Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 2012 6-9pm
Show runs May 11- May 26, 2012
Toronto Free Gallery Presents
THE BRIDGE DINNER SERIES: WHAT IS WORK WORTH? PART TWO
How Precarious Labour Breeds Competition
A dinner & talk about work in the cultural sector
this is the seventh talk in the Toronto Free series: The Bridge
Saturday April 21, 2012
Dinner & Talk: seating at 7 pm
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
$15/person for dinner (vegan) & talk (meaty)
Seats are limited. Please contact email@example.com to reserve your spot.
“Precarious cognitive workers are forced to think in terms of competition. You can become friends with another person on Facebook, but genuine friendship is difficult under conditions of virtual isolation and intense economic competition.”
- Franco Berardi Bifo, “Cognitarian Subjectivation”
This Bridge is the second of three talks that ask the question, “What is Work Worth?” in order to begin a dialogue about the value of work. The first talk (Don’t Feed the Interns) questioned the increasing normalization of unpaid internships, while this second talk focuses on competition in educational institutions, and the effect competition has on workers as a social and political body.
How can we encourage collective research when access to positions and funding is so competitive?
What kind of research is privileged in a market that focuses on competition?
"The Bridge" is Toronto Free Gallery's monthly speakers' series that uses the format of a sit-down dinner as a site of engagement and conversation about gaps in racial, social, and economic inequality, and equal representation. We're interested in activating lively, productive conversation in an informal setting that will help to bridge the divide.
Rodrigo Martí is a Mexican-Canadian artist working between sculpture, performance and drawing. His practice looks at and involves itself in the cultural and aesthetic dimensions of political struggle. He is presently focused on the 'barricade sculpture workshop' a collaborative participatory sculpture which erects and demolishes walls of 'stuff' within public and private spaces as an expression and embodiment of collective power. Rodrigo received his MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA and is presently based in Toronto, Canada.
Derek Liddington works and lives in Toronto. He obtained his MFA from the University of Western Ontario and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, most recently at the opening night of Art Toronto 2011 where he staged Dandy Gangs. In 2010, Liddington staged Allegory for an Opera as part of Nuit Blanche. He had his first solo show, titled Coupe de Grace, at Clark and Faria Gallery in 2010. Liddington’s work has also been exhibited in group shows, most recently in Meet us on the Commons, curated by Elizabeth Underhill for the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Derek has received project support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the London Community Foundation. In 2011, Derek Liddington was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize.
A former affordable housing and food security planner, Heather McLean’s doctoral research is situated in current debates on the neoliberalization of arts and culture in Canada and the rise and spread of “creative city” policies in arts and culture policy and urban planning politics. Specifically, her work investigates the founding, funding, and staging of Toronto blockbuster arts initiatives and how they are interconnected with real estate development priorities and exclusionary efforts to “clean up” urban spaces for particular residents. She is also currently a research assistant on a Toronto-based anti-poverty, participatory action research project investigating the impact of gentrification on commercial spaces in two neighbourhoods.
Tannis Nielsen is a Metis, of Sohto, Dene and Danish descent. As a practicing professional Indigenous artist, and academic, Tannis has focused her research interests upon the examinations of an anti-colonial, Fourth World / Indigenous paradigm, as well as the Western / Euro-centric paradigm, in order to further understand how certain theories born from the European Enlightenment period, have served as “an attempted justification” for the imperial domination over Indigenous peoples. In class, the pedagogical objective is to elucidate the negative effects of these theories, by utilizing the study/practice of (both Indigenous and Western) art, as a decolonization methodology.
As an academic, Tannis has created / taught a variety of course listings, in both the Faculties of Arts and Liberal Studies at OCAD-University. As an educator she is located within the praxis of a critical method of instruction that places emphasis towards the ideas of political, cultural, spiritual, social and environmental justice. As an artist, Tannis has exhibited her works at such galleries as the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and has curated exhibitions such as the Enacting Emancipation show at A Space Gallery, with Vicky Moufawad-Paul as co-curator. Tannis has also written a number of articles on arts and culture, some of which include “Re-materializing the Matriarchy” for Spirit Magazine. The Conundrum of Critical pedagogy in Community Arts Education”
Amber Landgraff is an artist/curator who uses community and political engagement as an integral part of her curatorial and artistic practice. She has an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practices, and has facilitated, and collaborated on such events as Building Together, FEAST Toronto and Toronto Free Gallery's The Bridge series. She is currently the director at XPACE Cultural Centre, a not-for-profit artist run centre that focuses on supporting and offering professional opportunities to student and emerging artists.
Curated by Amber Landgraff
Toronto Free Gallery is pleased to receive support from:
Canada Council for the Arts & Ontario Arts Council
Daniel Faria Gallery
188 St Helens Avenue, Toronto, ON
Opening reception- Friday April 20th 2012, 6-8pm. Artist in attendance.
Exhibition runs April 20th-May 26th 2012.
Act I-Today a Legend Died (for the workers)
Sunday April 29th, 2-4pm.
Act II- Today a Legend Died ( by the workers)
Saturday May 12th, 2-4pm and Thursday May 17th, 6-8pm.
Act III- Viva la Revolution
May 22nd-26th, 11am-6pm daily.
Dip into Spring!
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
We will be having a Dip Dye and Tie Dye workshop to make cooooooool new patterns, colours and styles for your clothes. Bleach your jeans for a ship wrecked look! Dip Dye an old blouse or buton up shirt to make a beautiful gradient! Tie dye some socks for a great addition to any outfit! You could even bring bed sheets, a tote bag or canvas shoes.....imagine the possibilities they are INFINITE
-Tie dye any kind of pattern with any combination of colours
-Use a spray bottle with dye for a speckled look
-make a simple gradient with any colour, or dip a coloured fabric into bleach
-Spray bleach onto black denim for a Galactic Look
We will provide coloured dyes (Dylon cold water dyes), bleach, rubber gloves, spray bottles and elastic bands for tying fabrics for tie-dye.
YOU BRING: any clothing item you would like to dye. Keep in mind that 100% white or light coloured Cotton works best for dyeing, but other fabrics that are ok include: Linen, Rayon, Bamboo, Silk. Natural fabrics are better as opposed to synthetic, although I have used synthetic fabrics in the past, they just don't hold as well.
***Workshop is dependent on weather, as we will need to bleach outside. Rain date will be Saturday, May 19th.