John Greyson

greysonJohn Greyson is a filmmaker, video artist, educator and activist with innumerable credits in television and film. He currently teaches in the Department of Film, York University. His extensive body of work includes award-winning feature films such as Urinal (1988) and Lilies (1996), shorts such as The Making of Monsters (1991) and television episodes for Queer as Folk and Made in Canada. His most recent feature Proteus (2003), based on a true account of two Robben Island prisoners, is a complex exploration of desire, transgression and oppression set in South Africa, 1725. His publications include Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993) and Queer Looks (co-editor), a critical anthology of gay/lesbian media theory (Routledge, 1993).

Greyson’s achievements are matched by a commitment to community and artistic activism, and his community involvement and activist projects have supported anti-censorship, AIDS awareness, peace and queer media. In this Visible City interview, Greyson discusses the transformation of Queen West, alternative art scenes and gentrification, the intersection of activism and social change, and the importance of collaborative practice and artistic community.

Interview with John Greyson

"Art Communities and Social Engagement"
"Live/Work Zones: Artists and Gentrification"
"The Drake Hotel and the Gladstone Hotel"
"Place and Narrative Practice"


Visible City: Project + Archive is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of CanadaCanada Research Chairs, York Research, Ontario Innovation Trust, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.