Nov 23, 2019

Reading Circle—with Sophia Oppel and Philip Leonard Ocampo

Saturday, November 23
FREE with registration
Reading materials available

Join the 2019 IA Current Curators Sophia Oppel and Philip Leonard Ocampo for a Reading Circle centring on the themes and issues explored in their exhibition Scaffolds I can no longer see, on view at InterAccess from November 6 - December 7, 2019.

Scaffolds I can no longer see reveals the unseen algorithms that govern digital infrastructures. Through this group exhibition, Curators Sophia Oppel and Philip Leonard Ocampo highlight the coercive power hidden beneath the seamless aesthetics of consumer devices and online interfaces. Artists Sarah Friend, Guillaume Pascale, Shaheer Tarar, and Sahar Te challenge the supposed neutrality of digital platforms that treat user data as a commodity. By manipulating the tools of surveillance capitalism, their works seek to restore agency to the user.

Reading Circle participants are encouraged to read a selection of readings prepared by the exhibition's curators in advance of the event. You may access the event's reading package here. This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, participants are encouraged to register online for their FREE ticket through eventbrite.

About the Curators

Sophia Oppel is an artist and researcher born and based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Oppel’s work addresses the insidious positions of embedded power in networked infrastructures, and its manifestations in embodied experience. Oppel received her BFA from OCAD University and is currently a co-director of Bunker 2 Gallery, a Curatorial Project Assistant at Gallery 44, and a Master of Visual Studies candidate at the University of Toronto. Oppel has exhibited locally and internationally.

Philip Leonard Ocampo is a queer Filipino artist and arts facilitator based in Tkaronto (Toronto), Canada. His practice primarily involves sculpture, installation, and public programming. Ocampo is interested in the unknown, and through this curiosity, seeks to access aspects of existence that are phenomenal, invisible, intangible, or inhuman in nature. He holds a BFA from OCAD University (2018) and is currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre.

We regret that at this time InterAccess does not have barrier-free access; we are currently working to improve the accessibility of all facilities. There are five steps up to our main entrance. Once inside all facilities are on the same level, and there is a single-user washroom inside the unit.


Image: Scaffolds I can no longer see, curated by Sophia Oppel and Philip Leonard Ocampo. 2019. Photography by Natalie Logan.


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