Blackwood Gallery launches SDUK Issue 07: TILTING (1)



The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
Issue 07: TILTING (1) Now Available Online!


d’bi.young anitafrika, Aisha Ali, Atanas Bozdarov, Inbal Newman, Craig Rodmore & Florence Yee, Christina Battle, Adam Bierling, Alison Bremner, Eric Cazdyn, Paul Chartrand, D.T. Cochrane, Kimberly Edgar, Amy Fung, Sara Graham, Noelle Hamlyn, Paul Maheke, Andrea Muehlebach, Nicola Privato, John Paul Ricco, Sydney Shen, Ruth Skinner, Sanchari Sur.

Read the full issue now on the new SDUK microsite!


The myriad ways in which the pandemic has helped to explicate a seemingly infinite list of social, economic, and environmental failures, across innumerable scales, has become increasingly apparent and extremely disconcerting. Shared concern over the spread of COVID-19 has unsteadied and inverted our world. Accordingly, as a university art gallery whose facilities are closed for the foreseeable future to the public we ask: how to acknowledge this pandemic as a “matter of concern,” while responding to its broad-ranging effects across our networks of artists, writers, and cultural workers as a “matter of care”? [1]

The Invisible Committee contend: “we propose paying careful attention to situations and to the forces that inhabit and traverse beings, in conjunction with an art of decisive assemblages.” [2] When they go on to claim that our only recourse to “transversally uniting all the elements deserting this society” depends on our fidelity to the “intelligence of the situation,” we vehemently agree. They continue, with an attention to tilting: “It is everything that makes the situation gradually understandable, everything that tracks the movements of the adversary, everything that identifies the usable paths and the obstacles. Based on that intelligence, an occasional vertical expedient needed to tilt certain situations in the desired direction can well be improvised.” [3] As we attempt to tilt, lean, and tip our situation into unknown and untested directions, improvisation is fast becoming our organizational watchword. An urgent and provisional response comes in the form of TILTING, a special double issue of the SDUK made possible by an overwhelming response to the call for submissions we issued on March 23, 2020.

We recognize that time is tight, resources are scarce, and struggles are intense. Here we evoke triage as one mode of doing. [4] With TILTING we have endeavoured to create an expedient means to support those who have been unmoored from their sources of financial resources and to conjure responses to this especially unstable moment, while simultaneously thinking about how to respond at scale. Our mandate remains the same: “We support and activate artists, curators, and writers who incite us to be responsive, cooperative, critical, and answerable.” [5]

TILTING (2) will be released May 1, 2020.

[1] María Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017).
[2] The Invisible Committee, Now, trans. Robert Hurley (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2017), 157.
[3] Ibid., 158; our emphasis.
[4] See Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw, “Gathering Arrows: Deleuze’s Return,” in TOPIA, Vol. 16 (Fall 2006), 150-153.
[5] See “Mandate” in “Archived Site” at Fortuitously, the Blackwood is in the midst of building a new website to hold together living research, creation, inquiry, interaction, and conversation. As of April 20, 2020 the gallery’s website has been archived in order to make space for SDUK and that which is to come.



The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge is a serial broadsheet publication produced by the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga. Initiated in conjunction with The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea in 2018–19 to expand perspectives on environmental violence through artistic practices, cultural inquiry, and political mobilization, the SDUK is becoming a signature triannual Blackwood publishing initiative in 2020.

As an organization addressing the challenges of the 21st century through artistic-led research, the Blackwood’s ambition is to convene, enable, and amplify the transdisciplinary thinking necessary for understanding our current multi-scalar historical moment and co-creating the literacies, skills, and sensibilities required to adapt to the various socio-technical transformations of our contemporary society. Such a commitment requires a lithe methodology that is rooted in the arts, inspired and informed by emergent methods of curatorial research, and shaped by transdisciplinary engagements with collaborators from a host of other disciplines and partners working outside the university, whether in industry, business, government, or civil society. This methodology is necessary for contemporary research-based practices because the so-called “wicked problems” that challenge the stability of contemporary societies can no longer be addressed from a single disciplinary perspective.

01 – GRAFTING – June 2018
02 – COMMUTING – August 2018
03 – BEARING – March 2019
04 – SHORING – May 2019
05 – ACCOUNTING – July 2019
06 – FORGING – September 2019

07 – TILTING (1) – April 2020
07 – TILTING (2) – May 2020


The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.


Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

Please note: the Blackwood Gallery and offices are closed throughout spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, staff are reachable by email only.