Visual Studies Undergraduate Thesis: Still there are seeds to be gathered


SPACE on King
300 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1K4

Opening Reception
Friday, April 12, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The 2024 Visual Studies Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, Still there are seeds to be gathered, features the work of 18 individuals across disciplines within the Daniels Faculty's Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies (BAVS) program.

See the exhibition during the opening reception on Friday, April 12, 6:00-9:00 p.m., or visit during the weekend of April 12-14, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at SPACE on King

"While this show exhibits the accumulation of thesis research and processes across the Visual Studies program, it also marks the completion of our undergraduate degrees. Taking our proximity to what feels like the end, Still there are seeds to be gathered cherishes the great depth of knowledge we have embodied over the years.

The show title stems from Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction—a point of reference for the thematics of generating and holding on to knowledge while entertaining the potential of future relations to arrive. In the early weeks of our thesis course, our class held a discussion of Le Guin’s text. The concluding statement, “Still there are seeds to be gathered, and room in the bag of stars,” sparked an unknown feeling that borders the poetics of our completed time in school as well as a rethinking of our projects as ever-changing. As a ‘non’-ending phrase, Le Guin uses it to mark this text as ‘unfinished,’ citing the space for transformation and growth.

In the context of this exhibition, the research each student has taken upon themselves has not reached a ‘conclusion.’ Each thesis project poses a question vital to its artist, one that will continue to be explored beyond the scope of this exhibition."

Excerpt from the exhibition text written by Ella Spitzer-Stephan, Satyam Mistry, Nusha Naziri, Auden Tura, and Olive Wei.