McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology Monday Night Seminar, Nov 30 – Workshop & New Explorations Group, Dec 2, The Coach House, Toronto


New Coach Hose

Monday Night Seminar – The Mobile City – In the mobile world, is there a sense of place?

With Colin Ellard, Luigi Ferrara, Sean Silcoff

Monday, November 30, 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM

Location: The Coach House, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

COLIN ELLARD is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Waterloo and director of its Urban Realities Laboratory. He works at the intersection of psychology and architectural and urban design, conducting experiments that measure how your brain and body respond to different kinds of settings. Author of You Are Here (2009) and Places of the Heart (2015).

LUIGI FERRARA is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of Icsid and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and the network society.

SEAN SILCOFF is a business writer with The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He previously worked as a columnist and Montreal correspondent for the National Post and as a staff writer at Canadian Business Magazine, where he was project co-ordinator of the magazine’s inaugural Rich 100 list. Sean also worked as a communications director with Canada Post from 2009 to 2011. He is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards and is the coauthor of the best-selling Losing the Signal, about the rise and fall of BlackBerry. 

Registration is free. Reserve a spot here:


Workshop: What’s on your mind? [or, making the most of a situation]
John Osweld, McLuhan Centenary Fellow

Wenesday, December 2, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

Registration is free. Reserve a spot here:


New Explorations Group

Wednesday 2 December, 7:00-9:00 pm
Improv Improv
We seek to step out, stare into the abyss and explore improvisation in and through tactile & post-verbal dialogue and John Oswald’s art wrestling. We will also explore paths beyond shame and selfconsciousness. Macroscopic gesticulation.
Pre-requisite: some attention to personal hygiene.
Suggested readings/viewings:
“Subject, Object, Improv: John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and Eastern (Western) Philosophy in Music” by Tracy McMullen
The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart – John Peel (video)
From Cliché to Archetype (1970), Chapter “Theatre of the Absurd”, by Marshall McLuhan
Understanding Media (1964), Chapters “Media Hot and Cold” and “Clothing: Our Extended Skin” by Marshall McLuhan

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