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Panel Discussion: CONTEMPORARY EXPERIMENTAL DANCE
In conjunction with the exhibition TEMPERAMENTAL, artists Brendan Fernandes and taisha paggett join independent curator Jacob Korczynski and dance scholar/choreographer Seika Boye to speak about contemporary dance and its intersections with histories of Modern and experimental dance. Moderated by TEMPERAMENTAL curator Erin Silver.
Panel will run from 7 8 pm, to be followed by a question period and light refreshments in the gallery. Free, everyone is welcome.
Take the bus! Free shuttle bus departs OCADU 100 McCaul Street at 6 pm, to return at 9 pm.
ABOUT THE PANELLISTS
Seika Boye is a dance artist, writer and teacher. She has performed and presented work across Canada and was a department editor/writer for The Dance Current 2005-2007 and editorial/archives assistant for Dance Collection Danse Archives and Press/es 2004-2010. She has taught lecture and studio courses at York University and currently teaches Movement for the Actor at The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, U of T, where she is also a PhD candidate.
Brendan Fernandes is a Kenyan-born Canadian artist of Indian Goan heritage who lives and works in New York. Fernandes received a BFA from York University and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario. He has exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Art and Design New York, Art in General, the Muse dart contemporain de Montral, The National Gallery of Canada, Mass MoCA, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Manif dArt: The Quebec City Biennial. He was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award in 2010 and was on the longlist in 2013.
Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator based in Toronto. A recent participant in the de Appel Curatorial Programme, he has curated projects for the Dunlop Art Gallery, SAW Gallery, Vtape, Gallery TPW and the Art Gallery of York University amongst others, and his writing has appeared in Prefix Photo, Ciel Variable, Border Crossings, C Magazine and Fillip. A former member of the Pleasure Dome collective, he was also the co-curator of Print Generation and From Instructions, the 22nd and 23rd editions of the Images Festival.
taisha paggetts work for the stage, gallery and public space include individual and collaborative investigations into questions of the body, agency, and the phenomenology of race and gender, along with an interest in expanding the languages and frames of contemporary dance. Her work has been presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem, Defibrillator Chicago, The Off Center San Francisco, Public Fiction Los Angeles, BAK Basis Voor Actuele Kunst Utrecht, NL, and the Whitney Museum of American Art amongst others. paggett is a member of the full-time faculty of UC Riversides Department of Dance. She holds an MFA from UCLAs Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and is co-instigator of the LA-based dance journal project, itch.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
January 5 - February 14, 2015
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
TEMPERAMENTAL presents work by contemporary artists whose intermedia, immersive, and synesthetic works recall postwar avant-garde experiments with sound, music, movement, textiles, film, video, and collage, such as those undertaken at Black Mountain College, within Fluxus, and in the join of Minimalism and dance. Through performances and constructions, both material and conceptual, TEMPERAMENTAL explores and evokes not only this period of radical emancipation from governing forms of artistic expression, but also the complex open secret of queer socialities and sexualities during the pre-gay liberation era. Putting these earlier histories of intermedia practices into dialogue with queer aesthetics, TEMPERAMENTAL promotes a radical perceptual rearticulation of each via proximity; more specifically, this proximity works to tease out the implicit and potential loudness of the earlier histories and the deep and lasting influence of historical intermedia practices on contemporary queer intermedia art.
TEMPERAMENTAL is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, and sponsored in part by Manulife Financial. Exhibition programming supported by Equity and Diversity in the Arts, Department of Arts, Culture & Media, University of Toronto Scarborough.