Draw to Perform

photo of a man on his knees painting yellow circles around himself
photo of a blurred woman on a chair with a painting behind her
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 5:00am to Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 5:00am

An exciting event called Draw to Perform has been put together for all students and faculty of OCAD U. It is a two day symposium incorporating drawing with performance on Wednesday February 10th and Thursday February 11th in the Great Hall. Please find attached more details for this fantastic event!
Drawing Symposium, Draw to Perform

Participating Artists:
Ram Samocha, Nava Massas Waxman, Robert Luzar, Kerryn Graham, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Nicole Collins, Kate Wilson and Cathy Daley

Day 1: Wednesday February 10
Live Performances: 12:00 - 2:00 pm, Great Hall
Panel Discussion with the Artists: 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Great Hall
Day 2: Thursday February 11
Artist Talk: by Ram Samocha, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Room MCA 190.
Workshop 1: hosted by Ram Samocha, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Great Hall
Workshop 2: hosted by Ram Samocha, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Great Hall

Draw to Perform visits OCAD U was made possible with the generous donation on behalf of Ada Slaight, and supported by the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, Natalie Waldburger. Art materials during this event were generously sponsored by Above Ground Art Supplies.

In the spirit of pushing the boundaries of imagination we proudly welcome Draw to Perform, an international symposium for drawing performance. This symposium is a two day event, curated by Ram Samocha in collaboration with James Olley, Lecturer in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U. Samocha is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in the UK and is the founder and curator of Draw to Perform.

Day one of the symposium will feature live performances by local and international artists. Day two will open with an artist talk by Ram Samocha, followed by workshops in the Great Hall. The workshops will explore drawing as performance and strategies for forming a dialog between drawing, process and performance. Participants will draw live, share and discuss their outcomes and ideas. The resulting works will be exhibited in the Great Hall. Participants welcome. Please contact jolley@faculty.ocadu.ca to sign up.

For the workshops, participants will need to bring basic drawing materials such as graphite, charcoals, chalks, Conté, ballpoint pen, acrylic paints, black ink, brushes, and/or masking tape. Paper will be provided for the workshop.

For further information on Draw to Perform, follow the links below:
http://drawtoperform.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVF6SNhjsDMpFK7YVTVNphg
https://www.facebook.com/drawtoperform

Gestural Figuration
Paul Klee wrote that drawing is “an active line on a walk, moving freely, without a goal. A walk for a walk’s sake. The mobility agent is a point, shifting its positions forward.” DRPT 2003 Drawing Workshop, composed of mostly second year students from a variety of specializations, has been “taking drawing for a walk” pursuing ideas around how the activation of a contemporary drawing practice can affect the very way we think about drawing. In this project, Gestural Figuration, the artists have been exploring, through partner dialogue, the interrelationship between the body and drawing, making use of unconventional performative strategies to challenge their own assumptions, their use of materials, and the very definition of drawing itself.

Also exhibiting as part of the Draw to Perform Visits OCAD U Symposium:
Artists:
Ricka Huang & Arleen Maldia, Anthony Masucci & Maxim Korpan, Nikita Macedo & Bailey Porter, Gordis Wong & Uyen Huynh, DJ Stewart & Bailey Marinovich, Josie Fiegehen & Sydney McManus, Daniel Acker-Paquin, Margaret Cornell Kirk & Emma Leah-Hall, Aaron Bosnjak & Emma Burkeitt, Juilee Raje & Sonia Raje, Sorour Pourzadeh & Wenjing Zhang

Facilitators:
Pam Patterson & Ghazaleh Baniahmad: Project leadership
Josie Fiegehen & DJ Stewart: Video compilation & editing

Special thanks to James Olley and Ram Samocha.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., The Great Hall
Email: 
jolley@faculty.ocadu.ca
poster for Draw to Perform, including dates and times of events and images of performances

Nomadic Resident: Ryan Gander

Photograph of the artist
Photograph of a tent sculpted out of marble
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 5:00am to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:00am

RYAN GANDER: LAX (LOOSE ASSOCIATIONS X)
NOMADIC RESIDENT PUBLIC TALK
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016, 7 P.M.
OCAD UNIVERSITY, 100 MCCAUL STREET
ROOM 190 / AUDITORIUM
Seating is limited!

The talk ‘Loose Association X’ sits on the brink between lecture, performance and presentation. Its format and consistency are reminiscent of an informal conversation amongst friends in a pub, it’s subjects roam aimlessly, linked only by seemingly trivial facts. Incorporating a vast array of linked everyday phenomena, associated with hidden languages and abbreviations. The work attempts to question the use, interpretation and regurgitation of knowledge and information within common educational models.

