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Published on : 2012-03-13 12:21:06

There's always a good reason to spend some time at the Science Museum in London. Right now, that reason bears the mysterious name HEXEN 2.0.

Suzanne Treister's art exhibition weaves together the threads that link the rise of mass intelligence, the history of the internet, the occult and the counterculture into dense maps and diagrams, a hand-coloured deck of 78 Tarot cards and the eerie b&w video of a cybernetic séance.


The body of works is based on an impressive congregation of actual events, historical figures and fields of knowledge but its main anchor is the Macy Conferences, a set of meetings held in New York right after the Second World War to investigate and set the foundations for a general science of the human mind.

The conferences gathered researchers from various fields and spawn breakthroughs in systems theory, cybernetics, and what would later be called cognitive science. Some of the participants of the conferences later went on to do government funded research on the psychological effects of LSD, and its potential as a tool for interrogation and psychological manipulation.

HEXEN 2.0 is set to unleash a storm in your head. The Tarot part is particularly compelling. It's not every day that you get H.P. Lovecraft, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Unabomber, Ada Lovelace, William Blake, Alan Turing, William Gibson together in the same room (or Tarot deck) as internet communities, Google, menacing drones and the Summer of Love.

TAROT: Queen of Swords: Drones

TAROT: 0 THE FOOL: Aldous Huxley

Whether you follow Treister's web of connections or weave your own, sometimes uncomfortable, narratives, you're bound to doubt, speculate and feel challenged.

TAROT: Six of Wands: Hackers

TAROT: King of Wands: Nikola Tesla

TAROT: Knight of Swords: IBM

TAROT: III THE EMPRESS: Intelligence Agencies

View of the exhibition space

View of the exhibition space

Suzanne Treister - Hexen 2.0 continues until April 29, 2012 at the Science Museum in London. Another chapter of this body of works, HEXEN2.0/Literature will be shown in an exhibition that opens at the end of the week at WORK.

If you can't make it to London to see the exhibitions, you can see all the works in the HEXEN 2.0 book and HEXEN2.0 Tarot cards of which i'm now a big fan. Both are published by Black Dog Publishing and i'll review them next week (or the one after, you know i'm not exactly the fastest blogger under the sun.)

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Kiana Hayeri: Your Veil is a Battleground

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Published on : 2012-03-13 01:00:00


Your Veil is a Battleground
Photo Exhibition by Kiana Hayeri

I.M.A Gallery, Tuesday, March 13 to Saturday, March 31, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15, 7-9 p.m

The Exhibit Statement:

Your Veil is a Battleground examines the lives of young Iranians, with a strong focus on women. The project explores the 'veil' in the literal sense of the word, the Hijab, as well as the curtain that delicately separates public and private lives of Iranians.

Women in Iran are forced to wear Hijab in public places. With more than seventy-five percent of the population under thirty-five, Iran remains one of the youngest and most Westernization-seeking countries in the Middle East. Everyday, young Iranians risk facing fines, imprisonment, or torture to gain more freedom in the way they dress or interact with the opposite sex. This project explores the daily lives of young Iranians who take risks to put on a bit more makeup, push their headscarves farther back, roll their sleeves up, and wear more colourful outfits. Embodying the determination of this generation, Your Veil is a Battleground captures this disobedience both behind the closed doors and on the streets of Tehran, in subtle and quiet ways.

In times when politicians speak of isolation and aggression, this exhibition offers the Western audience a rare and unique view into the lives of ordinary people, today, in Iran.

Media Contact:
Kiana Hayeri

Facebook event:

I.M.A Gallery
80 Spadina Ave., Suite # 305
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
(416) 703-2235
Gallery Hours: Tue–Sat 11 to 5 p.m.



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Bored Astronauts on the Moon and other 'Things That Happen'

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Published on : 2012-03-12 04:10:53

10 x 10, 2011 (still)

You've got until the end of the month to 'run don't walk' and see 10 x 10, an absorbing video screened at the new Carroll/Fletcher gallery just off Oxford Circus. I've been twice already and i won't stop there.

The camera of 10 x10 slowly scrolls down a 100-storey building, going from one floor to the one below, looking through the windows, room after room. The result looks like a strip of film.

