Thursday, December 9, 2010

Knowing Bodies: A Visual and Poetic Inquiry into Gender, Dress and the Professoriate

Dr Fiona Blaikie

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW. NEW DATE: April 19th 6.30-8.30pm Room 5-250 OISE, 252 Bloor St West

This is a visual and poetic inquiry into scholarly clothing as re/presented and lived through the clothed, disciplined/ and/or transgressing bodies of scholars. Through artworks and poetry situated meanings of scholarship and visual identity are revealed and presented. Theoretically, the study resides in the arenas of arts-informed research, social theory on the body, and the social theory of clothing as expressed through gendered clothing choices.

Fiona Blaikie has a Ph.D. from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Education at the University of British Columbia. She is a Professor of Curriculum Studies and visual art education. Fiona is an internationally recognized scholar in arts education, with a record of numerous publications and conference presentations, including her recent book Canadian Art/Works: A Resource for Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Teachers. An arts-informed educational researcher, currently her work focuses on social theory of the body and clothing. A practicing artist, her artwork has been exhibited internationally and is held in collections around the world, including the Bronfman Foundation. Fiona Blaikie’s awards and honours include the Canadian Society for Education through Art Affiliate Award for Ontario, and work as Deputy Chief Examiner of Visual Arts for the International Baccaluareate Organization. Currently she is President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian National Arts and Learning Symposium. Fiona Blaikie was an invited member of the Canadian delegation to the May 2010 UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in June 2010 in Seoul, Korea. She is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brock University.

Oct 18 2010: Pop Fem Lecture: Contagious Feeling, Collective Forgetting: The Affective Archive of Second Wave Feminist Media Activism in Canada

Dr. Marusya Bociurkiw
Review of event:
In the years 1972 to 1990, across Canada and around the world, media collectives with utopian names like Reelfeelings, Groupe Intervention Video and Women Alive tried to realize a McLuhanesque vision of a global feminist village. In Canada, they/we created dozens of social issue documentaries and television series’ via community cable TV, producing an ephemeral archive of a vibrant era of political and social change. In this auto-ethnographic project which combines scholarly research and a video essay, I critique the standard Habermassian public sphere formulation of this era and attempt to account for affect. What are the passionate sites feeling that accompanied the enactment of the work and which surely surround its forgetting? Thirty-five years since the forming of the first women’s video collective in Canada, the primary record of this work – the videos themselves – is rapidly disintegrating, and with it, a piece of the intersecting histories of Canadian broadcasting, media art and the second-wave women’s movement. Indeed, there are almost no secondary texts that document or analyze this period. It’s no exaggeration to say that this represents a significant gap in historical memory on several levels: the forgetting of a moment when technology, public broadcasting, and feminist activism merged. This, then, is an archive without archivists, an era without a publicist, a history without a memory. As a participant in this history (I founded Emma Productions), I am attempting to narrativize this history in a way that acknowledges the absence or deterioration of a visual artifact, contending instead with ghosts, feelings, traces of memory and videotape, losses and gains. I am also interested in the dialogue and tension that may occur between historical forms of media activism and current digital platforms for feminist activism. Link to a report on the talk by Dr. Bociurkiw:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Artists Talk: Thurs. Oct 28th, 1-3pm at U of T Scarborough

WIAprojects and U of T Scarborough present:

Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine McGowan.... public artist talk on their collaboration as An Indie(n) Rights Reserve and in composing and presenting the opera Giiwedin.
Thurs. Oct 28th, 1-3pm FREE.
At the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
Military Trail, Scarborough

Talk is open to anyone in AA-209 - 2nd floor of the Arts & Administration Building, the light yellow brick building just behind the Student Centre at that front of the campus.
Workshop is open to U of T Scarborough performance students.

For info call: Arts & Events Programming at 416.208.4769

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WIA Projects Symposium Nov 5 & 6, 2010.

