Interactive Workshop with Sean Martindale

March 11, 2020

Greenwood UTM’s second free workshop of the 2019 year invited Sean Martindale, a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, to talk to participants about his work in his ecologically-informed art practice. Following the presentation, guests had a chance to have an open conversation with Martindale, as well as participate in a hands-on upcycling project led by Martindale where guests created simple planters out of salvaged everyday materials.
Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized, award-winning interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Toronto, Canada. His interventions activate public spaces to encourage engagement and often focus on ecological and social issues. His playful works suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures, and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversation.

In 2018, Martindale had the honour of being Harbourfront Centre’s inaugural Visual Artist-in-Residence. In 2018 and 2019, Martindale and his collaborator, JP King, were also the first Artists-in-Residence with the City of Toronto, Solid Waste Management Services.

The Trashion Show ‘20

March 10, 2020

For the second annual Trashion Show, Greenwood UTM teamed up with Zero Waste UTM, UTM Creatives for a Change, the UTMSU, and the UTM Masters of Sustainability Program, to host their most ambitious event yet. Held in the Kaneff Rotunda, the Trashion Show ‘20 doubled the scale of the first event, complete with over 50 designs, art installations, live music, and more! With a bustling venue and plenty of guests, the Trashion Show ‘20 was based around the word rebellion, calling for the designers to use their creative and sustainable designs as a way to rebel against the fast fashion industry; one of the largest contributing factors to the global climate crisis. The winner of the Trashion Show ‘20 was Gladys Lou, with a dress made entirely from paper receipts. In second place, Ananda Sophie Quadros de Andrade presented two formal-style evening dresses made from used materials. Third place was awarded to Justine Lyn, the first place winner of the Trashion Show ‘19, for her collection of designs made from used fabrics, focusing on current fashion trends.

Unsettling Settlers: Intervention

February 28, 2020

The first in a series of free workshops, Greenwood UTM had invited multi-disciplinary artist Golboo Amani to host a play test and discourse event entitled Unsettling Settlers: Intervention. The goal of Amani’s project is to interrupt the colonial narrative of the board game Settlers of Catan by employing strategies that strengthen players’ abilities to imagine critical alternatives and counter hegemonic narratives of settlement. In Unsettling Settlers: Intervention, players work through strategies of allyship by trading and collecting renewable resources, blocking expansion and development, building treaties and reclaiming land on a virtual landscape.

Multi-disciplinary artist Golboo Amani is best known for her performance and social practice works. Amani utilizes familiar social engagements and patterns of performativity as ready-made sites for aesthetic intervention and critical engagement. Amani’s work often addresses the conditions of knowledge production that render epistemic violence as invisible, insignificant and benign. Much of their work focuses on interventions or alternatives to formal sites of pedagogy to include forms, contexts and content normally excluded from institutionalized knowledge production. Their work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including the Toronto Biennial of Art, Art Gallery of York University, Creative Time Summit, Art Gallery of Ontario, Articule, XPACE Artist-Run Centre, Encuentro: Hemispheric Institute, Union Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, Rhubarb Festival, FADO Emerging Artist Series, TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), 221A Artist-Run Centre, and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art.

The Scream: A 1-Minute Expression of Eco-Anxiety

September 19, 2019

In advance of the Global Climate Strike, Greenwood invited students to express their eco-anxieties through a minute-long opportunity to scream. Greenwood UTM hosted four Scream sessions—one at noon each day from September 16-19 to ensure that as many staff members and students as possible would be able to participate. The act of screaming both relieves the tension of our collective eco-anxiety, but also materializes the voice of the student body, so that it can be heard by the entirety of UTM, demanding change and pushing for more green initiatives on campus. The minute-long scream was held alongside the Blackwood Gallery’s banner-making workshop station, as well as their letter-writing station supporting students in contacting local politicians and leaders for environmental action.

The Trashion Show ‘19

March 15, 2019

Alongside the UTMSU, ZeroWaste UTM, UTM Creatives for a Change and Style & Profyle, Greenwood UTM co-hosted this collaborative event promoting sustainability through fashion. The first ever annual Trashion Show called for artists and designers to submit their sustainability- and environmentally-themed work. The event drew crowds, with artists, guests, models, and judges filling the UTM’s Blind Duck Pub. Sustainable designs and artwork were judged. Justine Lyn and Chelsea Dalton were awarded first and second place respectively for their designs, and Mira Szuberwood and Laura Colacci were awarded first and second place respectively for their artwork. 

Green Space: Seeding Change at UTM

March 8, 2019

As their debut event, Greenwood UTM hosted Green Space: Seeding Change at UTM, an environmental fair with the purpose of creating conversation around the global climate crisis all while fostering conversation with the UTM student body on what we can do on campus to live more sustainably. This event included booths by Free the Children at UTM, Zero Waste UTM, and The Riverwood Conservancy, and various activities promoting sustainability, including clothing swaps, the creation of a Greenwood UTM trash installation, and a sustainability-themed campus-wide scavenger hunt. Green Space: Seeding Change at UTM took place in the CCT Atrium (UTM) on March 8, 2019.