Month: December 2018

site report – ryerson image centre

Read Site Report here I attended a curatorial talk at the ROM’s Africa-Asia wing as a field trip for an Anthropology course a few years ago. The talk was on an exhibit about the Berlin Conference (1884-85), its impact on museum collections, and the role museum collections played within the European colonial project. The curator was particularly passionate as this was part of her contribution to the museum, and in a small way, she felt it worked towards correcting some of the historical legacies of museum collections. The Berlin Conference was a western diplomatic effort to renew colonization efforts particularly in Africa, around fifty years after the transatlantic slave trade ended (1834 in the British colonies), when criticisms of the slave trade made public opinion a cause for concern for the new imperialist project. According to the curator, one approach was to look for ways to dehumanize Africa. Museums exhibited artifacts constructing narratives devoid of market forces, politics, any semblance of economy, religious belief, culture or civilization. Historically, museum exhibitions of these regions focused on displays …

philip beesley architects

Image Credit: Philip Beesley/ ROM Updated 12.16.2018 / I developed a concept for a global outreach program for the “Philip Beesley: Transforming Spaces” exhibit. View here. ______________________ I recently volunteered to work in Philip Beesley’s studio for a handful of days (for creative practice hours), helping with fabrication for an installation that was commissioned for an upcoming 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 2 exhibits “Philip Beesley: Transforming Space” and “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion”; and a private reception. The ROM commissioned Dome Dress was the focus of the documentary and artist talk, and became the hinge between the two exhibits. Four (of their ten) shared designs are on display in van Herpen’s adjacent exhibit. A Dutch designer known for “her otherworldly dresses, and shoes that defy the laws of physics, [van …