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CURIOUS

October 2013 – January 2014

Humans are, by nature, curious creatures. As well we should be. Without curiosity, there is no discovery. Without discovery, no wonder. And without wonder, there’s no journey. No revelations. No moments of magic in our daily lives.

TERRAIN

May 2013 – October 2013

Terrain conveys a sense of place, whether that place is physical, emotional or spiritual. It’s a word with multiple dimensions. It welcomes an exploration of layers and topographies, landscapes and climate. Terrain is about our place within the natural world, our histories and memories, our emotions and identities.

RE

October 2012 - May 2013

Sometimes, the simplest alignments are the most powerful. When placed in front of another word, "re" asks us to consider something again. It challenges our vantage points, makes us question the familiar and examine our assumptions. It asks us to look back to the places we’ve journeyed from. And that, for us, is one of the fundamental aims of artistic expression

CROSSROADS

May 2012 - October 2012

What are crossroads? We think of them as junctures, points of transition, sites of supernatural power, markers, intersections and hallowed ground. Crossroads represent the pivotal moment we need to determine the direction in which we’re headed. And, for us, this decision is one of pure creative potential. It’s a starting point. A beginning. A choice. And where there is choice, there is artistic expression.

PERSPECTIVE

October 2011 – May 2012

Like a shaft of light into a room, artists use perspective as a means to illuminate. Often, artists share their personal perspectives to bring a new twist to a familiar topic. Other times, artists share differing perspectives to illustrate conflict and resolution. In either instance, the end goal is for you to question how the world appears from your vantage point.

HOT SPOT

May - October 2011

Zones of intensity, artistic brilliance, connectivity, regions of conflict – all of these shape the impressions we have of ourselves and our world.

Witness

September 2010 to May 2011

Life is more than a spectator sport. It's a tango, a boxing match, a camera lens, an invitation to cross the thresholds. Being a witness to your world is not about observing; it's about vision. This season, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: Do you look or do you see?

GLOBALOCAL

June through September 2010

The world is changing the way it communicates, and yet the essential questions are as rooted in tradition as ever: How do we connect? How does our world shrink and expand over time? What – if any – are the boundaries of our global village?

SHIFT

June through September 2009

What does it mean to change your perspectives on ideas, explore new ways of approaching an old notion or to literally shift gears?

PAUSE

September 2008 to May 2009

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and images, what happens when someone really takes the time to reflect?

BORDERS

June through September 2008

Is the world smaller than you think? What would a world without borders look like? Can culture be a universal language? What are the limits of your personal space?

SACRED

January through August 2008

What do you believe in? Are there universal truths in the world we live in? How important is ritual and belief to contemporary life? Have we reached a point where nothing is sacred anymore?

GENERATIONS

June through December 2007

What are the defining moments of your generation? How deep are the roots of your family tree? What legacy will you leave?

DESIRE

January through May 2007

Every act of creation begins with a desire. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Are you careful what you wish for? If it feels right, is it wrong?

POWER OF PLACE

June through December 2006

Geography, history, memory all guide us as we struggle to find a sense of belonging and identity. They can direct us as clearly as a map or a compass. But does your heritage define you or does it make you part of a community? Do you belong to your neighbourhood or does it belong to you? What is your place in the world?

BEAUTY

January through May 2006

One moment we can be talking about true beauty and the next referring to functional beauty or something that is so ugly it's beautiful. Is beauty defined by personal tastes or perspectives or can we apply some universal standards to it?

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