Anthropocene Cinema Talk by Selmin Kara at UofT

Selmin Kara giving a presentation
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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. 

All By Myselfie

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening party March 13, 2014 (7-11pm)

student exhibition

“We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme SELFIE who is eternally at peace.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

'All By Myselfie' explores the complex culture of selfies, images taken of the self by the self. The selfie is inescapable online, securing its status in digital culture beyond a simple trend and into a full-blown phenomena. Whether the selfie is empowering, therapeutic, performative, archival, narcissistic, or validating, it has become the ultimate symbol of a constructed and consumable self projected into digital space. This show looks beyond the face value of the online selfie to its private, personal beginnings. Whether or not a selfie is uploaded, the act of taking a selfie reveals the intrinsic human desire to understand oneself.

Featuring work by Reenee Dykeman, Alexandra Pearlhaddad, Kori Baum, Camille Jodoin, Shelby Jane Miller and Jenna Crook.

Organized by Jenna Crook.

Opening party on Thursday, March 13 (7-11pm) // featuring DJ Feelgoodsmalls!

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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By Hook or by Crook

Image of Items on the wall
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:00am to Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: September 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

An exhibition of works by Faculty of Art Associate Professsor, Ginette Legaré

Ginette Legaré’s recent mixed-media works continue her exploration of one's relationships with surrounding objects, whether these are images, texts, or things. Her interest revolves around how such objects can reinsert themselves into the world as abstractions and as hints of what was once missed or taken for granted-- a re-enactment that redeems the partly hidden from obscurity, like a brief insight momentarily lost and recaptured. Thus, Legaré’s work searches for new links in the ‘given’, using an ‘already available’ visual vocabulary-- a line, a gap, a solid, a space-- to question, or find, the visible that seems inherently hidden.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The artist would like to acknowledge funding support from the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council, and from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Birch Contemporary 129 Tecumseth Street Toronto, Ontario