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15nov5:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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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Event Details

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.

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

Time

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

Location

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.

Organizer

Stephanie Loveless

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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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

16nov11:00 am4:00 pmFeaturedThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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Event Details

During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

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

Time

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

Location

Graduate Gallery of OCADU

205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3

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Event Details

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

Organizer

Miya Masaoka

16nov12:00 pm2:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

16nov12:00 pm2:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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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Event Details

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.

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

Time

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

Location

Graduate Gallery of OCADU

205 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V3

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Event Details

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

17nov11:15 am1:30 pmFeaturedground, breath, moisture, cusp11:15 am - 1:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Tools for LearningType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Sunday) 11:15 am - 1:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

This workshop with Zahra Komeylian explores a place of meeting between the clay, body, and breath. Through the medium of clay, participants are invited into an embodied reflection on being in relation with the collective and the ground, cultivating spaces for support and anchoring during times of change and shift. How can we be anchored while in flux? This session involves breathwork, contemplative sculpting, a walk along the shoreline, and a group building activity. No prior experience working with clay is necessary – bring a beginner’s mind.

Event Notes: Participants are asked to arrive on time and bring clothes to work in. As there will be an outdoor component by the lakeshore, warm layers are also encouraged.

Accessibility: Workshop activities include walking to the lakeshore and working with clay on the floor. We are committed to supporting the accessibility needs of all interested participants, and invite those interested to share their needs – including the need for an accessible workplace – through the workshop registration form or by email: PPL@torontobiennial.org.

Image credit: Zahra Komeylian, ground, breath, moisture, cusp, 2019. Photo: Cierra Frances.

Organizer

Zahra Komeylian

17nov12:00 pm2:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

17nov12:00 pm2:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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.

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

Time

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

Location

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

Organizer

Gendai Gallery

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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Event Details

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

01nov5:00 pm7:00 pmStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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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Event Details

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

02nov11:00 am4:00 pmThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

more

Event Details

During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

02nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

02nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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.

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

Time

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

Location

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

03nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

03nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

03nov12:00 pm1:30 pmPoetry Walk with Toronto’s River Poets, Lost Rivers, and Rivers Rising12:00 pm - 1:30 pm St. Matthews Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N1Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location

St. Matthews Clubhouse

450 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N1

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A poetry walk in conjunction with artist Maria Thereza Alves’s project Phantom Pain at Riverdale Park W. Toronto’s River Poets, together with the initiatives Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising, and knowledge keepers investigate Toronto’s lost rivers, the forgotten network of water that runs beneath our feet.

Meeting point: St. Matthews Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave.

Event note: Participants are invited to wear blue for the walk, which will form part of a Human River activity along the lost meander of the Don River. Rain or shine, the walk will start promptly at 12pm at the St. Matthews Clubhouse.

Accessibility: This event involves active walking through various paths in a public park, with a few stops to rest over the course of the program.

Image Credit: Former path of the Lower Don River. Courtesy of Lost Rivers.

Organizer

Dilys Leman

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.

03nov3:00 pm5:00 pmRead me, Love me, Leave me: Toronto Art Book Fair3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Talks

Time

(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Read me, Love me, Leave me explores different modes of reading through collaboration, humour, and storytelling. Invited guest artists, including Life of a Craphead, Katie Lyle & Shelby Wright, and Cotey Pope, respond to works that they have created, admire, find inspirational, or spark curiosity. In the spirit of open-mic, members of the public are also encouraged to participate by spontaneously signing up at the event to share their own readings. By activating a variety of printed matter through comedic prose and timing, readings illuminate the surrounding artwork and the multitude of ways in which we experience art.

Image Credit: Drawing by Karie Liao, adapted image by Ashley Lennox, G’day Mate, 2019. Courtesy of the artists.

Organizer

Cotey Pope

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

06nov6:00 pm8:00 pmStorytelling: Borelson6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), 8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3Stream:StorytellingType:Talks,Walks

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art from more conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. Rapper and spoken-word poet Borelson offers a performative response to works by Jae Jarrell and Caecilia Tripp installed at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU).

Image Credit: “Borelson,” 2018. Photo: Andrei Pora

Organizer

Borelson

08nov5:00 pm7:00 pmStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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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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

09nov11:00 am4:00 pmThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

09nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

09nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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.

10nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

10nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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

Time

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

Location

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.

Organizer

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

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.

13nov10:00 am1:00 pmNon-Human Entanglements: Slime Mould Workshops10:00 am - 1:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Tools for LearningType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces the amazing potential of slime mould for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets in to safe, mini-Physarum biolabs and leave the workshop with a feeding and growing kit, their own Slime mould, as well as a wide array of possibilities of slime mould (Physarum polycephalum*) culturing. The workshop invites participants to experiment with different biological media and feeding substrates, reflecting on how they inform the growth and morphology of protozoans and protists.

*Physarum polycephalum is a yellow ameboid dweller of decaying logs and decomposing vegetation on dim forest floors. It made headlines when Japanese biologists demonstrated its uncanny ability to optimize paths through mazes and reproduce tracks between mapped Tokyo railway stations. Since then, slime mould has become an attractive living substrate for research in diverse areas such as mathematical modeling, computation and bio-art.

Image Credit: Tosca Terán, Physarym polycephalum & the TTC, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Link: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/episode-3-special-guest-physarum-polycephalum

Organizer

Tosca Hidalgo y Terán

14nov10:00 am1:00 pmNon-Human Entanglements: Slime Mould Workshops10:00 am - 1:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Tools for LearningType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Thursday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces the amazing potential of slime mould for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets in to safe, mini-Physarum biolabs and leave the workshop with a feeding and growing kit, their own Slime mould, as well as a wide array of possibilities of slime mould (Physarum polycephalum*) culturing. The workshop invites participants to experiment with different biological media and feeding substrates, reflecting on how they inform the growth and morphology of protozoans and protists.

*Physarum polycephalum is a yellow ameboid dweller of decaying logs and decomposing vegetation on dim forest floors. It made headlines when Japanese biologists demonstrated its uncanny ability to optimize paths through mazes and reproduce tracks between mapped Tokyo railway stations. Since then, slime mould has become an attractive living substrate for research in diverse areas such as mathematical modeling, computation and bio-art.

Image Credit: Tosca Terán, Physarym polycephalum & the TTC, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Link: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/episode-3-special-guest-physarum-polycephalum

Organizer

Tosca Hidalgo y Terán

22nov5:00 pm7:00 pmStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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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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.

23nov11:00 am4:00 pmThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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Event Details

During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

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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Event Details

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

23nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at both Small Arms Inspection Building and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

23nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at both Small Arms Inspection Building and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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.

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

Time

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

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

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

Organizer

Golboo Amani

24nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at both Small Arms Inspection Building and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

24nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at both Small Arms Inspection Building and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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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Event Details

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

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

Time

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

Location

SKETCH Working Arts, Artscape Youngplace

180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

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Event Details

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.

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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Event Details

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

29nov5:00 pm7:00 pmStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place each Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, and each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm at Small Arms Inspection Building. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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.

30nov11:00 am4:00 pmThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

more

Event Details

During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

30nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at both Small Arms Inspection Building and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

30nov12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at both Small Arms Inspection Building and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

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

Time

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

Location

Humber Art Commons

3253 Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1M2

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Event Details

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.

Organizer

Art in Access

30nov1:30 pm4:00 pmA Walk across Space and Time: Queen’s Quay to Front Street1:30 pm - 4:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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

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Event Details

The goal of A Walk Across Space and Time is to observe—and share observations—about plural understandings of the shoreline, Toronto, and the landscape embodied in the area around 259 Lake Shore Blvd E. The past remains present in the material landscape, but its absence from most people’s everyday consciousness is striking. Through walking and talking indoors and outdoors together with Grandmother Kim Wheatley, James Roche, Susan Schwartzenberg, Sandy Smith, and Jane Wolff, we can observe (and document) what comes to the surface. As part of the walk, a temporary installation transforms part of the Programs Hub at 259 Lake Shore Blvd into a field station where visitors can trace their own relationships to the shoreline.

Image Credit: Visitor drawings of the shorelines at San Francisco Bay and Lake Ontario, Art Toronto 2018. Photo: Amir Gavriely.

Organizer

Jane Wolff

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

more

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.