The talk series organized by the Visual Art area at the Alexander studios provides a productive place for artists to present their work and to talk about their methods and concepts. Also, to engage with visual culture in a broader way, the series features curators and other cultural producers to present their projects and ideas. With approximately four talks per term, the series provides the possibility for our students and the public to engage in discussions with the visitors and explore contemporary art and its contexts and theories.



2014

David Zink Yi

David Zink Yi

David Zink Yi, exhibition view No Lone Zone, Tate Modern, London, 2012

Artist Talk: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 1 pm
611 Alexander Studio

The driving force behind Zink Yi’s artistic creations – be they in the form of sculpture, film or photographs – is the all-encompassing and multi-layered inquiry into the phenomenon of identity. When contemplating his works, we believe at first to be able to recognize familiar motifs, which, however, Zink Yi then de-stabilizes by means of shifts, or by the manner of display or portrayal, so creating a new image.

David Zink Yi was born in 1973 in Lima/Peru and lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich and at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. His most recent solo exhibitions were at Hauser&Wirth, Zurich (2013), Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2013), Museo de arte de Lima (2012), NBK Berlin (2012) as well as in the Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2011), MAK, Wien (2010) or at the Kunst Halle, Sankt Gallen (2009). He took part in group exhibitions in the Tate Modern, London (2012), Museo Sala de arte, Mexico (2012) and Ludwig Forum im Aachen, Germany (2012). In 2013 David Zink Yi participated in the 55. Biennale in Venice. Works by Zink Yi are represented in numerous collections such as those of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the MUDAM, Luxemburg and Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler

A Taxonomy of Convergences
Towards a unified field theory of cultural transmission.
A talk by Lawrence Weschler

September 4, 7 PM
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

Lawrence Weschler’s talk arises from his recent book Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences, (National Book Critics Circle Award), which is the culmination of a decade of explorations into the way images (but also poems, musical themes, etc.) set a context for the reception of subsequent instances. We see by way of what we have already seen. We create by way of our entire prior sensorium.

In this talk, Weschler will consider a spectrum of such convergent effects, from apophenia (the tendency of humans to see patterns where none exist) through co-causation, fractalization, influence, homage, apprenticeship, allusion, quotation, appropriation, cryptomnesia (verbatim appropriation without realizing you're doing so), to outright plagiarism.

Weschler is the author of over fifteen books, including Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders, Vermeer in Bosnia, and Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees.

Anne Ramsden

Anne Ramsden

Wednesday September 24, 1 pm
611 Alexander Studios 

Anne Ramsden works with a variety of media to explore cultural and social manifestations of everyday life. She has exhibited her work in North America, Europe, Scandanavia and Asia. Recent exhibitions include Possession at the Galerie SAS, Montreal, in 2012; It takes everyone to know no one at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, in 2011;  le Mois de la photo de Montréal 2009: Les espace de l'image; Préoccupations: Photographic Explorations of the Grey Nuns Mother House, at Conrdia Universitiy's FOFA Gallery in 2009, and a solo exhibition, Anne Ramsden: La collection et le quotidien at the Musée de Rimouski in 2007 and Gallery SBC, MOntreal, in 2010. Her work is included in major public collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, as well as in numerous private collections. She was co-founder of Artexte, a contemporary art documentation centre in Montréal, and taught at the School for the Contemporay Arts at Simon Fraser University. 

Anne Ramsden lives in Montréal and is a professor in the sculpture area of the École des arts visuelles et médiatiques at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Cate Rimmer

Cate Rimmer

Marcus Coates, Finfolk, 2003, digital video. Courtesy: artist, Kate MacGarry and Workplace Gallery, UK

Cate Rimmer's current project The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea is a multi-part exhibition series that looks at our relationship to the sea through contemporary art and historical materials. Starting in January 2010 the project included six exhibitions presented over three years at the Charles H. Scott Gallery. The exhibitions explored lighthouses, ill-fated voyages, the oceans depth, the business and politics of shipping, human migration by sea, and sea lore. A wide range of local and international artists were featured in the exhibitions and related programming included film screenings, lectures, tours and collaborative programming with the Vancouver Maritime Museum. In addition to exploring the sea as a subject, the series expanded the notion of what constitutes an exhibition; its length, participants and contents.

Cate Rimmer is Curator of Gallery + Exhibitions at the Charles H. Scott Gallery where she has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions. She was the founding Director/Curator of Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, served as Director of Truck Gallery in Calgary and was a Curator in Residence at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. In 2010/11 she curated a year-long public art project for the City of Vancouver entitled Walk In/Here You Are.