Photos: East Room
Last April, I secured a few monthly hours of boardroom space at the East Room in Toronto. This week I reviewed and revised my commitment as a semi-permanent address for gngha.media… to facilitate collaborative projects outside my home office.
This will also allow turn-key access to office space and boardrooms in similar creative/ entrepreneurial spaces across their global collective (San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Mexico City, Antwerp, etc), to support future collaborations/ projects.
Photos: Royal Ontario Museum
I recently volunteered to work in Philip Beesley’s studio for a handful of days, helping with fabrication for an upcoming Philip Beesley Architects installation — commissioned for a tour beginning in Vienna in October. The evening of my first day, I was invited to “Le Metabolism: Transforming Design on Film,” an artist talk at the Royal Ontario Museum — including a screening of the film “Le Metabolism” about the making of the ROM Dome Dress; access to the two exhibits — “Philip Beesley: Transforming Space” and “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion”; and a private reception.
Just to provide further context, in their studio, I spent several days working on fabrication of the long acrylic conical spikes for the larger globes, and the smaller star/ globe pieces in acrylic and metal (the Noosphere structures) — laser printed, heat formed, meticulously constructed with tiny fasteners (joiners, tubing and acrylic nails). Twenty small acrylic globes were needed for the upcoming exhibit, although there were several larger and similar sized ones fabricated from metal as well. Each (small) globe took an entire day for one person to fabricate; medium sized globes took half a day.
Not only was it really insightful to see how a studio at this scale manages their workflow/ spaces for the development of int’l touring exhibitions, but it was really cool to see similar fixtures in the exhibit to what I had spent the day fabricating in their studio.
I had the privilege of serving as a juror for the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival this year (2017)… such a great experience.
I was invited by the Ontario Arts Council to serve as a juror on the Media Arts (Organizations) Project Grants (2016) panel and as an advisor on the Media Arts (Organizations) Multi-Year Funding (2016) panel.
I contributed an essay to the Sarai 09: Projections reader entitled, Taking Flight: Perspectives from the Depths of an Ideas Factory. The essay explores the life of an idea across an ad agency, a social movement and a war zone.
The Sarai Readers were published once a year by Sarai— the media arm of Delhi-based Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). Each issue was structured around a specific theme and invited writing by practitioners, academics, activists and artists from diverse fields.
Sarai 09: Projections was the ninth and last edition of the series.