Performing Feminist Culture (Nov 5/6 at XPACE Cultural Centre, 55 Ossington Ave., Toronto) as symposium seeks to perform feminist culture in the postmodern. The misinformed clarity of the modernist feminist agenda has been splintered into a myriad of practices, concerns and communities. Such a shift has unquestionably created a more inclusive feminisms in which intersecting oppressions, privileges and needs speak across communities of difference. “Feminist artist” has been replaced by “cultural practitioner”, who in dialogue with curators, historians, critics, theorists, viewers, educators, galleries help create a space in which artifact becomes a site that acquires multiple meanings. But, what are those meanings? Is feminist production still alive and well? How can we perform (or re-perform) these newer configurations?

WIA projects with OCADU Faculty of Art and Equity & Diversity is facilitating an active two-day symposium at XPACE, Nov 5 & 6, 2010. Our intention is to engage OCAD students and the general community in working through some central concerns around the feminist performative and its role as a creative and activist strategy for both the production of culture and its presentation and dissemination. We do not expect to come to any conclusions. Nor, do we wish to present “expert” knowledge. Rather, we wish to invite/insight a performative activity; to engage in a practice of thinking, making, presenting and theorizing about what it is we do.

WIA Project Working Group:
XPACE coordinators: Derek Liddington, Jennifer Suddick
Symposium Chair, Curator & Convener: Pam Patterson
Co-convener and Facilitator: Jane Ngobia , Equity and Diversity, OCAD
Associate Curator & Administrative Co-ordinator with XPACE: Maggie Flynn
Performance artists/facilitators: Leena Raudvee & Erika DeFreitas
Session coordinators and facilitators: Stephanie Fielding & Farah Yusuf

Spy Dénommé-Welch (An Indie(n) Rights Reserve)
Bev Pike (Painter & MAWA Facilitator)
Cynthia Grant (Founder, Company of Sirens & Nightwood Theatre, TBC)
Vicky Moufawad-Paul (Video artist & Programming Director, A Space Gallery)
Linda Abrahams (Director, WARC Gallery & film script writer)
Sylvat Aziz (Visual Artist and Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, Queen's University, TBC)
Marilyn Arsem (Performance Artist & Faculty, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Leah Houston ( Artistic Director, MABELLEarts community arts program)
Kalli Paakspuu (filmmaker, Co-Founder of Womenfilm/Womenart and Faculty, York University)
Lita Fontaine & Lillian Allen are uable to present at this time but will be with us in spirit.....
From Lillian:
Feminism 101 - Instead of being the doormat, get up and be the door!
Feminism 201 - Sister, Sister, Sister, Sister, Every Woman a Sister!
Feminism 301 - Women of the World Unite!
Feminism 401 - REVOLUTION!

Funding: Thanks to Winnipeg Arts Council, XPACE Cultural Centre, OCADU (Faculty of Art and Diversity & Equity).

Link to symposium site and information for free registration :

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Call for Submissions: Mail Art
Love Letters to Feminism

Create art and write the words that explore your personal relationship with feminism.
We want to know what kind of relationship you have with feminism:
Are you in a long-term relationship?
Is it unrequited love? A love triangle?
Do you have a crush on feminism?
Perhaps you are having a lovers’ quarrel?
Submissions to the exhibition should include:
An artwork/letter that has a maximum size of 8.5x11 inches.
Your name, mailing address, email address, and a short bio on a separate page.
*Please include the appropriate extra postage inside your envelope if you want your work returned.
Maximum 3 works per person.
Deadline: 15 October 2010
Work will be exhibited at WIAprojects Symposium, Performing Feminist Culture at the
XPACE Cultural Centre opening Nov 5th 2010 and will join the Love Letters Collection for future and online exhibitions (unless you indicate otherwise)
Mail your love notes to:
Love Letters to Feminism
c/o Carolyn Jervis
PO Box 4846
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T6E 5G7
Questions? Email
Want to learn more about the project?

Lezli Rubin Kunda (with Ellen Moffat): Exhibition and Performance

Lezli Rubin-Kunda, a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Israel is presenting her book-based performance works in several related events in Toronto in September - a live collaborative performance, a screening of book-based performance videos, an exhibition of books and book performances and an artist’s talk. In different settings and contexts the artist explores the relation of written text to lived experience; she sets up a dialogue between book and performer, intervening through drawing, everyday materials and direct action.

