January 13, 2015

Urban Field Speakers Series 2015

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
Regina Silveira, Atractor, 2011. Installation with mirrored vinyl on façade. Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Photo: Fabio Del Re. Courtesy the artist.

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the tenth-anniversary 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, Pablo Helguera, Chantal Mouffe, Saskia Sassen and Krzysztof Wodiczko, among many others.

The upcoming season includes the following events:

January 22, 7:30pm
Trevor Paglen
Charles Stankievech, moderator
The artist, writer and “experimental geographer” speaks about his work which combines art and cultural production with geography to address state secrecy, military symbology and other subjects. Moderated by Charles Stankievech, artist, writer and assistant professor in Visual Studies in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto. In partnership with Visual Studies in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

February 19, 7:30pm
Rebecca Solnit
Anne Michaels, moderator
The award-winning writer, historian, and activist speaks about her wide-ranging publications on art, politics and community, including her brilliantly reinvented atlases of the cities of San Francisco, New Orleans and, soon, New York. Moderated by Anne Michaels, award-winning poet and novelist. In partnership with Spacing and the Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

March 12, 7:30pm
Cohabitation Strategies (Lucia Babina and Miguel Robles-Durán)
Yan Wu, moderator
Members of the international cooperative for socio-spatial research, design and development discuss their transformative urban-intervention projects, including their examination of the latent potential for the shared use of space on the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. Moderated by Yan Wu, independent curator. In partnership with the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga.

April 2, 7:30pm
Regina Silveira
Carmen Victor, moderator
The accomplished Brazilian artist, renowned for her explorations of space through geometric constructions, speaks about her urban interventions and public projects. Moderated by Carmen Victor, independent curator. In partnership with Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP).

April 23, 7:30pm
Muslala (Matan Israeli)
Mona Filip, moderator
A founding member of this group of artists, activists and other residents of the Musrara neighbourhood in Jerusalem speaks about their public art projects based in the “no man’s land” between Jerusalem’s many borders. Moderated by Mona Filip, director/curator of the Koffler Gallery.


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 City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Series pass
Series passes are available for 42 CAD. Special series passes, discounted for students, seniors and Prefix Photo subscribers, are available for 28 CAD. Gold series passes, featuring 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.


For series pass purchases and other inquiries, please contact Stephanie Mina Kim, Public Programmes Manager: [email protected] / T +416 591 0357


Prefix ICA presents Urban Field Speakers Series 2015

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