A new digital project, exclusively on Koffler.Digital
Artists: Meech Boakye, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Meg Prosper, Walter Scott, Emmie Tsumura, annieanniewongwong
Curator & Editor: Letticia Cosbert Miller
Design: Natasha Whyte-Gray
Eleventh House is a digital project exploring the rituals of astrology reading and horoscope writing. Inspired by both Western and Lunar traditions, writers and artists have created horoscopes for the coming year, some approaching the cultural phenomenon of astrology with cynicism, and others with earnestness. Eleventh House features original work by Meg Prosper in Heartbreak Horoscope, Walter Scott in Toxic Astrology, annieanniewongwong and Emmie Tsumura in Kindred Trines, and Meech Boakye and Dainesha Nugent-Palache in Signed Advice.
At the time of this publication launch we are in the midst of a global pandemic, COVID-19, which has affected virtually every part of the world in drastic ways, economically, physically and psychologically. To protect ourselves and one another, we are being asked to stay in our homes, to isolate from our communities and to settle into uncertainty. Named for the celestial location of community, supporters, friendships, hopes and dreams for the future, and good fortune through networks, Eleventh House is for those seeking respite from the feelings of separation and anxiety this moment has provided in abundance.
Each zodiac and corresponding horoscope reflects on romantic relationships, platonic companionship, toxic individualism and opportunities for collective vigilance. Together, they remind us of the ways–real or imagined–the stars, the planets, the unknowable and unseen affect our lives, and the tonic offered by turning towards rituals of acceptance, healing and community building.
Koffler.Digital is a program of the Koffler Centre of the Arts that provides a virtual space where artists working in the field of New Media/New Genres are able to create, experiment and develop new work; and where conversation and dialogue between artists, activists and creatives is encouraged and documented.
Koffler.Digital is committed to the intersection of social justice and artistic practice that is central to the mandate of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. We collaborate with artists, authors and individuals whose work engages issues affecting marginalized communities; who explore injustice and who look to spur constructive change and dialogue in regard to the current socio-political climate.
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The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that explores critical ideas and concerns of our time through exhibitions, publications, performances, literary events and digital initiatives. We examine complex issues through transformative art experiences that stimulate intercultural dialogue and position Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices. The Koffler Gallery and its administrative offices are located at Artscape Youngplace, in Toronto’s vibrant West Queen West art and design district. The Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges the support of the Koffler Family Foundation, Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, the Ontario Arts Council through the Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations Program, our donors and patrons. The Koffler Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.