At the University of Toronto: Curated by Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee with curatorial assistant Sevan Injejikian
Realms of Knowing: Book-based site-specific performance / collaboration with Lezli Rubin-Kunda and sound artist Ellen Moffat. The artists revisit the classic philosophic texts and locale of their university days. Saturday, Sept. 25, 12:30-2:30 pm, Bickersteth Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto.
Realms of Knowing An exhibition of book-based works by Lezli Rubin-Kunda, at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) University of Toronto, Exhibition: Sept. 27 - Oct. 31, 2010, Opening: Monday Sept. 27, 5:30- 7.30 pm, CWSE, second floor of 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Artist Talk with Lezli Rubin-Kunda, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, CWSE, 252 Bloor Street West, Rm. 2-227, Toronto

Lezli Rubin-Kunda is a multidisciplinary Canadian/Israeli artist, whose performance -based site works, in Israel, Canada and Europe explore live actions and intimate connections to spaces and materials. Her performance videos have been widely shown at festivals and symposiums,

Links to related book-based performance works on artist’s website:
Reading into the Landscape:

Thursday, June 17, 2010


WW 2011 aspires to be a powerful celebration of voices and diversity. As Canada is host to this important event, the meaningful participation of Aboriginal women and the prominence of Indigenous women's issues are essential.

WW 2011 participants should come away with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal women and Indigenous women, and with a recognition of their immense knowledge and leadership as inspiration for a better world. This is why we identified the value of creating an Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle, a volunteer advisory body comprised of Aboriginal [First Nations, Inuit, Métis] women.

Just as the event's content and program should challenge colonialism and neo-colonialism in its various forms, the internal organizing process should, too. We believe the non-tokenistic involvement of Aboriginal/Indigenous women is vital to feminist organizing and convening.


Working within an Aboriginal worldview, we will collaborate within WW 2011 to be respectful of all people and communities, their perspectives, and their potential contribution to this celebration of voices.

The Circle will advise on the 'who', 'what', and 'how' of recognizing and honouring Indigenous perspectives, experiences, knowledge, culture, and territory within WW 2011. We are here as an all-encompassing, over-arching body to ensure that voices across community, political, social, environmental, arts, and culture sectors and beyond are heard.


The Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle will work collaboratively and provide leadership to all of WW 2011 to ensure Indigenous women's voices are included at every stage of planning and at the event.

The Circle recognizes the distinctive realities between First Nations, Métis, Inuit, as well as other Indigenous women throughout the world, and will encourage representation from across the globe as well as sharing of knowledge and experiences between generations.

The Circle will ensure the highlighting of Indigenous women's unique and disproportionate experience with globalization.

The Circle will support WW 2011's prioritization of inter-generational sharing and women with disAbilities, and ensure their relevancy to Aboriginal women.


Representing a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, disciplines, and Aboriginal ancestry, we are collectively committed to being an integral part of WW 2011.

Founding member Claudette Dumont-Smith, from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation territory, is a registered nurse who has worked at the local, regional and national levels on Aboriginal issues for the past 35 years and has held various positions including that of Commissioner on the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mary Sillett has been involved in Inuit/Aboriginal issues since 1976. Positions she has held include President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, President of Pauktuutit (Inuit Women's Association of Canada), and Commissioner on the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples.

Tina Keeper of Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba is an actor, producer, researcher, communicator, and former Member of Parliament.

Jessica Yee is a Two Spirit Indigenous feminist activist from the Mohawk nation. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network which works across North America in the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health by and for Indigenous youth.

Erin Konsmo is a young Métis from Red Deer, Alberta. Both a social justice entrepreneur and compassion activist, she is currently a community-based researcher for Aboriginal HIV/AIDS and works internationally with a variety of development organizations.

Alanis Obomsawin of the Abenaki Nation has created over 30 uncompromising documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) that chronicle the lives and concerns of First Nations people. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

For more information on the WW 2011 Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle, please email

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Feminist Research Performance Project
For more information contact:

“I know what I used to think of it as, which is looking at women in a society that is defined by a patriarchy and finding a place for women to fight against that patriarchy…” Leena Raudvee

How does one define Feminism? What is a Feminist? What does a Feminist do? How do you become a Feminist? These are just a few of the questions that we asked each other when presented with the challenge of performing Feminist culture. As self-proclaimed Feminists we have our individual narratives to answer our initial questions.

