The Future is Now

The Future is Now

In 2015, at the start of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development, an ambitious new global agenda to end poverty and pursue a sustainable future by 2030 was unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations. At the heart of this agenda are the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the 5Ps […]

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Nordic Talks - The future of art activisim

The Future of Activism in the Arts

Art has the power to reach many people and bring communities together. Can we increase the potential of art to be a catalyst for changing human behaviour?  How can artists play a larger role in inspiring action for social and environmental justice? Join Canadian and Nordic thought leaders in a lively panel discussion on the […]

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Post Capitalistic Auction

Post Capitalistic Auction

The auction is the performance and the performance is the auction. You are invited to bid for artworks in new ways, and actual transactions occur. The twist: bidders are invited to make offers not only with money; understanding, opportunity, and/or exchange are equally accepted currencies. The artists are present at the auction and will ultimately […]

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Jack Theis

Craftship/Kinship

Craft practice plays an integral role in translating and disseminating Indigenous knowledge between the past, present and future. Stories, teachings and worldviews are embodied within material objects, adornment styles and innovative techniques that give us an understanding of our world(s) and the individual and collective responsibilities we have to various kinship relations (both human and […]

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Gabrielle Desmarais

Contemporary Art Jewellery and the Craft Ideal

The studio craft movement solidified the concept of individual creative genius applied to craft. Individual genius is still crucial in current discourses around contemporary craft, notably contemporary art jewellery, which struggles to strip itself from the romanticism of studio craft to adopt various distinctive values of third-wave craft, where making stands in response to certain […]

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Denise Bolduc

ShapeShifters

As with the evolution and diversity of the land, waters and animal beings, Indigenous practice continues to evolve, shift, shape and reshape within the landscape. Relationality is at the core and more often, the commonality is shaped by our direct interaction with land and the stories it holds. This presentation is a reflection on connectivity. It will be […]

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Sycorax scene

Black Ecologies

Artists Charmaine Lurch and Jérôme Havre join writer and researcher Nehal El-Hadi for a provocative discussion on nature, mythology and Blackness. Drawing from the artists’ sculptural engagements with environments and their manipulations, this conversation will explore what it means to contend with our current moment through human-environment interactions, desires, and fantasies. 

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Zavisha Chromicz

Material and the Immaterial

Omar Badrin and Zavisha Chromicz combine textile techniques and materials with familiar found objects and multi-media processes. They have developed new physical, conceptual and digital languages that honour histories and experiences of the self through expressions of vulnerability and well-being. Their work finds form in the material and the immaterial, including sculpture, performance, video and […]

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Craftship/Kinship

Craft & Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking leverages the power of arts and culture as a catalyst for community and urban development.  Join panelists Tiffany Shaw and Dawn Saunders Dahl, with moderator Jenna Stanton, as they discuss how their individual craft practices and backgrounds impact and influence their work in Creative Placemaking through their work in arts organizations, public art, […]

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The future of fashion

The Future of Fashion

Where do our clothes come from and where do they go when we toss them? What is the life cycle of the clothing we buy? In our consumerist society, earth is paying the price for our purchasing decisions, and it’s time we started evaluating its cost.   In this Nordic Talk, explore the global fashion industry’s […]

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Making Taiwan Relevant in Canada

Making Taiwan Relevant in Canada

Is Taiwanese culture the same as Chinese culture? In Canada, where multiculturalism is one of our fundamental values, does everyone have the space needed to self-determine their identity? 

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Inside Renzo Piano Building Workshop

”Creativity is a miracle that only exists when you know how to share it. Our studio is a special place where this miracle happens every day.”  RPBW For several months, Francesca Molteni and her documentary team had access to one of the most important architectural firms in the world. While inside the Renzo Piano Building […]

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Cloud berries

The Future of Sustainable Gastronomy

Bringing together celebrated chefs from Canada and the Nordic Region – and in celebration of Sustainable Gastronomy Day – this talk focuses on the significance of food localism. How can it promote sustainability in the high-end world of culinary arts and eliminating food insecurity in underrepresented communities?

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Runner with leg prosthetic kneels

The Future isn’t Soon Enough

Over one billion people (15% of the global population) are disabled. Accessibility legislation is moving too slowly and removing barriers to access is only the beginning. How can we push the conversation beyond access and accommodation and toward meaningful involvement in all aspects of society?  This panel explores the concept of Crip Futurity: a longing for […]

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Volunteers at harbourfront

Volunteering Panel

Volunteer engagement in the arts and culture sector has been deeply affected by COVID-19. Due to rolling pandemic restrictions, arts and culture organizations stopped producing live events, which had a direct (and detrimental) effect on the many volunteers that make up the fabric of the community. Whether suspended, laid off or redeployed to new roles, […]

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Véro Leduc

Community Conversation

What is meant by the term Deaf-led? How does a Deaf-led process innovate form and practice? Why does it matter? How does the experience of making Deaf-led art differ from country to country? This panel brings together three celebrated Deaf artists from Canada, Finland and Japan for a community conversation facilitated by acclaimed Quebec-based Deaf […]

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CoMotion Curator Alex Bulmer

Ask the Curator

Celebrate CoMotion Festival with Alex Bulmer, artist and comedian Ophira Calof and special guest. Bring your questions, join a trivia game, and enjoy a closer look at our inaugural CoMotion Festival! 

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Carmen Papalia and Sarah Pickthall of Sync Gutay

Sync Goûter

Sync Goûter is a tea-time delight for Deaf and disabled creatives curated by Co-Founder of Sync Leadership Sarah Pickthall and CoMotion Curator Alex Bulmer.  This online interactive event is for the Deaf or disabled community and includes those who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, Mad, experience chronic illness, are disabled by barriers to mobility, […]

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A person holding a box of office supplies

The Future of Happiness at Work

Two years of COVID-induced job insecurity has flipped the script on workplace models and employee expectations. Not only is there a global demand for increased diversity, equity and inclusivity in the workplace, but many are now reconsidering what it means to devout their lives to their livelihoods. Coined “The Great Resignation,” employees are leaving their […]

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Sasha Huber exhibition

Writer’s Collective of Canada

For the first of the three sessions, participants will respond to visual cues and prompts inspired by artworks by Sasha Huber on view at The Power Plant in the Sasha Huber: YOU NAME IT exhibition open from February 5 – May 01, 2022, and curated by the associate curator of The Power Plant, Noor Alé. […]

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Esie Mensah in TESSEL

TESSEL: A Community Conversation

TESSEL is a national initiative conceptualized by Dora-nominated choreographer and dancemaker Esie Mensah, featuring the stories of 14 pioneering Black artists from across Canada, exploring the complexities of diverse movement and voice as a form of resilience.  This gathering is a way to continue the conversation by asking ourselves what has changed. From June 1st, […]

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