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Urban Field Speakers Series at the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art

October 29, 2007
by Canadian Architect

The Urban Field Speakers Series centres on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions, it explores how creative practices can help improve the quality of urban life and planning in Toronto and around the world. This series of monthly events brings together an array of international and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who are working at the intersections of technology, communications and aesthetics. Reflecting a broad range of perspectives and practices, the events build upon each other to inspire dialogue on the role of the city in art, and art in the city.

The series schedule is as follows:

January 17, 2008
Carlos Tritnick
Warren Crichlow, moderator
The video artist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires speaks on social protest in the contemporary city. Moderated by the Director of the Graduate Program in Education at York University.

February 5, 2008
Peter Weibel
Scott McLeod, moderator
The Chairman and CEO of ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany speaks on the democratization of art by media. Moderated by the Director/Curator of Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art.

March 6, 2008
Iara Boubnova
Jim Drobnick, moderator
The Curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia and Co-Curator of the Moscow Biennale speaks on urban changes in the society of transformation. Moderated by Jim Drobnick, Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

March 27, 2008
Munira Mirza
Shelly Bahl, moderator
The London-based writer, broadcaster and founding member of the Manifesto Club speaks on the use of arts for urban regeneration. Moderated by visual artist, curator and educator Shelly Bahl.

April 24, 2008
Hal Foster
Barbara Fischer, moderator
The Professor of Art and Archeology at Princeton University speaks on problems in contemporary art, architecture and design. Moderated by the Director/Curator of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, at the University of Toronto.

May 3, 2008
Irit Rogoff
Cationa Mortimer-Sandilands, moderator
The Professor of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London discusses spatial and artistic practices in relation to disappearing global boundaries. Moderated by the Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture at York University.

All lectures take place at 7:30pm at the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art located at Suite 124, 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto. Series passes cost $40 or $25 for Prefix Photo subscribers, students and seniors. Single events cost $8 or $5 for Prefix Photo subscribers, students and seniors. Series passes are available in advance or at the door. Tickets to single events are available only at the door, with ticket sales beginning 30 minutes in advance of the event.

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