About this Event
Monday Night Seminars are back at the Coach House! Kicking off an exciting slate of events this Fall, 2023-2024 Artist-in-Residence Simone Jones (OCADU) will give a tour of her solo exhibition How Media Count and share the research and process behind the work.
Jones is joined by special guest Lance Winn (University of Delaware, Centre for Material Culture Studies), the artist's longtime collaborator. A Q&A will follow the discussion.
About the exhibition:
Produced as part of the second annual Artist-in-Residence Program, How Media Count responds to the Centre’s 2023-2024 programming theme of the same name, which engages questions of quantification, datafication, numbering, and counting in media.
In How Media Count, Simone Jones assembles a collection of works which probe “counting media” from historical, material, and metaphysical perspectives. Through photography, video, performance, printmaking, and sculpture, Jones thinks through and with the paradoxes that arise when we attempt to reconcile abstraction with experience. Jones’ exhibition serves as the starting point for this year’s programming at the Centre, setting in motion historical and conceptual inquiry in to the ways our contemporary media count and compute.
Simone Jones, Magnetic Core Memory (2023). Archival print. Courtesy of the artist.
About the speakers:
Simone Jones is a multidisciplinary artist who works with the moving image, sculpture, programming, and electronics to explore shifting relationships between time and space. A key component of these investigations is the performative nature of the work itself. Jones’ works uncover the tensions that can arise between illusion and reality as they apply to modes of perception, representation, and the body. Jones graduated from the Ontario College of Art (OCA) with a concentration in Experimental Art and received her MFA in Sculpture Installation from York University in Toronto. Jones is a Professor in the Integrated Media program at OCAD University.
Lance Winn teaches at the Unversity of Delaware. Winn's personal work searches for the language embedded in processes of reproduction. From painting to robotic and three-dimensional modeling, he investigates a poetics of construction that might speak to current conditions, particularly as they relate to mediation and technology. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, and been included in a range of recent books including three-dimensional typography and Paul Virilio's influence on contemporary artists.
In collaboration with Simone Jones, Winn's robotic projections has been shown most recently as a part of Nuit Blanche in Toronto, at the Ronald Feldman gallery in New York, and the Icebox in Philadelphia. Their work was presented at the Electra Festival, in "Stop," a two-part show of international artists in Montreal, at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, "Media City 11 International Festival of Experimental Film and Video Art" in Windsor, Ontario, and in "Machine Life" at the Davies Foundation and Samuel J. Zacks Galleries in York, Ontario.
About the Centre for Culture & Technology:
The Centre for Culture and Technology is dedicated to theoretical, aesthetic, and critical inquiry into the impacts of contemporary media on our interconnected world. This project is informed by the Centre’s location in the Coach House, a multi-use heritage building that was once Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s office and salon on the University of Toronto campus. The Centre draws inspiration from McLuhan’s humanistic intellectual and institutional legacy, continuing his stated goal of “investigation into the psychic and social consequences of technologies”.
The Centre promotes the study of media aesthetics in an expanded sense, examining the ways technological media shape contemporary experience by elaborating its histories, its problems, its infrastructures, and its politics. Offering both a setting and a framework, the Centre provides space and programming for scholars working in humanistic media studies across the three campuses of the University of Toronto and in the GTA. The Centre also supports the production of and conversation about contemporary media art, fostering aesthetic experimentation as a mode of inquiry.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Centre for Culture and Technology - University of Toronto, 39A Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, Canada