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Currents

Elder Duke Redbird, "Wigwam Chi-Chemung," 2019. Photo: Elijah Nichols

Currents is a platform for artist-led programming that invites visitors to engage directly with the creative and critical processes at work in the exhibition. This stream consists of talks, performances, symphonies, star-gazing, and ceremonies that trace ideas circulating within and beyond the Biennial’s main sites and connect with other exhibition locations. Be it through acts of restitution, revolutionary wearables, ways of knowing with the water, or the ethics of making, Currents asks participants to reconsider what it means to be in and out of relation in the context of artworks featured in this year’s Exhibition.

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15nov6:15 pm6:45 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, Antarctica, 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

15nov7:00 pmFeaturedPerformance by Lawrence Abu Hamdan7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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In Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s performance Contra Diction, he seeks to explore the ways in which our right to silence can be preserved in today’s All-Hearing and All-Speaking society. In his reappraisal of silence and its politics Abu Hamdan will look into the linguistics of Taqiyya, an old piece of islamic jurisprudence practiced only by esoteric minorities that allows a believing individual to deny his faith or commit otherwise illegal acts while they are at risk of persecution or in a condition of statelessness. By looking into stories of alleged mass conversions of the Druze minority in northern Syria Abu Hamdan indicates how such minor speech acts can help us re-appraise the precision of speaking, the multiple ways of remaining silent and the inherently unfaithful nature of ones voice.

Abu Hamdan’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lou Sheppard, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Contra Diction, 2015, performance view at Cornerhouse Manchester. Photo: Courtesy the artist.

16nov11:00 am1:00 pmFeaturedJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

16nov2:00 pm4:00 pmFeaturedDelineating a nation-state: A Conversation2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Delineating a nation-state is a preview of the forthcoming issue 12 of Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy, featuring: Roberto Damiani, Irena Latek, and Karyn Recollet, moderated by co-editors David Fortin and Adrian Blackwell. This conversation will examine the relationship between urban morphology and processes of settler colonialism, through the delineation of property in land.

The building of a nation-state involves the drawing of lines on pieces of paper and the transcription of those lines onto a territory. All architects’ drawings are constrained and structured by these primary processes of delineation. This conversation will bring together two foundational discourses about national space: an architectural conversation about the relationship between property division and architectural form, and an ongoing debate about the land-appropriations of settler colonialism.

This conversation is a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Township Plan of Township 43 (St. Laurent-Batoche area), 1890, courtesy of the Saskatchewan Archives Board Photo Collection.

17nov2:00 pm2:30 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, Antarctica, 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

17nov3:15 pm3:45 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, Antarctica, 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

18nov4:00 pm6:00 pmFeaturedThe View From Here: Reading a Moving Shoreline4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Talks

Time

(Monday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Fadi Masoud is a landscape architect and planner who focuses on the relationships between large-scale environmental systems, dynamic design, and the instrumentality of planning policies. Adrian Blackwell is an artist, designer, and theorist interested in the relationship between political economy and the production of physical spaces. In the context of Luis Jacob’s two-part installation, The View from Here, and within Blackwell’s structure Isonomia in Toronto? (harbour), Masoud and Blackwell discuss Toronto’s waterfront, drawing attention to the vulnerabilities of urban districts built upon reclaimed land, and the strategies available to mitigate the effects of climate change. Participants join in a mapping exercise, tracing the human and non-human actors transforming the shoreline, and through this activity, encourage a literacy of the interaction between the natural and operational forces creating urban space.

Adopting maps, printed street-views, books, and the city’s landscape, artist Luis Jacob’s installation explores many of Toronto’s conflicting narratives. As a central dynamic of the project, situated at Union Station and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, Jacob has invited a series of guest artists, researchers, and thinkers who, from their own research and practices, extend the context of his presented materials. From mapping forms of social storytelling, to understanding cultural belongings as repositories of relations, and working with printed matter as sites of neighbourhood organizing—each offering reveals another View from Here.

Image Credit: Fadi Masoud, Terra-Sorta-Firma: Toronto’s expanding shoreline 1860-2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Organizer

Adrian Blackwell

01nov6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

01nov7:00 pmPerformance and Lecture by The New Red Order and Guests7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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The New Red Order (NRO) presents Believable Impossibilities, a lecture performance and treaty orchestration featuring Christopher Bracken and Ange Loft, DJ’d by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

Believable Impossibilities is part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program, Isonomia in Toronto, which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, RISE Edutainment, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: The New Red Order, We Cover For You, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

02nov11:00 am1:00 pmTalking Treaties—Text and Image11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Talks,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Open to adults and older youth of all experiences, backgrounds, and abilities, this workshop begins with a presentation and facilitated discussion of the key symbols of Toronto’s Indigenous presence and governance structures. Symbols found in the text of Treaty 13: The Toronto Purchase, further reveal another set of imagery to unpack, moving through the city’s changing coat of arms, to Indigenous names for local waterways. With a large version of the Toronto Purchase text, small teams collaborate to replace words with images, culminating in a site-specific visual installation to expand across the grounds of Small Arms.

Image Credit: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties,” 2018. Courtesy Jumblies Theatre & Arts and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Alejandra Nuñez

02nov2:00 pmTalk by Christopher Bracken with The New Red Order2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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“Why Savage Philosophy Now?” is a talk by Christopher Bracken in discussion with two members of New Red Order (NRO), Adam Khalil and Jackson Polys. More than a decade ago, in Bracken’s book, Magical Criticism, he echoed Heidegger in posing the scandalous question, “What are savages for?” His answer at the time was: “Savage philosophers are the outgrowths of discourse, and they dare us to think more by daring to enrich signs with a principle of change.” In this talk, inspired by the appropriation of Bracken’s work by the New Red Order, he will revisit the theory of savage philosophy and ask what are the stakes, as I put it then, of affirming “the being of non-being”?

“Why Savage Philosophy Now?” a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, RISE Edutainment, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: The New Red Order, Crimes Against Reality, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

03nov2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

03nov3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

04nov2:00 pm4:00 pmThe View from Here with Simon Vickers2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Talks,Walks

Time

(Monday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Simon Vickers researches intersections of public and urban history, focusing on activism across particular neighbourhoods in Toronto and Montreal since the 1960s. For this presentation, Vickers engages with Luis Jacob’s two-part installation The View from Here to initiate dialogues on historical social movements and how the city has been impacted by gentrification, affordability and the role of printed matter in tracing those processes.

Adopting maps, printed street-views, books, and the city’s landscape, artist Luis Jacob’s installation explores many of Toronto’s conflicting narratives. As a central dynamic of the project, situated at Union Station and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, Jacob has invited a series of guest artists, researchers, and thinkers who, from their own research and practices, extend the context of his presented materials. From mapping forms of social storytelling, to understanding cultural belongings as repositories of relations, and working with printed matter as sites of neighbourhood organizing—each offering reveals another View from Here.

Image credit: Simon Vickers, Reform Canon Open, 2019, Courtesy of the artist.

Organizer

Luis Jacob

08nov6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

08nov7:00 pmPerformances by RISE Edutainment7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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RISE Edutainment will curate a one hour musical and poetic performance intended to inspire, engage and empower the audiences. These messages will delve into introspection, self-love and self -identity. Participants in this program for the Biennial include: Tamir Holder, Dynesti Williams, Randell Adjel, and Jayda Marley.

These performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Crowd at RISE Edutainment event. Courtesy Randell Adjei.

09nov11:00 am1:00 pmJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

09nov2:00 pmReadings by Urayoán Noel2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Puerto Rican poet, performer, professor, and polemicist Urayoán Noel will offer two readings: first, he will read excerpts from Qué haré con mi lugar en el cielo, a new collection of poems by Wingston González, along with Noel’s translation of his work. These poems were inspired by the sculptures of Naufus Ramírez Figueroa, reflecting on the figure of the silleros in colonial Latin America. Noel will then share work from his own practice, rooted in an ongoing dialogue with González.

Please note: This program will be a mixture of Spanish and English.

Noel’s readings are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Qué haré con mi lugar en el cielo, courtesy Wingston González.

10nov2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

10nov3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

22nov6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

22nov7:00 pmPerformance by Sister Co-Resister at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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My sister by the river is a séance to mourn and move memories of lost feminist kin into the future. Performed by an ad hoc coven of artists, this séance engages rituals of radical remembrance and hospitality as a method of solidarity building among the living and the dead. My sister by the river was conceived and created by Annie Wong with Nedda Baba, Yara El Safi, Frizz Kid, and co-produced by Marilyn Fernandes and Pamila Matharu.

Sister Co-Resister’s performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, RISE Edutainment, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Claire Lim and Emily Mun, to my past and future ancestors. Photo by Stefan Hagen, Open Source Gallery, 2019. Courtesy Annie Wong.

23nov11:00 am1:00 pmTalking Treaties—Text and Sound11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Talks,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Open to adults and older youth of all experiences, backgrounds, and abilities, the activity begins with a presentation of the Treaty text and images from the previous workshop, along with the poetry from the Before All Else: Place and Relationship activity pack. In small teams, these texts are collaboratively disassembled and reassembled as short spoken and/or musical performances. Invited artists and musicians join the creative process, encouraging participants to co-create, culminating in a site-specific performance piece that takes place across the Small Arms site.