10 x 10, 2011 (still)

The rooms are often occupied by an ordinary office worker. It is always the same guy and he is wearing a suit. A pair of Dr Martens betray the fact that he might not want to be there, with a pie chart as his sole companion. He is very probably the most bored office worker you could come across. He kills the hours cycling within the confine of his office room, hiding behind furniture, crafting paper planes, launching paper planes, inflating a swimming pool mattress, dressing up as a cowboy, Spiderman or a knight Templar, etc.





10 x 10, 2011 (still)

He might also be the one who arranges plastic office chairs into sculptures or perfectly symmetrical installations.

10 x 10, 2011 (still)

10 x 10, 2011(installation view)

Extract of the 15:37 min video

There is a tension i've never seen in a lift film since Elevator to the Gallows. You're kept on the edge of the seat wondering what will come next, why and how the man ended up in such situations, why he's recurrently portrayed battling with illuminated fluorescent tubes, what the meaning of the chair arrangement might be, what is going on with that pie chart: is it always the same or is it changing over time? Yet, 10 x 10 is not a drama. We might try and piece together fragments of narration but we never fully understand what is going on. Maybe that man is not even an office worker anyway. Besides, 10 x 10 is more akin to a comedy verging on slapstick than to a drama. I think that anyone with no interest in art whatsoever could enter the gallery, sit down in front of the video and spend 15 minutes smiling at the images on screen.

10 x 10 is part of John Wood and Paul Harrison: Things That Happen, an exhibition that generously proposes plenty of activities for the sick and tired man. Experimenting with the laws of physics using sheets of paper, fans or an electric sander is one suggestion...

One More Kilometre, 2009

Fan/Paper/Fan, 2007

Mic/Amp (Apologies to Mr. Reich), 2007

Or recreating scenes from disaster movies using models...

English Disaster, 2012

English Disaster (model), 2012

And of course you could also invite a friend, pretend you've landed on the surface of a satellite and pose as 'Bored Astronauts on the Moon'.


Bored Astronauts on the Moon, 2011

Installation views:



John Wood and Paul Harrison: Things That Happen remains open at the Carroll / Fletcher gallery in London through March 30, 2012.

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SNAP! Fundraiser for AIDS Committee of Toronto - Tickets on sale now

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Published on : 2012-03-12 01:00:00

Michael Krauss - Sea and Sky

SNAP! 2012 Tickets on sale now!

Don't miss out! SNAP! is sure to sell out again this year, and you don't want to be disappointed by waiting until the last minute. Tickets for SNAP! 2012 are on sale now:


Michael Krauss - Featured Artist

Michael Krauss creates a journey by keeping his work unpredictable while still maintaining a theme of depth, whereby the viewer needs to explore the layers to be fully satisfied. Krauss thrives on challenge. His work is considered comparable to none and each piece speaks a different language that affects the individual in a unique and unforgettable way. He has been retained for prestigious creative professional roles as well as showcased by highly reputable galleries across North America. He is represented by Gallery 133.

SNAP! 2012 Live Auction Collection Online

Visit www.snap-toronto.com/live-auction and choose your favourites today. This year's collection has something for everyone. If you are unable to attend SNAP! 2012, you may want to consider adopting a lot, or putting in an absentee bid. For more information on the Adopt-A-Lot program, please contact Daniel Knox (dknox@actoronto.org) or to place an absentee bid, please contact Amanda Brazier (abrazier@actoronto.org).

SNAP! 2012 Silent Auction Galleries

ACT and Elevator Digital are proud to present the jury selects for this year's Silent Auction. Please take some time to visit our galleries online, and be sure to note your favourites. The quality this year is better than ever, and we are extremely grateful to all who participated. Visit us at www.snap-toronto.com/silent-auction.


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MacKenzie Art Gallery launches app for iPhone and iPad

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Published on : 2012-03-12 01:00:00

Bringing Art to Life!


