Urban Field Speaker Series 2013 (eighth season)

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Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to present the eighth season of the Urban Field Speakers Series. This international lecture series brings together an array of global and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who offer unique perspectives on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Past series have featured presentations by such erudite speakers as Cuauhtémoc Medina, Chantal Mouffe, Rabih Mroué, Raqs Media Collective and Saskia Sassen, moderated by local luminaries such as Adrian Blackwell, Elle Flanders and Dot Tuer. The upcoming season features a stellar roster, as follows:

Tatzu Nishi
Sarah Robayo Sheridan, moderator
January 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The Japanese artist speaks about his extraordinary site-specific installations that recontextualize and revivify our relationships with public monuments and spaces, including his most recent project, Discovering Columbus, in New York's Central Park. Moderated by the Director of Exhibitons and Publications at Mercer Union.

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Coco Fusco
Sally Frater, moderator
February 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor and Director of Intermedia Initiatives, Fine Arts, at Parsons The New School for Design in New York speaks about her recent work on the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, comparing and contrasting it with active public spaces in other parts of the world. Moderated by Sally Frater, independent curator and arts writer. Presented by Prefix, Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP) and Third Space Art Projects.

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Elena Filipovic
Peggy Gale, moderator
March 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The curator at Wiels Contemporary Art Center in Brussels and co-editor of The Biennial Reader speaks about the relationship between the city and the contemporary art biennial. Moderated by Peggy Gale, independent curator and recipient of a 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

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Edward Dimendberg
Will Straw, moderator
March 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The architectural historian and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Visual Studies and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine, speaks about the work of Diller, Scofidio and Renfro. Moderated by the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

Teddy Cruz
Lee Rodney, moderator
April 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The award-winning architect and Associate Professor in Public Culture and Urbanism at the University of California, San Diego, speaks about the alternative housing and public infrastructure that has emerged around the San Diego–Tijuana border, the most trafficked checkpoint in the world. Moderated by Lee Rodney, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.

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Admission Fees

Series Passes

$25 Prefix Photo Subscribers, Students & Seniors
$40 Regular

Until December 21, 2012, gift passes are available at the same rates. Series passes make great gifts!

Single Events

$7 Prefix Photo Subscribers, Students & Seniors
$10 Regular

Series passes are available in advance or at the door. Orders may be placed by phone, fax or e-mail; payments may be made by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard. Tickets to single events are available only at the door, with ticket sales beginning thirty minutes in advance of the event. Seating is limited and guaranteed to sell out, so be sure to arrive early.

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The Urban Field Speakers Series is programmed by Janine Marchessault and Scott McLeod and is presented by Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University.

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is a registered charitable organization that fosters the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts through exhibitions, publications and related activities. For the presentation of the Urban Field Speakers Series, Prefix acknowledges the support of its staff, volunteers and patrons, as well as its Official Catering Sponsor à la Carte Kitchen and its Official Hotel Sponsor the Delta Chelsea Downtown Toronto. Prefix also acknowledges the assistance of the Visible City Project and Archive of York University, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

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.