An Evening with Shohini Ghosh

Shohini Ghosh
Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will present a screening and lecture with New Delhi filmmaker and scholar Shohini Ghosh.

This event is part of the Lecture Series on Ethics in Art, Design and Media

On Thursday, September 25, a 4:30 p.m. screening of her film, Tales of the Night Fairies, will be followed with a lecture entitled “Shadows in the Clear Light of Day: Making Tales of the Night Fairies.”
In her talk, Shohini Ghosh will reflect on the artist-subject relationship, the ethics of documentary filmmaking and the representation of marginalized sex workers in the media. In particular, Ghosh will discuss the necessity of putting herself, as filmmaker, into her film, as a means of giving the film context and an ethical perspective.

Tales of the Night Fairies
Five sex workers — four women and one man — along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta, India, forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.

The film attempts to represent the struggles and aspirations of thousands of sex workers who constitute the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (or ‘Durbar', which in Bengali means un-stoppable or indomitable), a forum of 65 000 sex workers based in West Bengal, India. A collective of men, women and transgendered sex workers, Durbar demands decriminalization of adult sex work and the right to form a trade union. Tales of the Night Fairies was made with support from the New Delhi-based Centre for Feminist Legal Research and the Amsterdam-based Mama Cash, an international women’s fund that supports pioneering and innovative women's initiatives around the world.

Shohini Ghosh is Zakir Hussain Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University) in New Delhi. From 1990 to 1996, she was Visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Globalization-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago in 2001. She has also served as Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University in the United Kingdom, and Visiting Professor at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam. Ghosh writes extensively on popular culture and the media for both academic journals and the popular press. A major part of her current work involves theoretical interventions in public debates around issues of sexuality, speech and censorship.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Silence

Silence
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In their most recent album-project, Silence, Berlin-based multimedia formation rechenzentrum (Lillevan - video, and Marcus Weiser - audio) unfolds the meditative states of contemplation and speechlessness. Drawing on the self-referential aesthetics of the Orthodox icon painters, and the black and white film on Andrej Rjubljev by Russian director Andrei Tarkowsky, Silence lends itself as a stream of subtly collaged cinematic sentiments, “submerged rhythms of continents never seen, melodies thought lost, and legends from ancient times”. Working through the processes of digital mapping and camouflaging of analog connotations of Lillevan’s black and white drawings, vocals, quartet trumpet, live cello, grand piano and acoustic guitar performed by guest musicians Nicholas Bussmann, Reinhold Friedl, Franz Hautzinger, Maurice de Martin, Akemi Takeya, and Nicolas T. Weiser, Silence uncovers the proximity between the surface of the screen and the lens of the camera in contemporary world, and transforms the technological sublime into visual music and expansive sonic fiction. For more information about rechenzentrum, please visit (www.rechenzentrum.org)

The duration of the screening is approximately fifty minutes. Please note that this is an expanded cinema event so the audience is encouraged to move around freely in and out of venue.

This event at OCAD is preceded by an artist talk by Lillevan (rechenzentrum’s video artist) that will take place at Ryerson University, the School of Image Arts at 4 pm, 122 Bond Street, Room 307, free admission. Lillevan’s talk and visit to Toronto is sponsored by Ryerson University, OCAD's IADE Research Group, and Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Artist Talk: Guillermina Buzio

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 11:30pm

Artist Guillermina Buzio has worked in a diverse range of media, including, painting, film, video and installation. Guillermina will be attending OCAD's Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Art, Media and Design in fall of 2008.

Venue & Address: 
Groupe Intervention Video 4001 Berri # 105, Montreal, Quebec
Cost: 
Free

Decamp: A Toronto Public Feelings Project!

Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 4:00am

Decamp is a group of scholars, artists and activists in the Toronto
area working on questions of public feelings, affects, and senses as
these bear upon social-political issues and events. Modeled after
"Feel Tanks" in N.Y., Chicago, and Austin, we invite all interested to
join us in an affective day of interactive performance, screenings,
and audience discussion to inaugurate Feel Tank Toronto, with a Queer
counterpublic twist. Decampers include Megan Boler, Elspeth Brown,
Michael Cobb, Ann Cvetkovitch, John Greyson, OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, Holly Karibo, Allyson Mitchell, Will Munro, John Ricco, Dana
Seitler, and anyone else who joins us on Saturday, March 15th.

Decamp: A Public Feelings Toronto Project Morning Session---Tears:
Saturday March 15, 10-12:30 pm
Theory-oke with Johanna Householder/Ann Coulter. Ann Coulter's
provocative speech will be followed by interventions and interactive
discussion with audience about affect in the political and public
sphere on topics from Hillary's Tears to The Daily Show. Location:
Munk Centre, 108N. University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto.
Lunch provided, 12:30-2 pm.

