Curatorial Lab @ Sensorium

Past Events

Digital Exhibition – March 25th-April 4th

Four Faces of the Moon and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) 

Four Faces of the Moon and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) by Amanda Strong will be on display in the Sensorium Research Loft Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 3:00pm from March 25th to April 4th.

Amanda Strong is an award-winning interdisciplinary Michif artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations, and media art. She is currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver. Strong is the owner/director/producer of Spotted Fawn Productions Inc. (SFP). Under her direction SFP utilizes a multi-layered approach and unconventional methods that are centred in collaboration on all aspects of their work. With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language, and culture.

The Sensorium Research Loft is located on the 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University.

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Four Faces of the Moon & Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) – Screening & Artist Talk with Amanda Strong  

York Cinema & Media Arts and the Curatorial Lab @ Sensorium are pleased to present Four Faces of the Moon & Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) by Amanda Strong next Tuesday, March 19th @ 3:00pm in the Nat Taylor Cinema. Following the screening we invite guests to attend a reception and conversation with artist Amanda Strong in the Sensorium Research Loft @ 4:00pm.

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As users explore this altered city now reclaimed by nature, they must think about their place in history and ultimately their role in the future. The VR environment was created using to-scale architectural models of Toronto’s Osgoode subway station and the buildings surrounding Nathan Phillips Square. View the trailer here.

Due to a limited number of VR headsets, you are required to book your time in advance to experience this installation.

Dates: February 11th and February 12th, 2019 from 12:30pm-3:30pm

Please also join us for an artist talk with Lisa Jackson on February 13th, 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm in the Senior Common Room at Vanier College (VC010).

Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe) is one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists working in film and VR. In Biidaaban: First Light, Lisa joins forces with 3D artist Mathew Borrett to create a future for Canada’s largest urban centre from an Indigenous female perspective.

Biidaaban: First Light appears at York as the inaugural installation in Sensorium’s Curatorial Lab Series, which is curated in 2019 by Shalon Webber-Heffernan.

About the Curatorial Lab

The Curatorial Lab was created to foster Sensorium’s commitment to developing innovative research-creation methodologies and to bring art and performance on an ongoing basis to the Sensorium Loft, a new research space in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. The Lab focuses on presenting the work of contemporary artists who creatively integrate technology in their work—for example, engaging with photography, sound, film and video, media art, and digital and interactive performance. We extend the reach of these exhibitions by hosting community engagement events at York—talks, seminars, teach-ins, performances, and workshops—led by the featured artists to coincide with and compliment their exhibitions at Sensorium.

It is the goal of the Curatorial Lab to have an annual rotating roster of curators to animate the space and to bring exciting and innovative artists to York University to share their work. The inaugural curator of the Lab is Shalon Webber-Heffernan. Most recently, the Curatorial Lab presented Lisa Jackson’s award-winning interactive VR project Biidaaban: First Light and is excited to be hosting filmmaker, media artist and stop-motion director Amanda Strong for screenings of her two films Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) and Four Faces of the Moon in March 2019. 

Curator in Residence

Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan is a curator, writer, and Ph.D. student in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. She is currently curator in residence at the Curatorial Lab @ Sensorium and has been independently curating interdisciplinary, live performance events since 2016. She recently worked as Assistant Curator with Toronto’s 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, and was previously involved as Exhibition Coordinator of a touring project entitled #callresponse at grunt gallery in Vancouver. She has presented her work at the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC), Trans-In-Corporados conference at Rio de Janeiro, and is chairing a panel in July 2019 at Performance Studies international (PSi) in Calgary. In 2019, Shalon published an article in Performance Matters journal for a special edition called “Performance and Bodies-Politic,” edited by Peter Dickinson and Róisín O’Gorman.