2010-11 Programming


Lezli Rubin-Kunda:  Realms of Knowing
Co-curators Leena Raudvee & Pam Patterson- 
Curatorial Assistant Sevan Injejikian
 Sat Sept 25th: Performance: Hart House, Bickersteth Room 12.30 -2.30pm 
Monday Sept 27th 2010 Exhibition: Opening CWSE 2nd floor OISE, 5:30- 7.30pm, artist introduction to the exhibit 6pm.
                        (Show is being hung Sunday Sept 26th and comes down Sunday Oct 31st)
Wed Sept 29th 12-1pm Artist Talk
                        Realms of Knowing is an exhibition and performance that asks: Can we get the truth from books? What is the relationship of the classic texts of women=s struggle and emancipation, to the experience of the lived world; and between the theoretical disembodied truths learned through these books to truth gleaned from day to day life in the physical, sensual, material world, where understanding comes through the murky complexity of acting in the world.
After many years, the artist reencounters these works from her university days and ponders the connection of the two realms of knowledge. In the performance the artist sits at a large table stacked with a pile of these books and she engages physically, intimately with the books, drawing and erasing, marking, stamping, licking, adding materials - from everyday life, from domestic life and from the garden (spices, foodstuff and earth) attempting to bridge the gap, between two paradigms of knowledge.
Links to related book-based performance works on artist=s website:
The Consolation of Philosophy: http://www.lezlirubinkunda.com/perform/consoltation.html
Topographical Readings: http://www.lezlirubinkunda.com/perform/topographical.html
Reading into the Landscape: http://www.lezlirubinkunda.com/perform/reading.html

Israeli feminist and performance artist, Lezli Rubin-Kunda works in site-specific performance, installation, video, drawing and photography, to explore her relationship with her environment. Through her own body, and using common, available, natural or man-made materials, she carries out simple actions that connect her intimately with her locale and with the physical as well as the cultural, social and metaphoric context of the site. She has performed and exhibited in the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe, and her performance videos have been shown at many different venues.           
  
Pop Fem Lecture:     
Oct 18 2010:   Contagious Feeling, Collective Forgetting: The Affective Archive of Second Wave Feminist Media Activism in Canada

Dr. Marusya Bociurkiw
                        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 B the videos themselves B 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


Brown Bag:
Feb 2011:        Cultural identities and arts-informed research: A visual and poetic inquiry into dress and the professoriate


                        Dr. Fiona Blaikie
                        What professors wear and how they present themselves says as much or more about them, their politics, their disciplines and how they wish to be >read= by others than spoken or written words.

Dr. Fiona Blaikie has been director of the joint Ph.D. program in Educational Studies at Brock University, Lakehead University, the University of Windsor, and The University of Western Ontario. She is now President of The Canadian Society for Education through Art, Director of Undergraduate Programs in Education at Lakehead University, Adjunct Research Professor at The University of Western Ontario, and the Deputy Chief Examiner at the International Baccalaureate Organization.