RYAN GANDER: Auto-Abstraction And Happenstance In Art Making
NOMADIC RESIDENT STUDENT PROJECT EXHIBITION
Opening Reception: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016, 6 – 8 P.M.
**Artist in attendance
ADA SLAIGHT GALLERY
OCAD UNIVERSITY, 100 MCCAUL STREET – 2nd floor

During the residency, Ryan will be working on a collaborative project with students exploring the idea of enforcing a methodology to art making ‘Auto-Abstraction And Happenstance In Art Making’ is about finding systems and devices that exist in the everyday world that create art through happenstance.
About Ryan Gander – Ryan Gander’s complex and unfettered conceptual practice is stimulated by queries, investigations or what-ifs, rather than strict rules or limits. For example, what if a child’s den of sheets were remade in memorialising marble (Tell My Mother not to Worry (ii), 2012)? What if all the pieces in a chess set were remade in Zebra Wood, so that neither side was entirely black nor white (Bauhaus Revisited, 2003)? Gander is a cultural magpie in the widest sense, polymathically taking popular notions apart only to rebuild them in new ways – perhaps by refilming the same ten-second clip 50 times over, as in Man on a Bridge (A study of David Lange), 2008. Language and storytelling play an overarching role in his work, not least in his series of Loose Association lectures or in his attempt to slip a nonsensical, palindromic new word, ‘mitim’, into the English language. Born in Chester in 1976, Ryan lives and works in London. Ryan Gander is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.
(http://www.lissongallery.com/artists/ryan-gander/)

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University
The Nomadic Residents program was launched in 2006. Residents include Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006) Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010), Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012), Candice Breitz (2013) and Pedro Reyes (2014). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.
Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.
Ryan Gander’s residency at OCADU is running concurrently with a solo exhibition at Scrap Metal Gallery. Details below:

Creative Play May Entail Some Risk Taking
Scrap Metal Gallery
Opening reception: Monday February 22, 6-8pm, artist in attendance
Exhibition Dates: February 22 to May 17, 2016 www.scrapmetalgallery.com

Nomadic Residents continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation
Special thanks to the Impact Collective, Scrap Metal Gallery, and Musée d'art contemporain

http://www2.ocadu.ca/event/11581/loose-associations-public-talk-by-2016-...

For more information please contact:

Derek Liddington
Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers
Sessional Faculty
Faculty of Art
416.977.6000 x3844
dliddington@ocadu.ca

Christine Crosbie
Media Relations Officer, OCAD University
416-977-6000 Ext. 4849 Cell 647-473-7778
ccrosbie@ocadu.ca

http://www.ocadu.ca/
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Email: 
dliddington@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x3844

Live Stream Video with MAAD Instructor Meghan Price

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 3:00pm to Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 11:00pm

MAAD Faculty's Meghan Price has stepped off the fibre path and into the world of live-stream video with her latest project called "Watching Rocks".
This will stream live from The Banff Centre as part of the Running with Concepts: The Geologic Edition event.

A TWO DAY HYBRID EVENT WITH THE FOLLOWING DISTINGUISHED MENTORS:

PATRICIA CORCORAN (geologist, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and the Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Western Ontario) & KELLY JAZVAC (artist, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Western Ontario), MIRIAM DIAMOND (environmental scientist, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto), SARAH ANNE JOHNSON(artist, Winnipeg), STEPHEN MORRIS (J. Tuzo Wilson Professor of Geophysics, Department of Physics, University of Toronto), and ANNA-SOPHIE SPRINGER (writer, editor, curator, and co-director of K. Verlag, Berlin).

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:
Singular Metabolism 
Performances by Francisco-Fernando Granados, Onyeka Igwe, Julie Joosten, and angela rawlingsOrganized by cheyanne turions
A Reading of Art in the Anthropocene 
Initiated by Etienne Turpin, facilitated by Alexandra Berceanu, and read by John Paul Ricco

