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


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Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Visual Art & Art History): The DISRUPTER X PROJECT
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
GCFA 130
4:00 – 5:30 PM

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.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s 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.

from Taien’s most recent work Stratigraphic City (2017)


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Taien Ng-Chan (Cinema & Media Arts): Places and Things: Locative and Object-Oriented Storytelling
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
GCFA 214 (Faculty Lounge)
12:30 – 2:00 PM

Taien Ng-Chan is a Hamilton-based writer and media artist, whose research investigates everyday urban life through experimental and locative media, cartography, poetry, and documentary. Place and mobility have been central themes in her works, which have been shown across Canada, in the US, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK. She has also published four books and anthologies, produced multimedia websites, and written for stage, screen, and radio.

Currently, Taien is developing The Trajectories of Things, which proposes to trace the movement of people through objects that act as repositories of memory. The concept is based on the idea of “thing poetry” (as practiced by poets such as Francis Ponge and Pablo Neruda) and what Taien calls “object-oriented storytelling.” Taien is a founding member of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU), an artist-research collective that gives performative walking events, as well as the NEW Committee, a group dedicated to increasing the visibility of BIPOC artists in the Hamilton arts community.


Past 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.