Leitmotif Artist Profiles: The Toronto Alliance of Art Critics & Marcia Vaitsman

THE TORONTO ALLIANCE OF ART CRITICS | http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_276435113491&ap=1

Speed Art Criticism II will again redefine the notion of social networking in the arts community.  For one night only, visual artists will be invited to bring their artwork to a rental cube truck stationed at the Gladstone Café (http://gladstonecafetoronto.com) – 1181 Queen Street West, at the South West corner of Queen Street West and Gladstone Avenue. Artists’ work will then be critiqued by the country’s leading art critics during the all-night project. Follow the TAAC throughout the night with comments and critique on Twitter.  All are invited to bring work for a group critique, or bring images on mobile devices to spar and spur the dialogue!

 

TAAC was founded in 2009 by Nadja Sayej and six Toronto art writers. Since then, the TAAC has grown to include fifteen of the country’s leading art critics from: the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, artUS, Canadian Art, Magenta Magazine, Modern Painters, ARTnews, C Magazine, Border Crossings and Artforum (among others). The TAAC is committed to improving the standards of art criticism in Toronto and beyond. Their goal is “to give a voice to art criticism.” David Balzer, Rose Bouthillier, Bill Clarke, Otino Corsano, Sky Gooden, John Bentley Mays, Amish Morrell, Elena Potter, Leah Sandals, Murray Whyte, Stephanie Vegh are involved in the project for Leitmotif.

 

MARCIA VAITSMAN | www.khm.de/~marcia/

Nocturnal Encounters is a public artwork that presents TV as public space and how the community of Toronto is represented in the media.  The audio and video was compiled through a series of onsite workshops at The Parkdale Library during the summer. Over 75 people participated in the dialogue that is revealed in the final work. The artist feels that it is important to question how the media landscape in Toronto reflex the complex Canadian cultural plan. This project is funded by the Biennial of São Paulo Foundation.

Born in Brazil, Vaitsman studied media, art and photography at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil; Kunsthochschule fuer Medien KHM, Germany; and SCAD, Atlanta. Vaitsman has projects awarded and/or sponsored by the Sao Paulo Biennial Foundation; UNESCO-Ashberg, France; Ministry of Culture, Brazil; IAMAS, Japan; Prince Claus Fund, The Netherlands, among others. Her work has been shown in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Leitmotif Artist Profiles: Luke Painter, Tamara Platisa, Sasa Rajsic, & Quality Slippers

LUKE PAINTER | www.lukepainter.ca

Restless uses projection and 3D animation in order to touch on the often stressful and tiring act of moving furniture and create a space that places these home furnishings in a virtual limbo. Visitors to Restless will stand at the back of a moving truck and peer into the space, seeing a number of home furnishings and boxes hover ever so slightly in the air; never fully coming into contact with the ground.

Painter is an artist and educator living and working in Toronto. Recent exhibitions of his work include: Revivalesque at the Elora Centre for the Arts and Revival-esque at Angell Gallery in Toronto. He is represented by Bonneau-Samames Art Contemporain in Marseille, France.


TAMARA PLATISA + SASA RAJSIC |
www.tamaraplatisa.com |  www.sasarajsic.com

103°52’74″N   103°70’41″WE represents the sum of the longitudes and latitudes of Toronto, Canada and Helsinki, Finland. Platiša will be performing in Toronto and Rajšić will be located in Helsinki. They will engage in a Skype conversation and project each other’s images on a blank wall. They will begin to paint each other’s portraits until an external factor prevents them from continuing. The images Platiša & Rajšić will create are personal and a reflection of their physical location, movements on the projection and the quality of their Internet connections. In an exchange of lines on a wall they will make the intangible, tangible.

Platiša and Rajšić originate from a country with a turbulent history whose borders were regularly redrawn before it ceased to exist. They grew up in Yugoslavia at the end of the socialist era, during the civil war of the 1990s.  Toronto based artists with a BFA in Sculpture & Installation from OCAD University.  The work examines the relativity of proximity and distance in terms of their own communication in installation, performative and video format. The collaborative duo look to their shared tangible and intangible personal histories of Yugoslavia and the non-existence or disappearance of places, of residence and therefore of home, together re-examining the “everyday” as a space, where collapse and recovery occur simultaneously as well as in succession.


