In the Biennial’s 2019 iteration, responsiveness to the needs of artists and participants was at the core of our approach to programming. We continue to nurture responsive methodologies, moving towards each other – even at a distance during these times of uncertainty – mourning, and alienation. We look inward to move outward, and hopefully together. In 2022, Programs brings together international and local practitioners in hybrid gathering models (virtual/in-person), interweaving practices, and formats within a rhythm of clustered events and projects that includes:: performances, a residency program, conversations, reading groups, intergenerational workshops and walks, podcasts, learning resources, book launches, and more. For further insights into the growing curatorial lexicon and wider connections between Programs and Exhibitions see 2022 Exhibition.
The Mobile Arts Curriculum (MAC) is an artist-led response to the urgent questions within arts education and learning needs for youth at this time. Expanding understandings of a curriculum as a process of place-based, embodied, and collaborative learning, the MAC offers a series of artist commissioned tools and activities designed for hands-on and digital engagement by various age groups of participants, arts educators, and caregivers. Developed in dialogue with local school board representatives and partners, the MAC will be piloted in Fall 2021 and launched with the opening of the Biennial in March 2022.
The Toronto Biennial of Art Residency is an experimental platform for artists and practitioners to gather and respond to the broader question of how do we live together? Embedding different methodologies and ideas into practice, participants and the curatorial team come together to think and move in a multiplicity of forms. Since the inaugural residency, Life of a Craphead, in 2019, this iterative program has been a site of gathering and has generated dialogues over long periods of time. In November 2020, TBA curators, commissioned artists, and facilitators came together for a research-based, experimental, virtual residency, Rabbit Hole: Pod Theory. Two iterations of Contingencies of Care – a virtual residency for graduate students in art and design in partnership with leading universities and galleries across Canada – continue to host hundreds of participants, exploring how care plays a distinct role in our creative processes and the well-being of our communities. This residency is in partnership with OCAD University, UBC Okanagan, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, BUSH Gallery, and York University.
The Programs Publication is a digital publication that brings together the voices and process-based methodologies of contributors, both past and present, to the Biennial programs, as well as those whose work has helped shape them. Designed by Chris Lee and Ali Shamas Qadeer, edited by Clare Butcher and Myung-Sun Kim, with editorial support by Ilana Shamoon and Melody Moon-Kyoung Cho, the Programs Publication: Part One – This Is Not An Archive launched in Fall 2021. Featuring contributions by Bonnie Devine, Borelson, Caitlin Taguibao, Diane Borsato, Fan Wu, Lost Rivers, Luis Jacob, Mark Dudiak, and Yan Wu – care of Gendai Gallery (2010-2020) – This Is Not An Archive is both available to download and print-at-home.