more-than-human

Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits, Atmospheric Forest, 2020, immersive VR installation still.

more-than-human

February 01 to May 13, 2023
Onsite Gallery, Toronto

more-than-human presents media artworks at the intersection of art, science, Indigenous worldviews, and technology that speculatively and poetically use multimodal storytelling as a vehicle for interpreting, mattering, and embodying more-than-human ecologies. The artworks in this exhibition aim to critically and emotionally engage with the important work of decentering the human and rethinking the perspective that sees nature as a lifeless resource for exploitation. Many of the artworks use technological and scientific tools as entry points for witnessing and interacting with these more-than-human worlds, as they help visualize phenomena beyond human sensory perception while nevertheless situating us within them. Combined, the artworks in the show weave a story that tells a tale of symbiosis, intersections, and more-than-human relationality. They incorporate scientific, philosophical, and Indigenous perspectives to create an experiential tapestry that asks the viewer to reconsider, reorient, and rethink relationships with the more-than-human.

more-than-human Online Brochure Publication

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Images (left to right, top to bottom): Artist/Curator Jane Tingley; Artists Ursula Biemann & Lindsey french. Artists Grace Grothaus, Suzanne Morrissette & Joel Ong.

Curated by Jane Tingley, more-than-human features Canadian and international artists including Ursula Biemann, Lindsey french, Grace Grothaus, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning & Mary Bunch, Suzanne Morrissette, Joel Ong, Jane Tingley and Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits.

more-than-human is presented as core exhibition of the CONTACT Photography Festival.

Images (left to right, top to bottom): Artists: Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning & Mary Bunch. Artists Raitis Smits & Rasa Smite.

Upcoming Free Public Events

Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 01, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West
Join us for the public launch and reception of the exhibition.
All are welcome!

more-than human Artists Panel Discussion Part 1
Thursday, February 02, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond Street West) and Live Streamed Online
Artists Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits, Grace Grothaus, Suzanne Morrissette and Lindsey french introduce their works exhibited in more-than-human and engage in a discussion about their practice. Moderated by Jane Tingley. ASL interpretation is available.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3G7xJ65

Multiplicities and plurality: Curator Jane Tingley in Conversation with Dr. Karen Houle
Thursday, March 23, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West
Join Dr Karen Houle for an introductory talk on basic premises of Cartesian humanism followed by an exhibition tour discussion of the artworks in that context with Jane Tingley.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3ZFhVPI

Screening of Forest Mind followed by Q+A with Ursula Biemann
Friday, April 07, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond Street West) and Live Streamed Online
Forest Mind (31 minutes) tackles the underlying concepts that distinguish the Indigenous knowledge systems from that of modern science, gaging the limits of rationalism which has dominated Western thinking for the last 200 years.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3ipAWVC

more-than human Artists Panel Discussion Part 2
Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond Street West) and Live Streamed Online
Artists Joel Ong, Jane Tingley, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning and Mary Bunch introduce their artworks their works exhibited in more-than-human and engage in a discussion about their practice. ASL interpretation is available.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3QwLRsW

Guided Nature and Forest Therapy Walk
Saturday, May 13, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
High Park, 1873 Bloor Street West
Join us a Forest Therapy walk, led by certified guides, Vivian Bird (Pinehsheesh) and Lisa Deanne Smith. Different from hiking or exercise, this slow-paced, three-hour experience includes a series of sensory oriented invitations that activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system inducing relaxation, stress release and other physical and mental health benefits. Click here for more information on Forest Therapy.
Space is limited, advance registration required.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3XlyOga

About Onsite Gallery
www.ocadu.ca/onsite

Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and new media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.

Gallery Hours
Wednesday to Friday: 12 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.

Gallery admission and all events are free.

Onsite Gallery is an accessible venue with all gender, single user washrooms.
» Detailed accessibility information found here

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

Contact Information:
Susan Jama
Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery
susanjama@ocadu.ca

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