer:
Darren Copeland is a Canadian sound artist who has been active since 1985 and lives in the country outside the village of South River (Ontario). His work encompasses multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape composition, radio art and sound installations.

His fixed-media compositions have explored both abstract and referential sound materials. Many of these works are released on the empreintes DIGITALes label and have received mentions from Vancouver New Music, Phonurgia Nova, Luigi Russolo, and other competitions.and lighting.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space.

Jan
6
Mon
Human; Nature, the Willowdale Award for Painting Exhibition by Serena Kobayashi-LeBel
Jan 6 – Jan 16 all-day

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Human; Nature is an exhibition of oil paintings by fifth year Visual Art Studio student Serena Kobayashi-LeBel.

The body of work focuses on exploring the popular debate of nature vs. nurture. By painting hybrids of people with flora or fauna, the artist questions what instincts are ingrained in us on a biological level. What characteristics do we possess because at the core of our existence we are animals, and what is social conditioning? Using natural imagery of plants and animals, Kobayashi-LeBel uses their living patterns as well as cultural associations to illustrate certain ideas. Creating beautiful, but jarring images she encourages her audience to question their own actions and beliefs. How much of your personality is ‘just who you are’, or is it possible to change potentially negative behavioral patterns? Think about it; is who you are who you want to be?

 

Instagram: Serena.claire.art

 

Esther Kim presents Solve Et Coagula
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm

Solve Et Coagula

Artist: Esther Kim (5th Year)

Medium: Sculpture (steel, bronze, limestone, ceramic)

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

Dates: January 6-16, 2020

Reception: Friday, January 10th @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Brief description of the exhibition:
“The Latin expression “solve et coagula” is derived from “solve,” meaning to break down and
separate, while “coagula” describes the process of bringing elements back together (coagulating) into a new, higher form.” Solve Et Coagula is an exhibition that encapsulates the process of transformation from material to matter both individually in each sculpture and unified by the exhibition as a whole. Each individual work represents fragments of the body while collectively constructing a whole greater than its sum. Verging on the ephemeral notions of the physical human figure, the sculptural mediums create a lasting impact, solidifying its permanence in the world while exploring the ambiguity and complexities of the human body.

Artist’s Statement:
The mechanical process of repetition is a fundamental component in my sculptural art practice as it combines the concepts of the working body with the working machine. The process of
dialogue between the body and mind allows me to challenge bodily limitations and to explore deeper within myself. Size and scale creates emphasis on autonomy, emulating the living vessel. Exploring the human body is like understanding a machine, each functioning part integrates as a whole. However, the human body is full of spontaneity, it can be obstructed through its limitations and surpassed by the mind. The mind exceeds beyond what’s physical, infinite through thought and imagination. The body is finite, limited by what’s tangible within reality. Through my work, I aim to create an open interpretation that instigates awareness of the viewers subjective selves and allows people to freely create associations for themselves through their own bodily experiences.

Artist’s bio:
Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). Through exploring the concepts of the body, she utilizes her practices which involve metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke an ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, the work is presented to the viewer to challenge commonly held assumptions about the world and to open possibilities for interpretations which instigate both cognitive and bodily awareness to the viewer’s subjective
self.

 

Severed Tongue
19.5” x 13” x 13”
Steel
2019

Here am I
4” x 3” x 6”
Bronze, mirror
2019

Jan
7
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 feet
Jan 7 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Kazik Radwansk: Anne at 13,000 feet

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents MFA alumni Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 feet (TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten 2019). Please join us for a free screening and question and answer period with filmmaker, Kazik Radwanski. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Jan
9
Thu
Jazz @ Midday: York University Jazz Choirs
Jan 9 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us as the York University Jazz Choirs perform a concert featuring notable jazz standards.
Directed by: Mim Adams

Free admission.


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Jan
10
Fri
Sensorium General Writing Group
Jan 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sensorium General Writing Group @ The Sensorium Research Loft

Join us for the weekly Sensorium General Writing Group in the Sensorium Research Loft! These groups provide an opportunity for graduate students to delve into current and ongoing writing work, receive feedback from peers and generate material in a focused and supportive environment.

Current General Writing Group dates for the Winter Term are as Follows: 

Friday, January 10th – 12:00-3:00pm

Monday, January 13th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 20th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 27th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 3rd – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 10th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Location: The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (Room M33)

The Sensorium Research Loft is Wheelchair Accessible | Full Access Details at sensloft@yorku.ca 

Jan
11
Sat
NEXT | WAVE
Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NEXT | WAVE

Please join us for a group exhibition featuring the work of second-year MFA students and first-year PhD students from the Visual Arts Graduate Program.

The exhibition, entitled NEXT | WAVE opens on Saturday, January 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham (see akimbo NEXT | WAVE | Akimbo). There will also be a panel discussion moderated by curator Yan Wu around the notions of migration, identities and contemporary art practices at 1:30 pm.

This is an important event where our candidates exhibit their work, conduct panel discussions and lead workshops within an established museum gallery context. Please join us at the opening to discover the work and meet the artists.

The opening will include a panel discussion from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. and light refreshments from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Free admission. Please RSVP at varleyartgallery.eventbrite.ca 

Dan Tapper, Studio visit, Fractured Terrain.
Photo: Anik Glaude

Jan
13
Mon
Sensorium General Writing Group
Jan 13 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for the weekly Sensorium General Writing Group in the Sensorium Research Loft! These groups provide an opportunity for graduate students to delve into current and ongoing writing work, receive feedback from peers and generate material in a focused and supportive environment.

Current General Writing Group dates for the Winter Term are as Follows: 

Friday, January 10th – 12:00-3:00pm

Monday, January 13th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 20th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 27th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 3rd – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 10th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Location: The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (Room M33)

The Sensorium Research Loft is Wheelchair Accessible | Full Access Details at sensloft@yorku.ca 

Jan
14
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents short film and video featuring B.C. Filmakers
Jan 14 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents short film and video featuring B.C. Filmakers

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents a selection of diverse short film and video works by some of B.C.’s emerging and provocative filmmakers. The program will feature documentary to experimental narrative, stop-motion animation to slow cinema. Please join us for this free screening. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Jan
15
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University New Music Ensemble
Jan 15 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The York University New Music Ensemble directed by Matt Brubeck performs an eclectic mix of new music.

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Free admission. Everyone welcome.

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