Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &...
Disciplinary Fuzziness and the Future(s) of Art Criticism
OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
March 27-28, 2015
The Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) MA program at OCAD University is pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Thornton and Brendan Fernandes are the Keynote presenters of the 2015 CADN Conference.
Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... seeks to investigate projects that actively destabilize binaries, permeate borders, and foster interdisciplinary engagement to trouble the transitory spaces that condition contemporary society. This conference aims to address ways art (or Art) and its many disciplinary iterations continue to morph and change. By providing an armature onto which scholars and artists might graft semblances of understandings gained through the ex/interchange of knowledge and ideas, the conference leverages productive energies of discourse and critique to tease out the questions which necessarily accompany exploration of the contemporary.
Credibility & Confidence: Behind the Scenes with Artists Today
In conversation with Dr. Sarah Thornton
Friday, March 27
10:00 - 11:30 AM, Auditorium 190
OCAD University, 100 McCaul
Free Admission with registration: http://bit.ly/1LR2Tdq
Thornton is the author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts, published in English last autumn and forthcoming in six translations, as well as Seven Days in the Art World, an international bestseller available in sixteen languages. She is joined in conversation by Francisco-Fernando Granados, a Toronto-based artist, writer, and educator working in performance, drawing, and multidisciplinary critical practices.
Encomium - Durational Performance by Brendan Fernandes
Friday, March 27 - Opening Reception
6:00-9:00 PM, 230 Richmond St West
OnSite Gallery, OCAD University
Brendan Fernandes is a nationally and internationally recognised Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. His recent work considers the transitional nature of identity through the complex language of dance. The work "Encomium" is inspired by Plato's "Symposium", a classical text in which love is examined through speeches of praise. In the work, Fernandes explores the way in which codes of language are articulated through classical ballet, and the way dance acts like any other language form, creating barriers that allow for understanding within specific groups and communities. ________________________________________________________________________________
More information on these events and the Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... Conference
On March 27-28, this conference presents research by artists and scholars that investigates the active destabilization of binaries and the permeability of disciplinary boundaries. Providing opportunities to leverage productive energies and direct forms of critique through discussion about practices and perceptions, the conference engages the need for contradiction in how art and artists are presented and appreciated in the world, and supports fresh methods that (re)ask important questions.