Logics of Sense 2: Implications


Miles Rufelds, Two or Three Saprophytes (video still), 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Logics of Sense 2: Implications

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Miles Rufelds, YangMing
October 28–December 7, 2019
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga
Curated by Christine Shaw

Logics of Sense

Although the worlds we inhabit are invariably composed of sensations and sense-makings, it is a peculiar challenge to perceive ourselves sensing. Because our human-centred sensory habits are so difficult to discern, we can often mistake them for natural tendencies. As an attunement to the aesthetics of sensation, the exhibition Logics of Sense—presented in two parts at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga—examines sense-in-the-making, from the surface of incorporeal events to a multiplicity of decentralized perceptions, and from itinerant geo-methodologies to the various disciplinary frames and frameworks that artistic intelligence retrofits for emergent social and political realities.

Logics of Sense 1: Investigations (September 4–October 19, 2019) includes works from Ursula Biemann, Mikhail Karikis, Susan Schuppli, and Jol Thomson; their respective videos and video essays address the interactions between land and the atmosphere, changing planetary dynamics, terrestrial micro-events, and the inheritance of knowledge. Moving through modes of prediction, observation, expression, perception, and re-configuration, visitors are invited to explore the becoming-sensuous of technoscience in formation.

Logics of Sense 2: Implications (October 28–December 7, 2019) includes works by Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Miles Rufelds, and YangMing. Among their videos, sculptures, and screenings, visitors are implicated in both seeing like a state and sharing in ecological complicity through colonial pasts and capitalist futures. As geopolitical backstories unfold to reveal an entropic obsolescence of objects, a storm builds toward the moment of its explosive release.


Images (clockwise from left): Miles Rufelds, Two or Three Saprophytes (video still), 2019; YangMing, The Weather at Olympus (installation view), 2019; Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Dissolution (I Know Nothing) (video still), 2018; Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Gosila (video still), 2018. Courtesy the artists.

For more information on the exhibition and artists, see the Blackwood Gallery website.


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


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