un-histories: art and the unconcluded


The Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference

 
DateFriday, March 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm

Cost

Free

Email

ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com

Website

https://unhistoriesconference2018.weebly.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/events/446986352386010/

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Location

OCAD University, Auditorium, Rm. 190 100 McCaul Street, Toronto Ontario, M5T 1W1

March 9, 7:00 PM

Keynote by Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 10, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM

Conference panel presentations from graduate students, artists, and arts professionals from Toronto and abroad, followed by a closing reception at OCADU’s Graduate Gallery

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Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.

Keynote Presentation

Unthinking Expo 67

Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 9, 7:00 PM, 100 McCaul Street, room 190

Dr. Gagnon will present on her co-curated exhibition À la recherche d’Expo 67 / In Search of Expo 67 (2017) which featured 19 Canadian and Québec contemporary artists taking inspiration from the landmark international event, 50 years later.  Discussing the original Expo 67 in connection to artworks by Althea Thauberger, Leisure, CINEMAexpo67, Geronimo Inutiq and others, Gagnon speaks on the distinct methods of contemporary art offers for exploring cultural history.  Engaging the process of “unthinking” developed by Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, which activates the movement between knowledge, history and media, Gagnon will show how the artworks of In Search of Expo 67 are positioned as vital forms of animating the archive and knowing the past in the present.

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies and a Concordia University Research Fellow. She has published widely on cultural politics, memory, and visual/media arts since the 1980s. Her books include Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002, with Richard Fung), and Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (2014, with Janine Marchessault). Her media works include the DVD-catalogue and restoration project of her late artist-father’s experimental 1960’s film, Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009), and the interactive database Archiving R69 (2011). Currently, she is completing a book exploring posthumous collaborations with filmmakers as a form of creative archiving.

 

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Exhibition
Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond Street West
Saturday March 10, 2018

Shown in conjunction with the 2018 CADN Graduate Student Conference un-histories: art and the unconcluded, which seeks to seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Using the notion of “un-histories” to unsettle conventional limits of history by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions, encouraging: re-organizing the composition of the past, re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives,
and destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.

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Artwork on display:
Ukiuktaqtumi, Stephen Puskas, 2017
30:10 minutes, colour

Didactic:
A father picking arctic berries with his daughters on a sunny September day and a group of elders playing dice at a local community centre make up two separable moments bound together by Montreal-based Inuk artist Stephen Agluvak Puskas’s short-film Ukiuktaqtumi (2017). Lyrically stitching together video footage found on the web (each
borrowed with consent from the original videographers), Puskas shapes a wide-ranging view of Inuit life ukiuktaqtumi (“in the North”). In a gesture of endurance, the independent yet woven threads of narrative in Ukiuktaqtumi often begin inside of a moment and unravel without conclusion.

Through these rifts in continuity, Puskas echos the imperative of self-representation for Inuit communities in Canada, whose prolonged subjugation to the colonial lens has fostered inaccurate narratives that call for an unlearning and dismantling of such histories. Ukiuktaqtumi does just this—made in response to non-Inuit filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s Of the North (compiled of taken footage that constructed a distorted image of Inuit), Puskas presents a selfdetermined
and consenting outlook of life in the North – full of variance, movement, and (dis)/continuities.

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Artist Bio:
Stephen Agluvak Puskas is co-founder and former producer for Nipivut, Montreal's Inuit community radio show. Selected by the Senate in 2017 as an Indigenous Youth Leader, Stephen works to improve Indigenous representation in media and to shed light on the exploitation of Inuit culture like with Ungava Gin. He volunteers for Dawson College's Indigenous Education Council and has also helped write the Inuit chapter of the Indigenous cultural awareness manual for the SPVM. Stephen's film about Inuit self-representation, Ukiuktaqtumi (OO-KEE-UKTAK-
TOO-MEE) recently won the Prix de la Releve at 2017's Presence Autochtone and he is currently an associate producer at the National Film Board, working on the coastal Labrador project, which aims to support Labrador Inuit in producing documentary films.

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Throughout this exhibition we are encouraging and accepting donations for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami serves as a national voice protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada, with a stated vision for Canadian Inuit to prosper through unity and self-determination.
More information can be found at : https://itk.ca

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We would also like to thank VTape (http://www.vtape.org) for their assistance in organizing the presentation of this work.

This conference is organized by students in the MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories at OCAD University. Special thanks is given to the Office of Graduate Studies, the President's Office, the Faculty of Art, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences/School of Interdisciplinary Studies for their generous support.

Website: https://unhistoriesconference2018.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/446986352386010/

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un-histories-art-and-the-unconcluded-tickets-42872521867

Contact: ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com



un-histories: art and the unconcluded

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DateFriday, March 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm

Cost

Free

Email

ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com

Website

https://unhistoriesconference2018.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/446986352386010/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un-histories-art-and-the-unconcluded-tickets-42872521867

