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 designer and educator based in Toronto. His work focuses on algorithmic form making, unorthodox toolmaking, and the disciplinary and economic structures that design practices buttress. After earning his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014, Ali joined the faculty of OCAD University, where he teaches graphic and industrial design.

Chris Lee (born in Toronto, ON, Canada; lives in 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. His research explores graphic design’s entanglement with power and standardization, particularly through the genre of the document. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, New York City.