QUALITY SLIPPERS PRODUCTIONS | www.qualityslippers.ca

Infinity in the Palm of your Hand is a brief history of the world in a timed performance project that attempts to capture the entirety of human history over the period of the 12 hours of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The show will open on a void. By midnight – a glimpse of our first life on the planet, and at 2 am – complex organisms emerge.  Between 2 am and dawn we see the development of prehistoric animals like dinosaurs, and in the final fifteen minutes of the event, humans appear, civilizations rise and fall, and we are left to meditate on the fleeting nature of it all. This piece will aslso include a live performance and serenade by Toronto based singer-songwriter Joey O’Neil.

Quality Slippers Productions, led by Artistic Director bekky O’Neil, creates and produces original theatrical pieces with a focus on experimental puppetry forms for adult audiences. Exploring narrative structure, unconventional storytelling, and the histories that connect us the group aims to reanimate the historic genre into a new contemporary practice. O’Neil holds a BFA in Playwriting from Concordia University and has apprenticed with Peter Schumann at the legendary Bread & Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont. Recently her soft-sculpture and collage work was featured at the inaugural Visual Fringe in Toronto.  Her newest play, “Exit, pursued by a bear” premiered at the 2011 SummerWorks Festival.  Past works have also been featured at Nuit Blanche Montreal, The Art Matters Festival, Pop Montreal, The Montreal Fringe and the International Toy Theatre Festival in NYC.

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Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of LEITMOTIF

LEITMOTIF is possible with good spirited collaborative support by Advantage Car & Truck Rentals – www.advantagecarrentals.com

LEITMOTIF is also appreciative of the support we are receiving from the following community sponsors:

Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.

 

Leitmotif Artist Profiles:Caroline and Gord Langill, Ryan Livingstone & Johnson Ngo

CAROLINE + GORD LANGILL | www.ocad.ca/faculty_biographies/bio

Brian’s Songs is an audio installation that traces an interaction between the evolution of the AIDS pandemic and the accumulation of an individual’s operatic archive over the same period. This work memorializes the exuberant and rigorous archival efforts of one man with a passion for living, healing and opera.

Caroline is a Peterborough-based artist whose academic scholarship and curatorial work pertain to the intersections between art and science. Presently, she is an Associate Professor at OCAD University where she also teaches courses revolving around technology and digital culture. She is a recent fellow at the Daniel Langlois Foundation, in Montreal.

Gord is a social worker and therapist who specializes in the field of early psychosis intervention. Together with Caroline, they have developed DIY technology for use in kinetic installations and land-based art. This is their first collaborative public artwork.

RYAN LIVINGSTONE | www.ryanlivingstone.com

Harbinger is a statuesque representation of the black crow; mysterious and surreal, which communicated the crow’s position as a universal inspiration for art, literature, and legend, holding a symbolic position as a scoundrel in some cultures and creator in others.  Commonly seen as harbingers of doom, crows have been adapting alongside us as our spaces and environments evolve, both rural and urban. The highly evolved corvid is a reminder of our own evolution and adaptability, while simultaneously also being a symbol of death, a constant reminder of the brevity of our own existence on earth. Crows are powerful metaphors for life, death, and creativity. I see the crow as artist and creator, trickster and mimicker, scavenger and collector, soul and lover.

Livingstone is an emerging Toronto based artist, born in the East Coast of Canada.  His artistic practice is often project based and not bound by medium, exploring forms of installation, sculpture, printmaking and painting.  The work has explored nostalgic histories found within Canadian identities and culture, while simultaneously also reflecting the landscape both rural and urban.  His work is often driven by a playful and poetic combination of love, life and loss.  Ryan has a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University, and has studied at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.  Ryan is represented by Ingrid Mueller’s Art and Concepts.

JOHNSON NGO | http://ngojohnson.blogspot.com/

Unbecoming is a live performance where individual identity is lost, emphasizing the artist’s Asian physical characteristics, while challenging ideas of gender. Throughout the performance, the artist will cast his body with edible rice paper, fashioning a new identity; one that is neither male nor female.
Ngo is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist, primarily working with performance, video, sculpture, and print. Recent exhibitions include Spark Contemporary Art Space, Toronto Free Gallery, 7a*11d, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, and Hart House. Ngo would like to thank Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue for their assistance with this project.