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:
Nicole Clouston & Quintin Teszeri, The Ecology of Mud 
Karina Irvine, Your Nature is Uncanny: Temporality and Humour in Rosemarie Trockel’s "A Cosmos"
Marc Laflamme, The Ediacaran Extinction: The First Mass Extinction of Complex Life
Gwen MacGregor, Productive Failure
Jaclyn Quaresma, “Or do you not think so far ahead? Cause I’ve been thinkin' 'bout forever…”  
Aislinn Thomas, Rock Disguises (for rocks and humans) 
Man-Yin Tsang, Sinking from the seafloor
Amanda White, What’s it like to be a plant?
Sean Smith, F---CKING: Aporetic Speculations in Geophilosophy and Aesthetics
Hosted and moderated by Christine Shaw (Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery).
This hybrid event is part-workshop, part-conference, part-crit session, part-master class, part-experiment, part-chance composition. The event is founded on the following questions: How do ideas take form? How does one embark on the process of extracting, editing and distilling an idea into a presentable format? These types of questions are found in all disciplines.
In the third edition of this serial event, we seek to engage transdisciplinary debates and studies of the geologic as source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for understanding and responding to conditions of the present moment. Recent natural and human-made events triggered by or triggering the geologic have made volatile earth forces perceptible and relevant with new levels of intensity. How can the arts, sciences, and humanities contribute to a critical awareness and understanding of these transformations?
This intensive two day event will be led by the six invited mentors and feature presentations by graduate students, recent alumni, artists, and scholars selected from the submissions we received.
This event is connected to the exhibition The pen moves across the earth... held concurrently at the Blackwood Gallery from September 16 to November 29, 2015.

FEE: $40 for both days 
Includes lunch and transport from downtown Toronto
*Free for presenters and current U of T students (with valid TCard)

Website: 
http://www.watching.rocks

MAAD Speakers Series: Anne Wilson

Photgraph of a woman standing at the far end of a gallery with a yellow band stretching the length of the room
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Presented by the Material Art & Design (MAAD) program in the Faculty of Design

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials -- table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. 

Wilson's numerous exhibitions include "Thread Lines" at The Drawing Center, NYC 2014; "Fiber Sculpture 1960-Present" at the ICA Boston and touring, 2014; "Dispersions" at the Rhonda Hoffman Gallery, Chicago 2013; the "Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber" at the Zhejiang Art Musuem, China 201; "Global Threads" at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK 2012; "Local Industry" at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 2012; "Out of the Ordinary" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2007-08. She was included in the "2002 Biennial" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Wilson's art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Art, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Central Hall, Room 230
Website: 
http://annewilsonartist.com/
Cost: 
Open to the public | Free admission

Soft Spin

People dancing with long, brightly coloured dresses in large atrium.
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, June 20, 2014 - 4:00am

Performance June 5th 12:30pm

With choreography by Andrea Nann, Dreamwalker Dance Company
Produced by Emma Mackenzie Hillier, Nightswimming Theatre
Music by Radiant Brass Ensemble

Exhibition of work by Graduate Studies Alumnus Heather Nicol

Soft Spin offers a fresh view of the hard-surfaced symmetry of the space with the playful interruption of five enormous fabric forms, gently twirling overhead. Colour, texture, movement, and decidedly flirtatious forms invite visitors to look up and embrace the unexpected, highlighting the ever-present potential for encounters with unforeseen pleasure and drama in the day-to-day.

Venue & Address: 
Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place 181 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.heathernicol.ca/
Cost: 
Free

Soft Spin

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, June 20, 2014 - 4:00am

Performance June 5th 12:30pm

With choreography by Andrea Nann, Dreamwalker Dance Company
Produced by Emma Mackenzie Hillier, Nightswimming Theatre
Music by Radiant Brass Ensemble

Exhibition of work by Graduate Studies Alumnus Heather Nicol

Soft Spin offers a fresh view of the hard-surfaced symmetry of the space with the playful interruption of five enormous fabric forms, gently twirling overhead. Colour, texture, movement, and decidedly flirtatious forms invite visitors to look up and embrace the unexpected, highlighting the ever-present potential for encounters with unforeseen pleasure and drama in the day-to-day.

Venue & Address: 
Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place 181 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.heathernicol.ca/
Cost: 
Free

KEEP KEEP DANCING DANCING: BILL SHANNON AT OCAD U

Bill Shannon. Photo courtesy Bill Shannon.

“My greatest accomplishment as an artist is to stay true to the process and listen closely to what it is whispering into my soul.”

Bill Shannon says his aesthetic works exist beneath a hovering, massive and terribly bloody notion of “freedom.” Although he believes his work is obscure and often misunderstood, he’s performed, presented and choreographed around the world, both as a solo artist and for Cirque du Soleil, earning numerous awards and honours, including a Foundation for Contemporary Art Award and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In the process he’s stolen hearts and sparked imaginations with the passion and egoless humility that fuels everything he does.

