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The RUDE Collective

RUDE Talks: Podcast Creation

2019-11-03T14:00:00.000-05:00 2019-11-03T17:00:00.000-05:00 The RUDE Collective is bringing you a FREE DIY creative workshop series, focused on giving you creative options to share your passions. RUDE TALKS presents a Rap Songwriting workshop taught by myst milano. & a Podcast Creation workshop hosted by Orion Mayas. Each workshop has a capacity, so please sign up via the eventbrite link under each workshop. Food, drinks and TTC tokens will be provided to participants. Have you been interested in launching an independent podcast but don't know how or where to start? We want to share DIY tools for recording, interviewing and establishing your own podcast, hosted by Queer, Black & Awkward podcast runner, Orion Mayas. This workshop goes over the fundamentals of running an independent podcast such as establishing a show format, interview tips, owning your RSS feed, marketing and equipment basics. Plus, we’ll have equipment available for you to experiment with, and record a sample introduction to your podcast! This workshop is perfect for those who have been wanting to create a platform to creatively share what they are passionate about. *Please note that after signing up, we will be sending out a small questionnaire to get to know you and your needs for this podcast workshop. You will not be fully registered for the workshop until you complete this questionnaire. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1571436494-72807733755073511586027792721044375863296o.jpg CONFIRMED
November 3, 2:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Trinity Square Video & Or Gallery

Bodies Borders Fields Symposium

2019-11-22T10:00:00.000-05:00 2019-11-24T18:00:00.000-05:00 Convened by Denise Ryner in collaboration with Yaniya Lee, Bodies Borders Fields is a free public symposium that re-imagines a 1967 conversation about blackness to generate a larger discourse for the contemporary moment around blackness and fugitivity as represented in critical art practices today. CHRISTINA BATTLE / RAYMOND BOISJOLY / DEANNA BOWEN / JOSHUA CHAMBERS-LETSON / KEYON GASKIN / CHE GOSSETT / STEFFANI JEMISON / AISHA SASHA JOHN / JESSICA LYNNE / CHARMAINE NELSON / M. NOURBESE PHILIP/ TINA POST / KRYS VERRALL / KANDIS WILLIAMS Bodies Borders Fields is a collaborative presentation of Trinity Square Video and Or Gallery with support from the Consulate General of France in Vancouver, OCADU, the Toronto Media Arts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts Sector Innovation Grant. The symposium is co-convened by Denise Ryner and Yaniya Lee with organizational support by Emily Fitzpatrick and Karina Iskandarsjah. Design by Sameer Farooq. A “simultaneous conversation” took place on August 16, 1967 between seven speakers in Toronto and New York with the cooperation of Bell Telephone Company, the CBC and artscanada magazine (formerly Canadian Art). This cross-border conversation was recorded and published in that year’s October issue of artscanada which was dedicated to ‘black’ as a concept, painterly medium, symbol as well as socio-political category, expression and status. Bodies Borders Fields, is a series of events that conversation. Responding to an absence of black experience in discussions between the 1967 panelists, an absence that has since been examined by writers Fred Moten, Krys Verrall and others, Bodies Borders Fields will dislocate the original panel discussion to contemporary contexts and representations of black and blackness in sound, performance and visual culture with respect to black social life and expression. Participants have a stake in contemporary discourses and readings of black and blackness as a signifier as well as a lived-experience shared by generations of the black diaspora. Bodies Borders Fields supports ongoing and future discussions of blackness as an ever shifting, circulating and transforming factor for the survival and destabilization of colonial systems and institutions. All roundtables, talks and panels are free and open to the public. Registration required for workshops. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1571241190-bbf-horizontal-800x246.jpg CONFIRMED
November 22–24
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + EMILIA-AMALIA