Image Credit: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, Talking Treaties, 2018. Courtesy Jumblies Theatre & Arts and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Alejandra Nuñez

23nov2:00 pmPerformance by Sister Co-Resister at Small Arms2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

My sister by the river is a séance to mourn and move memories of lost feminist kin into the future. Performed by an ad hoc coven of artists, this séance engages rituals of radical remembrance and hospitality as a method of solidarity building among the living and the dead. My sister by the river was conceived and created by Annie Wong with Nedda Baba, Yara El Safi, Frizz Kid, and co-produced by Marilyn Fernandes and Pamila Matharu.

Sister Co-Resister’s performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, RISE Edutainment, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Claire Lim and Emily Mun, to my past and future ancestors. Photo by Stefan Hagen, Open Source Gallery, 2019. Courtesy Annie Wong.

24nov2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, Antarctica, 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

24nov3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, Antarctica, 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

25nov2:00 pm4:00 pmThe View from Here with Bonnie Devine2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Union Station, 65 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6Stream:CurrentsType:Talks,Walks

Time

(Monday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Union Station

65 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6

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In response to various objects in Luis Jacob’s installation The View From Here, Bonnie Devine introduces a surveyor’s transit from her project Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig, 2018. View-finding instruments have been used since antiquity to mark out, allot, and regulate land, including the land of the Mississauga Nation that was transferred to the British in the Toronto Purchase of 1787, and the Toronto Indenture of 1805. Bringing Jacob’s sculpture The Riddle, 2018, into conversation with the transit, Devine engages visitors in a discussion around cartography, ownership and the weaponization of the Colonial gaze.

Adopting maps, printed street-views, books, and the city’s landscape, artist Luis Jacob’s installation explores many of Toronto’s conflicting narratives. As a central dynamic of the project, situated at Union Station and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, Jacob has invited a series of guest artists, researchers, and thinkers who, from their own research and practices, extend the context of his presented materials. From mapping forms of social storytelling, to understanding cultural belongings as repositories of relations, and working with printed matter as sites of neighbourhood organizing—each offering reveals another View from Here.

Image credit: Bonnie Devine, Titled/Untitled, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Organizer

Bonnie Devine

27nov7:00 pm9:00 pmSyrus Marcus Ware: Art, Activism, And Futurity7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., Toronto, ON M5B 1W1Stream:CurrentsType:Talks

Time

(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Ryerson Image Centre

33 Gould St., Toronto, ON M5B 1W1

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For two decades, Toronto-based artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware has explored the themes of justice and climate change through his practice spanning painting, installation, performance, and video. In this talk, Ware discusses his hopes for the future of activism and how artistic practice can help us understand an uncertain world as part of the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture series, presented by the Ryerson Image Centre.

Event Notes: Room IMA-307, third floor. Arrive early to ensure seating.

This lecture is presented by the Ryerson Image Centre.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, Antarctica, 2019

Organizer

Syrus Marcus Ware

29nov6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

Event Details

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, Antarctica, 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

29nov7:00 pmPerformances by Aki Onda, Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

In this double bill, Aki Onda will perform the multi-media Reflections and Repercussions, followed by …Crow meets Salmon, a collaborative performance by Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin. 

Reflections and Repercussions explores the interplay among luminosity, acoustic, and architectural relationships within the space. Performing with various types of lightning equipment such as theatre lights, flashlights, bare light bulb, mirrors, and other objects, Onda arranges and rearranges the tools composing the visual and aural as a total environments. The complex relationship between the concrete and the ephemeral is explored.

Being is made in relation to …Crow meets Salmon, a performance by Goto and Morin, moving together and apart with respect to all that has accumulated in these sites, locations, histories. Crow-Salmon-Human relations reflect on the interconnections between sky, water, and land, and the mutability of forms to make a joyous sound for creating joyful kinships.

These performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin, Roaming performance at 7a*11d Festival, 2018. Photo by Henry Chan.

30nov2:00 pmPerformance by Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Being is made in relation to…Crow meets Salmon, a performance by Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin, moving together and apart with respect to all that has accumulated in these sites, locations, histories. Crow-Salmon-Human relations reflect on the interconnections between sky, water, and land, and the mutability of forms to make a joyous sound for creating joyful kinships.

Goto and Morin’s performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin, Roaming performance at 7a*11d Festival, 2018. Photo by Henry Chan.

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