Urban Field Speakers Series 2009

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to present the fourth season of the Urban Field Speakers Series, programmed in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University.


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.


February 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Vera Frenkel
In her talk “Work and Play in the Big City: Diary of a Multidisciplinarian,” renowned Canadian artist Vera Frenkel speaks on her multidisciplinary practice, including her recent meditation on runaway urbanism, Once Near Water. The event is moderated by Tess Takahashi, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at York University.


March 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Carey Young
The British video and performance artist speaks on the role of public speech in her work, often highlighting how corporations appropriate the language of radicalism and innovation. The event is moderated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs at the Power Plant  Contemporary Art Gallery.
Presented by Prefix in association with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.


April 9, 2009, at 7:30 pm

Chantal Mouffe
The Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster speaks on several understandings of the notion of “public space” and their consequences for democratic politics and artistic practices. The event is moderated by Jennifer Fisher, critic, curator and Assistant Professor at York University.


April 30, 2009, at 7:30 pm
Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta)
The Delhi-based collective of artists, curators and researchers speak on their uncanny transformations of the urban field with projects such as Sarai and Manifesta 7. The event is moderated by media art curator Jacob Korczynski.

May 14, 2009, at 7:30 pm

Phyllis Lambert
The Founding Director and Chair of the Canadian Centre for Architecture speaks on the history and role of this venerable institution. This event is moderated by Luigi Ferrara, Director of the School of Design at George Brown College.


The Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 124 in
Toronto. Seating is limited and guaranteed to sell out, so be sure to purchase your series pass early to guarantee admission. Series passes are available in advance or at the door. Tickets to single events are available only at the door.


Series passes are $25 for Prefix photo subscribers, students and seniors; $40 regular. Single Events are $7 for Prefix photo subscribers, students and seniors; $10 regular. To purchase series passes and for press or other inquiries, please contact Tamara Toledo, Public Programs Manager at:

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
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Toronto, Ontario
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T 416.591.0357
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