Neither Reading Nor Looking Nor Dancing After the Internet

Not Nor

Thursday, 12 December 2013
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124)
7 PM

In conjunction the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, this salon will feature a selection of texts compiled by Gabrielle Moser and Jacob Korczynski.

Gabrielle Moser and Jacob Korczynski in attendance.

For the last year, Gabrielle Moser has been hosting a series of events titled No Looking After the Internet that invites participants to look at a photograph (or series of photographs) they are unfamiliar with, and “read” the image out-loud together. For the past few years, Jacob Korcynski has been hosting reading groups around Toronto based on the research thematics of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution (IICD), including extended research around reading/feeling and appropriation/dedication. What No Reading After the Internet shares with No Looking and IICD is an interest in how we construct understanding based on encounter, be it with text or images. For this salon, Moser and Korczynski have selected texts that approach images through language, using prose to conjure scenes in the minds of readers that are already mediated, as representations rather than reality.

For this meeting, texts will include selections from Sergio González Rodríguez’s The Femicide Machine and Gauri Gill’s 1984.

Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator. She regularly contributes to, and her writing has appeared in venues including ARTnews, Canadian Art, Fillip, n paradoxa, and Photography & Culture. She has curated exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Leona Drive Project and Vtape. Moser is a PhD candidate in art history and visual culture at York University and a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar.

Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator. A recent participant in the de Appel Curatorial Programme, he has curated projects for the Dunlop Art Gallery, SAVAC, Oakville Galleries, and the Stedelijk Museum. His writing has appeared in Prefix Photo, C Magazine, Fillip and is forthcoming in The Power Plant publication Jimmy Robert: Draw the Line (in collaboration with Oliver Husain). Currently, he is a researcher for the Performance in Residence platform of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution.

This meeting of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (as always) and the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art.


The Wood Land School: On “12 Years a Slave”


Duane Linklater, 2013 Sobey Art Award Exhibition – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Art Metropole (1490 Dundas Street West)

In conjunction the Wood Land School, this salon will discuss Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years a Slave.

Duane Linklater in attendance.

The Wood Land School is a project of Duane Linklater’s that recalls the Woodlands School artists of the 1970s. In this iteration, the Wood Land School will continue Linklater’s inquiry into the activation and investigation of space through the specificity of the present by discussing Steve McQueen’s latest film, 12 Years a Slave, which is based on the autobiography of Soloman Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery in the antebellum United States of the 1800s.

Though the film will not be screened at the salon, participants are encouraged (though not required) to see the film beforehand. Texts about the film will be read aloud by participants and act as a point of departure for the discussion.

Duane Linklater (MFA, 2012, Bard College) lives and works in North Bay, Ontario. Recent solo exhibitions include Beothuck Building (Or Gallery, Vancouver) and Secondary Explanation (The New Gallery, Calgary); the two person exhibition Modest Livelihood (with Brian Jungen, dOCUMENTA (13), Banff); and group exhibition Beat Nation (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto).  Linklater is the winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award.

This meeting of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Art Metropole.