Event Category: Project

Sick & Disabled Queer Zine Fair

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The Sick & Disabled Queer Zine Fair (SDQZF – known last year as SDQYZF) is back again for a second year with Bricks & Glitter! Come check out the fair featuring zines, art and merch to purchase from a sweet line-up (TBA) of sick, disabled, d/Deaf, Mad and neurodivergent 2SLGBTQ+ vendors.

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BRICKS & GLITTER – We are a trouble of queers who believe in creativity and collectivity, in imagining together a world worth living in. Intersectional by default and critical by necessity, we are trying to create a space for us all of us, to world build together, and to practice the future in the now. Bricks and Glitter is a community arts festival, celebrating two-spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance.

Another Park Is Possible

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Mayworks will present Another Park Is Possible, a curatorial project situated in Prarie Drive Park, presenting work by activist-artists jes sasche and Kara Manso, it assembles alternatives to the care crisis. Participating in a multi-week residency at the park, the artists will create and present two public artworks engaging with themes of care work and disability culture.

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National Access Arts Assembly Part One

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Inside Out Theatre, British Council and Tangled Art + Disability, with the support of Canada Council of the Arts, have joined forces to improve accessibility in the arts countrywide. By inviting artists, producers, advocates and audience members to join the conversation in our spaces, we hope to imagine possible cooperative futures for accessible performances in Canada.

In order to do this, we’re hosting two, three-day accessibility-based assemblies. Inside Out Theatre will host the first assembly in August, 2019 in Calgary, and British Council and Tangled Art + Disability will host the second assembly in Toronto in October, 2019. Our mission with these assemblies are to celebrate the great work that is already taking place with accessible performances, but to also determine how we can improve further within every community. With the first assembly focusing on coordination and organizing accessible performances, the second will cover the practice and training necessary to best host an accessible performance.

We are purposefully keeping the gathering small, with no more than 40 participants, to ensure there is space and time for everyone to actively participate.

Learn more about the assembly on the Inside Out Theatre website
Apply to attend the assembly

Arts, Culture, and Digital Transformation Summit

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Registration deadline: November 5
Registration is first come, first served as space is limited.

Experience this three-day summit that is designed to ignite curiosity, confidence, and enthusiasm within Canadian art-making practices, which are facing a rapidly digitizing world.

By stimulating expansive imaginings of our digital futures — the good and the troublesome — we’ll strive to create an ambitious vision for the role the arts must play in fostering creative, inspiring, and humane realities. To mobilize this vision, we will move beyond information-sharing toward concrete pathways to creation, production, and collaboration.

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Home Made Visible – Sendoff Reception

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Join us on July 5th for our closing event as we celebrate and commemorate the past few years of Home Made Visible.

Register in Advance here: bit.ly/2Rn3aOs

Home Made Visible culminates in a public reception celebrating three years of preserving and engaging IBPOC archives. In partnership with Charles Street Video and York University Libraries we have digitized over 200 home movies, and completed a nation-wide tour of 7 commissioned works reflecting on our complicated relationship to archives. For this reception, we bring together the incredible community of people that have made this project possible. Join us, as we bring this project to a close. All commissioned works will be on display, and for the first time, guests can also view the home movie collection of digitized IBPOC archives on exhibition.

July 5th – 18th | 10:00am–6:00pm | Monday – Friday
Toronto Media Arts Centre | Expansion Space, 2nd Floor
Visit the Toronto Media Arts Centre during operating hours to view the installation by Melisse Watson and six short films by commissioned filmmakers on monitors.

Sidewalk Summer Open House

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Save the date! Our fifth 307 open house event called Sidewalk Summer Open House is on Saturday, June 29.
Come check out ideas, prototypes and see Sidewalk’s vision for the neighbourhood of the future come to life. Event details to be announced soon!

What is 307?
We’ve transformed an old fish processing plant and parking lot into an experimental work space — 307 is where Sidewalk Labs works every day in Toronto and is open to the public every weekend. Inside and outside, we’re exploring some of the ideas that could become part of this future neighbourhood and establishing an open venue for community collaboration. We’re excited to co-create and share our explorations with you as the Sidewalk Toronto project evolves.

Who Is Invited?
You! And anyone else you know who is interested in the past and future of Toronto.

More information and RSVP on the Sidewalk Toronto website

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019

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As technology progressively transforms every facet of society, there is a pressing need for the arts and culture sector to jointly take ownership of its own digital futures.

