Signals from the DEW Line: Art & Poetry in the Global Village (Gladstone Hotel, Toronto)


Dates: November 8-13, 2011
Location: 2nd Floor Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
Opening Reception & Poetry Performances: Tuesday November 8, 7-10pm
Admission: Free

“Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen”. – Marshall McLuhan

Artists, as McLuhan described them, are the Distant Early Warning system of our culture. This exhibition and public performance explores the confluences between technology, poetry, artistic practice, and the influences of McLhuan’s vision in our time.

On November 8th, as part of the McLuhan 100 conference and DEW Line Festival, join us for an evening of art, poetry and celebration of McLuhan’s vision 100 years later. From Facebook, to the city streets and imaginary glimpses at a new landscape after global warming, artists, poets and new media projects present cultural reflections on the state of the Global Village.

With artwork, poetry and projects by: Lillian Allen, David Bateman, Dan Bergeron, Bill Bisset, Adeena Karasick, Sholem Krishtalka, Kevin Matthews, Shawn MicAllef, Aaron Mitchell, Alexandra Oliver, Christopher Pemberton, Nadja Sayej, Travis Shilling & Andrea Thompson.

Also on exhibit on the 3rd and 4th Floor: Post-Graffiti examines the evolution of street artists to iconic image-makers. Special guest curator, Simon Cole, director of Show and Tell Gallery presents a survey of local and international fine artists whose artwork has evolved from working in the streets, riffing off of advertisements, playing with political iconography and challenging cultural and artistic norms.  Featuring works by Shepard Fairey, Anthony Lister, Banksy, Retna, Dolk, Dan Bergeron, and more!

Signals from the DEW Line is a curatorial collaboration by Andrea Thompson and Britt Welter-Nolan.

Gladstone Hotel in Toronto 

Gladstone Hotel

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