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
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-art/globalexperience.htm
Cost: 
Free
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Inaugural Global Experience Project takes off!

Group photo of students with Isaac Julien, Sara Diamond and Carol Weinbaum
Thursday, February 9, 2017

OCAD University is launching a trailblazing international initiative, bent on elevating Canada’s prominence in the global communities of art and culture. The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) will bring leading international artists to Toronto for a significant residency at OCAD U over the next five years. The GEP will connect selected students with the visiting artists and notable scholars, on campus and abroad.

“We are thrilled beyond words to realize the launch of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The opportunity to interact closely with ground-breaking international artists will shape the learning experience for OCAD U students in a way that no classroom ever could, and heighten international awareness of Toronto as a vibrant contemporary art community.”

For GEP’s inaugural year, OCAD U is hosting the renowned Isaac Julien as its artist-in-residence. A London-based filmmaker and video installation artist, Julien is working with five students who have access to the behind-the-scenes installation of his current show at the Royal Ontario Museum (Isaac Julien: Other Destinies, now on until April 23, 2017) and will participate in events involving the artist and his work, including the upcoming Images Festival, which will screen Who Killed Colin Roach? and Territories.

As part of his residency, which extends until the end of March, Julien will engage with students and the arts community through lectures, screenings and discussions. In May, GEP students will travel to London, England to spend time with Julien in his studio and learn about his process. The students will continue to develop their own projects with Julien’s feedback and critical perspective on their work, while immersed in London’s arts community.

 About The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project

In residence at OCAD U for a period of five to six weeks, each year’s visiting artist will commit to open studio hours where students can engage informally with the resident.  The artist will collaborate in faculty-led classes, conduct public presentations, create art and engage with the broader community through exhibition and/or artistic research.

While visiting the resident artist’s home community abroad, students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with the local art community and gain exposure to a broader, international artistic network. Depending upon the resident artist’s medium of choice, the students’ work abroad could take various forms: as in-situ art projects, gallery and studio assistance, entrepreneurial activity, research projects, community projects, artist visits and more.

Global Experience Project students will be selected through a rigorous process of faculty review based upon portfolio, grades and a formal proposal.

Introducing this year’s GEP students:  Yuling Chen, Aylan Couchie, leaf jerlefia, Aaron Moore, Justyna Werbel.

“These young artists are being given a chance to build a diverse international network that will continue to influence their development long after they leave OCAD University,” said Carol Weinbaum of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. “We are very honoured to play a part in the development of Canada’s next generation of emerging artists.”

“The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has been a supporter of OCAD University for nearly 15 years,” said Diamond. “We are extremely grateful for its longstanding commitment to OCAD U and continued investment in the Canadian art landscape.”

You can find more on GEP on the OCAD U website and social media:

Facebook (Global Experience Project)
Twitter (GlobalXProject)
Instagram (@globalxproject)

ROM Speaks Art Keynote Presentation: Isaac Julien in His Own Words

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

ROM Speaks Art Keynote Presentation: Isaac Julien in His Own Words
Known for his poetic and visually encompassing narratives, renowned British contemporary artist Isaac Julien addresses issues of globalization, movements of peoples, displacement, and the aesthetics of geography through his work. Explore how these difficult and sensitive topics intersect with art in this engaging and thought-provoking lecture series. 

Artist Isaac Julien discusses the inspiration behind Isaac Julien: Other Destinies and more recent developments in his work. Lecture followed by a conversation with critic Michael Prokopow.

Event includes a post-event reception

ASL interpretation will be provided

Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception to follow lecture.

The Isaac Julien Other Destinies Lecture Series at the ROM is happening in association with The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project at OCAD University.

Isaac Julien in His Own Words is the Keynote Presentation for: Isaac Julien Other Destinies Lecture Series at the ROM.  The Lecture Series includes:

JAN 24:  Keynote Presentation: Isaac Julien in His Own Words
Artist Isaac Julien discusses the inspiration behind Isaac Julien: Other Destinies and more recent developments in his work. Lecture followed by a conversation with critic Michael Prokopow.

FEB 7:  True North: Race, Sexuality and Science in Arctic Exploration
Inspired by African-American Arctic explorer Matthew Henson, Isaac Julien’s True North attempts to re-visualize the Arctic from a Black perspective. Join Lisa E. Bloom, as she explores True North in the context of environmental politics, questioning how race and sexuality can relate to present-day issues of climate change, science and technology.

MAR 7:  Migration: People, Places & Politics
Our panel of experts will discuss transnational migrations, and their historic and current economic and political causes. 

From fascinating to thought-provoking, ROM Speaks presents compelling voices on hot topics. Explore engaging issues at the ROM and experience our world, discussed. 

Venue & Address: 
Royal Ontario Museum Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre Level 1B
Website: 
http://•www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/keynote-presentation-isaac-julien-in-his-own-words
Cost: 
Public $20 Members $18

The Global Experience Project at OCAD University welcomes Isaac Julien

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:45am

This winter, the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project at OCAD University will support the residency of acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien.

Five students (Yuling Chen, Aylan Couchie, Aaron Moore, leaf jerlefia, Justyna Werbel) will come together to creatively respond to the themes resonant in Isaac’s work, while gaining access to the behind the scenes installation of his upcoming show at the ROM; attend events related to Isaac’s work in Toronto and his Images Festival Screening; and travel to Isaac’s studio in London, U.K.

Isaac Julien is a Turner prize nominated artist, photographer and filmmaker. He was born in London in 1960, where he currently lives and works.  Julien has pioneered a form of multi-screen installations, including light-boxes and photographic.  Julien’s work is included in the collections of institutions around the globe, he is currently producing a new work that is a poetic meditation on aspects of the life and architecture of Lina Bo Bardi. 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).  For more on Isaac Julien:  http://www.isaacjulien.com/?_ga=1.13690933.368919176.1416234232

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project was made possible by a $500,000 gift from the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation to OCAD University. The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has been a supporter of OCAD U for nearly 15 years by funding such events as the annual Graduate Exhibition and the Nomadic Resident Program.  “The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation is delighted to invest in this transformational program at OCAD U, where students will engage with world-renowned artists and embark on international learning experiences,” said Carol Weinbaum, representative of the Foundation. “We are excited to help bring Isaac Julien to campus for the inaugural edition of the project.”

For more detail on the 2017 Global Experience Project:  http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-art/globalexperience.htm

 

Related events include ROM Speaks Art / Keynote Presentation: Isaac Julien in His Own Words

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/keynote-presentation-isaac-julien-in-his-own-words

as well as

ROM Speaks Art / ROMSpeaks Isaac Julien: Other Destinies Lecture Series

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/romspeaks-isaac-julien-other-destinies-lecture-series