Thursday, October 31, 2013

Babble (Babel) Public Performance Event, Hart House, University of Toronto Feb 8-10, 2014

Artists: ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee), Margaret Dragu, Christine Brault.
Event Guest Blogger & Writer: Winnipeg media artist, academic and educator Joanna Black
For map and directions to Hart House:
Accessibility entrance to Hart House off of Tower Road from Hoskin Avenue. Elevator provides access from 1st to 3rd floor. Performances are on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. Lost ? Check in with the HUB at Hart House entrance and they will direct you.

ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee)
Entertaining without a Maid
In the fall, ARTIFACTS took up the English upper-middle-classed language of etiquette in Entertaining without a Maid. Hart House, as representative of a history of the “gentleman” and that which is “proper” in Upper Canada, framed this conversation well. In February, ARTIFACTS will continue with this theme and will also work as collaborative provocateurs with Babble (Babel) content.
Feb 8, Board Room, 1-2 pm
Feb 10, South Sitting Room, 1-2 pm

Mixed ID’s: Seek—sort—connect—assemble— res-sembler—ras-sembler
I come from a mixed background composed of French, Scottish and maybe from other unknown roots and ones I can now create or imagine. Playing with meaning of words and double meanings as corporal gestures, I will use words related to land, identity, ways of expression, mostly coming from Latin, French and English, and create an in-between language to comprehend the mixed roots intertwined in my own being. I will write words on myself and others. I will record murmurs of words or questions…
Feb 8 & 10, Chapel, 2-3pm

VERB WOMAN: Dictionary for a Conscious Corpus

Verb Woman explores body, language, injury, connectedness and disconnectedness through a durational performance that draws on Margaret Dragu’s 40+ years as both a professional artist and personal fitness trainer/movement instructor. Verb Woman uses anatomy texts, English-to-other-language dictionaries, idiomatic dictionaries and other reference books to physically explore common injury sites and their rehab protocols and notions of mentoring and education of girls as an instrument for social change.
Feb 8 & 10, Bickersteth Room, 11 am-1 pm

Public Discussion: Feminist Performance: Collaboration and Intervention
 Feb 9, 2-4 pm Reading Room, Hart House

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Joint Exhibition Openings

In speaking to art and design education, one tends to reference curriculum, the students taught, the educational contexts, and teachers’ pedagogy; but what about our own unique experiences of, and affective, experiential and aesthetic responses to teaching and learning? Our process as artists inextricably intertwines art making and multileveled learning. We are responsive to and responsible for our own personal and project development and their realization. As art and design educators we reflect on our teaching moments and in doing so inform our art practice; this is a reciprocal and complex relationship.
Two concurrent exhibitions at OCAD University and at OISE, University of Toronto strategically and evocatively map artist-teachers learning as process, as evocation and as provocation.
Artists Teaching//Learning Zone, 122 St Patrick Street, OCAD University
Opening Oct 30th 12 - 2.30pm ǀ Artists Talk: 1pm ǀ Runs to Nov 29

Graduates of OCADU’s Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL) present visual and new media work that reveals and explores the anxieties, pleasures and challenges they have encountered as emerging educators in their art and design learning and teaching.
Artists: Hudson Christie, Megan D’Angelo, Nazli Nahidi, Hareem Qureshy, Peter Rahul, Julia Sardinha, Angelina Stoilkova, Cassidy Tam.
Curatorial Advisors: Marta Chudolinska, Pam Patterson, Daniel Payne, Leena Raudvee.

Teaching Artists// CWSE Hallway Gallery, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor, University of Toronto Opening Oct 28th 5.30-7pm ǀ Artists Talk: 6pm ǀ Runs to Nov 29

Artists JJ Lee, Mei Lee Ogden, Amy Swartz and Natalie Waldburger present work in paint and scripto-visual drawing that addresses both the playfulness and complex nature of the art and learning relationship. Lee’s works on paper, originally painted collaboratively with her young daughter Mei, speak to the nature of risk, trust, care, creativity and mutuality found in this unique art making and learning relationship. Swartz’s and Waldburger’s intertwined texts draw and map a process of joint discussion.

