The Archive

Shawn Micallef

Shawn Micallef has devoted himself in a multitude of ways to the enhancement, archiving and exploration of the urban experience in Toronto. His landmark new media intervention known as the [murmur] project (co-created with James Roussel and Gabe Sawhney), has sparked the interest of a diverse array of scholars, journalists and urbanists who perceive their […]

Mike Hoolboom

Mike Hoolboom has been a singular force in the Toronto avant-garde film community sine the early 1980s. In addition to a highly prolific career (over 50 films in 28 years) Hoolboom has contributed to the distribution, promotion and criticism of experimental films in Canada. He is the author of Plague Years: A Life in Underground […]

Martin Heath and CineCycle

Martin Heath’s interest in cinema began with his involvement in the film societies in England in the 1950s. His first exposure to the architectonics of its circuits was through his job at Contemporary Films in London, England. Contemporary Films had been established in New York by the radical film distributor Charles Cooper to become one […]

City Beautification Ensemble

The City Beautification Ensemble (CBE) is an urban interventionist group fighting against the dullness of the Toronto cityscape by introducing blocks of colour into the city. CBE’s guerilla urban renewal project improves the psycho-geography of Toronto through "soft-spot" colour application to fight against the harsh greys of our concrete-centric society and produce "a calming place […]

The Red Light Project

The Red Light Project was conceived and promptly abandoned by Kelly Thornton in 2000. The idea was resurrected nearly five years later with help from Clinton Walker (organizer of the Queen West Art Crawl) who thought it would be a perfect fit for the former red light district in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto. After […]

Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet

Born on the eve of the revolution in Havana, Cuba, Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet has become a preeminent interdisciplinary media artist, theoretician, curator and writer. Balanquet was expelled from school during a sharp downturn in the Cuban economy and fled Cuba in 1980 on the Mariel Boatlift. He enrolled in the University of Iowa studying film […]

Andrew J. Paterson

Andrew J. Paterson is an interdisciplinary artist living in Toronto, Ontario. His work engages in a playful questioning of language, philosophy, community and capitalism in a wide range of disciplines, including video, live-performance, fiction, film and music. His video “AIDS HAS NOT LEFT THE BUILDING” recently screened at the Toronto Urban Film Festival and at […]

Robert Jelinek

On August 30, 2003, Robert Jelinek formed a micronation called The State of Sabotage (SoS). The name derived from a series of projects as an art/music label and artist collective until the State of Sabotage was formed after Jelinek began investigating micronations. After four years of acquiring land in Finland, Australia, Czech Republic and Austria, […]

Jaakko Rustanius

Jaakko Rustanius is an artist, writer, curator and the director of HIAP (Helsinki International Artist in Residence Program). His art practice extends broadly through video, photography and drawing. In this interview Rustanius discusses how Helsinki artists navigate the boundaries between gallery space and public space. Blending his experience volunteering with a local artist-run centre and […]

Sandra Ceballos

Sandra Ceballos is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. Her art work in multi-media installation, performance and visual art are found in permanent collections around the world. Additionally, her curated exhibitions have also been mounted internationally. Recently she was part of Killing Time, a showcase of contemporary Cuban art at Exit Art gallery in New York […]

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