Symposium on Decolonial Aesthetics from the Americas
October 10 - 12, 2013
Hart House, University of Toronto
Organized by e-fagia organization in collaboration with FUSE Magazine and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.
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The Symposium on Decolonial Aesthetics From The Americas will host diverse artists and scholars of the Americas and the Caribbean. Featuring papers, workshops and performances, the symposium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to engage the diversity of contemporary aesthetic practices informed by decolonial thought. A special issue of FUSE Magazine, to be published in September 2013, will serve as a reader.
Decolonial aesthetics acknowledges and subverts the presence of colonial power and control in the realm of the senses. A decolonial option refers to a theoretical, practical or methodological choice geared toward de-linking aesthetics, at the epistemic level, from the discourse of colonialism that is embedded in modernity itself. It is an alternative approach that challenges the hegemony of modern/colonial aesthetics. By sharing their research and creative practices, symposium participants will develop and explore the decolonial option within the context of art practices in the Americas.
Programme and Participants
Thursday October 10, 7:00 pm
Keynote Lecture: Dr. Walter Mignolo
Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, Toronto)
Saturday October 12, 7:00 pm
Keynote Performance: Rebecca Belmore
Unpack Studio (11 Willison Square, Toronto)
Keynote presentations are free and open to the public.
CONVERSATIONAL PANELS or CONVERSATORIOS
Each conversatorio or conversational panel will feature three to four people who will deliver a presentation that will serve to engage the audience in a collective dialogue. The presenters will have a space previous to the panel in which they can exchange their views in order to structure their participation as a conversation. The conversational panel's layout will be circular, allowing a relation that isn’t based on hierarchical structures, implying the acknowledgement and recognition of what is expressed by every subject.
Thursday, October 10th
Decoloniality and Art Spaces
Wanda Nanibush, Susan Douglas, Pedro Lasch, Dannys Montes de Oca
2:00 - 3:30pm, Music Room, Hart House
Colonial and Decolonial Landscapes
Berlin Reed, Pat Badani, Ron Benner, Dalida Benfield
4:00 - 5:30pm, Music Room, Hart House
Friday, October 11th
Christian Chapman and Damien Lee, Emelie Chhangur, Gita Hashemi
11:30am - 1:00 pm, Music Room, Hart House
Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Julie Nagam, Leah Decter and Carla Taunton
2:00 - 3:30 pm, Music Room, Hart House
Senses and Affect: Indigenous epistemologies
David Garneau, Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet, Ruby Arngna'naaq
4:00 - 5:30 pm, Music Room, Hart House
Rebecca Belmore, Paul Vanouse, Walter Mignolo
7:00 - 9:00 pm, Music Room, Hart House
Saturday, October 12th
Rinaldo Walcott, Alejandro Campos, Katherine McKittrick
11:30 - 1:00 pm, Debates Room, Hart House
Decolonizing the Local: Canadian Artistic Practice in the context of the Americas
Dot Tuer, Gordon Ingram, Eugenia Kisin
2:00 - 3:30 pm, Debates Room, Hart House
WORKSHOPS (enter here for more information)
Friday, October 11, 8:30am-11:30am
Decoloniality and the Shifting the Geopolitical of Reasoning
Walter Mignolo, Dalida María Benfield, Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet
Indigenous/Settler Engagement: Dialogic Conversations on Writing the Land
Mimi Gellman & Barbara Meneley
Saturday, October 12, 8:30am-11:30am
The Sovereignty of Indigenous Aesthetics
Dylan A.T. Miner
Archives of the past and future: decolonization and cosmopolitanism
Susan Lord, Dannys Montes de Oca, Isabel Alfonso
The worktable is a model that will include several facilitators along with registered audience members in a roundtable setting. Throughout the 3 days of the symposium the worktables will meet to discuss questions relevant to the participants' practice in relation to the theme of decolonial aesthetics. At the end of the symposium they will be given the opportunity to present a summary of their findings and questions to a larger audience. Registration for worktables begins on September 15.
LATE NIGHT PERFORMANCES
Natalyn Tremblay and Samantha Galarza
The Wind in the Leaves Collective
Friday October 11th, 9:00 pm
The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue)
Full three days:
One day only:
$15 additional to the symposium registration fee
Registration to the symposium includes a one year subscritption to FUSE Magazine, as well as the special issue on decolonial thought.
If your financial situation prevents you from paying the established fee, please contact the organizers for further arrangements.
For more information, please contact:
Maria Alejandrina Coates / Julieta Maria