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Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of LEITMOTIF

LEITMOTIF is possible with good spirited collaborative support by Advantage Car & Truck Rentals – www.advantagecarrentals.com

LEITMOTIF is also appreciative of the support we are receiving from the following community sponsors:

Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.

Leitmotif Artist Profiles: Lee Henderson, White Loop, & Kelly Jazvac

LEE HENDERSON | www.noattainment.com

Borne back, ceaselessly is a video installation that aims to bring the discourse of class and surveillance to bear by invoking a motif from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (the novel from which the work takes its title). Videotaping his own eyes on autofocus, Henderson fools his camera into doubting its own algorithm, forcing it to continuously oscillate between focal lengths as it gazes into him and he into it.

Henderson has studied art in Canada and Berlin, with talented professionals including Maria Vedder, Brian Eno, and Ellen Bromberg. Since completing his MFA in Intermedia at the University of Regina, Henderson has been furthering his time- and lens-based artistic practice while teaching Media Art, Computer Science, and Conceptual Photography at the postsecondary level (currently at OCAD University, Toronto). He continues to show in Canada and abroad. Recent and upcoming exhibitions and screenings include the Zero Film Festival in Los Angeles, The Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, The Rooms in St. John’s, SAW Video in Ottawa and gallerywest and Trinity Square Video in Toronto.

 

NICK HUTCHESON, MARA MARXT + EVA SCHINDLING | whiteloop.evsc.net

White Loop is a sound installation that explores and infiltrates the collective unconscious of a neighborhood through noise generated by 100 dream stories. Visitors to the installation encounter a sound landscape similar to white noise – a signal that contains all human-perceivable audio frequencies at once and causes the brain to stop focusing on individual sound sources. The sound of 100 voices speaking simultaneously – retelling their dreams – is a natural source of white noise. As the cognitive brain chooses to ignore the noise, the unconscious is free to perceive and interpret the hidden words. White Loop filters stories originating from the unconscious – the dreams of the collective – subliminally back into the unconscious of the visitors. Dreams are sent into a feedback loop that escapes the attention of the conscious mind. Like Parkdale itself, this gallery in a truck is a space of migration, a layering of stories, history, and an encounter with the dreams of one’s family, friends, neighbours and strangers.

Nick Hutcheson is a Toronto based producer with a passion for collaboration and stories. His writing has been performed on stage and published in magazines. Nick was most recently the production manager for Hooked at Toronto’s Summerworks after staging it in over 20 houses around Toronto. Other recent projects include coordinating The New Yorker at Luminato and founding the arts collective, Siding Project. Nick was the co-founder and associate editor of boulderpavement, a magazine of arts and ideas, published by The Banff Centre Press.

Mara Marxt is a Banff based curator driven by the transformation of concept into realization, drawing on her background as an artist and designer. She is a cofounder of MAGAZIN, an art off space in Vienna. Exhibitions include: The Opening, Der Traum einer Sache – Social Design zwischen Utopie und Alltag, Deadline today! – 99 stories, Für den Fall. In 2010 Mara moved to Montreal as a curator-in-residence, researching public art in that city.

Eva Schindling is a Montreal based new media artist and creative technician practicing in the interdisciplinary zone between art, science, technology and design. Driven by a fascination for the emergence of complexity and the nature of reality, she uses code, sculpture, electricity and visuals to show the beauty and mystery of the fundamental truths that constantly surround us but are rarely seen. Exhibitions: Japan Media Arts festival, Hong Kong’s Museum of Art, Finland’s Live Herring exhibition, the Pixxelpoint festival in Slovenia and the Ars Electronica.


KELLY JAZVAC |
www.diazcontemporary.ca

Nest will be comprised of a UHaul moving truck completely covered in adhesive vinyl which has been printed with composite photographs of damage suffered by the facades of various big box stores in Ontario.

