Anthropocene Cinema Talk by Selmin Kara at UofT

Selmin Kara giving a presentation
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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 4:00am

A Talk by Selmin Kara, Assistant Professor, OCAD University

This talk provides an overview of Professor Kara’s recent research on the emerging aesthetic and thematic threads related to the “Anthropocene imaginary” in contemporary cinema, including: the post-cinematic return to the tropes of primordiality and extinction in recent films depicting human loss (in Tree of Life and Beasts of the Southern Wild), fantasies of grand-scale waste and its impacts (in films like Gravity and Snowpiercer), projections of ecological exploitation / anxiety onto human bodies (in Safe, Night Moves, and Upstream Colour), and evocations of insular and hyperstitional climates. 

Faculty Talk April 7th with Selmin Kara

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please RSVP by April 1st http://goo.gl/forms/Sl1wThB63N

On Thursday, April 7th 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Selmin Kara, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and 2014/2015 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Recipient, will be giving a talk entitled Anthropocene Cinema and the Eco-Sensory Breach.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Please invite your colleagues and join us for this exciting opportunity to hear about Professor Kara’s research. See the poster attached for more details.

In this talk, Selmin Kara will provide a brief overview of her research on the emerging aesthetic and thematic threads related to the Anthropocene imaginary in contemporary cinema, with special attention to films that project the impact of ecological exploitation onto human bodies. In films like Todd Haynes’s Safe (1995), Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves (2013), Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour (2013), and Elinor Svoboda’s Merus Breach (2013), one finds characters that suffer from an eco-sensory breach that compromises their immune system and makes them oversensitive to certain stimuli such as pathogens, sounds, odours, or touch, due to environmental factors. Depictions of immune system collapse immediately configures the impact of the Anthropocene on the body as a metabolic rift: a tearing apart of the body’s resources and preventing the body from defending itself.  According to immune theory (under the guise of a wide array of philosophers, ranging from Niels Bohr and Fransisco Varela to Donna Haraway), the immune system is closely linked to the formation of identity, since it is predicated upon a distinction between self-and nonself, self and the environment. Varela even goes as far as suggesting that the immune system is one of the constituents of the notion of “self,” since it is a closed network that self-determines the body’s stability and capacities of interaction with its environment. From a cinematic point of view, the four films’ foregrounding of the senses in depicting narratives of bodily vulnerability entangle humans in a sensual ecology, which create an aesthetic that unsettles and resists anthropocentric imaginings. Taking the tension between these films’ narratives of eco-sensory breach and eco-sensuous aesthetic, the talk will explore what they might suggest in terms of transcorporeality and affect in the Anthropocene.  

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W, Room 420
Website: 
http://goo.gl/forms/Sl1wThB63N
Cost: 
Free
Faculty Talk poster with event info, biography of Selmin Kara and film stills

Oneirism: New Work from Bogdan Luca

contemporary painting of a male figure
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening reception: November 7, 6-10pm
Visiting hours Tue-Fri 3-7pm Sat, Sun 12-6pm

Oneirism (onei•rism \ō-ˈnī-ˌriz-əm\) is a state of consciousness in which dreamlike, often disturbing illusions are experienced while awake. This group of paintings depicts moments or characters that belong to a liminal order of reality: where the boundaries between consciousness, dreams and imagination are permeable and not easily discerned. How do we digest the images we are surrounded by? How do we think about this process by way of painting and photography?

Bogdan Luca is a Toronto based artist interested in how external images inform the cinema of our minds and how fear/desire shapes the world that becomes subjectively visible to our eyes. Bogdan teaches drawing and painting at OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
192 Spadina Ave. 5th floor

Onyx Cinema Night with Audrey Hudson and Charmaine Lurch

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Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 11:00pm to Monday, March 3, 2014 - 3:00am

"Colored Frames"

ÁCCENTS BOOKSTORE in Collaboration with EUPHONICALLY OSO, invites you to a FREE celebration of Black art stories through motion pictures.

Film screening of Colored Frames, with artist and educator Audrey Hudson and renowned sculptor, fine artist and educator Charmaine Lurch in attendance.

The night will consist of free snacks and refreshments, drumming and dancing, live performances, a presentation highlighting local and international Artists of African decent. There will be a live performances by Baro Dununba drum ensemble and a special performances by saxophonist Jahvid.

After the film, there will be a discussion/ Q&A facilitated by OCAD U's very own art educator Audrey Hudson.

More about the film.

Colored Frames is a look back at the last fifty years in African American art, it is an unflinching exploration of influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.

Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it is a naked and truthful look at often ignored artists and their progeny.

About the night's facilitator:
Audrey Hudson is a PhD Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Her research considers hip-hop as a means of solidarity between black and Indigenous communities, and how this can be articulated into culturally relevant pedagogy. Hudson is an Artist Educator who has been working and exhibiting in Toronto for the past 15 years. Currently, Hudson teaches in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, where she recently conceptualized and developed a course on the influence of hip-hop on design. Website: http://audreyhudson2000.wix.com/audreyhudson

About the featured artist in attendance:
Charmaine Lurch creates work that combines wire relief and painted canvases as well as free standing wire structures. Her creative process is both solitary and social. At the heart of her work is a gathering of stories through visual forms and means. Lurch's work is a balance of practice and theory, enhanced by the consideration of the role of the artist in bringing awareness to social and environment issues. The outcome can be seen in her most recent work, which is an installation of giant wire sculpture bees.
Collaboration is an integral part of Lurch’s practice. She constantly seeks to create artistic encounters in the public realm. Her practice as a fine artist, arts educator and children’s book illustrator allows her to interact directly in a number of communities. These experiences unearthed the greater questions if and how these interactions with artistic forms can act as a catalyst for social change.
Lurch's work has been exhibited in both Canada and the Caribbean, including a biennial exhibition at the in National Gallery of Jamaica. website: www.charmainelurch.ca

The night will feature vendors selling a range of products: books, jewellery, clothing, original art pieces and art prints, exclusive DVDs, shea butter, natural cosmetic products and more.

This event series is sponsored by The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Supported by OCAD University, OCAD Student Union, Accents Bookstore, ONYX SOCIETY at OCAD U OCAD U Radio, ACHA (African Canadian Heritage Association ), Robert Small of Legacy Posters and the African Drum Arts and Craft Store on Dundas St. W. Collective of Canadian Black/ African Student Resources & Organizations

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Onyx Cinema Night Series: Celebrating Black Artists Through Film

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Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:00pm to Monday, February 24, 2014 - 3:00am

Presented by OCAD University’s Euphonically OSO in collaboration with Accents Bookstore

Accents Bookstore in collaboration with OCAD University’s Euphonically OSO invites you to a FREE celebration of Black art stories through motion pictures.

Along with the film screening Moi Aussi, there will be an exclusive artist talk with the film director and visionary Abdoulaye Kone.

Robert Small will be selling exclusive prints of his 2014 Legacy Poster as well as his Nelson Mandela tribute Bookmark.

Abdoulaye Kone will be exhibiting and auctioning original paintings of special artist, Adamo Traore from Cote d'Ivoire. All proceeds will go back to the artists.

The night will also feature live performances by Baro Dununba drum ensemble and dancers and a special performance by singer, songwriter Mzz Sarah G.

There will be VENDORS selling a range of products: books, jewellery, clothing, original art pieces and art prints, exclusive DVDs, shea butter, natural cosmetic products and more.

About the Film of the Night:

English
Moi Aussi is a social documentary about Adamo Traore, a disabled artist from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Adamo has overcome all obstacles to create a livelihood through his painting. The film follows Adamo’s life, explores his daily routine, how he overcomes his physical shortcoming and the community where he lives. The story reveals how he learnt to paint and make a living out of his art.

Moi Aussi was filmed in 2012 by Abdoulaye Kone an Ivoiro-Canadian filmmaker. It has been shot in French and released in both a French and English version for African, Canadian and international audiences.

Française
Moi Aussi est un documentaire social d’Adamo Traoré, un artiste handicapé vivant à Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire. Adamo a surmonté tous les obstacles pour créer des moyens de subsistance à travers sa peinture. Le film suit la vie d’Adamo, explore sa routine quotidienne, comment il surmonte son handicap physique dans la communauté où il vit. L'histoire révèle comment il a appris à peindre et faire une vie avec son art.

Moi Aussi a été tourné en 2012 par Abdoulaye Kone un cinéaste Ivoiro-canadienne. Il a été tourné en français. Il sera publié en deux versions, françaises et anglaises pour les auditeurs africains, canadiens et internationaux.

Film Trailer

Robert Small:
www.thelegacyposter.com

This event series is co-sponsored by The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Supported by OCAD University, OCAD Student Union, Accents Bookstore, ONYX SOCIETY at OCAD U OCAD U Radio, ACHA (African Canadian Heritage Association ), Robert Small of Legacy Posters and the African Drum Arts and Craft Store on Dundas St. W.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
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