Never miss a MacKenzie exhibition or event again! The MacKenzie Art Gallery located in Regina, Sk is excited to announce the launch of a new app for iPad and iPhone. One of the first gallery apps to be created in Western Canada, My MacKenzie offers art lovers from across the country a chance to explore the Gallery, anywhere, anytime. Get behind-the-scenes exhibition info, watch videos or if you're in the Gallery, borrow an iPad and enhance your tour. Plus, keep up with the latest MacKenzie events and Gallery Shop sales to share with friends or add to your calendar.

Download the app or check out the new mackenzieartgallery.ca

MacKenzie "I Love Art" Contest
February 28 to March 18, 2012

Do you love art? Tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter and you'll be entered to win an iPad 2 or a MacKenzie Gift Pack valued at $100!

The MacKenzie "I Love Art" contest is open to Saskatchewan residents, 18 years or older. Visit our contest page for full details. Deadline for entries is March 18, 2012.


MacKenzie Art Gallery
3475 Albert St. Regina, SK, S4S 6X6
(306) 584-4250

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2012: OCAD University Alumni Exhibition

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2012: OCAD University Alumni Exhibition
March 6 – March 30, 2012

Gallery Hours 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Monday - Sunday

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W.
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
Second Floor Gallery

Alumni from all disciplines within OCAD University were invited to submit work for 2012: OCAD U Alumni Association Exhibition, juried by Tobi Bruce (Senior Curator/ Historical Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton), Simon Glass (Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, OCAD University) and Tony Taylor (Multidisciplinary artist).

More than 40 alumni are exhibiting, including Adrian Fish (Photography, 1999), Lorraine Kwan (Material Arts, 1967), Aanchal Malhotra (Printmaking/Art History, 2011), Gina Stepaniuk (Experimental Arts, 1982), Michele Crockett (Photography, 2011), Mori McCrae (Drawing and Painting, 1986), Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos (Communication Design, 1998), Stephen Pak Wai Lai (Surface Design/Print, 1987), Cliff Caines (Integrated Media, 2002), Yshia Wallace (Sculpture/Installation, 2009).

Image credit: Nik Dudukovic, The Battle for the Tree of Life

For more information, contact Amanda McKinney alumni@ocad.ca

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The Art of the Figure

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Published on : 2012-03-12 01:00:00


The Art of the Figure

March 12 to 22

The annual Art of the Figure Student Exhibition showcases and celebrates OCAD University's best approaches to representing the human figure. The exhibition includes a great diversity of conceptual and technical efforts that give us a glimpse at the contemporary body in the visual arts. A Faculty of Art jurying committee selected work from all levels expressed in drawing, painting, sculpture/installation and printmaking. Awards will be given to the best piece in each category as well as a popular vote. This exhibition has, in the past, received great acclaim from the OCAD U community and the public at large. We expect this year will be no different as we join the University in celebrating its 135th year of activity!

OCAD University

Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocadu.ca

Image: Stella Cade

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"Pre-Occupied": An Exhibition of Ideas, Objects and Occupations

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Published on : 2012-03-11 00:00:00

"Pre-Occupied": An Exhibition of Ideas, Objects and Occupations

Hosted by Parkdale's newest pop-up gallery

Pre-Occupied. An exhibition of ideas, objects and occupations.

"Pre-Occupied" is a pop-up exhibition of work that deals with various themes of occupation. This exhibition explores how pre-occupations are manifested in objects. Presented by the Cadence Collective and hosted in an alternative venue, the exhibition runs from March 11- April 1, 2012.

Artists include: Kasia Czarnota, Department of Unusual Certainties, Brothers Dressler, Hugo Didier, Heyday Design, Taliaferro Jones, Amanda McCavour, Sally McCubbin, Public Displays of Affection (PDA), Liz Pead, and Ruth Scheuing.

There is value in claiming space for expression and allowing room for ideas to be discussed, to grow and to transform. While social media have been credited with facilitating recent protests around the world, the occupation of physical space - the undeniable presence of people and camps – has captivated attention and underlined the commitment of demonstrators. Inspired by the Occupy Movement, this exhibition considers how pre-occupations are manifested in objects. How do ideas occupy space? How are they shared and made tangible through the creation of objects, both as process and in final form? How do those objects act as catalysts to help transform and revitalize space and discussion? Two slogans serve to organize the work: "Resistance is fertile" and "It's not a protest, it's a process." By exploring a series of definitions of "occupy," connections are drawn between the act of making objects, and issues of expression, communication, employment, community and production.