“I see no pinnacle of greatness in my own accomplishments that might outshine the importance and value to me of my creative process,” he says. “The unique intersection of my time on this Earth, the space I inhabited during that time and the peculiar and specific human condition I was destined to by birth are far and away the greatest determinants of what I have been able to achieve as an artist and as a human.”

Shannon, who is at OCAD U for a President’s Speaker Series talk on Wednesday, September 18 and a performance at the Festival of the Body on September 19, is a natural storyteller working in the medium of body language — together with a massive and bold dose of experimentation. “On a micro-scale I have learned that in all contrasting and conflicting energies balance is possible in the most unexpected of ways,” he says of his work. In addition to dance and choreography, he also uses drawings, sculpture, video, writing, performance, acting, clowning, skating and speaking to express his ideas.

Shannon, who says he “feels like a duck billed platypus laying an egg” about being asked to speak at OCAD U, shaped and grew his work in the Hip-Hop and House dance movements in New York and internationally. He says the most important thing students studying in creative fields should know is that if a goal is a dream with a deadline, abandon the goal.

“Follow the dream and possibly arrive at a greater unknown that no goal or deadline could have ever been set for in the first place,” he says. “Failure happens. Failure may possibly have as many chicken-soup-for-the-soul sayings as love does. duckduckgo/copy/paste here:  _____________________________. Repeat.”

Learn more:

Attend the lecture 

See Shannon perform at the Festival of the Body

Visit Shannon's website and blog

 

JULIE NAGAM RECEIVES SSHRC FUNDING FOR THE KANATA INDIGENOUS PERFORMANCE, NEW AND DIGITAL MEDIA ART PROJECT

Installation by Dr. Julie Nagam. Photo courtesy Dr. Julie Nagam.
Dr. Julie Nagam. Photo courtesy Dr. Julie Nagam.

Dr. Julie Nagam is an emerging artist, curator and Assistant Professor in OCAD U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Indigenous Visual Culture program, and she is the recipient of a major Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development grant for The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art Project. It’s a landmark effort to map and identify Canadian Indigenous performance, digital and new media art that will culminate in an inclusive, interactive website archive for researchers and the Indigenous community. 

“I’m excited about the potential of the funding,” said Nagam. “This is a project that needed to happen. There’s a strong connection between Indigenous performance, digital and new media artwork, but until now there’s been a gap in both access and scholarship in these areas, especially in the Canadian context. The project will provide archive material for up-and-coming scholars, curators and artists with vital resources in the fields of performance, new and digital media.”

Nagam, together with her co-applicants, Dr. Carla Taunton, an Assistant Professor, Art History and Critical Studies at the NASCAD University, and Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Assistant Professor, Art History, Concordia University, are working together collaboratively and each bring regional specializations to the mapping process of the project. Nagam’s focus is on central Canada and the central north, while Igloliorte is covering the north and Taunton is working on emerging east coast aspects. 

The project team will research creative practices, aesthetics, performance and digital media, tracing Indigenous practices and methodologies throughout Canada. They’ll look at existing archives at V-tape, ImagineNATIVE, Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, Isuma, Arnait Video and Unikaat, to name only a few. In addition to the website archive, the team will also work together on a special Indigenous performance and digital media themed edition of a peer-reviewed journal. The funding also creates opportunities to hire, support and mentor Indigenous graduate students here at OCAD U and other Canadian universities.

An important aspect of the website archive is the team will be developing interactive elements. Artists themselves will be invited to engage with it, add new content, help fill in gaps and get involved. “We want participation from the artists so they can add to the story and catch missing work,” said Nagam. “Web and new media work can so easily get lost, so the artists can help identify important pieces and add to their profiles.”

The grant will help fund project development for two years and is valued at $70,000, but as Nagam notes, this is only the beginning. “I would like to see a large-scale research project and a commitment to documenting this rich archive,” said Nagam. “It has so much potential. It will be great to expand the team, add to the website archive and build a large-scale exhibition and conference that would visualize and analyze this rich body of knowledge.”

About Julie Nagam

Dr. Julie Nagam’s research focus is on (re) mapping the colonial state through creative interventions within concepts of native space. She specializes in cultural geography, Indigenous critical theory, cultural and post-colonial theory, gender, activism and racial configurations within history, space and creative practices. Her site-specific research has taken her to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, rural and remote areas of Manitoba and Iceland, and she has conducted research on the Indigenous histories of Toronto for the Visible City Project + Archive.

