2010-2011 Programming

WIAprojects Programming 2010/2011

2010-2011 Curator-in-Residence: Sevan Injejikian

Project Focus: This year’s project focus is on a re-examination of the role of feminism in and through performance. As such we are looking at performance as a strategy to explicate and situate knowledges within the institution (Realms of Knowing with Lezli Rubin-Kunda), as a cultural practice which performs new strategies that speak to equity and anti-oppression (Performing Feminist Culture Symposium), and that provide a language in which to act and create change (Performing Acts - Book Launch, Exhibition & Performance Toronto Free Gallery).

Exhibition and Performances:

Performing Books
with Lezli Rubin-Kunda

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, http://www.lezlirubinkunda.com/

Links to related book-based performance works on artist’s website:
TopographicalReadings: http://www.lezlirubinkunda.com/perform/topographical.html
Reading into the Landscape: http://www.lezlirubinkunda.com/perform/reading.html

Performing Acts, Toronto Free Gallery
Sun. March 6, 2011 at Toronto Free Gallery.... Performance 2pm, Book launch, reception & exhibit until 4pm.
Performance: Palimpsest by ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee)
Book Launch:
Pam Patterson's Enacting Learning: An Arts-Informed Inquiry with the Bay Area Artists for Women’s Art (BAAWA) (Saarbruken, Germany:Lambert) and Performing Pedagogy: Communitas in Context (Toronto: WIAprojects).
Exhibition of photo-based images relating to the books and their research including BAAWA portraits by Pam Patterson.

Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for exhibition assistance funding for this event.


Nov 6, 2010: Performing Feminist Culture: A one-day symposium organized by the WIAprojects collective (Pam Patterson, Leena Raudvee, Erika DeFreitas, Maggie Flynn, Farah Yusef, Stephanie Fielding) with XPACE Cultural Centre & OCAD. (Co-sponsored by WARC, XPACE, OCAD Equity, WIAprojects)

Popular Feminism Lectures with CWSE, OISE/UT:

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

Dr. Marusya Bociurkiw, Head, Media Studies Stream, Assistant Professor of Media Theory, School of Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson University.

April 19th, 6.30-8.30pm 2011: Pop Fem Lecture
Room 5-250, 252 Bloor Street West, OISE

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

Dr. Fiona Blaikie
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.

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