From left to right: Peter Tielmann, President of EQ3; Michaëlle Jean; EQ3 Official Selection Winning Artist Simon Yiu; Toronto Designer Benjamin Kofi; Filmmaker, Philosopher and writer Jean-Daniel Lafond (Photo by Irina Grozavescu)
Co-founded by the 27th Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, and her husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, the Generation Art Challenge invited youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to submit their original artwork reflecting on the theme: Imagine… A better community.
Partners in Art celebrates 10 years in Supporting Contemporary Art in Canada
Partners in Art (PIA) is celebrating 10 years of supporting and promoting contemporary visual arts within Canada. PIA is volunteer-based organization that has helped fund 31 projects and raise $800,000 over the years. It was recently awarded the 2013 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) Award in Contemporary Art.
zeeBigBang spoke with Mimi Joh, the 2012 PIA Co-Chair, about their organization, their current project at the Ryerson Image Centre, and how it feels to be awarded the MOCCA Award.
Sun Life Financial will be showcasing a collection of three short films from leading-edge directors from across Asia as part of Culture Days’ three day-long celebration starting on September 28 in Toronto.
As the Founding Visionary Partner of Culture Days, Sun Life Financial walks the talk on supporting the arts. zeeBigBang spoke with Sun Life’s Assistant Vice-President of Corporate Brand and Marketing, Bill Ramsammy, to find out more about Experience the Sun and what culture means to them as a company.
The film, which premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, is itself a surreal experience within within the mind of Benoît. Keep A Modest Head features rare audio recordings and film footage taken in Benoît’s studio in Paris.
zeeBigBang spoke with Dawson on the making of his film and what it was like to get such intimate access to Benoît.
Pedestrians can now experience Toronto’s downtown Yonge Street in a new way. Celebrate Yonge is a community-based event that has expanded public space on the stretch of street between Queen and Gerrard.
The celebration offers people the opportunity to stop and enjoy the iconic downtown road with art installations, extended restaurant patio space, and different event programming taking place on the weekends.
“During the summer, we have an average of 70% pedestrians to 30% vehicles in the area, so clearly, there’s a huge pedestrian population out on the street and we want to provide them with a street level experience,” said Abigail Gamble, the communications manager for the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area.
The Thoughts Behind Andy Field’s Motor Vehicle Sundown for Summerworks
Motor Vehicle Sundown is a live art experience that gives the concept of a car a new dimension. The series, taking place at the Summerworks Festival, gives two audience members an audio recording to listen to while sitting in a parked car by themselves on a busy city street.
The audio recording takes the two audience members on a journey through different constructed memories of experiences that are associated with being in a car.
“We’re so familiar with cars and they’re this incredibly mundane thing that we don’t even notice. In the US especially, the car is identified with this vision of freedom and independence and it’s all about the fact that you’re not constrained by your home anymore, you can go wherever you want,” said Andy Field, the creator behind Motor Vehicle Sundown.
Fogo Island Arts Corp. is the ambitious transformation of Fogo Island into an arts centre with six contemporary art venues for artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and curators.
Fogo Island Arts Corp. ist die erfolgreiche Transformation der Fogo Island hin zu einem Kunstzentrum mit sechs „contemporary art“ Stätten für Künstler, Musiker, Schriftsteller, Filmproduzenten und Kuratoren.
Located off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Fogo Island Arts was established by the Shorefast Foundation in 2008 and is set to be completed by 2013. Four of the futuristic-looking venues have already been built with two more on the way. zeeBigBang spoke with German Nicolaus Schafhausen, the Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts.
Fogo Island Arts, nahe der Küste von Neufundland und Labrador gelegen, wurde von der Shorefast Foundation im Jahre 2008 gegründet und soll 2013 fertig gestellt werden. Vier der futuristischen Stätten wurden bereits gebaut und zwei weitere sind in Planung. zeeBigBang sprach mit dem deutschen Nicolaus Schafhausen, Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts.