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Gordon Monahan: SPECTACLE & IMPERMANENCE at UT Mississauga

Fri, Nov 5/10 – 4:00pm






Friday November 5, 4:00 - 5:30pm

MiST Theatre

3359 Mississauga Road North

Reception to Follow

Respondent: DAVID LIEBERMAN, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Internationally acclaimed sound artist and composer Gordon Monahan will reprise his 2009 Nuit Blanche installation Space Becomes the Instrument on the Mississauga Campus of U of T.   Monahan turned the venerable Massey Hall into a giant music machine with thirty-metre-long piano wire strung through the theatre's interior, outfitted at intervals with vibrating electrical coils. Throughout the one-night event, performers "played" the theatre, the vibrations producing an otherworldly sound specific to the interior architecture of the hall.  ___________________________________________________________

The series is presented by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and the Department of Art, Visual Studies Program, University of Toronto. Co-curators are Tom Bessai, Architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture from the Daniels Faculty and Lisa Steele, Artist and Associate Chair of  Visual Studies.  The series is sponsored by The Jackman Humanities Institute and is part of the JHI Program for the Arts, 2010- 2011 on the theme of Image and Spectacle.

Spectacle and Impermanence will engage students and faculty on all three campuses of the University of Toronto. Prominent Toronto-based visual artists will present small prototypes of larger - often spectacular in size - projects. Each installation/ presentation will be followed by a discussion session with students and faculty led by a moderator/ respondent.  The discussion sessions will attempt to locate these very temporal works within the broader architectural and cultural discourse on public space, identity and the city. 

A small group of graduate students assembled from the two participating faculties will be transported by minibus to each of the events in the fall series.  This group will then be provided with modest materials and a public space in which to produce a collaborative event/installation in response to what they have seen and experienced. The student project will be mounted early in the winter 2011 academic term. Each of the participating artists and respondents from the fall series will be encouraged to attend along with the broader U of T community.