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Co-Relations

Diane Borsato, "Mushroom Foray," 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

The Co-Relations program explores critical issues—livability, access, interconnectivity—that intersect with and extend ideas addressed in The Shoreline Dilemma.

Co-Relations demonstrates a deep commitment to placemaking in a series of performances, conversations, and gatherings. All participants are invited into shifting and expanding dialogues that reveal the often invisible, intangible, or overlooked connections to each other and the environment: mycelial fungi workshops investigate networked growth beneath our feet; apple tastings and orchard plantings reclaim and revive rare historic apple varietals; and responses to a dispatch from a dystopian future initiate action in the present day. These unseen or unnoticed connections provide insights into how to better sustain symbiotic relationships over time.

Co-Relations builds on methodologies of care, empathy, and understanding in an attempt to repair what has been lost or forgotten. Drawing from relational practices and social processes, these events respond  to emerging conversations during the inaugural Biennial and extend them to explore their complexities in locations and with communities across Toronto.

Co-Relations is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

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16nov10:30 am11:45 amFeaturedSonic Meditation with Stephanie Loveless10:30 am - 11:45 am Graduate Gallery of OCADU, 205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3Stream:Co-RelationsType:Workshops

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(Saturday) 10:30 am - 11:45 am

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Graduate Gallery of OCADU

205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3

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In advance of her evening performance, sound artist Stephanie Loveless will lead an introduction to, and embodied exploration of, the instruction scores of pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros. We will explore practices of listening and sounding that are designed to help us engage more creatively with each other and the world around us. All-regardless of musical background or ability-are invited to participate!

This program is in conjunction with TELLINGS: A Post-Human Vocal Concert, featuring Erin Gee, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Tsēmā Igharas, Stephanie Loveless, and Miya Masaoka.

Co-curated by Maiko Tanaka and Myung-Sun Kim.

Co-presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video and Graduate Studies OCAD University. Special thanks to Canadian Music Centre for technical support on the project.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image credit: In the throats of trees, 2017. Courtesy Stephanie Loveless.

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Stephanie Loveless

16nov12:00 pm1:15 pmFeaturedMiya Masaoka: Sonifying the Plants12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Graduate Gallery of OCADU, 205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3Stream:Co-RelationsType:Talks

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(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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Graduate Gallery of OCADU

205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3

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A performative lecture and demonstration of Masaoka’s pioneering interactive work using the biological response of plants. Masaoka’s works with plants have been exhibited at NIME, Ircam, France, the Gutenberg Sound Art Academy, Germany Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors (Instrument Making).  Masaoka is a sound artist and Associate Professor at Columbia University, and the Director of Sound Art Program.

This program is in conjunction with TELLINGS: A Post-Human Vocal Concert, featuring Erin Gee, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Tsēmā Igharas, Stephanie Loveless, and Miya Masaoka.

Co-curated by Maiko Tanaka and Myung-Sun Kim.

Co-presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video and Graduate Studies OCAD University. Special thanks to Canadian Music Centre for technical support on the project.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image credit: O Plant! by Miya Masaoka. Photo credit: Quniton Maldonaldo

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Miya Masaoka

16nov3:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedTELLINGS: A Post-Human Vocal Concert3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Graduate Gallery of OCADU, 205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3Stream:Co-RelationsType:Performances

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(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Graduate Gallery of OCADU

205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3

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TELLINGS: A Post-Human Vocal Concert seeks to challenge traditional conceptions of voice. Artists working experimentally with sound—live electronics, deep listening, sound art—perform compositions that explore new modes of vocal production. The experimental vocal compositions in solo and ensemble formats question the way we imagine the body of a voice and the “receiver” as well as the divisions made between nature and technology. Each composition performed in TELLINGS presents increasingly inter-species, inter-organ, feminist, and collaborative notions through the languages of plants, animals, and even human organs not normally associated with having authorship or intention.

Schedule of Events:

Sonic Meditation with Stephanie Loveless 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 10:30am-11:45am

Miya Masaoka: Sonifying the Plants (A Performative Talk) 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 12:00pm-1:30pm

TELLINGS: Post-human vocal concert
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 3:00pm-7:00pm

Artists: Erin Gee, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Miya Masaoka, Stephanie Loveless, and Tsēmā Igharas

Co-curated by Maiko Tanaka and Myung-Sun Kim.

Co-presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video and Graduate Studies OCAD University. Special thanks to Canadian Music Centre for technical support on the project.

TELLINGS is part of the Toronto Biennial of Art’s Co-Relations Program, made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

TELLINGS is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image caption: Sinuosity, 2018. Photo by Mike Patten. The Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA) / Contemporary Native Art Biennial: NÍCHIWAMISKWÉM | NIMIDET | MA SŒUR | MY SISTER, ART MÛR GALLERY

Organizer

Erin Gee

17nov2:30 pm4:30 pmFeaturedWhat’s Up with Gendai?2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Co-RelationsType:Talks

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(Sunday) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Gendai Gallery’s active members are about to retire. In this session, they share the gallery’s organizational history of experimenting with models of collectivity, and workshop your proposals for a takeover.

Founded in 2000, Gendai is a Toronto-based art organization that supports contemporary practices—primarily by East Asian artists and artists of colour. Since 2011 they have been mobile. Their history of experimentation with collective models and practice of reconfigurability, collaboration, and adaptability is reflected in recent projects involving film, modular furniture, publications, treehouse dinner parties, newspapers, screenings, haikus, neighbourhood survey actions, a lemonade stand, musical jingles, and collective readings.

