The Reality of Unprecedented Times
The Greenwood Collective is a group of 6 work-study students from the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The Greenwood Collective is seeking dynamic proposals for participation in an in-person and online event of live performances at the University of Toronto Mississauga, that explore how the physical and virtual worlds are increasingly weaved together. “Unprecedented times” is a phrase normalised over the past few years. It evolved from the collision between the virtual and physical world during the pandemic and continues to serve as an accurate descriptor of our current challenges of adapting to a new reality.
Call for Proposals:Greenwood invites participants to submit proposals for inclusion in The Reality of Unprecedented Times, an in-person and online event of live performances at the University of Toronto Mississauga taking place March 20th, 2023. Selected proposals will receive an honorarium. Proposals should explore and reflect upon how our connection with the physical, digital, and mental environments have changed during the pandemic. We are seeking submissions that reflect different perspectives and experiences on coping with and creating new hybrid lifestyles through visual arts, multimedia, spoken word, music, and theatrical performance. We invite submissions from artists and performers working in all mediums and formats.
Submissions may consider the following questions:
- What does a hybrid lifestyle mean to you?
- How can we celebrate and challenge the hybrid future?
- How can we bring our virtual and physical worlds closer together?
- How does hybridity speak to the unknowing and in-between phases of life?
- How has our experience with social distancing changed how we feel about social interactions?
- How do we as individuals and through communal efforts influence our present and shape the future? What role does art play in all of this?
To be eligible to apply:
- Artists must be between 18-29
- Artists are welcome to apply as individuals or as a group
- All performances should be limited to 5-10 minutes
- Proposals can include but are not limited to visual art, spoken word, poetry readings, performance art, music, dance, theatre, live art, multimedia, and live coding performances. We welcome new modes of artistic creation.
How to Apply:Please fill out this submission form and include a short description of your performance (200 words max) and any access needs and performance requirements (e.g., lighting, sound, projection, livestream, etc.)
Deadline for Submissions: February 13th, 2023
Selected participants will be made aware of their acceptance by February 20th, 2023
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram @utmgreenwood
Situational Inverse: Overturning Traditions
What do you want to say to current leaders in your life? What do you wish past leaders knew? What do you think future leaders should know?
Building on discourses sparked by the 2021 Dissolution of Parliament by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Greenwood team thought a lot about the ways that we collectively engage with forms of power. Whether we are interacting with figures of authority, our peers, or our juniors, how does power inform these exchanges? Throughout the curatorial process, the goal of Situational Inverse: Overturning Traditions transformed from an exploration to being a conversational catalyst for themes of power, positionality and leadership.
Calling upon the poem I want a president (1992) by Zoe Leonard as inspiration, Greenwood employs alternative means of understanding power to theorize possible ways we can engage with power differently. The ways in which Leonard subverts traditional ideas of political figures became foundational pillars for the curatorial process. Through gestures of knowledge sharing (and acknowledging the power involved when sharing knowledge), Greenwood begins to diversify the collective understanding of what it means to lack power, to have power, and ways it occupies space within our lives.
This publication showcases the work of nine contributors: Blaire Mackenzie, Dania Sabri, Masha Le Do, Sofia Sue-Wah Sing, Sofia Suleman, Tooba Ijaz, Tyler Young and collaborative duo Chi Liu and Josephine Tianyi. With each contribution based on relevant themes, Situational Inverse: Overturning Traditions asks; how can power fluctuate? How do we collectively engage with power in the present? How can we change this treatment in the future?
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Situational Inverse: Overturning Traditions is a free publication supported by The Blackwood at the University of Toronto Mississauga. A PDF copy is available to view through Greenwood’s website, with limited printed copies available in archives held by The Blackwood in Mississauga and Hauser & Wirth in New York.
