Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

Click on image for enlarged view R. Bruce Elder’s Cubism and Futurism: Spiritual Machines and the Cinematic Effect Filmmaker, writer and professor Elder’s new book traces the rise of a new scientific theory, which changed our conception of time, space, objecthood and personhood and demanded revolutionary, new art forms. ABOUT THE BOOK Cubism and Futurism […]


Western thought patterns are highly abstract, compared with Eastern. There developed in the West, and only in the West, a group of innovations that constitute the basis of Western thought. These include (in addition to the alphabet) codified law, monotheism, abstract science, formal logic, and individualism. All of these innovations, including the alphabet, arose within the very narrow geographic zone between the […]


Join us for the premiere of Forgotten Genius: The Boy Who Invented Electronic TV – honouring the groundbreaking work of Inventor, Philo T. Farnsworth! Thursday, October 11th at 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM MZTV Museum of Television & Archive 64 Jefferson Ave, Toronto (Liberty Village) The event is free. RSVP Required Presented by the St. Michael’s College – the […]


Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm) The Royal Ontario Museum, Bronfman Hall, Level 2, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6 Program Partner: The McLuhan Salons series presented by St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Join leaders in the arts community for an in-depth panel discussion on gender and power dynamics […]


“The electric light escapes attention as a communication medium just because it has no ‘content.’ And this makes it an invaluable instance of how people fail to study media at all. For it is not till the electric light is used to spell out some brand name that it is noticed as a medium. Then […]


 (Click on the image to expand the view) DESCRIPTION The symposium is to celebrate and mark the designation of the Marshall McLuhan Library held at the the University of Toronto and the McLuhan Archives held at Library and Archives Canada into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.  It will occur at the Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street at the University […]


Produced by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) –  Published on Aug 16, 2018   From 2014-2017, the ROM acquired over 700 works of art—paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, fabrics, film—from the archive of Panchal Mansaram (b. 1934), one of the few artists of the South Asian diaspora whose career in Canada stretches over 50 years. This video […]


The cover and first page of the July 3, 1965, Macleans Magazine that contains the”High Priest” article below. This lengthy article from the July 3, 1965 issue of Macleans Magazine discusses Marshall McLuhan near or at his peak of fame and influence during the 1960s. His two most important books, The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and […]


Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar discuss tomorrow via the spreads from their radical artist’s book, Age Of Earthquakes April 6, 2015 “We see this as a kind of DIY manual.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine co-director, and arguably his generations finest curator, is very excited. He’s describing his new book, a radical updating of […]


Guest editors: Phil Rose (Canada), Varvara Chumakova (Russia) This year marks 50 years since the publication of Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore’s book The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects (1967), which sought to popularize McLuhan’s central theses about the environmental changes that new media help to bring about. In Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964), […]