Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another great find from WFMU...

Recently WFMU posted about Radio Apartment 22, an internet radio station out of Rabat, Morocco:

Established last year and run entirely by three dedicated staffers, the station serves largely as an outlet for international artists, documenting various art events through streaming audio and showcasing selected musical works. Recently, the station provided excellent coverage of South Korea's Gwangju Biennale, including interviews with curators and artists as well as recordings of musical performances. Unique not just in comparison with blander internet radio stations, Radio Apartment 22 also serves an important local function; it is the only fine art oriented media organization in Morocco. The project began in 2002 when Abdellah Karroum founded Apartment 22, one of the first fine art spaces in the area. Initially he found little support from local artists or the government. "There's not really a forum right now in Morocco for speaking about arts and culture in an in depth way, " said Emma Chubb, R22's Programming Coordinator. "They've been building an art museum for years and years but it seems like it will never be finished" Despite this, R22 proudly bears the mark of its locale - the station broadcasts in English, French, Arabic and Berber, among other languages.

Currently streaming on Radio Apartment 22 are interviews with Patrick D. Flores, Hyunjin Kim, and Okwui Enwezor in regards to the Gwangju Biennale, and some pretty great music by Joachim - all definitely worth checking out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Born Out of Pleasure

So I just had the huge pleasure of collaborating with Harrell Fletcher and a group of twelve other folk (Augusto Bastos, Thomas Brant, Sean Frey, Hannah Jickling, Alison SM Kobayashi, Helen Reed, Kerri Reid, Swintak, Maiko Tanaka, Amy Wah, and Karen Wielonda) for a ten day project culminating in a show at the Power Plant. One of the twelve collaborators was expert cake maker Karen Wielonda of Frostitution, who inspired us to make sculptural cakes of our experiences during the ten days for the exhibition. (I made cake dentures inspired by an encounter with Manuel Bentes of the Dundas Denture Clinic.)

In addition to the cakes and photos on view, we're also organizing a series of talks and conversations with some of the people we encountered throughout this project. Starting on Wednesday, October 1st, we'll be hosting this mini-lecture series of sorts at the Power Plant; the schedule is as follows:

Naivelt Musical Performance - October 1st, 6:30pm
Youth from Naivelt and Jumblies Theatre: a musical recreation of 1920's Twelfth Children's Work Commune

Holistic Medicine from 1960's to present - October 8th, 6:30pm
Herbalist John Redden from Viriditas Herbal Products in the Junction talks about the history of holistic medicine in Toronto.

Haldeman-Julius Little Blue Book series - October 15th, 6:30pm
Stephen Fowler of the Monkey's Paw Bookshop talks about an early form of the zine from the Pre-Depression era created by an heir of a printing press.

Surviving Accidents - October 22nd, 6:30pm
Francisco Alejandri and Liz Lavandeira - who both work at Torito Tapas Bar in Kensington Market - share essential survival tips and describe past near disasters.

Augusto Bastos Slam Dunks - October 29th, 6:30pm
Darren O'Donnell will be in conversation with Augusto Bastos, guerrilla, revolutionary, accused counter-revolutionary, aviation expert, refugee, torture victim, and basketball star.

All of these most excellent events are free to the public and will take place in the Power Plant Reading Room.

Oh and we also started a blog called cakeworthy.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Wave Party, October 8th

New Wave, The Mercer Reopening Inaugural Gala
Wednesday 8 October 2008

VIP Preview Reception 6PM–8PM
Dance Party 8PM til late

LIVE Performance by:
Beardo (Owen Pallett)

Jaime Sin (7th Heaven)
Produzentin (Hot Nuts)
Isabelle Noël

Art Installations by:
Stephanie Comilang
Alison S.M. Kobayashi
Annie MacDonell

Environments by MADE Design

$40 ticket / OPEN BAR all night / includes entry to VIP Preview Reception
$10 ticket / CASH BAR / entry 8PM onwards

Rotate This (801 Queen St W / 416.504.8447)
Soundscapes (572 College St / 416.537.1620)

Call Mercer direct at 416.536.1519 or email Elaine Gaito, Director of Public Programs & Development at to order both advance $10 and $40 tickets by Visa

Amazing Food Service
Higgins Event Rentals
Sonic Print
Wild Horse Canyon
Hidden Lounge

Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art
1286 Bloor Street West
(one block E of Lansdowne on the NW corner of Bloor and St. Clarens)
Toronto ON
M6H 1N9
T 416.536.1519

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sarah Robayo Sheridan: Welcome!

Mercer Union is pleased to welcome Sarah Robayo Sheridan as its newly appointed Director of Exhibitions & Publications.

Sarah's recent curatorial projects include Self-Storage (Curatorial Industries, San Francisco, 2008) Trampoline Hall (12 Galaxies, San Francisco, 2008), Steve Reinke in the Company of Some Other Men (ATA, San Francisco, 2008), Learning to Love You More (MU, Eindhoven, 2007) and the presentation of Chris Marker's multi-screen installation The Hollow Men (Prefix ICA, Toronto and Dazibao, Montreal, 2006). She has worked in a number of non-profit arts organizations including Public Access and Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. She also has held research internships at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. In addition to her record of organizating exhibitions, Sarah also holds publishing experience and has worked as a freelance graphic designer. Her writing has appeared in 02 Magazine, C Magazine, Camerawork, Prefix Photo and YYZine, and she was co-editor of Public 24: Being On Time.

Please stop by New Wave, The Mercer Reopening Inaugural Gala on Wednesday 8 October 2008 to say hello, or in the meantime Sarah can be reached at

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Chris McCarroll: Uniform Material

My friend Chris has a film in the Toronto International Film Festival this year. I've seen it, I love it, I highly recommend it. So there.

It's called Uniform Material and is the story of a middle-aged man preparing for his first day on a new job. And seriously, it's so so good. And playing Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week. More details for show times etc here.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sticky: Kelly Jazvac

This Friday evening, from 8pm to 11pm, Kelly Jazvac's exhibition "Sticky" is opening at YYZ.

Sticky will feature works made from used or flawed printed adhesive vinyl advertisements, such as those seen on subway platforms, buses and billboards. The ads have been collected, cut up, sorted by colour, pattern and texture and re-assembled into new surface sculptures.