Ctrl+Shift, Session #1
Ctrl+Shift | A Strategy Session Series
We are pleased to introduce a new public talk series called Ctrl+Shift - a strategy session series that invites influential members of Toronto’s creative community to propose solutions to urgent challenges that affect the artists living in this city. Structured as a panel discussion, Ctrl+Shift seeks to facilitate productive conversations and actionable strategies that can elicit change in our shared creative landscape. This event is free and welcome to everyone.
Session #1: Displacement, Adaptation, and Venue Stability
November 21st, 2017 | 7pm-9pm | InterAccess
The first iteration of Ctrl+Shift is scheduled for November 21st, from 7pm-9pm and will occur at InterAccess. The panel will address the subject of displacement and venue stability for arts organizations in Toronto. The selected discussants each have a unique relationship to this ongoing challenge and will share their experiences and suggestions on how to navigate Toronto’s increasingly prohibitive rental rates. This session will be moderated by Shawn Micallef.
Discussants and Affiliations
Noa Bronstein | Director, Gallery 44
Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. She is currently the executive director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Previously Bronstein worked at the Gladstone Hotel as director of exhibitions and cultural promotions and at the Design Exchange. Her research interests include museum and gallery publics, alternative applications of traditional models and hybridity and pluralism within cultural institutions.
Kate Benedict | Bunker 2
Kate Benedict is a visual artist creating and living in Toronto. Benedict has worked in performance art, video and installation art, painting, and electronic interactive wearables. She currently holds the position of Gallery Manager at Division Gallery and Curator for Bunker 2. Bunker 2 is a contemporary art centre based out of a repurposed shipping container in Toronto, ON. Bunker 2 pushes curatorial boundaries while promoting critical dialogues between exhibiting artists and the local community. As a mobile space, Bunker 2’s nomadism allows for site-specific interventions.
Jaclyn Blumas | Long Winter
Jaclyn Blumas is an Arts Programmer and Curator for Long Winter, Founding Member of Heretical Objects Cooperative and a member of the band DOOMSQUAD. Long Winter is an all-ages inter-arts festival that takes place throughout the winter months. Now entering its fifth season, the Long Winter series has emerged as a unique event in the city of Toronto. Taking place in iconic buildings around Toronto, from the Great Hall to the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Galleria Mall, these spaces are transformed for a single night of notable artistic collaboration.
Moderated by Shawn Micallef
Shawn Micallef is a weekly columnist with the Toronto Star, co-founder of Spacing magazine, and an instructor at the University of Toronto. He is a frequent commentator on urban issues and is known for his passion for the city - its geography, architecture, culture, and people.