Material Witness by Jill Price

Jill Price Material Witness
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

See the amazing work of IAMD Alumni Jill Price at GravityPope for Canada's largest cultural celebration of design. The Toronto Design offsite Festival is in it's 8th year of transforming toronto with over 100 exhibitions. Considering ecological realities, Material Witness address the Anthropocene while keeping in mind a priviledged perspective on excess. Material Witness is a reflection on the role as maker and consumer within the Anthropecenic age.

Jill's exhibition runs from January 15-21, reception and artist discussion on January 20th, 2-4PM.

Venue & Address: 
1010 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H6

IAMD MFA thesis exhibition by Jill Price: LAND as Archive

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Jill Price is an OCADU MFA IAMD candidate whose practice investigates the environmental realities of the Anthropocene.  Embracing that land serves as a museum for human behaviour, Price’s research argues that even the seen and unseen shadows of material “things” have agency upon our globally networked landscapes.  Utilizing both environmental data and narratives embedded within ready-made objects, Price presents drawings and sculptures that collectively examine social and ecological traumas woven into global economies.  These artworks are accompanied by a growing archive of hand-drawn shadows that document personal habits of consumption  acknowledging her position of privilege and the irony of her own production within this inquiry.

Conceptually exploring what constitutes a shadow, Price invites the audience to join her in asking what a “real” shadow might look like and how we all might go about drastically reducing shadows of production, exchange and disposal in the future. 

Jill Price is a recipient of the 2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2016 SSHRC Research Scholarship and the 2017 Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.

Opening Night: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7 - 10 pm

Public Defense:  Thursday, August 3 (Time TBA)


Hours of Operation:

Saturday August 5, 12—5

Wednesday, August 9, 12 - 5

Thursday August 10, 12 - 5, 7 - 10

Friday, August 11, 12 - 5

Saturday, August 12, 12—5


Thank yous to:

Advisors: Professors Geoffrey Shea & Colette Laliberté (OCADU), Janis Jeffries (Goldsmiths)

Mentors: Ted Fullerton, Frances Thomas, Jennifer Wigmore

OCAD U Jewellery and Textile Studio Technicians (Greg Bauer & Laurie Wassink)

YYZ Artists' Outlet and Ana Barajas: Gallery Rental

U of T Art Museum: Lending of Museum Vitrines

Artists: Fiona Pegg, Liz Menard, Tracey and Derek Martin

Venue & Address: 
YYZ Artists' Outlet 401 Richmond St. W. Unit 140 Toronto, ON
Land as Archive

Anthropocene Cinema Talk by Selmin Kara at UofT

Selmin Kara giving a presentation
Event poster
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

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
Faculty Talk poster with event info, biography of Selmin Kara and film stills