Nagam is also an active mixed media artist working in drawing, photography, painting, sound, projections, digital media and curatorial projects. Some of her recent work includes “Where White Pines Lay Over the Water,” a sound and media installation shown here in Toronto and in Brazil, and “Singing Our Bones,” an interactive installation which was part of Landslide/Possible Futures in Markham ON, and Ecocentrix in London England.

Learn More

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Julie Nagam faculty biography

President's Speaker Series: Bill Shannon

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 4:00am

Bill Shannon: “Retaining neutral Palette Through a Forest of Heroic and Tragic Positions”

Free Talk: September 18, 6:30 p.m.
OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street

Performance: September 19, 4:30 p.m.
Bill Shannon at OCAD U’s Festival of the Body
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street

OCAD University is pleased to present a free public talk by artist, dancer and performer Bill Shannon as part of its President’s Speaker Series.

Bill Shannon was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1970. In 1975 he moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence. In 1992 Shannon attended the The Art Institute of Chicago, earning a BFA in 1995. In 1996 Shannon moved to NYC and immersed himself in the art, dance and skate cultures of Brooklyn and Manhattan while expanding his performance work to multimedia video installations, group choreography and the theater arts.

Over the past two decades Bill Shannon’s installations, performances, choreography and video work have been presented nationally and internationally at numerous venues, festivals and events including, Sydney Opera House, Tate Liverpool Museum, NYC Town Hall, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Temple Bar Dublin, Kiasma Museum Finland, Hirshhorn Museum and many more. Shannon also completed a project with Cirque du Soleil where he choreographed an aerial duet and a solo on crutches for their 2002 production "Varekai," which toured into 2011.

Shannon has been honored with a Newhouse Foundation Award a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Art Award among others. He has also received support for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts International: The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals PA Council on the Arts and others.

In 2005 Shannon moved his family back to his childhood home of Pittsburgh Pa to participate in his extended families urban farming project, Wild Red's Urban Farm. Shannon, as of 2011, performs publicly on a project by project basis while also working on a book project, video installation and other new media and green materials projects. Shannon continues the evolution of his technique of dance on crutches via spontaneous street skating sessions through the city to local spots with smooth tip surfaces.

OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000  |  www.ocadu.ca

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, OCAD U Marketing & Communications
416 977 6000 x327
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Box Autumn Salon

Monday, October 7, 2013

With work by faculty member, Stan Kryzyzanowski

An evening of short words, film, performance and music by:

Cherie Dimaline
Peter Dudar
Clara Engel
Stan Kryzanowski
Laura Nanni
Steve Pulchalski
Michael Snow
Jessica Westhead

The Box is a quarterly salon night of readings, performances, screenings, interventions and networking that aims to bring diverse communities and audiences into an environment of artistic and social intermingling.

Cherie Dimaline is a Metis author living in Toronto with her husband and their three children. Her first award-winning book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007. She is currently the Writer in Residence for First Nations House at the University of Toronto and is the Editor-in-Chief of both FNH and Muskrat magazines. Her first novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy has just been released by Theytus Books.

Peter Dudar began his career as a painter and transitioned into conceptual art. In the early 1970s, he created the performance art partnership Missing Associates in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Lily Eng. Their partnership produced a unique hybrid of conceptual art, experimental dance and multimedia art. They were prime movers of the first wave of Toronto and international performance art and experimental dance in the 1970s. Post Missing Associates, Dudar screened internationally as a filmmaker. American Film Festival, New York, USA, 1983: “Peter Dudar's film DP is powerfully evocative. Many striking images and creative effects. The juxtaposition of words with related film clips is absolutely brilliant.” Currently, Peter Dudar makes video and photo-based artwork. His 2011 video Starlings (at Nightfall) won the Steam Whistle Homebrew Award at Images Festival “in recognition of its arresting cinematic composition and elegant study of movement.” Just recently, his video Shamans, the Cunning won the Best Experimental Film Award at the TUFF Festival, after screening on Toronto's subway system to 1.3 million commuters. Peter Dudar's just-released eBook: Missing Associates: Lily Eng and Peter Dudar documents Missing Associates' origin in Canada and subsequent progression throughout the Americas and Europe.

