Toronto Media Arts Centre

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Dames Making Games + Social Body Lab

Stitch & Stuff: Making Sewable Games

2019-11-26T18:30:00.000-05:00 2019-11-26T21:00:00.000-05:00 **Join the crew from Social Body Lab, game:play lab and DMG in another Textile Game Controller workshop – this time, no screens!** In this workshop, we will learn how to make a hardware-only game using a microcontroller and electronic components. We will use electronic textile materials and soft circuit techniques to create a fully working Simon-style game. These games will be yours to take home at the end of the workshop! No previous experience with Arduino, electronics, sewing, or games is required, although a love for one of these things can be helpful. ABOUT This workshop is part of the Textile Game Controller workshop series – a partnership between OCAD University’s Social Body Lab and game:play Lab and Dames Making Games, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage Grant. Be sure to check out our future events as well! SAVE THE DATES! We have one more textile game controller fun coming up on January 15 and a jam in February 2020. More info will be announced soon! Watch Slack and Twitter for registration news. What to Bring We will have everything you need to do the basic example, but feel free to bring your laptop if you would like to alter the code or woven, non-stretchy fabric if you’d like to use a particular colour or type of material. CONFIRMED
November 26, 6:30 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
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. CONFIRMED
November 22–24
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street

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