Involution

2019-10-30T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-10-30T21:00:00.000-04:00 EMILIA-AMALIA continues HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM—a year-long collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC)—with a collectively curated film screening by Claire Greenshaw, Annie MacDonell, Gabrielle Moser and Erica Stocking. Inviting artists and curators to respond to E-A's programming, and to the CFMDC film collection, these ongoing curated screenings activate holes, gaps and omissions as strategies for intergenerational knowledge transmission, political resistance and feminist praxis. _Involution_ 1. The uterus shrinking or returning to normal size after birth. 2. A function, transformation, or operator that is equal to its inverse, i.e. which gives the identity when applied to itself. At the time of year when the veil between the living and dead is the thinnest, this program presents an experience of motherhood as a shifting of boundaries between the Self and an Other. Time and space fracture and become contaminated. Bodies multiply and decay, mothers are remembered; they are squeezed and rung out. Worlds are destroyed and remade for speculative future inhabitants, whether zombies, queens, vampires, monsters or babies. Featuring works by Helen Benigson, Hanna Black, Leigh Bowery, Thirza Cuthand, Catherine Elwes, Edward Owens, Corin Sworn, and Leslie Thornton. Run time: 64 minutes EMILIA-AMALIA is a feminist working group based in Toronto. Initiated in 2016, E-A activates modes of informal knowledge sharing and experimental writing to explore relationships of mentorship, collaboration and indebtedness between generations of feminist artists, writers, and curators. HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM takes up E-A’s ongoing interest in practices of failure, refusal, withdrawal, deliberate omission, and generative stoppages as sites for feminist organizing and conduits for lost intergenerational knowledge. The hole is the gap left in feminist histories. It is the void left by withdrawn or failed or abandoned projects. he hole is the grave and the womb. It is the blindness of the unseeing eye, and mouth open wide to take it all in. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1561400976-6478878620744372260193421490547522240774144n.jpg CONFIRMED
October 30, 7:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games

Writing Text-Based Horror Games

2019-10-24T18:30:00.000-04:00 2019-10-24T21:30:00.000-04:00 Horror games are capable of delivering heart-pounding and adrenaline-dumping immersive experiences. Many games have an arsenal of tools to help them achieve these ends, from gory particle effects and hair-raising sound design, to terrifying imagery and jump-scares. But what about games that have none of these elements at their disposal? Despite the lack of an eerie score of lovingly rendered digital viscera, text-based horror games are capable of delivering incredibly intense, disturbing and distressing experiences for the player. Just in time for spooky season, Kaitlin Tremblay and Natalie Zina Walschots will take workshop participants through the riches of text-based horror and the genre's great potential to scare the crap out of players. Participants will learn from some of the best examples of the genre, and will be introduced to the structure of text-based horror and led through the process of creating text-based horror games. ### Who this workshop is for * aspiring games writers * writers interested in the horror genre * writers looking to learn more about a new genre * game makers seeking new skills * anyone who is interested! Image: From _Lights Out, Please_ The one about the carnival, told by Kitty Horrorshow. [Get the game here](https://kait_zilla.itch.io/lights-out-please) https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1570559823-screenshot2019-10-08-untitled-story.png CONFIRMED
October 24, 6:30 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games

November Speaker Social

2019-11-09T17:00:00.000-05:00 2019-11-09T19:00:00.000-05:00 ## Speaker social season is upon us! On the 2nd Saturday of the month, folks working in games, on game-related projects, or in interactive arts give a brief presentation on their work. Expect fascinating insights into a broad range of disciplines, introductions to rad projects and tools, interesting creators and new friends! After the talks, we chat, mingle, and share some snacks. All are welcome, and it’s always cost- and alcohol-free. Transit fare is available. Winter season speakers TBA! Would you like to give a talk? → [Learn more](https://manual.dmg.to/manual/how-to-present-at-a-social/) → [Submit a proposal](https://dmg.to/applications/speaker-social) ### Schedule 5:00 Doors open 5:20 Announcements 5:30 Talks start 6:30 Snack & chat social hour! ### About DMG's Speaker Socials Our monthly member meeting and social—open to everyone—aims to showcase the work of queer and gender-marginalized folks involved with games in a wide variety of roles. Designers, developers, artists, critics, fans, writers, people new to games and seasoned pros are all welcome and have shared the mic at DMG. It's also a platform for participants to find encouragement, resources and a venue for speaking about their work in a supportive and productive environment. Always alcohol-free. Light refreshments are provided. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1569794986-7137276026552598178658616463273731430023168o.jpg CONFIRMED
November 9, 5:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

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