Sensorium Salons

Salons are organized and hosted downtown by the Sensorium Graduate Student Caucus. Following a potluck dinner, invited speakers are paired with a graduate student for an informal presentation and conversation about their work.

All are welcome to attend!

Upcoming Salons


Past Salons

Disrupters, This is Disrupter X. Pamela Phatsimo Suntrum in collaboration with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi.  Germany, 2014.


Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00 PM

Join us at the home of Sensorium Director Laura Levin for an evening of conversation between Sensorium Graduate Student Caucus member Claudia Sicondolfo (PhD student, Cinema & Media Arts) and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Visual Art & Art History faculty member). Following a screening of a short introductory video-documentary created by Pamela and her collaborator, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Claudia and Pamela will be discussing THE DISRUPTER X PROJECT.

THE DISRUPTER X PROJECT is an ongoing collaboration between Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. The artists liberally describe this multimedia performance work as an ‘anti-opera’. The world of the anti-opera is created by video projections, live internet streaming, dioramas, holograms, handmade replicas of archival objects, original music created from archival instruments and live performers. ‘IF YOU DO IT RIGHT’ was the first iteration of the project and was performed in Nantes, France in 2013. In 2014 they presented ‘DISRUPTERS, THIS IS DISRUPTER X’ in Bayreuth, Germany. In 2015 they installed ‘NOTES FROM THE ANCIENTS’ in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Claudia Sicondolfo 
is a Vanier Scholar and doctoral candidate at York University (Cinema & Media Arts). Her doctoral research project examines educational and community outreach building within Canadian digital screen institutions, collectives, and film festivals. Claudia has worked extensively with educational communities across Canada and has published companion curriculum for interactive and traditional documentaries, including Highrise and Offshore. Her writing has also been published in Public Journal and is forthcoming in Senses of Cinema. She is co-chair of the Toronto Film and Media Seminar.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Visual Art & Art History. Her multidisciplinary work encompasses drawing and animation, and alludes to mythology, geology and theories on the nature of the universe. Her drawings, narrative landscapes that appear simultaneously futuristic and ancient, shift between representational and fantastical depictions of volcanic, subterranean, cosmological and precipitous landscapes.


Jess Dobkin in The Magic Hour at The Theatre Centre, 2017. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Laura Levin in conversation with Signy Lynch
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Join us at the home of Sensorium Student Caucus member Melanie Wilmink for an evening of conversation between Sensorium Graduate Student Caucus member Signy Lynch (PhD Student, Theatre & Performance Studies) and Laura Levin (Theatre & Performance Studies). They will be discussing Laura’s new book project on performance and political culture in Canada, as well as the performativity of digital activism on social media platforms and in emerging social movements. Preceding the talk will be an informal potluck dinner!

Laura Levin is Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies at York. She is associate editor of Canadian Theatre Review (former editor in chief); editor of Theatre and Performance in Toronto and Conversations Across Borders (with Guillermo Gómez-Peña); co-editor of Performance Studies in Canada (with Marlis Schweitzer); and co-editor of journal issues on space, technology, and political performance. Laura is author of Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In, winner of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Ann Saddlemyer Award. She is currently writing a book on performance and political culture in Canada and co-editing a CTR issue on Choreographies of Assembly (with Alana Gerecke). Her writing on the Women’s March and its relation to feminist performance art was recently commissioned by The Theatre Centre and appears here. Laura’s research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art; performing gender and sexuality; site-specific and urban intervention; intermedial, digital, and political performance. She is co-investigator for the SSHRC Partnership Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.

Signy Lynch is a PhD student in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at York. Her research investigates how direct audience address in contemporary performance can help audience members and performers to negotiate the complexities of inhabiting a twenty-first century globalized Canada. Signy is a member of the Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research at the University of Toronto and secretary of the board of Cahoots Theatre.





Janine Marchessault in conversation with Melanie Wilmink
Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:00 PM

Join us at the home of Sensorium Director Michael Longford for an evening of conversation between Sensorium Graduate Student Caucus member Melanie Wilmink (PhD Student, Art History & Visual Culture) and Dr. Janine Marchessault (Cinema & Media Arts). They will be discussing Janine’s new book, Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias, Ecologies published by MIT Press. Preceding the talk will be an informal potluck dinner!

Janine Marchessault is a Professor of Cinema and Media at York University, where she co-founded the Future Cinema Lab and served as Sensorium’s Inaugural Director. She is the author of Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias and Ecologies (MIT 2017); Cosmic Media: Marshall McLuhan (Sage 2005); and (co)editor of numerous collections. Co-edited collections in preparation include: The Oxford Guide to Canadian Cinema and Process Cinema: HandMade Film in the Digital Age. Exhibition/Festival in preparation: XL OuterWorlds: Artists Celebrating Imax (Cinesphere 2019).

Melanie Wilmink is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University, with honours such as the 2014 York University Elia Scholars Award, and a 2015 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation examines the inter-connectivity between spectatorial experience and exhibition spaces, and aims to determine how public art situations act as vehicles for metaphoric and physical transportation.