Jazvac is a conceptual artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation. Based in London, she has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a recent project at i8 Gallery, Reykjavik Iceland. Jazvac is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto. Kelly Jazvac would like to thank Laura Goffin, Colin Miner, Solafa Rawas, and the University of Western Ontario for their generous financial support.

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Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of LEITMOTIF

LEITMOTIF is possible with good spirited collaborative support by Advantage Car & Truck Rentals – www.advantagecarrentals.com

LEITMOTIF is also appreciative of the support we are receiving from the following community sponsors:

Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.

PVBIA’s Annual General Meeting, 2011

Members of the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area are invited to attend the
2011 Annual General Meeting.

When: Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00pm
Where:
St. John’s Polish National Catholic Cathedral (186 Cowan Avenue).

Commercial, retail, office and industrial property owners and business operators, located within the BIA boundary, are members of the PVBIA and contribute automatically to the BIA budget through a special tax levy.

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA Budget for 2012 and general program. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial/industrial property owners and businesses in the BIA. The best way to participate in the decisions which your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved.

Please Click HERE to view the Agenda and proposed 2012 Budget Summary.

For more information, please contact Heather Douglas, PVBIA’s Executive Director, at: [email protected] or 416-536-6918.

Leitmotif Artist Profiles: Digital Futures Initiative, Exhibit Change, & Lynne Heller

DIGITAL FUTURES INITIATIVE at OCAD University | http://web1.ocad.ca/dfi/

Play with Me is an installation that explores the idea that the playful appropriation of technology is the key to a creatively fulfilling digital future. Two vehicles on Queen St. West are physically separated by city blocks, yet are fused together by a magic window. A visitor in one van peers into the other through the magic window, to get a face-to-face, life-size view of the visitor(s) in the other van. When visitors interact on either side of the window and synchronize their body movements the window playfully responds through a series of sounds, visualizations, and cues for more sophisticated synchronized formations.

Kate Hartman, Director Social Body Lab, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Art, OCADU

Barbara Rauch, PhD, Director e_Motion Lab, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Art, OCADU

Derek Reilly, PhD, Director PICO Lab, Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, OCADU

Suzanne Stein, Director SuperOrdinary Lab, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, OCADU

Emma Westecott, Directory Game:Play  Lab, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, OCADU

Through My Lens themes might be over, but this is just the beginning. Send us your pictures and come see them at our Leitmotif | Scotiabank Nuit Blanche exhibit on October 1. We are collecting pictures until Sept. 23.

EXHIBIT CHANGE | www.exhibit-change.com

Through My Lens
brings city building to the streets – everyone is invited to participate in capturing their perspective and stories about living in the city!  This is an interactive, community based project which seeks to engage and empower action to inspire and bring personal stories of the city to life. What is your favourite part of Toronto?  What do you seek to change?  If you were in charge of changing the city landscape, what would you do? Through My Lens is a 10 day, multi-city, interactive photo-voices project to bring out stories to lead to community action. Through My Lens only happens when people become involved. Through volunteer led neighbourhood walks, self-guided photography adventures and pure curiosity, we imagine that Through My Lens will ignite a new look at our spaces and to re-imagine what the city could be.  LEITMOTIF will be taking the Through My Lens images to the streets, literally! The exhibit is an interactive community based dialogue of images, stories and people connecting with the city; in a rental truck, on pedestrians, on buildings, on sidewalks, on anything we can get our hands on. We will be collecting stories all night to build a plan of action for city building and designing new ideas. Come visit us at our exhibit and make your mark on the city. The corner of Queen Street West and Noble Street will be animated throughout the night with images, scrawls, scribbles, gibberish and laughter. Together, we can make an impact on the city.

Exhibit Change is a platform for city building projects, founded in 2009 by Jennifer Chan. After completing her Bachelors in Architectural Science, working as an exhibit designer and finally finding her way in the nonprofit community, she started Exhibit Change as a way to bring all her passions to one place. Together with community partners, Exhibit Change is leading projects to create dialogue around city ecology. Exhibit Change lives in co-working spaces, local indie coffee shops and patios, we love adventure walks around the city and gatherings of community love. Exhibit Change would like to thank Zach Pearl, Toronto Urban Exchange, and Hello-Foto for their collaborative support of this project.

