Volume: Hear Here
January 17 to March 10, 2013

Curated by Christof Migone

Co-presented with Blackwood Gallery

Opening Reception at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery: Thursday, January 17, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Opening Recpetion at Blackwood Gallery: Wednesday, January 16, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

A FREE shuttle bus will depart at 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 16, from Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street W.) and return for 8:00pm. Artists will be in attendance.

Mitchell Akiyama, crys cole, Marla Hlady, Neil Klassen, David Lieberman, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sylvia Matas,
David Merritt, Ryan Park, Juliana Pivato, Alexandre St-Onge, Chiyoko Szlavnics, John Wynne

Dave Dyment, Alexis O'Hara, Darsha Hewitt, John Oswald, Ian Skedd, Charles Stankievech


From the utterance stems the establishment of the category of the present, and from the category of the present is born the category of time. The present is precisely the source of time. It is that presence in the world that only the speech act makes possible, since (if we reflect on this) man has no other way of living “now” at his disposition besides the possibility to realize it through the insertion of discourse in the world.
                                                                               - Émile Benveniste

Volume: Hear Here is conceived around the vexed question of presence in its entwine with absence—the da of dasein. An ontological discussion considered through the tenuous objecthood, but resolute materiality of sonic phenomena. Benveniste's epigraph gives primacy to the speech act, here the intent is to supplant it with the sound act. The event of language taking place in time is replaced by sound as infiltrator, enveloper, occupier of both time and space. This is a moment akin to Tony Smith's famed conclusion following his experience of driving on an unfinished and unmarked portion of the New Jersey Turnpike: "There is no way you can frame it, you just have to experience it." The incompleteness which is a corollary of the decision to dwell on unframed experience is what Michael Fried in "Art of Objecthood" so vehemently resisted and is the condition of possibility of this exhibition project. Returning to the epigraph, the other bias it foregrounds is the role of discourse which also performs a framing function. There is a desire in the twenty-four works by nineteen artists assembled here, however temporary and fraught the exercise of this desire might be, to go beyond meaning, beyond interpretation. Why this desire to seemingly bypass the straight path to knowledge? Hans-Georg Gadamer spoke of a poem speaking not only through a "meaning intention" but that simultaneously a "truth lies in its performance." Serendipitously, he dubbed this dimension volumen.


SOUND BY ARTISTS: Book Launch and Panel Talks

Sunday February 3, 12 – 6pm
Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
Join us for a series of talks and come celebrate the launch of a facsimile edition of Sound by Artists (edited by Dan Lander & Micah Lexier), originally published in 1990 and now re-published by Blackwood Gallery & Charivari Press. Invited speakers and moderators include Seth Kim-Cohen, Martin Arnold, Dan Lander, Jim Drobnick, Marla Hlady, David Merritt, Juliana Pivato, Adi Louria-Hayon, Barbara Fischer, Nicole Gingras and Christof Migone.

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday February 10, 12 – 5pm
The tour starts at Koffler Gallery’s off-site project at General Hardware Contemporary (1520 Queen St W) at 12noon and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, AGYU, Doris McCarthy Gallery and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Seating is limited. To RSVP call Suzanne Carte at 416-736-2100 ext. 44021 or email scarte@yorku.ca by Friday February 8 at 4pm.

Performances by Erin Sexton (Montreal) and Vikas Kohli (Mississauga)
Saturday February 23, 5 – 6pm
Blackwood Gallery, UTM

Blackwood Talks: Brandon LaBelle “Acoustic Territories”

Monday February 25, 2 – 4pm
University of Toronto Mississauga, CCT 2130

** Please Note: Brandon LaBelle's lecture is cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Artist Talk: Ryan Park

Thursday February 28, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Sheridan College, Annie Smith Mezzanine
1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville



February 23 & 24,10 – 6pm
Blackwood Gallery, UTM

A two day hybrid event with 13 selected presentations led by three distinguished mentors:Marc Couroux (composer, Associate Professor, Time-Based Art, York University), Marla Hlady (artist, lecturer at UTSC) and Brandon LaBelle (Berlin-based artist, writer, professor at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway). Moderated by Steph Berntson (PhD candidate, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, UofT). Hosted by Christof Migone (artist, lecturer, Director/Curator Blackwood Gallery).

For more information on the conference, including how to register (spaces are limited!) and the full list of presenters click here.

Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Hal Jackman Foundation, Student Housing and Residence Life at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Department of Visual Studies, UTM.

Installation Views

Volume: Hear Here @ the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, 2013

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