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Five Great Devices for Opening Up Artistic Minds

A meditation on tools, a theatrical collaboration, a neurological investigation and a culinary mashup are among the exhibitions and art-related events opening up creative discussions this week. Here are our recommendations for shows and events to see August 9 to 15.

August 9, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Opening of “Toolkit” at MKG127, 1445 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Germaine Koh has curated this group exhibition featuring Ken Nicol, Michel de Broin, Sonny Assu, Daniel Olson and other artists to open MKG127’s new space on Dundas West, which is also debuting a new lightbox by Geoffrey Pugen.

August 9, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Performance by Aman Sandhu & Swapnaa Tamhane at the Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto
As part of the live-art program at the opening night of avant-garde theatre festival SummerWorks, Aman Sandhu and Swapnaa Tamhane attempt to draw on a paper whose scrolling is controlled by audience members—an action the artists hope “confronts the inevitable failure of attempting to grasp the present moment.”

August 10, 7 p.m.: Talk and screening by Doug Lewis at Video Pool, 100 Arthur Street
Lewis, a Winnipeg artist and curator currently based in Beijing, talks about his latest work, Screenplay, as well as parallels between neurological functions and cinematic perceptions.

August 11: First day of “Are You Happy?”  at the Commons, 119B East Pender Street, Vancouver
Lee Henderson’s relatively new Vancouver space opens a group show featuring Andrew Dadson, Matthew Higgs, Althea Thauberger and others.

August 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Opening for Lisa Myers and Autumn Chacon at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Earlier this year, Myers and Chacon met at the Banff Centre and did a performance attaching contact microphones to cooking utensils during the preparation of a recipe (Myers is also a musician and chef). Now, as part of the IndigenUS festival, the AGO’s small gallery in its Frank restaurant provides an appropriate backdrop for further investigations.


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