Opening Reception: "Occupy Your Kitchen," Sunday, March 11, 3 – 5pm

Inspired by Pam McConnell, city councilor for the ward where the Occupy protesters set up camp, the opening reception will be based on the idea that everyone should "occupy their kitchens," creating space for dialogue. Guests are invited to view the work and voice their "pre-occupations" in an informal and welcoming venue.


173 Macdonell Avenue, Toronto

The exhibit will temporarily occupy a pop-up gallery in a new studio/gallery space in an alley garage in Parkdale, designed in collaboration with Johnson Chou. This exhibit will be the first 'occupation' of this alternative venue.


Open to the public: March 11 to April 1, 2012,

Weekends noon- 6pm, weekday hours by appointment, www.preoccupied.ca

Opening reception: March 11, 2012, 3-5pm

Closing Artist talks: April 1, 2012, 3pm

The exhibition opens in conjunction with the Ontario Craft Council's symposium: "Craft & the New Economy" at OCAD on March 10, 2012. craftandtheneweconomy.org

For more information about the exhibition and to book appointments, please visit www.preoccupied.ca

Founded in 2008, the Cadence Collective is a fluid collective of thinkers, artists and curators who collaborate on interdisciplinary community art projects. For more information, please visit www.cadencecollective.ca

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Michael Davey and Delwyn Higgens launch their Dyers Bay, Bruce Peninsula studio website

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Published on : 2012-03-10 00:00:00


Michael Davey and Delwyn Higgens announce the launch of their Dyers Bay, Bruce Peninsula studio website: www.m9contemporary.com. The artists invite viewers to comment by leaving a reply on the site or contacting them directly by email: mdavey@rogers.com. Look for a followup notice in August announcing 2012 studio project activity and annual exhibition.



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Sandra Haar: a Book of Longing

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Published on : 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sandra Haar, a Book of Longing, pages 1 (verso) and 2 (recto), partially folded out, 2011, serigraphy, 16.5" x 11"

a Book of Longing

Sandra Haar

opening and launch March 10, 7-9PM
exhibition dates: March 10 – April 27, 2012

A Book of Longing
is an artist's book that explores the complicated knot of emotional longing and sexual desire. It conjures up memories and fantasies; it represents tokens of affection and objects of yearning; it evokes interaction with the lover, the self and the lover-in-one's-self. Personal effects, sexual joinings, clasped hands, candy hearts, gestural portraits and a poetic text, appear in succession and combination as the pages of the bookwork are unfolded, inviting the viewer to consider different layers of experience and understanding. A subtle and evocative rhythm is created through the use of images in series and a loosely narrative format.

The exhibition will feature the book, as well as each of the 48 individual panels from it. The original edition book is screenprinted and hand-bound. An offset-printed version will be launched as well.

About the artist

Throughout her artistic practice, Sandra Haar has focused on issues of representation and subjectivity, investigating a range of personal and cultural concerns. The taboo and traumatic figure strongly in her work, as do themes of sexuality and eroticism. She works in a variety of media and formats, including mixed-media installation, bookworks, and flat work, with recent practice focusing on serigraphy. All of her work contains a textual component. 

Sandra Haar's art has been exhibited locally and regionally, including Gallery 44 (Toronto), Forest City Gallery (London) and La Centrale (Montreal), published in several periodicals and anthologies, including The Girl Wants to: Women's Representations of Sex and the Body (Coach House Press), and sold through Art Metropole (Toronto) and Printed Matter (New York).





79A Harbord Street (just west of Spadina), Toronto
416-323-3131 / 1-800-329-0757
For wheelchair access, please call ahead

The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 11-6PM
Saturday / Sunday hours vary; please call ahead

Contact: Rochelle Holt at 416-323-3131 / fg@gowonderworks.com


Sandra Haar, a Book of Longing, pages 3 (verso) and 4 (recto), folded in, 2011, serigraphy, 11" x 5.5"

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