December 1

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
(2 hours)

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


2019 Co-Relations  |  Talks

In Six Chairs in a Circle, artist Haruko Okano invites Ayumi Goto, Cheryl Trudeau, Elwood Jimmy, and Peter Morin to explore ideas of collectivity based on desire, love, relation-building, empathy, collaboration, and generosity. Learning from human and non-human living networks and systems, each practitioner shares knowledge, experience, and methods of gathering through differences and conflicted narratives deriving from the complexities of sharing an intercultural landscape. By exploring methods of non-hierarchical collectivity, this conversation aims to deepen our understandings of various value systems, and shift the way in which we come together in intimate spaces – at home, the workplace, and other social settings. The circle will open up for participants to join the conversation and evoke a sense of interconnectedness and belonging.

We invite you to join us for a reception following the event!

Event Note: There will be a free shuttle bus available to those interested in visiting 259 Lake Shore Blvd E on Sun, Dec 1. Seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Shuttle Bus Schedule:

11:30am: Depart 100 McCaul St, OCAD University main building
11:45am: Arrive at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

12:30pm: Depart 100 McCaul St, OCAD University main building
12:45pm: Arrive at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

5:15pm: Depart 259 Lake Shore Blvd E to 100 McCaul St
6:00pm: Depart 259 Lake Shore Blvd E to 100 McCaul St

Image Credit: Flotilla text on rock, 2011, image courtesy Haruko Okano


Haruko Okano (born in Toronto, ON, Canada; lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada) is a process-based, collaborative, multidisciplinary, mixed media artist whose practice aims to break away from traditional, Eurocentric genres to integrate elements of her Japanese ancestry as well as holistic traditions of hunter-gatherer cultures. Okano also guides her practice with her concerns for the natural environment and the planet’s preservation, often using recycled materials and organic matter in her work.