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Urban Field Speakers Series 2013, Toronto

Series of evening events: 24th January-25th April 2013

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
Urban Field Speakers Series 2013

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3A8

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the eighth season of the Urban Field Speakers Series, co-programmed by Janine Marchessault and Scott McLeod and presented by Prefix ICA in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University. This international lecture series brings together an array of global and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who offer unique perspectives on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Past series have featured presentations by such erudite speakers as Chantal Mouffe, Saskia Sassen, Anthony Vidler, Peter Weibel and Krzysztof Wodiczko, among many others.

The upcoming season includes the following events:

January 24, 2013, at 7:30pm
Tatzu Nishi
Sarah Robayo Sheridan, moderator

The Japanese artist speaks about his extraordinary site-specific installations that recontextualize and revivify our relationships with public monuments, including his most recent project, Discovering Columbus, in New York’s Central Park. Moderated by the Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Mercer Union.

February 14, 2013, at 7:30pm
Coco Fusco
Sally Frater, moderator

The interdisciplinary artist and Director of Intermedia Initiatives, Fine Arts, at Parsons The New School for Design speaks about her recent work on the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, comparing and contrasting it with active public spaces in other parts of the world. Moderated by Sally Frater, independent curator and arts writer. Co-presented by Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP) and Third Space Art Projects.

March 14, 2013, at 7:30pm
Elena Filipovic
Peggy Gale, moderator

The Curator at Wiels Contemporary Art Center and co-editor of The Manifesta Decade and The Biennial Reader speaks about the notion of public space in the work of Félix González-Torres. Moderated by Peggy Gale, independent curator and recipient of a 2006 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

March 28, 2013, at 7:30pm
Edward Dimendberg
Will Straw, moderator

The architectural historian and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Visual Studies and German at the University of California, Irvine, speaks about Mies van der Rohe and the moving image. Moderated by the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

April 25, 2013, at 7:30pm
Teddy Cruz
Lee Rodney, moderator

The award-winning architect and Associate Professor in Public Culture and Urbanism at the University of California, San Diego, speaks about the alternative housing and public infrastructure that has emerged around the San Diego–Tijuana border, the most trafficked checkpoint in the world. Moderated by Lee Rodney, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is a registered charitable organization that fosters the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts through exhibitions, publications and related activities.

For the presentation of the Urban Field Speakers Series, Prefix ICA acknowledges the support of its staff, volunteers and patrons, as well as its Official Catering Sponsor à la Carte Kitchen and its Official Hotel Sponsor the Delta Chelsea. Prefix also acknowledges the assistance of the Visible City Project and Archive of York University, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Series pass sales
Series passes are available for 40 CAD. Special series passes, discounted for students, seniors and Prefix Photo subscribers, are available for 25 CAD.

Orders may be placed by phone, fax or e-mail; payments may be made by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard. Please note that tickets to single events are not available for advance purchase and are only sold at the door.

For series-pass purchases and other inquiries, please contact Alysha Rajkumar, Operations Manager, at [email protected] or 416 591 0357.

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Tatzu Nishi, Discovering Columbus, 2012. Photo: Tom Powell Imaging. Courtesy Public Art Fund, New York.

Tatzu Nishi, Discovering Columbus, 2012. Photo: Tom Powell Imaging. Courtesy Public Art Fund, New York.