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Urban Field Speakers Series 2014
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
Above: Lara Almarcegui, Construction Rubble of Secession’s Main Hall, 2010. Installation view. Photo: Wolfgang Thaler. Courtesy Secession, Vienna.
Above: Lara Almarcegui, Construction Rubble of Secession’s Main Hall, 2010. Installation view. Photo: Wolfgang Thaler. Courtesy Secession, Vienna.

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Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
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Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5V 3A8

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Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the ninth season of the Urban Field Speakers Series. Co-programmed by Janine Marchessault and Scott McLeod and presented by Prefix ICA in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University, this international lecture series brings together an array of global and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who offer unique perspectives on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Moderated by a host of local luminaries, past series have featured presentations by such erudite speakers as Coco Fusco, Chantal Mouffe, Saskia Sassen, Nato Thompson and Krzysztof Wodiczko, among many others.

The upcoming season includes the following events:

January 30, 7:30pm
M. Christine Boyer
Alison Bain, moderator
The urban historian and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor at the School of Architecture, Princeton University, takes stock of what we have learned from New Orleans post-Katrina, including a consideration of the photography of urban debris and ruinous effects. Moderated by Alison Bain, associate professor in the Department of Geography, York University.

February 20, 7:30pm
Pablo Helguera
Victor R. Rivas, moderator
The artist, educator and director of adult and academic programmes at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, speaks about his artistic and pedagogical practices, reflecting upon issues of dialogue, interpretation, and the role of contemporary culture in a global reality. Moderated by Victor R. Rivas, sessional lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Toronto. Presented by Prefix and Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP).

April 3, 7:30pm
Fulya Erdemci
Srimoyee Mitra, moderator
The writer, educator, and curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial speaks about her numerous projects that navigate the complex terrain of art in the public domain, such as Istanbul Pedestrian Exhibitions, the first public-space exhibition in Turkey. Moderated by Srimoyee Mitra, curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Windsor.

April 24, 7:30pm
Lara Almarcegui
Gina Badger, moderator
The Spanish-born, Rotterdam-based artist speaks about processes of urban transformation and the potentialities of urban wastelands. Moderated by Gina Badger, artist, urban ecologist and editorial director of FuseMagazine.

May 15, 7:30pm
Theaster Gates
Pamela Edmonds, moderator
The award-winning artist and director of the Arts and Public Life initiative, University of Chicago, speaks about his community projects that critically engage with the public, including Dorchester Projects, a vibrant cultural locus on Chicago’s South Side. Moderated by Pamela Edmonds, independent curator. Presented by Prefix and Third Space Art Projects.

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is a registered charitable organization that fosters the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts through exhibitions, publications and related activities.

For the presentation of the Urban Field Speakers Series, Prefix ICA acknowledges the support of its staff, volunteers and patrons, as well as its Official Catering Sponsor à la Carte Kitchen and its Official Hotel Sponsor Hotel Le Germain. Prefix ICA also acknowledges the assistance of the Visible City Project and Archive of York University, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Series pass sales
Series passes are available for 42 CAD. Special series passes, discounted for students, seniors and Prefix Photo subscribers, are available for 28 CAD. And VIP series passes, including front-of-the-line privileges, guaranteed seating until 7:20pm, and a charitable receipt for 100 CAD for income-tax purposes, are available for 180 CAD. Quantities are limited.

Orders may be placed by phone, fax or e-mail; payments may be made by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard. Please note that tickets to single events are not available for advance purchase and are only sold at the door.

For series-pass purchases and other inquiries, please contact Stephanie Mina Kim, Public Programmes Manager, at [email protected] or +416 591 0357.

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January 21, 2014