McLuhan Centre Winter Program Week 5: Monday Night Seminar, Feb 29; Workshop, Mar 1; New Explorations Group, Mar 2


Winter/Spring 2016 program of events

THE ART OF URBAN LIVING – Does Beauty Matter?

MONDAY, 29 FEBRUARY, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

With Sean Martindale, Elyse Parker, Lilie Zendel

Victor Living Room Design

SEAN MARTINDALE is an internationally recognized, Toronto-based, artist and designer. His interventions activate public spaces to  encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in
unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction. His projects have been featured on countless prominent sites online, and in traditional media such as print, radio, broadcast television and film. Among recent projects was Martindale’s major installation for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015, including video collaborations with JP King.

ELYSE PARKER is a landscape architect and urban designer with responsibility for the Toronto Street Furniture program, the Toronto Walking Strategy (52 actions to make Toronto a more walkable city, including OADA), neighbourhood improvement projects and the City’s Graffiti Management Plan and StART, Toronto’s street art program, which won a Canadian National Leadership award from the Institute of Public Administration in 2015. Her particular passion is “Everyday Urbanism”, the often small interventions and design moves that build and shape cities incrementally and have an extraordinary impact on the everyday lives of the public. @TorontoComms

LILIE ZENDEL has spent over 30 years translating vision into action in the Canadian arts and culture sector. With a background in theatre performance, Lilie began her career at Toronto’s Harbourfront, where by producing over 150 events including the celebrated international World Stage theatre festival, she helped grow this emerging cultural organization into one of the country’s most celebrated performing arts venues. For more than a decade, Lilie lived in New York City where she led the Cultural Affairs section at the Canadian Consulate General. Currently, as Manager of StreetARToronto (Start), Lilie has overseen the creation of six programs that have funded over 100 public murals. @LilieZendel




TUESDAY, 1 MARCH, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

SARA GRIMES Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto
Special guest Andrew Feenberg, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Rationalizing Play: A Critical Theory of Digital Gaming – Sara Grimes researches and teaches in the areas of children’s digital media culture(s), digital game studies, critical theories of technology and play. Her current research tracks the growing phenomenon of child generated digital content in digital games and online environments, focusing on what this development means for children’s cultural rights, existing regulatory frameworks and industry standards of practice. The workshop constructs a new framework for the study of games as sites of social rationalization, applying Feenberg’s critical theory of technology.




WEDNESDAY, 2 MARCH, 6:00 – 8:00 PM


Join us with your acoustic or electric guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, bongos, etc. (or if “unmusical” just bring yourself!) to probe the nether regions of existence, wrought of the escape from the bounds of logical, visual space. This will be a night of satire, performance of the burlesque and the bizarre, and consideration of the potential for genuine counter-cultural activity in the new media environment of late capital, which itself thrives on cultural appropriation and transgression.

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