Curatorial Lab @ Sensorium – Chief Lady Bird
Nov 14 @ 9:30 am – Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm

[caption id="attachment_102172" align="aligncenter" width="693"] Chief Lady Bird, Self Portrait as the Moon, 2018[/caption]

Chief Lady Bird

November 14th –  December 5th 

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

Be sure to swing by the Sensorium Research Loft  to see two incredible works of art by Chippewa and Potawatomi interdisciplinary artist Chief Lady Bird for this year’s final Curatorial Lab installation, organized by Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan. You can see Self Portrait as the Moon and Kinship with the Sky from November 14th to December 5th.

Chief Lady Bird is a Chippewa and Potawatomi artist from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First  Nation, who is currently based in Toronto. She graduated  from OCAD University in 2015 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture. Through her art practice, Chief Lady Bird uses street art, community-based workshops, digital illustration and mixed media work to empower and uplift Indigenous people through the subversion of colonial  narratives, shifting focus to both contemporary realities and Indigenous Futurisms by creating space to discuss the nuances of our experiences. Chief Lady Bird makes work about ceremony, stories, reclamation, tattoos, sex, sexuality,  language,  fashion, cultural appropriation and hopes that her images can be a catalyst for reimagining our relationship with the land, each other and ourselves.

Chief  Lady  Bird  was  the  recipient  of  the Donna Mclean Award for Portraiture and Life Study in 2015; she is recognized for her murals and received the Leading Women Building Communities Recognition Award in 2017 alongside Aura for a mural they facilitated with a group of youth. In addition to this, Chief Lady Bird has created designs/illustrations for Vice News, West End Phoenix, Chirp  Magazine,  Flare  Magazine,  Ontario  Human  Rights  Commission,  Open Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario and Twitter to name a few. She was also proudly featured in the legendary Kinship issue of Canadian Art alongside many brilliant Indigenous artists and was the first artist to create an emoji for Twitter for Indigenous Peoples Day/ Indigenous History Month in 2018. She illustrated a children’s book for Scholastic, titled Nibi’s Water Song, released in August 2019!


If you have any questions, please email

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Cinema Politica Present: La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)
Nov 26 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Cinema Politica Present:La Soledad (dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016). Please join us for a free screening and question and answer period with Rodrigo Michelangeli (co-writer & cinematographer)

Tuesday, November 26 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!


Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event




Depth of Field: Excerpts from Recent York MFA Thesis Films
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Excerpts from recent York MFA Thesis Films

Red Bicyle (Fiction)
Fazila Amiri
Mahal, a young Afghan woman is arrested on the charge of a “moral crime”, losing her virginity before marriage. After she finds a red bicycle, she plots out a daring escape from women’s prison.




El Mundo o Nada (Documentary)
Ingrid Veninger
A portrait of 29-year-old Cuban twin brothers, Rubert and Rubildo, after their recent migration to Barcelona; this documentary explores the emotional cost of big ambitions, the intimate bonds of sibling love, and the challenges of building a new life.




Our House (Fiction)
Susan Bayani
A socio-political drama about Anahita, an Iranian refugee in Toronto, who runs into the man who brutally murdered her parents in Tehran years ago.






Revolution Moosehide (Documentary)
Lesley Johnson
In Dene culture, the newly created earth was made beautiful by a moosehide. Revolution Moosehide follows Melaw Nakehk’o’s journey of cultural resurgence by learning the practice of moosehide tanning, inspiring a revitalization movement across Denendeh and beyond.





End of the Rope (Fiction)
Sibel Guvenic
After being crippled by a car accident, a former dancer enters a power struggle with an exploitative scientist who promises her creative freedom in an altered reality with his invention.



Aqui y Alla (Documentary)
Lina Rodriguez
A poetic reflection on family as an emotional system that operates across generations, Aquí y allá juxtaposes colour 16mm, B&W mini-DV footage, and photos from my family’s archive to meditate on the passing of time, the possibilities of remembering, and the construction of space as an ongoing historical and subjective process.




Of Sand and Gold (Documentary)
Raghed Charabaty
A mother and her children live in a small house in Mount Lebanon. One day, a terrifying sandstorm called the Khamseen arrives and destroys the house and all of its inhabitants, children and visitors alike. ‘Of Sand & Gold‘ weaves together a timeless myth in parallel with real interviews with Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon today, alongside displaced Lebanese families.



Birthday (Fiction)
Atefeh Khademolreza
‘Birthday’ concerns three new immigrants to Toronto (a Serbian divorcee, a Syrian boy, and an Afghani dishwasher), connected only through a series of soft-wipe split-screens. At first, they appear to form a single family as they prepare for a birthday celebration. As the story unfolds, we realize that the only thing connecting them together is the thread of loneliness.



December 3, 2019
7.30PM (doors open 7.00PM)
Art Gallery of Ontario: Jackman Hall
317 Dundas Street. Entrance at McCaul Street.
Free admission

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.