LYNNE HELLER | http://lynneheller.com

Everybody Deserves Love, Even You is an ongoing installation which uses the tropes of disco lighting and cast shadows to project poetry created from promising and sly found text from thousands of spam emails. Everybody Deserves Love, Even You, was the subject line of an email. Its despondent tone addresses contemporary cultural vulnerabilities, sadness, yearnings and desperation upon which marketers pray. The messages are concocted in endless variations: often funny, always bizarre, and occasionally poetic. Reminiscent of the seductive murmur of a foreign language, a sexualized computer voice whispers the text. The overly modulated and controlled cadence emphasizes the pervasiveness and monotony of spam, while at the same time, characterizing and transmogrifying the text. The work emphasizes the seemingly permanent ubiquity of spam as a shared experience and universal language – words that are largely ignored but still imbued with the power of omnipresence.

A Canadian post-disciplinary artist and educator, her interests encompass material culture, new media performative interaction, graphic novels and sculptural installation. International exhibitions include a solo exhibition and residency at the Australian National University, Canberra, AU; Low Lives 2, El Museo de Barrio, NYC, USA (among other locations), Hysteria: Past Yet Present, Rutgers University, Newark, USA; The Stray Show, (Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA); Neck of the Woods, England; IKEA, Ireland; Deviant Detours, Mexico; artist residency, Palazzo Rinaldi, Italy; IV International Textile Festival, Japan; and solo exhibitions at The University of Cuba, Havana, Cuba. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council. Reviews and publications include Art Papers, USA; The Globe & Mail, Canada; Fiberarts, USA. Heller completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a doctoral candidate at University College Dublin.

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Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of LEITMOTIF

LEITMOTIF is possible with good spirited collaborative support by Advantage Car & Truck Rentals – www.advantagecarrentals.com

LEITMOTIF is also appreciative of the support we are receiving from the following community sponsors:

Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.

Leitmotif Artist Profiles: Alexandre David, Patricio Davila, & Dan McCafferty

ALEXANDRE DAVID | www.alexandredavid.ca

(Truckstop) For this work, the artist transforms a truck into a square or public place, made to walk into and sit in, simply by surrounding it with a plywood platform that extends inside the truck to create a sort of covered space at the centre of this makeshift town square.

Living in Montreal, the artist mainly works in the field of sculpture, with projects often related to architecture. His work has been shown in various museums and galleries in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at Optica and Dare-Dare in Montreal, at Aceartinc in Winnipeg, Grunt  in Vancouver, YYZ  in Toronto and most recently at Espace Tilt in Lausanne.

PATRICIO DAVILA + DAN MCCAFFERTY | www.publicdesignunit.org

Public Design Unit 1: Parkdale’s Versions asks what version of Parkdale do we turn to when we think of the past or when we imagine the future? What is your version? What is her version? Which is the right version? Any local resident is a potential Hyperlocal Knowledge Experts and can help represent what Parkdale is really like or what it could or should be like. These workshops have been held in the neighbourhood and offer participants from the area as well as greater Toronto a chance to learn how new media tools can create models of a possible future Parkdale using their own words and images. The Digital Mapping and 3D Modeling Workshops will be held in July, August and September. Designs created in the workshops will then be displayed as part of the Public Design Unit’s Video Projection Studio during the 2011 Nuit Blanche event on October 1st.

Patricio Davila is a designer, artist, researcher and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD (Faculty of Design) and currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. As a researcher, Patricio has been involved in various projects, including: Biomapping (investigating the representation of biometric data, movement and space through the creation of 2D visualizations and 3D objects); Information Design for Chemotherapy (field study with OCAD students and the University Health Network Healthcare Human Factors Group) As an artist he has created locative and new media installations including: E Tower (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Installation with the CN Tower and Rogers Communication); System for Forgetting and Remembering (Leona Drive Project interactive video installation).

Daniel McCafferty is a musician and designer, with over 12 years of professional experience in design. Daniel founded, co-managed and acted as creative director for an independent record label before graduating from NSCAD-U. As a designer he has worked on varied projects from newspaper and publication design, to large-scale wayfinding programs and environmental signage, to the design of stamps for Canada Post. After several years of professional practice in Toronto, Daniel received his Master’s degree from North Carolina State University. He now teaches at OCAD University and keeps a small design studio practice focused on speculative design, writing and research.

