The Archive

Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

Helsinki based artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen initiated the Complaints Choir project, which invites people to sing about their complaints together. The first Complaints Choir was organized in Birmingham (UK) in 2005. After the event became a surprise success, Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen have been invited to initiate complaints choirs all around the globe. Soon […]

Artscape Wychwood Barns

Photos by Cait McKinney The Artscape Wychwood Barns is a multi-purpose, not-for-profit community centre located near St. Clair Avenue West and Christie Street in Toronto’s midtown area. Housed in a series of renovated maintenance barns built by the predecessor to Toronto's Transit Commission between 1913 and 1921, the space features office and meeting space for […]

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak

Prior to the collaboration of Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, both were known as prolific and industrious artists. Steele launched her artistic career in 1974 with the video Birthday Suit - with scars and defects, which has become a seminal video in the canon of works dealing with body art. Steele’s work in the 1980s […]

South Asian Visual Arts Centre

The South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC—formerly the South Asian Visual Arts Collective) was established in 1997 by a group of artists who programmed for Desh Pardesh, a multi-disciplinary arts festival that ran in Toronto from 1988 to 2001. SAVAC is an artist-run centre that focuses on promoting contemporary visual art representing the South Asian […]

Ana Teixeira

Ana Teixeira, an artist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, produces drawings, photography, videos, installations, and carries out public "street actions" in numerous European and South American cities. In 2008 Teixeira spent two months in Toronto for a joint residency and exhibition with Canadian artist Anne Fauteux at Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art. The exhibition, […]

Darren O'Donnell

After a long and successful career as a playwright, Darren O’Donnell began informing his theatrical practice with the participatory performance style that has come to define the performance collective Mammalian Diving Reflex (MDR) and O’Donnell’s idea of Social Acupuncture. Ostensibly a kind of Situationist influenced performance aesthetic, the Social Acupuncture wing of MDR is engaged […]

Peggy Gale

As one of the first Canadians to publish on the subject of video art, Peggy Gale’s knowledge of the medium is both encyclopedic and incisive. Preferring the title of curator over critic, Gale has nevertheless written extensively on the history and artistic preoccupations of video art and artists over the last thirty years. Gale has […]

Dot Tuer

Dot Tuer has been writing about video art since the 1980s in the capacity of a theorist and cultural historian. Her work has focused on video art in Toronto, the famous artist-run Centre for Experimental Art and Communication (CEAC), technology, memory and global media. In this interview, she discusses her involvement with the Funnel, a […]

Urban Field Speakers Series 2008

The UrbanField Speakers Series centres on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions, it explores how creative practices can help improve the quality of urban life and planning in Toronto and around the world. This series of monthly events brings together an array of international […]

Centre for Social Innovation and Kensington Market

Photos of Centre for Social Innovation courtesy of Yvonne Bambrick When Yvonne Bambrick becomes involved in local activism, building relationships between artists communities and developing common spaces through the city, she does not dabble; she throws everything into her work. First and foremost, Bambrick is the Community Animator for the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI). […]

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