Curatorial Collective: Pam Patterson, Leena Raudvee, Hareem Quershy.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Inclusion and Innovation for a Contemporary Art & Design Education

Image of OCADU reflected on AGO by Rachel Nixon
OCADU/AGO/CWSE OISE partnered symposium with think-tank sessions and gallery experience.
Wednesday Oct 23rd 11:30 am – 3pm
Weston Family Learning Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario
FREE & All are welcome!

We are witnessing a rapidly changing globalized society in which our citizens experience a growing sense of uncertainty, exclusion and loss. Yet globalization exposes us to diverse images, representations and things cultural. These have literally taken over our lives and engaged us in provocative ways.
Symposium presenters and provocateurs speak from their practices as artists, activists, museum researchers, or educators, and, like the AGO gallery educator(s) who will lead the gallery experience for this event, are acutely aware of the needs and creative potentials of our diverse population. This is reflected in their practice and in their contributions to educational change.
Co-conveners: Pam Patterson & Carrie Swartz with Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen.

Speakers/Facilitators: Judith Snow, Keri Ryan, Syrus Ware, Spencer J. Harrison, Cathy Berry.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Time To Fall: A Collective Performance

Ever fallen? No matter. Fall again. Fall better….
July 17th 6pm 
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto

Photo: Amy Sharrocks: Invitation to Fall

A Time to Fall, a collective performance, has been developed by Amy Sharrocks in London, UK with a variety of people for whom falling has different resonances… able-bodied people, school children, over 60s ….etc. As Sharrocks writes, “This is a group performance which looks at how people move together.  The piece deals with the importance of care and the kindness of strangers.  It is about the shock that replays the event and the need to tell the story of each fall as a way of dissipating its power.   We look at ways of walking - and of veering off - and how experience, pain and ageing processes are accommodated into our bodies. The result is a measured, strange kind of dance with a gentleness that reflects an act of kindness and careful watching, capturing a moment of care.”

In gentle solidarity with A Time to Fall (London), WIAprojects (Toronto) invited all and sundry to come and fall together at Trinity Bellwoods Park (near Queen St West & Strachan) on July 17th at 6 pm. The 6 pm time was to coincide with the London event. We gathered to "rehearse" at 5.30 pm.  The event was videotaped, documented, shown online and shared with all of you and the UK group.

A Time to Fall:
Musicians/singers: Honey Novick & Mary Wright
Video recording: Cassie Scott
Video editing, website design & still photography: Miklos Legrady

Helene Vosters
Leena Raudvee
Pam Patterson
Katt Emerald
Margit Asslestine
Hareem Qureshy
Anaya Rana
A Time to Fall, Toronto, Photo by Miklos Legrady

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Canadian Postcard Project 2012-13 - Mallory Diaczun

Student response postcard

The Canadian Postcard Project challenged my Grade 11 Art/Tech students to respond to your work in a postcard form. The postcards are now finished and will be mailed out by the end of the week, so don’t forget to check your mailboxes! 
Originally, I was going to have a new batch of middle school students involved; however, recently I accepted a teaching position at a school in Shelburne. I was told their arts program was lacking and teachers did not particularly enjoy working with the at-risk art classes. (All high school students need an arts credit to graduate, so a lot of students do not want to be there.) One of my at-risk classes, who has students with severe behavioural issues, a history of dropping out of school, drug addictions, and a general disinterest in school, wanted to take on the postcard challenge. They were excited and felt validated to work with practicing artists.
Pam Patterson's 2nd response postcard -
from  a performance RED Square
Photo by Mikos Legardy
 Each student was challenged to create a postcard that reflected their chosen artist’s work in some way, whether it be composition, subject matter, materials, colour choice, and so on. Unlike last year, I allowed them to use any medium they wanted. The second part of the challenge was for their postcard to reflect who they were as an individual. They had a lot of fun with this project and you should see them now! Their visual literacy and creativity is astounding! They can speak about any artwork with confidence and are fully engaged in their new assignment. I want to thank you all for this, as working with you and your art has given them a lot of confidence as young artists and providing them with knowledge about Canadian, contemporary art.
As this was the first art project that some of them had done their entire high school career, I am so proud and thrilled at what they have come up with! I hope you will be too!