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Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of LEITMOTIF

LEITMOTIF is possible with good spirited collaborative support by Advantage Car & Truck Rentals – www.advantagecarrentals.com

LEITMOTIF is also appreciative of the support we are receiving from the following community sponsors:

Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.

Leitmotif Artist Profiles: Amanda Browder


AMANDA BROWDER |
www.amandabrowder.com

Volunteer to be part of the collective sewing project at the Leitmotif section of Nuit Blanche. Visit The Workroom on Queen St. to donate fabric, sew, and chat with the artist. Be PART of Nuit Blanche and find your slice! click on this photo for more information!

Chromatic Hi-Five! : Additive and Subtractive involves the action of “community” as paralleled with the construction of a site specific large-scale fabric sculpture.  Cutting, sewing, tailoring, talking, and collaboration – these processes form what makes this project an additive and subtractive experience which aims to collaboratively build the sculpture with the parallel uniqueness of what is “collaborative.”  The artist aims to question the citizens of Toronto with the conceptual approach of gathering and collecting as community praxis. The works seek to physically challenge the uniqueness of the individual a represented in a color field of fabric donations sewn into a mono-chromatic conversation.

Born in Missoula, Montana, Amanda Browder currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA/MA from the UW at Madison.With a recent grant from The Brooklyn Arts Council and supported by the NBArt group, she completed Future Phenomena; a community driven, large scale fabric sculpture that hung off an apartment façade in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the SWAB Art Fair, Barcelona; Gallery Poulsen; Copenhagen, Denmark; Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; and White Columns, New York.  She is also a founder of the art-podcast www.badatsports.com and member of the Round Robin Collective.

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Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of LEITMOTIF

LEITMOTIF is possible with good spirited collaborative support by Advantage Car & Truck Rentals – www.advantagecarrentals.com

LEITMOTIF is also appreciative of the support we are receiving from the following community sponsors:

Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.

The Tale of a Town – Queen West

Lofty Artists Remembered

From left: Charles Ketchabaw, Andy McKim and Lisa Marie DiLiberto. (photo fromAaron Lynett / National Post

Inspired by a neighbourhood made famous by the art movements and media moguls who shaped it over the last 30 years, The Tale of a Town – Queen West is a site-specific theatrical journey that celebrates the history of this legendary strip .  Based on countless interviews with local icons, artists and entrepreneurs, this trip through time takes off “outside the walls” of Theatre Passe Muraille.  The audience is led on a promenade-style theatrical tour of Queen West by a fictional condo developer, passing by the controversial Loblaws big box development (which coincidentally opens to the public on the same day as this production), and ending up inside the imaginary Champagne Flaming Feather Eco Boho Legend Lofts.  The story unfolds in these imagined lofts, which are actually located on the top floor of the new Duke’s Cycle building, recently constructed on the site of the massive fire which destroyed a handful of independent Queen West businesses only three years ago.

The Legend Lofts replicate iconic locales by turning them into model condo suites with names like The Rivoli Retreat Room, The Cameron Penthouse, The Handsome Ned Nook and Jane’s Place – a model of a vintage clothing store destroyed in the fire.  These condo designs become the playground for our protagonist Jane as she flashes back through her life on Queen West, beginning in the 80’s.  Memories of riding the Spadina Bus, bar-hopping with Handsome Ned, sexually explicit Performance Art shows busted by the morality police, and the overnight commercialization of the strip (following City TV’s arrival) are just a few of the blasts from the past within this inter-disciplinary extravaganza.  Accented by a track of original Queen West music, archival video and photo projections, audio documentaries and rounded out by a pair of live musicians, The Tale of a Town – Queen West twists and turns through over 6000 square feet of re-designed space.

