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Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series

Toronto – The Ecology of an Art Scene Symposium – Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series




As part of Paris-Toronto, a 10-month series highlighting contemporary art from France in the Greater Toronto Area, the Canadian Art Foundation is pleased to present “The Ecology of an Art Scene” on November 8 and 9, 2013.

“The Ecology of an Art Scene” is a symposium that will gather key players of the Paris and Toronto art scenes (curators, artists, critics, educators, collectors and dealers) to discuss what makes for a vibrant cultural community. 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.



Friday, November 8, 2013

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 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 facilitated by Misha Glouberman. Each presenter will spend two minutes addressing the topic of community as it is taken up in contemporary art practices, institutions, and critical discourse. Is contemporary art’s interest in community an authentic interest or a passing fascination? Who benefits from contemporary art’s interest in community? Do communities play a role in the development of an artist’s practice, institutional innovation, or the expansion of the art market? 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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  • Gail D

    I was there, very close to stage but could not recognize anyone from the group. Guess I need to get to know you a bit better. I thought the evening improved as the introductions moved away from the first table. For some reason, the Power Plant curator seemed to be particularly combative.

    November 9, 2013

  • shahla

    It was not what i expected. There was not much help for me as an Artist.

    November 9, 2013

  • shahla

    thank you ,it was interesting.

    November 9, 2013

  • Adam

    Sorry, late meeting stuck in traffic and won't be able to make it

    November 8, 2013

  • Aurora

    I apologize for canceling last minute... Too tired to join...

    November 8, 2013

  • Greg

    whoever is on this list gets in

    November 8, 2013

  • Paula

    There's a mention of 15 free tickets, you have 20 people attending so I'm assuming first come first serve but I was wondering how much tickets cost once those 15 are used up.

    November 6, 2013

  • Greg

    for those going, head to Brigantine Room around 630/645 and grab seats, and if interested can go to reception after at The Power Plant next door.

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am excited about attending

    November 2, 2013

  • Sabine M.

    I am looking forward to this ...Can I bring a guest ?

    November 2, 2013

  • Renata

    Thank you! Thrilled and looking forward..:-)

    November 2, 2013

  • Alan Y.

    It would be interesting to see the actual opinion of artists, instead of the opinions of politicians and academics.

    October 29, 2013

  • Shireene

    hi all - looking forward to meeting you all at this awesome event.

    October 25, 2013

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