February 25th, 2013
Last year Hannah & I were artists-in-residents in 4 different public schools in Toronto, as part of a larger research-creation project called The Pedagogical Impulse.
The Pedagogical Impulse aimed to respond to “the gap between current artist-teacher models and the proliferation of pedagogy as form in contemporary art.” A series of artist-residencies in K-12 schools were curated in order to examine the ways that social practice art in the classroom enlarges understandings of collaboration, de-centres artistic expertise, responds to context, and conceptualizes “the classroom as art.”
We worked with one grade six classroom on a project called “Your Lupines or your Life”
Another grade six classroom on a project called “Ask Me Chocolates”
And a grade three and grade six classroom on a joint project called “Upside Down and Backwards”
Additionally, we are currently completing The Living Archive, a series of interviews about art, pedagogy and knowing. Based on our residencies in schools, Hannah and I selected six artists/curators/educators whose practices served as a point of reference during our residency activities. Through these conversations, we seek to expand the dialogue around arts practices with young people and education broadly defined.
Interview with Pablo Helguera here
And an interview with artist group Whoop Dee Doo here
There’s lots of information on each of these projects on The Pedagogical Impulse website.
February 5th, 2013
Photograph from my mother’s 60th birthday party, courtesy of Rachel Pick photography.
July 13th, 2012
Our work in Toronto District Schools, through The Pedagogical Impulse has wrapped up for the year, and Hannah and I are currently sifting through all of the material that we generated in collaboration with students and teachers over the past 6 months. Look for project updates & publications on The Pedagogical Impulse, soon!
June 6th, 2012
Hannah & I are really excited to be participating in this show at the Gladstone Hotel, curated by Sholem Krishtalka.
THAT’S SO GAY 2012: GIRLS WHO ARE BOYS WHO DO BOYS LIKE THEY’RE GIRLS
3rd and 4th floor Galleries
June 6-July 29 – Exhibition hours daily 12-5pm
Opening Reception June 28, 7pm-10pm
Featuring work by:
Steven Beckly, Sol Legaults, Cecilia Berkovic, Johnny Forever, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Kyle Lasky,Elisha Lim, Mikiki, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, LJ Roberts, Andrew Zealley.
June 1st, 2012
Hannah Jickling, Stephanie Springgay and I presented at the Open Engagement conference in Portland, Oregon. We were on a panel entitled “Alternative Schooling” moderated by Grace Hwang, where we discussed the Ask Me Chocolates project currently in development with a TDSB elementary school.
Later in the weekend we lead a workshop on constellational curriculum.
An Ask Me Chocolate designed by a student at “Multiple Elementary” inspired by Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca.
May 3rd, 2012
Sarah Todd has written an article on the Cinenova/Power Plant/AGYU/FAG All Hands on the
Archive collaboration called An over attachment or excessive engagement that goes beyond the intellectual. She talks about fan culture & feminism. You can read it on The Power Plant website – here.
April 28th, 2012
Hannah and I will be in residence at the Nida Artist Colony in Lithuania for November & December to work on our queer ecology project – The Beaver Mat & The Fagot Shack.
February 25th, 2012
As part of Cinenova: All Hands on the
Archive, a collaboration between the Feminist Art Gallery, the AGYU, and the Powerplant, Hannah & I will be presenting Veronica 4 Rose, a 1983 documentary by Melanie Chait.
“Produced for the then newly launched Channel 4, Veronica 4 Rose is one of the key early documentaries that the channel helped to produce. The film’s broadcast in January 1983 was a milestone in the discussion of homosexuality on British TV. The film consists of interviews, conversations and discussions with young lesbians from Newcastle, Liverpool and London who talk about their lives and in particular the challenges of coming out in Britain in the late 1970s and 80s. Communication is the key subject of the film, which involves its participant in discussions about how they are represented and what they feel is important or interesting about their own experiences. Rather than a series of ‘talking heads’ the film presents the women through various forms of address to the camera and in exchanges with each other, from talking in smaller groups or with their lovers, to reading selections of each other’s testimonies and conversations about how best to present themselves (which one participant discusses as she customises her leather jacket).”
- George Clark, Cinenova: Reproductive Labor, Afterall Online
This film was selected from the Cinenova film archive. Cinenova is a non-profit womens’ film/video distributor based in London, UK. Cinenova is a source of very specific knowledge, a network and cultural community that engages directly with feminist film and video practice, and with the question of how to make this knowledge more publicly accessible
All Hands on the Archive activates and animates the Cinenova collection here in Toronto.
Veronica 4 Rose screens at 3pm.
come earlier (1pm) and catch a film selected by filmmaker Michèle Pearson Clarke!
January 18th, 2012
We’re back in Toronto, and it feels great!
Currently we’re working with Dr. Stephanie Springgay at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto on Stephanie’s SSHRCC-funded research project entitled The Pedagogical Impulse.
“The Pedagogical Impulse is a platform for research-creation concerned with contemporary art’s paradigmatic re-orientation towards the educational. The project will orient itself around a series of artist residencies that will take place across a number of educational sites (K-12 classrooms, teacher education programs, graduate programs, and community spaces) in order to examine how artists are engaging with educational concepts as spaces for the development of new critical practices, and the potential transformative engagements that occur when such art practices are located in schools…”
We have been meeting with some really exciting schools (& teachers), and are looking forward to the coming months of our residency.
Also, our dear friend Hazel Meyer is working with us on this project. Check out her inspirational aesthetics (& athletics) here.
January 18th, 2012
Hannah and I are thrilled to be working with Cinenova, the FAG, the AGYU & The Powerplant on this exciting project!
All Hands on the Archive
Cinenova is a non-profit womens’ film/video distributor based in London, UK. Cinenova is a source of very specific knowledge, a network and cultural community that engages directly with feminist film and video practice, and with the question of how to make this knowledge more publicly accessible. We are very pleased to present a series of events that access, activate and animate the Cinenova collection here in Toronto under the banner of Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive.
Join us twice every Saturday afternoon in February at the Feminist Art Gallery in Parkdale as local artists, activists, thinkers, and educators select work from the collection for small-group presentation, viewing and facilitated discussion. The enablers are: Michele Clarke, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Chase Joynt, Natalie Kouri-Towe, Logan MacDonald & Hazel Meyer, Midi Onodera, Lisa Steele, and Syrus Marcus Ware, and the full schedule will be announced shortly.