The 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (DASSAN19) offers constructive, cross-sectoral dialogues and alliance-building opportunities inspired by pioneering keynote speakers, community salon sessions, professional industry exchanges, hackathon competition with a $5,000 grand prize, and a bootcamp for fledgling devotees to the digital world.

Presented by ArtsPond in association with Agilo Arts and BeMused Network, DASSAN19 is designed to nurture valuable insights for both emerging and experienced producers and technologists alike, with the goal of building a critical digital practice within the arts and culture sector in Canada.

Digital Arts Services Symposium schedule and passes

Holding Patterns: Roll-a-thon

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Presented by Art Spin and Access Visual Art in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, Creative Users Projects, Akimbo and Bodies in Translation.

Thursday, October 11th, get your wheels on and take a spin over to Holding Patterns, Art Spin’s next big art event. Roll-a-thon tours will lead mobility device users through the maze of a storage facility to discover 20 artists and organizations animating storage lockers with site-responsive and multidisciplinary programming.

Thursday, October 11, 6-9 PM
Opening remarks: 7 PM

Roll-a-thon tours are available at 5pm & 6pm. Free. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes and is limited to 3 people using devices. Please arrive 15 minutes early and gather in the courtyard/parking lot. Tours will start promptly on the hour.

To sign up for a tour please rsvp here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-spin-roll-a-thon-tickets-50650663498 or call or email Kristina at Tangled at 416-845-4257 or kristina@tangledarts.org

Info: info@accessvisualart.ca

Access Guides to the event will be available early in October. Email info@accessvisualart.ca for more info.

Open Sidewalk #3: The Accessible City

An intentionally flexible city is accessible for every body, everywhere, and every day. People should be able to use things the way that makes the most sense for them, and we should build that flexibility and hackability into our spaces. That could mean adaptable furniture that can be repositioned, regardless of your strength or size, doors that can easily open, without requiring any particular dexterity, or technology that lets you access traffic signal devices with greater ease.

We don’t think one size fits most. One size fits one, and with technology, we can allow for dynamic flexibility in the city environment. Throughout history, the accessibility community has meaningfully pushed the fields of digital technology and computer science forward, and we want to formalize and encourage this throughout Quayside and beyond.

For us, it’s important that we address and begin this conversation now, which is why our third Open Sidewalk will focus on the theme of “The Accessible City”.

We welcome you to come and be part of co-creating a neighbourhood that can work for everyone.

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Design Fiction: Chemical stories

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Creative Users in partnership with Ryerson University, is commissioning 5 disability-identified artists and designers to participate in a Design Fiction series this summer that will explore our ‘chemical lives’ within a fictional narrative and critical design framework. The theme, ‘Chemical Stories’ is part of an emerging design-based inquiry entitled ‘Thinking with our Chemical Stories’.

This project begins with the assertion that all people encounter chemicals – sanctioned and illicit, helpful and harmful – in diverse and complicated ways. This is particularly true for disabled people who rely on prescribed and generic chemicals for everyday functioning and survival. Yet our chemical stories typically position disability as an undesirable outcome of our chemical lives, and consequently a site of a precarious, dangerous, imperiled or obliterated future.

What is Design Fiction?

Design Fiction work shopping facilitates the co-production of speculative design through collaborative thinking, story making and critical design. Workshops typically combine elements of science fiction, science fact and critical design to create prototypes that exist within ‘story worlds’. Using ‘near future’ technologies, within a fictional narrative context, allows those who develop and interact with Design Fictions to ‘suspend disbelief about change’. Prototypes serve as provocative entry points to generate open dialogue and space in which to raise questions, explore legal, ethical and social debate and form critical insights about social or policy related problems.

Through facilitated conversations within the Design Fiction workshop, we hope to explore how disabled people encounter, seek, avoid and interpret chemicals in our everyday lives and the impact these encounters have on our embodied experience, our selves, our relations to others and our imagined and preferred futures. Ultimately we hope to create space where our chemical encounters may be re-imagined in the future as vital, generative, pleasurable and desirable.
The public is invited to attend an unveiling of the design prototype on Friday, August 4, 2017 (TBD) at RE/Lab, Ryerson University, 483 Bay Street, Toronto, ON

About the Facilitator
Andy Darby is a Research Associate in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and a PhD candidate at HighWire, a trans-disciplinary doctoral training programme, working across Design, Computing and Management at Lancaster University. His PhD research explores Participatory Design Fictions and other co-creative methods for speculative design in the areas of human computer interaction and futures debate.