For more information or to participate in future projects:
Mallory Diaczun
150 Fourth Ave.
Shelburne, Ontario
L0N 1S1

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Symposium: Perspectives for Contemporary Art and Design Education

Image of OCADU reflected on AGO by Rachel Nixon.

March 5, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Art Gallery of Ontario
Seminar Room 1:  Weston Family Learning Centre
Partnered mini-symposium sponsored by WIAprojects (CWSE, OISE/University of Toronto), OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario
Co-conveners: Pam Patterson, Director WIAprojects & Instuctor, Art & Design Education Lab (ADEL), OCADU & Lorrie Ann Smith,  Manager of Public Programs and Audience Development, AGO and Co-facilitator,  Art & Design Education Lab (ADEL).

This mini-symposium acts as an extension of the AGO/OCAD Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL) partnership in learning, research, and teaching for art and design education. ADEL was initiated by an agreement between, and the committed actions of Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art, OCAD U and Kelly McKinley, Director of Education, AGO. The “lab” has been active now for almost 5 years and over that time has offered training to future OCAD artist-teachers and has provided multiple opportunities for multi-leveled exchange between institutions. Connections have ranged from inter-institutional planning meetings, to student-Education Officer debriefings, to inclusive design or art and design education curation exchanges with other universities and outside specialists. This is the third formalized event intended to extend and highlight these activities.

Perspectives for Contemporary Art and Design Education focuses on the initiatives which respond to global challenges, the dissolution of discrete disciplines, and to the complexity and use of digital technologies. With the AGO’s recent ideological and architectural transformation and OCAD U’s  rebranding as the “University of the Imagination”, Perspectives  sites a “think tank” for furthering inter-institutional conversation. What are the new pedagogies? Are traditional media relevant and how? How do we critically think about our practices and those of others? How do we create an inclusive, compassionate and yet provocative learning milieu?

11.00am -12.30pm
Welcome & Introductions: Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean Faculty of Art, OCAD U.
Presentations: Amy Swartz (OCADU) and Leesa Streifler (U of Regina)
Questions-as-provocations to focus “Think Tank” break-out groups led by speakers and facilitators: Jennie Suddick (Coordinator, First Generation/Student Success Program & Sessional Faculty, Faculty of Art, OCADU) & Carolyn Swartz (Coordinator, Secondary School Programs AGO)
Summary Discussion
12.30-1:15pm: lunch break
AGO Introduction - Lorrie Ann Smith (Manager of Public Programs and Audience Development, AGO)
Gallery experience: Developing Critical Thinking Skills and Dialogic Modelling for Interpretation. Weston Family Learning Centre, AGO, Carolyn Swartz (AGO) & Lorrie Ann Smith.

Event is free and open to all OCADU and AGO staff and faculty, and OCADU students.

Link to Leesa Streifler Presentation:

Link to Amy Swartz Presentation:

Images by Leena Raudvee

Friday, January 25, 2013

CONTESTED BODies with work by Leesa Streifler & Cendres Lavy:Leesa Streifler

Leesa Streifler
Cendres Lavy

Co-curators : Pam Patterson, Sevan Injejikian with Leena Raudvee
Production Assistance: Jay Smith,   Hilda Hashimoto
Installation & Catalogue Design: Leena Raudvee

Exhibition Opening & Artist/Curator Remarks (6 pm) at CWSE Gallery, 252 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor, OISE/UT:  March 4th, 5.30pm - 7pm, 
Exhibit runs to March 30, 2013.

OCADU/AGO/WIAprojects Perspectives for Contemporary Art & Design Education Symposium: Tues. March 5, 11.00 am  -2.30 pm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Weston Family Learning Centre (Leesa Streifler, Amy Swartz & AGO/OCAD educators).

University of Toronto Scarborough: Streifler Artist Talk: Wednesday March 6, from 11am - 1 PM  in the Arts Administration (AA) Buildiing Room 304 is  presented by Cultural Pluralism & the Arts, Department of Arts, Media & Culture (Yael Brotman) and Women’s Studies (Connie Guberman) on visual practice, body image, feminism and gender.

All events are free.

Leesa Streifler speaking at UTSC to an audience of feminists and artists.
Still images by Pam Patterson