As Feminists of different generations and varied cultures we’re interested in answering these questions with specific reference to the ‘now’. Since the inception of a Feminist culture many theories have circulated, many discussions have been had, and we now feel that it is time for a re-defining and/or re-culturing of our understanding of Feminist culture as it exists today.

As performance artists, a core element in each of our practices is the act of collaboration. With this in mind, we are taking an investigative approach and putting out this open call for responses to our key question: What instructions can you give for a Feminist action?

We ask that you provide us with instructions for a Feminist action that we may choose to interpret and perform.

Please send instructions to Leena Raudvee and Erika DeFreitas at the following email address: with the subject: Action.

Our documentation of performed actions will be on exhibit at XPACE Culture Centre during the WIAprojects symposium Performing Feminist Culture, held on November 6, 2010.

DEADLINE: Ongoing!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

West Kooteney Women's Association!

Along with the Feminist History Society recently formed in Central Canada and out to British Columbia, it is thrilling to see Feminism moving beyond the F word. Check out

WKWA has just received a small mentoring grant to get some help to get some of the wonderful audio and video material they have onto their website.

The West Kootenay Women’s Association presents:
IMAGES – Kootenay Women’s Paper: A Primer on Feminism (1973-1991) Edited by Dr. Marcia Braundy - Format: CD
Nineteen years of IMAGES - Kootenay Women’s Newspaper represents the early writings of many of British Columbia’s prize-winning women authors and artists as they struggled to develop their personal and political perspectives on Second Wave Feminism. It documents the struggles for effective and satisfying economic, social and political lives for women in rural BC, and links arms and words with women from around the world, telling their stories along with our own. Theme issues address the major challenges of our times: Aging, Health, Machinery, Sexuality, Reproductive Rights, Working, Lesbian life, Mothers and Daughters, The Arts, Media, Feminism, Technology, Violence Against Women, Travel and Relationships. “Mixed” issues covered local, regional and national news from feminist perspectives.

IMAGES, produced by volunteers, and supported solely by advertisements, subscriptions and donations, is a record of small business development in the Kootenays from 1973 to 1991. The creative advertisements for both male and female owned businesses provided long term financial support. It is a record of the challenges, successes, failures and learnings of social, political, educational and economic development in the West Kootenays over a significant period in Southeastern British Columbia development. The quality and thoughtfulness of the writing is some of the best produced in Canada during the time, and the WKWA are thankful to the BC150 Heritage Legacy Fund for funding a project to bring this historical and still quite relevant journal back into the public eye. WKWA has been told by young women who volunteered on this project of the essential importance these articles have to current issues being faced by them.

85 issues of the paper were scanned, digitized, made readable and searchable, and placed on a CD, which is being made available to individuals ($20) and institutions ($50) in continuing efforts to support the Nelson Women’s Centre, the oldest rural women’s centre in Canada, still an activist and going concern.

Producing IMAGES – A Primer on Feminism is the first phase of a larger project documenting and digitizing the development of 2nd Wave Feminism in the West Kootenay area of British Columbia, a veritable hotbed of feminist activism. From Canadian founders of the Voice of Women, Project Ploughshares, and Canada’s first rural women’s centre, through B.C.’s first Women’s Festivals, early women’s economic development initiatives like EMMA’s Jambrosia, and founding the National Network for Women in Trades and Technology, documents and reports, posters, interviews and soundtracks will, over the next year, be launched as, and connected to the Nelson Women’s Centre website, freely available to the public, thanks to the Barber Historical Digitization Project at the University of British Columbia.

Please order the CD from the West Kootenay Women’s Association, 250 352-9916 with IMAGES in subject line, and send a cheque for

$20 individual/$50 institutional to WKWA-IMAGES, 420 Mill Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 4R9

For project information, contact Marcia Braundy