16th Annual Art History & Visual Culture Symposium: Decelerated Dialogues

Decelerated Dialogues
16th Annual Art History and Visual Culture Symposium
Presented by the Art History Graduate Student Association of York University
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 from 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Location: Y+ contemporary (1345 Morningside Ave., Unit 15 – Scarborough, ON)
Registration & Coffee/Tea
Opening remarks
Elyse Portal (Sudbury-based independent scholar, University of Toronto MVS graduate)
Materia medica, paper presentation
Paul Roorda (Waterloo-based Artist)
Long Wait for the Last Dance: Climate Change and Slow Kinetic Art, artist talk
Golboo Amani (Toronto-based artist, University of Toronto MVS graduate)
Unsettling Settlers: Intervention Game Night, artist talk
Emma German (MA Art History Candidate, York University)
Longing for Prada: Speculative Tensions Between Toronto and Marfa, paper presentation
Lunch Break
Screening of artist Tyler Muzzin’s Sven (Shores of Expectation)
Keynote Address: Francisco-Fernando Granados
Justine Hartlieb-Power (MFA Criticism & Curatorial Practice Candidate, OCAD University)
Am I Speaking in Clichés? And Other Curatorial Concerns, paper presentation
Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh (Toronto-based artist, OCAD University BFA graduate)
Knowledge Through Translation: Equations, Drawings and Sound, artist talk
Katie Lawson (MVS Candidate, University of Toronto)
The Body of the Artist: Theories of Subjectivity and Corporeal Feminism in the Life Writing of Anne Truitt, paper presentation
Closing Remarks

Call for Art Submissions!


Deadline: January 18th, 2017

York University’s Art History Graduate Students Association is happy to announce our upcoming Art Sale fundraiser to help raise funds for our 2017 Symposium, Decelerated Dialogues. The Art Sale will be hosted at The Peter McKendrick Community Gallery at Artscape Wychwood Barns on the evening of Friday, January 20th. Wychwood Barns is known as a popular artistic hub in Toronto, and the gallery is an accessible 566 sq. ft. space that has 14 foot ceilings, arched windows, sealed concrete flooring and adjustable track lighting. AHGSA is currently looking for artists who would be interested in participating in our fundraising event at this vibrant and creative location.

The AHGSA Art Sale will take place from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on January 20th, 2017. The split will consist of a 60%/40% split in profit, where contributing artists will receive 60% of profit and 40% of profit will contribute to funding for the 16th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium.

We ask all artists who wish to participate to fill out the submission form attached. [please click on link] The deadline for submission forms is January 18th, 2017. Drop off of submissions/work will occur day of, January 20th, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at The Peter McKendrick Community Gallery. If artists need to arrange another time for drop off, please let us know at ahgsay@gmail.com. We will try our best to accommodate you.

AHGSA will also take responsibility for the installation of the works, as well as marketing and outreach.

We hope you will consider participating in our event, as we are excited for the opportunity to work with you all. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at ahgsay@gmail.com.

Call For Proposals: Decelerated Dialogues

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6th, 2017

Symposium Date: February 17th-18th, 2017, Toronto, ON

The Art History Graduate Student Association of York University is pleased to present Decelerated Dialogues, the 16th Annual Art History and Visual Culture Symposium. The Symposium theme responds to the 2016 York University Summer Institute, Slowness not Sedation, which explored slowness as an active mode of engagement within visual and art-historical practices. The 2017 Symposium will continue to explore what slowness can look like in our contemporary climate.

This year’s Symposium reacts to the concept of slowness through the lens of deceleration, which indicates a change in pace rather than a quality of movement. In contemporary contexts, deceleration can be interpreted to encompass topics such as sustainability, mindful artistic approaches, forms of art that encourage resistance, abstracted conceptions of reality, and escapism. By questioning encounters that cause deceleration, and the opportunities for critical conversation that emerge because of it, Decelerated Dialogues explores the motivations and stakes of slowing down.

In a time that seems factional and divided, we encourage applicants of all disciplines to submit a paper or project proposal, and take the time to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue. We are open to long-distance submissions, which may be presented at the conference via audio/video recording.

Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Movement studies and body art
  • Durational degradation.
  • Counter-productivity and/or inefficiency
  • Temporalities of social change
  • Strategies for care
  • Alternative curatorial strategies
  • Mnemonic methodologies
  • Minimalism
  • Sustainability
  • Time-based media

Please send an abstract describing your paper or project (300 words maximum), the technical/spatial/durational requirements of your presentation, a personal bio (max. 250 words), and your contact information by Friday, January 6th, 2017 to ahgsay@gmail.com.

Successful participants will be notified by January 16th, 2017. The conference will take place on February 17th-18th, 2017 in Toronto, ON. The location is TBD.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Art History Graduate Student Association of York University at ahgsay@gmail.com.

Thank you!