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Running with Concepts

Running with Concepts
UTM Blackwood Gallery, Kaneff Centre
Time: May 5th, 10:00 am End: May 6th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Philosophy (UTM), Language Studies (UTM), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), Digital Art/Humanities, Critical Theory, Communications, Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-
Hybrid event with distinguished guests Michael Fernandes, Peggy Gale, Sheila Heti, and Marc Lanctot

The Blackwood Gallery presents


*Part-workshop, part-conference, part-crit session, part-masterclass, part pechakucha (but longer), part ignite (but longer still). 

Michael Fernandes (artist, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design), Peggy Gale (independent curator, Toronto), Sheila Heti (writer, Toronto) and Mark Lanctôt (curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal). Moderated by Suzanne Carte (independent curator, New York/Toronto). 

  • How do ideas take form?
  • How does one embark on the process of extracting, editing and distilling an idea into a presentable format?

One half of this intensive two day event (May 5–6) will be led by four distinguished guests who will model the process by which they each move from the conceptual to the final stages of a project. They will present the successes and failures of both in-progress and finished work in a series of engaging presentations.

Dates: Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th, 10am – 5pm.
Location:  Blackwood Gallery, Kaneff Centre (UTM).
Registration: $40 for both days  (Includes snacks, lunch and transport to/from Toronto)
*FREE for U of T students
To register email: blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca.
Only a few spots left, register soon!

Event website

For further information, please contact the Blackwood Gallery at (905) 828-3789.


Michael Fernandes

  1. Son House to Winehouse
  2. Sextet

The above new works are both performed
intended to bring a liveliness to sharing 
a conversational style approach to making work
commentary and exploration in action
thinking and feelings come together in a socially collaborative space
no separation between acting and being 
work and play
for starters to pretend is to be meaningful

Peggy Gale


When I first described myself as an independent curator, responses tended to be skeptical or even amused; real curators work with collections in an institution. They are "keepers" and researchers, not inventors or presenters. However, I am a witness to many changes including the growth and proliferation of an important field of operation, now established internationally and no longer new. Ideas develop and mature in varied ways. Artist, institution, publisher and public all have their rightful demands, and an independent must be expert in many fields. My presentation will centre on defining and elaborating a role for the independent curator and critic in Canada today, with examples from a half-dozen important projects undertaken since the mid-1970s.

Sheila Heti

Q+A: The Art of Asking Questions

A theatrical demonstration on the art and importance of asking questions, the role of curiosity in everyday life, and how that can intersect with one's artmaking.


Mark Lanctôt 

Working Away at Ways of Working

A presentation on two contrasting curatorial projects currently in development. Each exhibition project engages different, almost opposite methodological models of curating. If both projects are "reactive" (so to speak) in that they were initiated by what can often be best described as "tendencies" that constitute the zeitgeist, then they somehow require different ways of working, different approaches to curating. The first project I will discuss is my research on art practices that stem from an active engagement with the architectural, symbolic, political realities that represent the canonical white cube. The second is a collaborative curatorial project that loosely gravitates around a shared interest in dystopian science fiction, black comedy, altered states, troubled landscapes, and irony, amongst other things.

Moderated by Suzanne Carte

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