Choreographing Moving Image

Public Lecture by Isaac Julien

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

We invite you to join the the Faculty of Art in welcoming Isaac Julien as the inaugural artist in residence for the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project.

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project presents:

Public Lecture by Isaac Julien

Choreographing Moving Image: Post-Cinematic Desire and Politics of Aesthetics in TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010)

Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m.

100 McCaul Street – Auditorium (Room 190)

Please also join us for a Community Round Table Discussion with Isaac Julien

Friday, March 31st, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Room 322, 230 Richmond Street West

What are the techniques used to display video in gallery spaces and what are visitors’ reception habits for the moving image? In Isaac Julien’s TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010) the spectator enters the work’s space, moves in between screens and selects perspectives. The act of spectating is rendered visible by making the audience part of the installation. While an exhibition can be a space for critical reception, the usual modes of presentation for video works tend to evoke cinema spaces and position audiences in the role of passive beholders of the image. How can the space of presentation be a tool for immersion but also create a critical distance and implicate an active audience?

“In the closed space of cinema there is no circulation, no movement, and no exchange. In the darkness, spectators sink into their seats as though slipping into bed… this model is broken apart by the folding of the dark space of cinema into the white cube of the gallery."   Michael Snow on La Région Centrale

About Isaac Julien:

Isaac Julien is a Turner prize nominated artist, photographer and filmmaker. He was born in London in 1960, where he currently lives and works.

Earlier films and photographic works include “Young Soul Rebels” (1991), which was awarded the Semaine de la Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; the acclaimed poetic film-essay and photographic series “Looking for Langston” (1989); and “Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask” (1996).

Julien has pioneered a form of multi-screen installations, including light-boxes and photographic works with “Western Union: Small Boats” (2007), “Ten Thousand Waves” (2010) and “Playtime: Kapital” (2014).

Julien participated in the 56th Biennale di Venezia and worked closely with its curator Okwui Enwezor (2015). He has exhibited his work in major museums and institutions across the world including “Ten Thousand Waves” at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013-2014), which is currently exhibited at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2016). In 2015, Julien had a retrospective at the Depont Museum (Tilburg, the Netherlands). In 2016, he showed “Playtime” and “Kapital” at El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City and recently had a solo photographic exhibition titled "Vintage" (Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco) displaying his photographic oeuvre from the 1980's and his seminal "Looking for Langston" series, which is also included in “Made You Look”, at The Photographers' Gallery.

Julien’s work is included in the collections of institutions around the globe. In 2013 MoMA published RIOT, a monographic survey of his career to date, featuring his films, photographic and installation works over the period.

Julien is currently producing a new work that is a poetic meditation on aspects of the life and architecture of Lina Bo Bardi. The first chapter of this work, “Stones Against Diamonds”, was shown during 2015's La Biennale di Venezia, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. Amongst forthcoming exhibitions, “Western Union: Small Boats” will be part of “Protest” exhibition at Victoria Miro Gallery (fall 2016).

After teaching at Harvard University (1998-2002), Julien was Professor of Media Art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe (2009-2015) and Chair of Global Art at University of Arts London (2014-2016).

Isaac Julien is currently the OCAD University Artist in Residence for the inaugural Global Experience Project.  The Global Experience Project is generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Auditorium (Room 190) Toronto, ON
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