Definition DissolutionKey terms and alternative ways of understanding them
Leadership, noun, /ˈlēdərˌSHip/
1. the office or position of a leader
2. capacity to lead
3. the act or an instance of leading
A movement or action by leaders who “are willing to be vulnerable, are OK with being ‘the bad guy,’ see the value in self-care, and focus on others’ intentions, not their actions alone.” —Nick Hobson, “Ted Lasso is Reinventing Leadership and Proving that Nice Leaders can (and should) Finish First,” Inc., November 3, 2021, https://www.inc.com/nick-hobson/ted-lasso-is-reinventing-leadership-proving-that-nice-leaders-can-and-should-finish-first.html.
Positionality, noun, /puh-zish-uh-NAL-i-tee/
The social and political context that creates your identity in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability status
"Positionality is the notion that personal values, views, and location in time and space influence how one understands the world. In this context, gender, race, class, and other aspects of identities are indicators of social and spatial positions and are not fixed, given qualities. Positions act on the knowledge a person has about things, both material and abstract. Consequently, knowledge is the product of a specific position that reflects particular places and spaces.” —Luis Sánchez, “Positionality.” In Encyclopedia of Geography, ed. Barney Warf (Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications Inc., 2010), 258, SAGE Reference.
Power, noun, /'pou(e)r/
1. legal or official authority, capacity, or right
2. possession of control, authority, or influence over others
3. a controlling group
4. physical might
5. political control or influence
“Power is—at least some of the time… a factor in a social situation because of human beings’ expectations of what might happen to them. Power can be a significant factor in social relationships even when it exists as a set of complex anticipated reactions to the assumed actions of remote social agents… power manifests itself as a complex social presence that exists in an intricate network of overlapping and contradictory relations.”—Thomas E. Wartenberg, Rethinking Power (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992), xviii-xix.
Water Activism and Community
Greenwood, with the support of The Blackwood, hosted a community consultation event on
Thursday, July 29, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
In this presentation and discussion, Dr. Robert Case, Associate Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo discussed his practice of water activism, environmentalism, and community organizing. Dr. Case’s work was presented as part of the consultation and development of lyfeboat prototype, the development of a fully-functional boat for community use led by artist sean procyk and the Blackwood.
lyfeboat prototype is a project rooted in architectural intervention, adaptive reuse, and public engagement. Slated for launch by the Blackwood in 2022, it will serve as a gathering place for community education, a work of experimental architecture, and a self-sufficient floating sculpture.
Interested institutions, groups, and individuals were invited to discuss their ideas for how lyfeboat prototype can be used in their community.
Dr. Robert Case is an Associate Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and a volunteer on the board of directors of a local citizens' group called the Wellington Water Watchers. He teaches in the areas of social policy, social ecology, and community organization, and his focuses on community organization and social action, with a particular focus on community organization in the context of opposition to groundwater bottling in communities around North America.
sean procyk is an unsettler artist and playground designer. his practice focuses on creating immersive public engagements through site-specific installation, architecture and community workshops. Each project responds to its regional context, with a particular focus on the relationships that exist between landscape, community and ecology. procyk’s work explores processes of ecological succession, land-based disturbance, human alienation and collective action. he works primarily with found, reclaimed and natural materials. procyk’s works have been exhibited at Hamilton Artists Inc., Latitude 53, Stride Contemporary Art Gallery, Elemental Festival, Convergence Conference on Art and Technology in Banff, and Nuit Blanche Toronto.
Survival and Growth
This Pride month, Greenwood is highlighting past contributions to Blackwood's programming that amplify awareness for and encourage dialogue about issues relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. The Greenwood team recognizes that Pride is not just about celebration, but also about continuing to create spaces where underrepresented voices and communities are amplified. The spotlight series has organized the following artists and publications thematically according to the specific ways in which they enable us to think about care, social justice, decolonization, identity, and the future. We are sharing artistic works, articles, and projects hosted by the Blackwood that engage with these themes, including works by Thirza Cuthand, Hazel Meyer, Anthea Black, and more. We encourage you to look further into the work of contributors highlighted in this spotlight series on our instagram page.
The title for this series, Survival and Growth, comes from Sister Outsider, a collection of essays and speeches by Audre Lorde.