Location

OCAD University, Auditorium, Rm. 190 100 McCaul Street, Toronto Ontario, M5T 1W1

This hands-on workshop facilitated by Dr. Lynne Milgram will provide research proposal writing support for your upcoming CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). Please come prepared with specific questions related to your research projects.
Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers. Take part in this year's Open Access Week by attending this event with Chris Landry and Shelby Stinnissen!
A  three-hour guided activity and discussion, led by Carolynne Crawley, will focus on breaking down colonial ways of thinking that separate people from the their natural surroundings, and building responsible and reciprocal relations with the land. This is part of Decolonizing the Land, curriculum development project led by Professor Amish Morrell and supported by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Nicole Collins and Bogdan Luca work to discover affinities between distinct approaches to painting and to articulate the initial unlikely impulse to put their works together.
A showcase of works of visual art and writing that represent storytelling as it relates to witchcraft, real or imagined, throughout the ages. Opening Night and Full Moon Ritual  - October 24, 2018 
Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Are our cities becoming a monoculture of the super rich? 
This comprehensive exhibition features works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from Turtle Island.
Open life drawing session offered by the OCAD U Alumni Association
AZURE Talks – The Inclusive City
un-histories: art and the unconcluded
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm

March 9, 7:00 PM

Keynote by Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 10, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM

Conference panel presentations from graduate students, artists, and arts professionals from Toronto and abroad, followed by a closing reception at OCADU’s Graduate Gallery

~

Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.

Keynote Presentation

Unthinking Expo 67

Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 9, 7:00 PM, 100 McCaul Street, room 190

Dr. Gagnon will present on her co-curated exhibition À la recherche d’Expo 67 / In Search of Expo 67 (2017) which featured 19 Canadian and Québec contemporary artists taking inspiration from the landmark international event, 50 years later.  Discussing the original Expo 67 in connection to artworks by Althea Thauberger, Leisure, CINEMAexpo67, Geronimo Inutiq and others, Gagnon speaks on the distinct methods of contemporary art offers for exploring cultural history.  Engaging the process of “unthinking” developed by Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, which activates the movement between knowledge, history and media, Gagnon will show how the artworks of In Search of Expo 67 are positioned as vital forms of animating the archive and knowing the past in the present.

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies and a Concordia University Research Fellow. She has published widely on cultural politics, memory, and visual/media arts since the 1980s. Her books include Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002, with Richard Fung), and Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (2014, with Janine Marchessault). Her media works include the DVD-catalogue and restoration project of her late artist-father’s experimental 1960’s film, Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009), and the interactive database Archiving R69 (2011). Currently, she is completing a book exploring posthumous collaborations with filmmakers as a form of creative archiving.

 

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Exhibition
Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond Street West
Saturday March 10, 2018

Shown in conjunction with the 2018 CADN Graduate Student Conference un-histories: art and the unconcluded, which seeks to seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Using the notion of “un-histories” to unsettle conventional limits of history by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions, encouraging: re-organizing the composition of the past, re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives,
and destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.

~

Artwork on display:
Ukiuktaqtumi, Stephen Puskas, 2017
30:10 minutes, colour

Didactic:
A father picking arctic berries with his daughters on a sunny September day and a group of elders playing dice at a local community centre make up two separable moments bound together by Montreal-based Inuk artist Stephen Agluvak Puskas’s short-film Ukiuktaqtumi (2017). Lyrically stitching together video footage found on the web (each
borrowed with consent from the original videographers), Puskas shapes a wide-ranging view of Inuit life ukiuktaqtumi (“in the North”). In a gesture of endurance, the independent yet woven threads of narrative in Ukiuktaqtumi often begin inside of a moment and unravel without conclusion.

Through these rifts in continuity, Puskas echos the imperative of self-representation for Inuit communities in Canada, whose prolonged subjugation to the colonial lens has fostered inaccurate narratives that call for an unlearning and dismantling of such histories. Ukiuktaqtumi does just this—made in response to non-Inuit filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s Of the North (compiled of taken footage that constructed a distorted image of Inuit), Puskas presents a selfdetermined
and consenting outlook of life in the North – full of variance, movement, and (dis)/continuities.

~
 

Artist Bio:
Stephen Agluvak Puskas is co-founder and former producer for Nipivut, Montreal's Inuit community radio show. Selected by the Senate in 2017 as an Indigenous Youth Leader, Stephen works to improve Indigenous representation in media and to shed light on the exploitation of Inuit culture like with Ungava Gin. He volunteers for Dawson College's Indigenous Education Council and has also helped write the Inuit chapter of the Indigenous cultural awareness manual for the SPVM. Stephen's film about Inuit self-representation, Ukiuktaqtumi (OO-KEE-UKTAK-
TOO-MEE) recently won the Prix de la Releve at 2017's Presence Autochtone and he is currently an associate producer at the National Film Board, working on the coastal Labrador project, which aims to support Labrador Inuit in producing documentary films.

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Throughout this exhibition we are encouraging and accepting donations for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami serves as a national voice protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada, with a stated vision for Canadian Inuit to prosper through unity and self-determination.
More information can be found at : https://itk.ca

~

We would also like to thank VTape (http://www.vtape.org) for their assistance in organizing the presentation of this work.

This conference is organized by students in the MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories at OCAD University. Special thanks is given to the Office of Graduate Studies, the President's Office, the Faculty of Art, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences/School of Interdisciplinary Studies for their generous support.

Website: https://unhistoriesconference2018.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/446986352386010/

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un-histories-art-and-the-unconcluded-tickets-42872521867

Contact: ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Auditorium, Rm. 190 100 McCaul Street, Toronto Ontario, M5T 1W1
Website: 
https://unhistoriesconference2018.weebly.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/446986352386010/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un-histories-art-and-the-unconcluded-tickets-42872521867
Email: 
ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free
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