On their way out, the members would like to draw on their history of generating alternative methodologies for existence in seeking new ways of succession-planning for the gallery. This opportunity for the next generation to adopt an existing organization with a critical legacy, is grounded in the experimental integrity of Gendai’s pedagogical framework that fosters collaboration and adaptation to current environments.

Event Note: A free shuttle bus to 259 Lake Shore Blvd E will leave from 100 McCaul Street at 1:15pm. RSVP at torontobiennialppl@gmail.com to secure your spot!

Requested Proposals for a Takeover

In 500 words, include:
– Who you are (individual or group)?
– What do you want to do?
– Why Gendai?
– Any experience working with arts organizations? (Not a pre-requisite)

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Send proposals to: jungmarilyn@gmail.com

For more information, join us at the “What’s Up with Gendai?” event for an info session hosted by the retiring members of Gendai, where an overview of Gendai’s activities and a discussion of experimental models of collectivity will take place.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image Credit: Installation view of Gendai Mobile Feast, 2012. Tree house by CN Tower Liquidation. Photo by Haley Uyeda

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Gendai Gallery

02nov2:00 pm5:00 pmUnsettling: Settlers of Catan2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Co-RelationsType:Family Friendly,Games

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(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Unsettling: Settlers of Catan is a playful, discursive intervention into the popular board game, Settlers of Catan. Artist Golboo Amani disrupts its colonial narratives with methodologies of treaties, collaboration, and allyship, inserting new game pieces, cards, and rules. With these new tools, players develop strategies of building on and repatriation of the colonized landscape, offering the opportunity to play out strategies for radical, social, political, and industrial change.

Join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon of playing Unsettling: Settlers of Catan with the artist! On two Saturday afternoons in November, Biennial visitors can play the full game set with facilitated guidance from card dealers and the artist. Free ticket registration is required to play the full game, or join at any time to watch, or participate by tag-teaming.

Alternative Date: Saturday, November 23 | 2-5pm

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image Credit: Unsettling: Settlers of Catan, 2018. Photo credit: Henry Chan

Organizer

Golboo Amani

10nov1:00 pm3:00 pm“Combat Ready Kitchen” with Anastacia Marx de Salcedo1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:Co-RelationsType:Talks

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(Sunday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat (2015), discusses the military’s role in the technological development of processed foods and the distribution, commercialization, and effects of packaged goods within society.

The event will offer tastings of MRE (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) and mass produced food that is developed through military technology.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image Caption (L): Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, 2015. Photo credit: Jorge Salcedo.

Image Caption (R): Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat. Image credit: Christopher Sergio, Art Director.

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Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

23nov2:00 pm5:00 pmUnsettling: Settlers of Catan2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Co-RelationsType:Family Friendly,Games

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(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Unsettling: Settlers of Catan is a playful, discursive intervention of the popular board game, Settlers of Catan. Artist Golboo Amani disrupts its colonial narratives with methodologies of treaties, collaboration, and allyship, and inserts new game pieces, cards, and rules. With these new tools, players develop strategies of building on and repatriation of the colonized landscape, offering the opportunity to play out various strategies for radical, social, political, and industrial change.

Join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon of playing Unsettling: Settlers of Catan with the artist! On two Saturday afternoons in November, Biennial visitors can play the full game set with facilitated guidance from card dealers and the artist. Free ticket registration is required to play the full game, or join at any time to watch, or participate by tag-teaming.

Alternative Date: Saturday, November 2 | 2-5pm

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image Credit: Unsettling: Settlers of Catan, 2018. Photo credit: Henry Chan

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Golboo Amani

25nov6:00 pm9:00 pmDispatch with SKETCH Working Arts6:00 pm - 9:00 pm SKETCH Working Arts, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5Stream:Co-RelationsType:Performances

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(Monday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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SKETCH Working Arts, Artscape Youngplace

180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

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In this iteration of the Dispatch program, young artists with SKETCH Working Arts respond to Syrus Marcus Ware’s dispatch from the future in a post-apocalyptic state, and post-climate change. It offers both caution and hope for a future wherein we all survive. Young artists respond with their pressing concerns and initiate action in the present day as they reimagine a different future.

Co-presented in partnership with SKETCH Working Arts.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

30nov1:00 pm4:00 pmLakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Project, Part II1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Humber Art Commons, 3253 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1M2Stream:Co-RelationsType:Talks,Workshops

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(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Humber Art Commons

3253 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1M2

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From 1890 to 1979, the Humber College Lakeshore Campus was a psychiatric hospital. The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery is two kilometres north of the campus, where 1,511 patients are buried in mostly unmarked graves. Humber College students and members from the Among Friends Community Mental Health program invite community groups to gather and remember patients’ names through talks and community art projects that engage with people’s lived experiences of the mental health-care system. A drop-in workshop and presentation invites the wider public to co-create work together. This community-engaged project explores the deep relationship building at the critical intersections of art, education, community, and access-oriented programs, particularly around mental health and questions of livability.

Coffee, cookies, and refreshments will be served.

Accessibility: ASL, live captioning, accessible venue, and attendant care.

Co-presented in partnership with Humber College, Humber Galleries, Among Friends Community Mental Health Organization, and Workman Arts.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image caption: Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, 2018-ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.

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