Decamp Public Feelings Toronto Project Afternoon Session---Laughter:
Saturday March 15, 2-4 pm
Interactive Show and Tell: Queer Counterpublics in the GTA.
Featuring affective screenings, testimonies, interventions from
Decampers and attendees. Facilitated by Allyson Mitchell and John
Greyson. Location: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue,
Toronto. This event in programmed in conjunction with the related
installation (on view at the Textile Museum) by artist Allyson
Mitchell, "Hungry Purse: the vagina dentata in late capitalism "
(2006-07). Transportation provided.

4-5 pm: Closing Wine and Cheese Reception, mezzanine of the Textile Museum.

Decamp: A Toronto Public Feelings Project has been supported by funds
from the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto with
institutional support from the Centre for the Study of the United
States, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.
Prof. Ann Cvetkovich is the Johnson-Connaught Distinguished Visitor in American Studies for 2007-08 and Professor of English and Women's and
Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of
Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism
(1992) and An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian
Public Cultures (2003).

Related Programming:
Wednesday, March 12, 9 pm
Pre-Humptive Behaviour. Featuring The Gretchen Phillips experience,
and other guest performers. Location: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen
Street West, Toronto. No cover charge.

Friday, March 14, 2-4 pm
Ann Cvetkovich: Depression: A Public Feelings Project.
Location: Munk Centre room 208, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire
Place, Toronto.

Ann Cvetkovich is the Johnson-Connaught Distinguished Visitor in American Studies at the Centre for the Study of the United States for
2007-08 and Professor of English and Women?s and Gender Studies,
University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Mixed Feelings:
Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (1992) and An
Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures
(2003).

Friday, March 14, 6-8 pm
Sex is so Abstract (14 March-4 April)
Opening Night Screening and Reception: 6-8
Public Conversation with artists and curator John Ricco: 7:00pm

Part Two of Queer Here, Queer Now: an exhibition of international
contemporary queer video, curated by John Paul Ricco. Featuring works
by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Emelie Chhangur, and Jean-Gabriel Periot,
and the Canadian premiere of works by Fernando Arias, and SUPERM
(Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny). Location: V-Tape, Suite 452, 401
Richmond Street (at Spadina), Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
Munk Centre, 108N, University of Toronto 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

OCAD Film Society: Screening

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 11:00pm

OCAD Film Society was created for and from our love of films. We screen foreign, contemporary, classic, experimental, smart, and plain 'weird' films.

We also work together to realize our member's projects, whether they are in a script, idea, animation, experimental, or any other form.

March 25:

"I ♥ Huckabees" (2004) David O. Russell

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
kmaria@gmail.com

OCAD Film Society: Screening

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:00pm

OCAD Film Society was created for and from our love of films. We screen foreign, contemporary, classic, experimental, smart, and plain 'weird' films.

We also work together to realize our member's projects, whether they are in a script, idea, animation, experimental, or any other form.

March 18:

"Floating Weeds" (1959) Yasujiro Ozu

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
kmaria@gmail.com

OCAD Film Society: Screening

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 11:00pm

OCAD Film Society was created for and from our love of films. We screen foreign, contemporary, classic, experimental, smart, and plain 'weird' films.

We also work together to realize our member's projects, whether they are in a script, idea, animation, experimental, or any other form.

March 11:

"Rozenkranz & Guildernstern Are Dead" (1990) Tom Stoppard

"Waking Life" (2001) Richard Linklater

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
kmaria@gmail.com

OCAD Film Society: Screening

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

OCAD Film Society was created for and from our love of films. We screen foreign, contemporary, classic, experimental, smart, and plain 'weird' films.

We also work together to realize our member's projects, whether they are in a script, idea, animation, experimental, or any other form.

March 4:

"Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring Again" (2003) Kim Ki-Duk

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
kmaria@gmail.com

OCAD Film Society: Screening

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

OCAD Film Society was created for and from our love of films. We screen foreign, contemporary, classic, experimental, smart, and plain 'weird' films.

We also work together to realize our member's projects, whether they are in a script, idea, animation, experimental, or any other form.

February 26:

"Wings of Desire" (1987) Wim Wenders

"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) Frank Capra

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
kmaria@gmail.com

OCAD Film Society: Screening

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

OCAD Film Society was created for and from our love of films. We screen foreign, contemporary, classic, experimental, smart, and plain 'weird' films.

We also work together to realize our member's projects, whether they are in a script, idea, animation, experimental, or any other form.

February 12:

"Night on Earth" (1991) Jim Jarmush

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
kmaria@gmail.com

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