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News / May 13, 2013

Toronto – The Ecology of an Art Scene Symposium – Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series

As part of Paris-Toronto, a 10-month series highlighting contemporary art from France in the Greater Toronto Area, the Canadian Art Foundation is pleased to present “The Ecology of an Art Scene” on November 8 and 9, 2013.

The Ecology of an Art Scene” is a symposium that will gather key players of the Paris and Toronto art scenes (curators, artists, critics, educators, collectors and dealers) to discuss what makes for a vibrant cultural community. Using experimental formats in two diverse venues, The Ecology of an Art Scene is designed to stimulate dialogue and debate between artists, curators, gallerists, museum directors, patrons and publishers about what creates and sustains a vital art ecology. The symposium recognizes that art ecologies are composed of dynamically interacting parts, including a multitude of practices, subjectivities and institutions; the communities they create; and the economies they rely upon, deviate from or invent.

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Friday, November 8, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Reception to follow at The Power Plant
Free and Open to the Public

Part I assembles all symposium participants for an interactive and lively discussion facilitated by Misha Glouberman. Each presenter will spend two minutes addressing the topic of community as it is taken up in contemporary art practices, institutions, and critical discourse. Is contemporary art’s interest in community an authentic interest or a passing fascination? Who benefits from contemporary art’s interest in community? Do communities play a role in the development of an artist’s practice, institutional innovation, or the expansion of the art market? The active engagement of the audience with the propositions put forward by the presenters will increase the potential for dialogue and will lay the groundwork for the conversations that will follow in Part II.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Toronto City Hall Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West
Free and Open to the PublicBrief presentations from symposium participants will lead to in-depth conversations about the role of institutional innovation, curating in context, informal infrastructures, alternative economies, pedagogical impulses, the evolution of museum missions, and zones of mobility in Paris and Toronto’s art scenes.


Abbas Akhavan, artist, Toronto | Isabelle Alfonsi, Co-Director, Galerie Marcelle Alix, Paris | François Aubart, Writer, Curator and Foundating Editor of ∆⅄⎈, Paris, Diane Borsato, artist, Toronto |  Mélanie Bouteloup, Director, Bétonsalon: centre for art & research, Paris | Jessica Bradley, Director, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto | Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, Co-Curators, Under New Management, Toronto | Barbara Fischer, Executive Director/Chief Curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto | Corinn Gerber, Director, Art Metropole, Toronto | Vincent Gonzalvez, Project Manager for Visual Arts, Institut français, Paris | Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, Artists, Paris | Vincent Honoré, independent curator and writer, Paris | Guillaume Leblon, artist, Paris | Chris Lee and Maiko TanakaModel Minority: Gendai Gallery, Toronto | David Liss, Artistic Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto | Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, Co-Directors. Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto | Janine Marchessault, Director, Visible City Project + Archive, York University and Curator, Land/Slide, Toronto | Christof Migone, Director/Curator, Blackwood Gallery and lecturer, Visual Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto | Kitty Scott, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto | Gaëtane Verna, Director, The Power Plant, Toronto | Mathilde Villeneuve, Co-Director, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris

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Paris-Toronto is presenting various other programs in the city, including an artist residency by Mohammed Bourouissa at the Art Gallery of Ontario, an exhibition by Jimmy Robert at the Power Plant, an installation series curated by Ami Barak at Nuit Blanche, and a group show at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

The Consulate General of France in Toronto is coordinating Paris-Toronto. For more details, please visit

The Ecology of an Art Scene is presented by the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, in the context of Paris-Toronto, a project of the Consulate General of France in Toronto, with support from the Institut Français.

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Paris-Toronto is a project of the Consulate General of France in Toronto, with support from the Insitut Français.