Speaker Series

Sensorium hosts an annual Speaker Series that profiles the research of Sensorium members, invited artists, and scholars. The series seeks to promote knowledge mobilization, artistic and/or research collaboration, and engage with other disciplines and communities across the York campus.

All are welcome to attend; no RSVP required!


Upcoming Talks


Freya Björg Olafson in ‘MÆ – Aftereffect’ | Photo: Robbie Sweeny

Freya Björg Olafson (Dance): I POST THEREFORE I AM
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
ACE 311
5:30 – 7:30 PM

In a joint colloquium with the Graduate Program in Dance, we are pleased to have Freya Björg Olafson launch our Sensorium Speaker Series. Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with performance, video, audio, and painting. Her creative practice engages with identity and the body, as informed by technology and the Internet. Olafson’s work has been presented in venues around the world, and her video work has screened widely in festivals and galleries. Alongside her university studies, Olafson advanced her training with the Professional Program of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Springboard Danse Montréal. With support from San Francisco’s CounterPulse, she is currently developing a project incorporating virtual reality, slated to premiere in 2018.

Omphalos, 2016

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Visual Art & Art History)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
LOCATION TBD
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Driven by a fascination with ancient mythologies and scientific theories, Sunstrum muses on the origins of time, geological concepts, and ideas about the universe. Her works on paper, large-scale installations, and stop-motion films are rooted in autobiography, addressing the development of transnational identities, human connections, and cross-border rituals. Motivated by her experiences in diverse locales, Sunstrum explores how one’s sense of identity develops within geographic and cultural contexts. Her drawings – narrative landscapes that appear simultaneously futuristic and ancient – shift between representational and fantastical depictions of volcanic, subterranean, cosmological, and precipitous landscapes. Sunstrum’s current studio practice reflects an interest in finding parallels between ancient mythological cosmologies and advanced theories in mathematics and science.

from Taien’s book Maps of Our Bodies & the Borders We Have Agreed Upon
Taien Ng-Chan (Cinema & Media Arts)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
LOCATION TBD
12:30 – 2:00 PM

Ng-Chan is an interdisciplinary writer, media artist and researcher. Her work investigates everyday urban life through photography, cinema, poetry, and processes of mapping. Taien incorporates daily travel (from walking and riding the bus to bicycling and driving) as part of her art and research practice. She is a founding member of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU).