Jim Drobnick

Jim Drobnick is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at OCAD University. He has held research affiliations at the University of Manchester and the National Gallery of Canada, and served as editor at Parachute for thirteen years. His writings on performance, sound, the senses, and postmedia artistic practices have appeared in journals such as Angelaki, High Performance, Performance Research, Public, and Senses & Society, where he is now an editor. His books include Aural Cultures (2004) and The Smell Culture Reader (2006).

Assignment to Archives

Going out to meet the rollers, Wasaga Beach, Photographer unknown, c. 1925, Ministry of Education
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 4:00am to Friday, October 26, 2007 - 4:00am

This exhibition, curated by Professor Vid Ingelevics for the Archives of Ontario, is drawn from the photographic holdings of the Archives and deals with relationships between image, information and meaning. While bringing to light the skilled work of many (often unidentified) government photographers, it brings attention equally to the trajectory that their work followed from assignment to the archives. How does one today situate these images that often arrived accompanied by minimal metadata years after having been taken?
As part of this exhibition five writers, including well-known authors such as Martha Baillie and John Lorinc, have selected images to base a short text upon. Their resulting works are on display at the main exhibition site.

FILM SCREENINGS - In the Public Interest The still photography exhibitions are accompanied by two nights of film screenings in the OCAD Auditorium taking place at 7pm on Friday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 19. These are produced in partnership with OCAD and Pleasure Dome and bring forward the work of Ontario government filmmakers going back to the late 1940s. The two evenings offer distinct programs, the first focusing on agriculture and rural life and the second on postwar travel, leisure and road safety.

Venue & Address: 
John B. Aird Gallery McDonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

Artist Project Art Chats 2015

Image of participants. Fom Left: Mia Nielsen, David Balzer, Derek Liddington, Andrea Carson Barker, Zev Farber, Lydia Abbott
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 5:00am

See who’s speaking at Art Chats 2015!

Complimentary with admission to the Artist Project, the Art Chats Seminar Series offer a range of dynamic and engaging talks hosted by leading art experts.


Collect, Curate, Commission
Saturday, February 21, 1–2pm
Mia Nielsen, Curator, Drake Hotel Properties

New Models for Art Collecting
Saturday, February 21, 3–4pm
Andrea Carson Barker, Arts writer & co-founder, Artbomb
Panel includes: Rebecca Carbin, founder of the art futures program I Heart Your Work; Amrita Chandra, collector, startup marketer, Head of Marketing at Normative, and board Chair at Open Studio; and Bill Clarke, art collector and art writer.

Navigating the Auction Industry
Saturday, February 21, 5–6pm
Lydia Abbott & Rob Cowley, Directors of Consignor Canadian Fine Art

Curating Collections
Sunday, February 22, 1–2pm
David Balzer, Associate Editor, Canadian Art

A User’s Guide to Looking
Sunday, February 22, 3–4pm
Zev Farber, Manager, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers & Derek Liddington, Artist & Professor, OCAD U

See a full description of the 2015 talks.

Art Chats are approximately 1 hour long and space is subject to availability.

For more information on the show, please visit TheArtistProject.com.

Show Dates:
Thursday February 19, 2015 from 5-10pm Early Access Preview
Thursday February 19, 2015 from 7-10pm Opening Night Party
Friday February 20, 2015 from 11am-8pm
Saturday February 21, 2015 from 11am-8pm
Sunday February 22, 2015 from 11am-6pm

Venue & Address: 
Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place