Sunday, January 29, 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - THE POSTCARD PROJECT: Bringing Canadian artwork into public schools


The Postcard Project is a research initiative to connect young students in a suburban middle school with contemporary, Canadian artists. The project invites all emerging and established professionals from across the country to participate in a simple postcard exchange. It will begin as each student chooses an artist/artwork they like from received images and creates a postcard in response. The student's artwork postcard is made and mailed and then the Canadian artist is invited to send a postcard back in response.

Through this project, I intend to facilitate cooperative learning and collaboration through an authentic dialogue between young and practicing artists. The Postcard Project will bring Canadian artwork into the public school realm, and help educate youth on different styles, media, and themes that artists are exploring countrywide.

How to Participate as a Practicing Artist: Send ONE image of your work, along with your name, full mailing address, and a short biography of 100 words to Mallory Diaczun at mallory_diaczun@edu.yorku.ca by February 13th. Postcards will be mailed to each artist by the beginning of April. Your response postcard must be 4x6” and postmarked by May 7th, 2012.
All content must be elementary school age appropriate.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Presentation and Collage Making: The Silent Book: Crafting Memories from a Life with Cancer – Eva C. Karpinski & Pam Patterson

Date: Feb 8th, 2012, 12-1.30pm 
Location: CWSE, OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West, Rm 2-227
Free and all are welcome.

The Silent Book: Crafting Memories from a Life with Cancer is a visual and textual collaborative autobiography project that addresses several complex and perplexing questions pertaining to living in the postcancer body. Women’s experiences of cancer cut across so many levels of subjective and objective reality that they can only be articulated in a fragmentary manner, through a bricolage of discontinuous narratives and mixed images.  For this session, Patterson & Karpinski will discuss both personal cancer experiences and their associated politics. We invite participants to join us in making collages from found printed text and images. Readings may include: cancer journals; emails from friends and doctors; quotations from famous cancer survivors; citations from the popular scientific and medical lore on cancer; and statistical data. The event will engage multiple, and perhaps contradictory, discourses that construct the intimate and public dimensions of women’s encounters with cancer. We will create a visual archive of personal memories that speak of our bodily experiences, medicalization, pain, and empowerment, as well as our spiritual and intellectual transformations and activism.
Pam Patterson’s (PhD) research, performance and teaching have focused on culture, disability and women and gender studies. She is Associate Scholar , CWSE/OISE and Director, WIA projects and teaches at University of Toronto and OCAD University. As a performance and visual artist she has exhibited and performed internationally.
Eva C. Karpinski (PhD) teaches in the School of Women's Studies at York University. She co-edited a special issue of Canadian Woman Studies on Women and Cancer. Her book Borrowed Tongues: Life Writing, Migration, and Translation is forthcoming in June 2012.