Back by popular demand after a sell-out run last spring as part of the “beyond the walls” initiative, TPM is thrilled to open their 2011 season with this newly envisioned The Tale of a Town – Queen West as a co-production with FIXT POINT. Named the “Queen Mother” by NOW Magazine, this production is led by the artistic vision of Lisa Marie DiLiberto, TPM’s newest playwright-in-residence. The play is directed by Varrick Grimes, who has received international recognition for his work in promenade theatre and is currently a resident artist at The Stratford Theatre Festival, audio and video design is by Charles Ketchabaw, (CBC Radio, National Lampoon), and musical direction by Juno-Nominated Treasa Levasseur, lighting by Michelle Ramsay (seven Dora nominations), set and costumes by Lindsay Anne Black (Harold Award, three Dora nominations) and projection design by Trevor Schwellnus (two Dora awards).

The Tale of a Town is a series of plays created by FIXT POINT, which was developed in Parkdale in 2008 and has since been produced in downtown St. Catharines and in Toronto’s Corktown.  Upcoming The Tale of a Town will be touring across Canada animating neighbourhoods through site-specific documentary theatre.

Previews September 14 , opens September 15, runs to October 9

Begins at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave (NE of Queen and Bathurst) http://passemuraille.on.ca/shows/fall2011/taleofatown/

Performances: Tuesday-Sunday 7:30pm

For Ticket Information: Arts Box Office 416.504.7529 or at The Arts Box Office located at 16 Ryerson Avenue is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm and one hour before the show. Or 24 hours a day online: www.passemuraille.on.ca

 

 

 

LEITMOTIF Artist Profiles: Lee Blalock & Cecilia Berkovic

For its fifth year participating in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, The Parkdale Village BIA is proud to present LEITMOTIF: Experiments in Public Space, curated by Stuart Keeler. On the night of October 1, 2011, 15 enigmatic rental trucks will appear in Parkdale – each one transformed by a LEITMOTIF artist. (for more info, visit our ‘what’s on’ page!)

In addition, 5 site-specific projects grouped as “Associations” will be revealed during the 12 hour Nuit Blanche event. Each of these artist projects will be the result of integrated community collaboration. An artist project – LEITMOTIF is a platform for experimentation in urban public space.

Is your interest piqued?  Here are two of our LEITMOTIF artist profiles for you to explore; stay tuned to our website to find out more about the talented individuals involved in this project!

CECILIA BERKOVIC | ceciliaberkovic.com

WWJMD?

Made in response to Jeremy Deller’s What Would Neil Young Do? poster, this work shifts the viewer’s focus to another great Canadian icon, Joni Mitchell.

Berkovic is a Toronto-based visual artist who uses strategies of collecting and displaying to explore aspects of feminism, consumer culture, leisure and queer identity. Not bound to a single medium, her work includes poster projects, limited edition objects, photography and installation. She is currently pursuing her MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in New York.

LEE BLALOCK | www.leeblalock.com

Render: Loop 1 is a durational performance. The artist will perform an original composition as a looping sample, played via a music box outfitted with accompanying electronics. The residual puddle of music box strips from which the melody is played will provide sculptural documentation of the performance loop.

Blalock is an interdisciplinary artist and musician who uses her background in science and design to inform projects dealing with concepts of self-similarity and future history. She employs sound, electronics, digital art, choreography, and performance as her communicative media. Lee has performed at Le Flash, Atlanta; the inaugural Impact Performance Festival, Chicago; was on the sound and processing team for Jan Tichy’s Project Cabrini Green in Chicago; and she performs electro-acoustic music in venues throughout Chicago.  Lee recently received her MFA from The School at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of LEITMOTIF

LEITMOTIF is possible with good spirited collaborative support by Advantage Car & Truck Rentals – www.advantagecarrentals.com

LEITMOTIF is also appreciative of the support we are receiving from the following community sponsors:

Advantage Car & Truck Rentals, Barton Floor Coverings, Belle Optical, Brock Carpet, Capital Espresso, City of Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Common Sort, Free Radio Berkeley, Future Cinema Lab at York University, Gladstone Café, The Gladstone Hotel, Hope Neon, Ltd., Imagine8, Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts, Mangez, Mascot Café, Misfit Studio, São Paulo Biennial Foundation, OCADU, PARC, Parkdale Village BIA, Public Butter, Queen West Antique Centre, Queen West Subscape Inc, Rhino, Shop Girls, Studio Brilliante, Toronto Public Space Initiative, The Workroom and the spirited community of Parkdale Village.