A companion piece to the Creative Catalyst Symposium by Madeleine Co. and Ryerson University, mini-doc "What Can Art Do for You?" presents a diverse set of perspectives on the complex role of art in social change, featuring artists Darren O'Donnell, Sean Martindale, Farrah-Marie Miranda and Amanda Parris, researchers Wendy Cukier (Ryerson), Janine Marchessault (York), Greg Van Alstyne (OCAD), funding officer Michael Murray, producer/curator Asad Raza, politician Kristyn Wong-Tam, and of course - the public.
KEYNOTE: EDWARD BURTYNSKY & SOPHIE HACKETT
As an artist, Edward Burtynsky is renowned for visually compelling large-scale colour photographs and documentary film projects that have drawn our attention to the global impacts of massive industrial incursions, resource extraction, production and exchange. He is an entrepreneur who in 1985 founded custom photo lab Toronto Image Works— both as a means to produce his own work and to foster a community around photography in the city. In conversation with Sophie Hackett, Burtynsky will discuss these two aspects of his career as well as his new initiative, 3-D printing lab Think2Thing, and what it means for the future of photography.
KEYNOTE: JUDITH MARCUSE
ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE IN CANADA: A CALL FOR CANDOUR AND CONNECTION Today, as we address urgent and often-complex local and global issues, “creative innovation” has become a catchphrase, and much of this work involves new forms of collaboration across professional, sectoral, and cultural silos. Artists, in their roles as observers and commentators, prophets and activists, are often among the change-leaders: clarifiers and facilitators who engage in transformative processes with individuals, communities and institutions. In her interactive presentation, Dr. Marcuse will describe arts-based practices in Canada and abroad, explore the relative isolation of these two vital sectors, and suggest ways that can practitioners in these fields move forward together.
MAKING ART WORK
If you say you want to change the world with your art, Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert are going to take you seriously. The founders of the Center for Artistic Activism will help you articulate what you want your work to do and measure how you've succeeded. As artists, we can be effective through affective works, and in sharing years of research and experience, Lambert and Duncombe will give you insight, methods and tools and to make it possible.
PANEL I: CREATIVE CONNECTIONS
Justin Langlois, Co-Founder & Research Director, Broken City Lab; Assistant Professor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Sean Martindale, Artist & Designer
Farrah-Marie Miranda, Artist, Educator, Consultant
Asad Raza, Producer & Curator
Shawn Van Sluys, Executive Director, Musagetes
Moderated by Lorella Di Cintio, Associate Professor, Ryerson University
PANEL II: CREATIVE SYSTEMS
Michael Murray, Music & Arts Service Organizations Officer, Ontario Arts Council Pru Robey, Vice President, Artscape; Director, Creative Placemaking Lab
Sheila Sampath, Principal & Creative Director, The Public; Editorial & Art Director, Shameless magazine
Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Councillor, Ward 27, City of Toronto
Moderated by Maggie Flynn, Artist; Researcher; Co-Director, Whippersnapper Gallery
PANEL III: CREATIVE FUTURES
Linh Nguyen, the Bodhi Collective, Ryerson University
Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director, One Earth
Greg van Alstyne, Professor, OCAD University
Annie Wong, Young Mammals Director, Mammalian Diving Reflex
Moderated by Laurie Petrou, Associate Professor, Ryerson University