The Ecology of an art scene

November 8 – 9
Canadian Art Foundation
Symposium

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The Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Toronto, is pleased to present The Ecology of an Art Scene, a two-part symposium assembling chief innovators in contemporary art from Paris and Toronto to take place on Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9, 2013.

The Ecology of an Art Scene is a vital component of Paris-Toronto, an unprecedented ten-month series of projects highlighting contemporary art from France and fostering collaborations with Toronto’s flourishing visual art scene. Using experimental formats in two diverse venues, The Ecology of an Art Scene is designed to stimulate dialogue and debate between artists, curators, gallerists, museum directors, patrons and publishers about what creates and sustains a vital art ecology. The symposium recognizes that art ecologies are composed of dynamically interacting parts, including a multitude of practices, subjectivities and institutions; the communities they create; and the economies they rely upon, deviate from or invent

PART 1 – COMMUNITY: UN PRÉAMBULE

Facilitated by Misha Glouberman
Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
The Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Reception to follow at The Power Plant
FREE and Open to the Public

Part I assembles all symposium participants for an interactive and lively discussion addressing the notion of community as it is taken up in contemporary art practices, institutions, and critical discourse. The active engagement of the audience with the propositions put forward by the presenters will increase the potential for dialogue and will lay the groundwork for the conversations that will follow in Part II.

In Collaboration with the Power Plant

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PART II – THE ECOLOGY OF AN ART SCENE: THE CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Toronto City Hall Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West
FREE and Open to the Public

Brief presentations from symposium participants will lead to in-depth conversations about the role of institutional innovation, curating in context, informal infrastructures, alternative economies, pedagogical impulses, the evolution of museum missions, and zones of mobility in Paris and Toronto’s art scenes.

PARTICIPANTS

Abbas Akhavan, Artist, Toronto | Isabelle Alfonsi, Co-Director, Galerie Marcelle Alix, Paris | François Aubart, Writer, Curator and Co-Founding Editor of ∆⅄⎈, Paris | Diane Borsato, Artist, Toronto | Mélanie Bouteloup, Director, Bétonsalon: centre for art & research, Paris | Jessica Bradley, Director, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto | Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, Co-Curators, Under New Management, Toronto | Barbara Fischer, Executive Director/Chief Curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto | Corinn Gerber, Director, Art Metropole, Toronto | Vincent Gonzalvez, Project Manager for Visual Arts, Institut français, Paris | Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, Artists, Paris | Vincent Honoré, Independent Curator and Writer, Paris | Andrew Hunter, Curator of Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto | Guillaume Leblon, Artist and Member of castillo/corrales, Paris | Chris Lee and Maiko Tanaka, Gendai Gallery, Model Minority, Toronto | David Liss, Artistic Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto | Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, Co-Directors. Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto | Janine Marchessault, Director, Visible City Project + Archive, York University and Curator, LAND|SLIDE, Toronto | Christof Migone, Director/Curator, Blackwood Gallery and Lecturer, Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, Toronto | Gaëtane Verna, Director, The Power Plant, Toronto | Mathilde Villeneuve, Co-Director, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris

For more information on the symposium and participants visit canadianart.ca/paristoronto.

For all media inquiries, please contact:
Media Contact
Laurène Meyer-Galland
Press Officer
Consulate General of France in Toronto
(416) 847-1896
laurene.meyer-galland@diplomatie.gouv.fr

The Ecology of an Art Scene is presented by the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, in the context of Paris-Toronto, a project of the Consulate General of France in Toronto, with support from the Institut Français. More information on Paris-Toronto can be found at paris-toronto.org.

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