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Deathnastics

Gymsick

We would like to invite you to the latest in our Death Cafe Series, Deathnastics. Featuring artists from the disability community, Deathnastics will offer a performative, exquisite corpse-esque (participatory) take on a Death Cafe. This event will extend a conversation about the intersections of disability, death, and new to this iteration, care, and participate in feminist-queer-crip world-making. Deathnastics is part of the performance series, Gymsick curated by Hazel Meyer and Lucy Pawlak (more on Gymsick below).

This event features artists Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Sean Lee, and Carrie Perreault. This event is curated by Eliza Chandler, Kim Collins, Loree Erickson, Lindsay Fisher, Esther Ignagni, Deirdre Logue, and Alyson Mitchell. Special thanks to Catherine Frazee for her ongoing future-thinking leadership.

Audience members will be invited to participate in conversations about disability, death and care and to participate in care-taking acts. However, these ways of participating are not mandatory.

More information about Deathnastics on Facebook

Access
This event is barrier-free. Please note that it takes place in a small, non-air conditioned container! There will be ways of participating outside, weather-dependent. The nearest accessible washroom is in a restaurant a block away.

ASL and live audio description. Free and open to all. The Bunker will fit about 20 people, so we have an RSVP set up for this event: please RSVP by emailing bunker2projects@gmail.com. This event is, in part, sponsored by a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant.

Transit
Accessible TTC route: Take the Dupont Bus (26) across Dupont Street westbound towards Jane Station. Get off at the Symington Ave stop, one stop west of Lansdowne. Walk/roll one block east along Dupont Street to Campbell Ave (Boo Radley’s Bar is on the corner of Dupont and Campbell). Once you are at Dupont and Campbell, travel one block north on Campbell Ave until you get to the end of the street. There is a parking lot at the end of the street and Bunker 2, where the event is held, is in that parking lot.

The Dupont Bus leaves from the Saint George Station and from there takes approx. 35 minutes to get to Dupont St and Symington Ave.

You could also take the subway to Lansdowne Station (not accessible) and take the Lansdowne Bus (47) northbound and get off at the Dupont Street stop. Then travel one long block west across Dupont St. (past the Food Basics) until you hit Campbell Ave (Boo Radley’s Bar is on the corner). Once you are at Dupont and Campbell, travel one block north on Campbell Ave until you get to the end of the street. There is a parking lot at the end of the street and Bunker 2, where the event is held, is in that parking lot.

Parking
The event will be held in a parking lot, so parking is plentiful!

GYMSICK
GYMSICK engages in the queer-feminist practice of world-making to create a gym-like drop-in environment that blends the corporeal, cerebral, collective and individual. Home to meetings, sessions, and expanded imaginings of work-outs, Meyer and Pawlak will develop and extend research into bodies as mysterious sites for experiencing pleasure, pain, exhaustion, immediacy, and elation. Meyer and Pawlak’s interests push beyond the formal gymnasium, taking cues from the muscular process of hypertrophy, and asking what can be learnt from medical worlds of rehabilitation & chronic illness.