This growing Tools for Learning Toolbox offers a host of collective activities which invite visiting schools, community groups, and others to make and repair—or even undo and refuse—relationships between their own experiences and the artistic practices within The Shoreline Dilemma.

Inspired by the approaches of many Biennial participants, as well as educators and thinkers, the Tools for Learning Toolbox, designed by Chris Lee and Ali Qadeer, can be visited on the specially designed website or downloaded here for activation in exhibition spaces or closer to home.

Tools for Learning

September 21 – December 1


Ali Shamas Qadeer (born in Kingston, ON, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a graphic designer, writer, and educator. After completing a BA at McGill University, he developed an independent design practice in New York City before returning to school to complete an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. His research and studio practice focuses on algorithmic form-making, interaction design, and the possibility of graphic design to operate as a new discipline within the humanities. After returning to Canada, Qadeer joined the faculty of OCAD University where he is an assistant professor.

Chris Lee (born in Toronto, ON, Canada; lives between Buffalo and Brooklyn, NY, USA) is a graphic designer and educator. He graduated from OCAD University, Toronto and the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam and has worked for The Walrus,Metahaven, and Bruce Mau Design. He was the designer and an editorial board member of the journal SCAPEGOAT: Architecture /Landscape /Political Economy. Lee’s research explores graphic design’s entanglement with power, standards, and the question of legitimacy. He is an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, New York City.