On Time Travelling – A participatory workshop with Shattered Moon Alliance.
On Time Travelling is a sci-fi worldbuilding session held at and presented by YYZ Artists’ Outlet on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 1pm-4pm
Part lecture, part discussion, part workshop, we have invited guest speakers Natasha Myers and Ayelen Liberona to share insights from their fields, ranging from practical to speculative, and to offer perspectives in an interdisciplinary open discussion on Time Travel.
On Time Travelling is the third in a series of participatory workshops and the second supported by YYZ Artists’ Outlet. Come help us think through strategies to imagine potential futures!
Space is limited – please register to reserve a spot.
Shattered Moon Alliance: On Time Travelling
YYZ Artists’ Outlet
401 Richmond, Suite 140
Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 1pm – 4pm
Open to the public
FREE – space is limited – please RSVP through the Eventbrite:
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/186718338571865/
YYZ Artists’ Outlet is a site of contemporary cultural conversation, YYZ exists to give artists space and support to take risks and create freely.
Natasha Myers is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University, the convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group, director of the Plant Studies Collaboratory, co-organizer of Toronto’s Technoscience Salon, and co-founder of the Write2Know Project. Her book Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter (Duke UP, 2015), which won the 2016 Robert K. Merton Prize from the American Sociological Association, is an ethnography of an interdisciplinary group of scientists who make living substance come to matter at the molecular scale. She has been working at the cusp of art, science, and anthropology for decades, first as a dancer/choreographer and plant scientist, and more recently as an anthropologist of art, science, and ecology. Her current projects span investigations of the arts and sciences of vegetal sensing and sentience, the politics and aesthetics of garden enclosures in a time of climate change, and most recently, she has launched a long-term ethnography experimenting with the arts of ecological attention in High Park’s Oak Savannah. Becoming Sensor (http://becomingsensor.com/) is a research-creation project with award winning filmmaker and dancer Ayelen Liberona that experiments between art and anthropology to design protocols for an “ungrid-able ecology” grounded in decolonial feminist praxis. Links to her various projects, publications, actions, and events can be found here: http://natashamyers.org/
Born in Toronto to Chilean political refugees, Ayelen Liberona began with a career in dance that has evolved toward radical explorations of movement and the moving image as powerful tools for change and social justice. Her dance theater creations have been performed across 4 continents and can be described as multidimensional cinematic experiences often occurring in site-specific spaces and provoking stories of ancestry, ritual and nature. Through her work she has collaborated with artists such as Rubin Kodheli, Harry Mavromichalis, Gabrielle Roth, Jenn Goodwin, Sylvie Bouchard, lal and Noemie Lafrance. Ayelen’s obsession with the moving image led her to film and an evolving partnership with filmmaker Joseph Johnson-Cami. Since 2005 they have directed numerous experimental and documentary films, among them The Shift, Becoming, Keepers of the Water and A Grain of Sand that have garnered awards such as CFC’s Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award (2009), the Miami International Short Film Festival’s Best Experimental Film Award (2009) and the Mark Haslam Award at the 2011 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. As an educator Ayelen has developed numerous arts based programs aimed at empowering young people with the tools to express their own shaping ideas as a means of collaboration, conflict transformation and affecting change. In 2011 Ayelen was nominated to TIFF’s Emerging Filmmaker Award and in 2012 she received the K.M. Hunter Award for Film & Video. Ayelen is currently artistic advisor to Corpus, director/producer for the Future of Storytelling’s theater presentations and resident production designer for Music in the Barns. Staging plant-people conspiracies alongside anthropologist Natasha Myers has been the fountainhead of Becoming Sensor, a research-creation project in High Park’s Oak Savannah that cultivates new modes of embodiment, attention and imagination and new ways of telling stories of lands and bodies.
Shattered Moon Alliance is a living research collaboration between Christina Battle and Serena Lee exploring sci-fi worldbuilding narratives.