Clara Engel is an independent, multi-faceted artist and musician based in Toronto, Canada. She has independently recorded and released eight albums, and has collaborated with musicians and artists from the UK, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, and the US. Engel's music has been played on Italian National Radio, as well as BBC Radio 2, making it onto Tom Robinson's show "BBC Introducing" on several occasions. Record labels Vox Humana (UK) and Backwards Music (IT) have released Engel's work on vinyl. Some artists with whom Engel has collaborated: Aidan Baker (Musician, Berlin/Toronto), Larkin Grimm (Musician, NYC), Bruno Capinan (Musician, Brazil/Toronto), Stefan Orschel-Read (Fashion designer, UK), Nick Fox-Gieg (Animator, Toronto/NYC), Ebrahel Lurci (Artist, Turkey). Engel recently wrote and recorded a soundtrack for the short film "We Are Not Here" directed by Aaron Mirkin, due out in early 2013, and is currently mixing a new album "Ashes and Tangerines," due for release in 2013 through Talking Skull, a Montreal-based label.

Stan Krzyzanowski is a Toronto-based multi-media artist and instructor at OCAD University, teaching in fabrication. His teaching and research frequently investigates trees, growth and the changeable nature of wood. He has a strong interest in experienced-based learning and process-based work, often involving photographic and video time studies. During the past decade his work has branched into electronics and online projects. His pine cone oscillator, made in response to his discovery that cones open and close with changes of moisture, serves as a watching station and time-lapse recording device. His “Interval” web-site is a very large online archive of video-work generated from such observations and is a comprehensive compilations of time-lapse, stop-motion and interval-based photography. His work can be seen at www.ocadstan.ca and at vimeo.com/stank

Laura Nanni is a Toronto based artist and curator. Her performance and installation work has been shown across Canada, the US, the UK and Europe. She is currently heading into her 4th year as the Rhubarb Festival Director. Most recently she completed a residency at Videofag based in Kensington Market.

Steve Puchalski was used to being the centre of attention. As an actor, you'd recognize him from his appearances in commercials and TV shows. However, Steve needed to get away from it, as far away from it as possible. You can't just leave acting; it's like the mafia, you need to disappear. Puchalski packed his personal effects, his acoustic guitar and headed to Berlin where he joined the elusive and mythical cult of the Roadie. He hauled gear from Stockholm to Warsaw, setting up and tearing down in 400 year-old castles and open-air festivals. Hard Sell was more or less written by the time Puchalski touched down in Victoria after nearly a year of being a road-worn stranger overseas. He bought an old Chevy S10 and trekked across Canada, coming back to his hometown of Toronto and assembled the band: Adam White, Gavin Maguire, Jim Bowskill and Ian McKeown. You can't get two roles more opposite than actor and roadie, but it was these two career paths Puchalski chose that eventually birthed the singer songwriter that he is today. In the end, the hard sell was the plan, or lack thereof. No one expected the journey to turn out like this, and Puchalski wouldn't have had it any other way.

Michael Snow was born and lives in Toronto. He works in many mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, holography, film and video. He is also a musician who has made many recordings and has done sound installations. He has produced many book-works such as Michael Snow/A Survey (1970), Cover to Cover (1975) and BIOGRAPHIE (of the Walking Woman 1961-1967) (2004). His films have been widely presented at festivals in North America, Asia and Europe. His work is in many major private and public collections worldwide. Solo exhibitions of Snow’s visual art have been presented at museums and galleries in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Boston, Brussels, Istanbul, Kassel, Lima, Los Angeles, Lucerne, Lyons, Minneapolis, Montreux, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Vienna and elsewhere. He has executed several public sculpture commissions in Toronto, notably Flight Stop at Eaton Centre, The Audience at Rogers Centre, and The Windows Suite at the Pantages Hotel and Condominium complex.His numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), Order of Canada (Officer, 1982; Companion, 2007), and the first Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000) for cinema. Snow was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France, in 1995, and received an honorary doctorate in 2004 from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, àngels barcelona, Martine Aboucaya in Paris, and Galerie Klosterfelde in Berlin.

Jessica Westhead’s novel Pulpy & Midge was published by Coach House Books in 2007. Her short story collection And Also Sharks, published by Cormorant Books in 2011, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize.

+Door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Descant, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, John Kamevaar, Grain Magazine, House of Pomegranates, Hunter and Cook, Mercer Union, Pedlar Press, Public, The Malahat Review, Matrix, Shameless, Tightrope Books, Transit Publishing, Worn Journal and others.

Many Thanks to the Toronto Arts Council.

 

647-692-0768

 

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PWYC

Venue & Address: 
The Rivoli (backroom) 334 Queen St. W. Toronto, Ontario

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