Visual Arts

Events listing

Power Kids: Camera Obscura

November 5, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. The camera is an important part of Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck’s exhibition. It has the ability to freeze time and create stories. In this workshop, we will explore the origins of cameras – as far back as ancient Greece – by constructing our own camera obscuras! Like Amalia Pica, we will follow schematic drawing plans and build our cameras using cardboard, lenses and mirrors. Through this program we will learn about the components of a camera and the basic techniques of photography.

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Constructed Technologies: Communication & Cardboard presented by The Power Plant

November 11, 2017

The Power Plant will partner with Akin Projects to present a workshop inspired by Amalia Pica’s exhibition, ears to speak of, in which Pica has reconstructed two acoustic radar units to-scale using cardboard.

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Sunday Scene: Amy Fung

November 12, 2017

Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. Amy Fung is a writer, researcher and curator currently based in Toronto, with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. She has published her writings in Canadian Art, Art Papers, C Magazine, Fuse, and Frieze, among other publications; and is a co-founder of MICE Magazine. Fung will discuss Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck’s exhibition 'Urban Now: Life in Congo.'

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Sunday Scene: Sophia Oppel

November 19, 2017

Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. Sophia Oppel is a Gallery Attendant at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and a Drawing & Painting student at OCADU. In her work, she explores digital communication, online identity and program presence. Oppel will discuss Amalia Pica’s exhibition 'ears to speak of.'

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Power Kids: Colouring Canada

November 19, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. Inspired by Michael Landy’s drawings of logos and slogans found across Toronto’s landscape, this workshop invites participants to create their own large-scale oil drawing of an icon with a corresponding word or phrase about what Canada means to them.

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Sunday Scene: Rania El Mugammar

November 26, 2017

Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese, Toronto based multidisciplinary artist, Anti-oppression consultant, burlesque performer and equity educator. Her artistic and liberation work explores themes of Blackness, resistance/resilience, displacement/flight/migration/exile, sexuality, womanhood and spirituality/magic. She will discuss Michael Landy exhibition 'DEMONSTRATION.'

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Sunday Scene: Ilana Shamoon

November 26, 2017

Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. Ilana Shamoon is Interim Public Art Program Manager at Waterfront Toronto. She is also a curator of contemporary art. From 2006 until 2015, she was Curator at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and since her return to Toronto she has been interested in making art accessible outside of the gallery’s walls. Shamoon will discuss Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck’s exhibition 'Urban Now: Life in Congo.'

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Sunday Scene: Savik Ramkay

December 10, 2017

Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. Savik Ramkay is Program Coordinator of the Aviation Safety and Operations programs at Seneca College. A highly regarded professional, he educates students in various aspects of the aviation industry including Canadian aviation regulations, safety procedures and other technical and practical skills in airside operations. Ramkay will discuss Amalia Pica’s exhibition 'ears to speak of.'

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Power Kids: Billboards and Beyond

December 10, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. While photographing different urban sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sammy Baloji often finds billboard advertisements depicting cityscapes from Dubai and other recent hot spots from the Global South to which the Congo aspires. After discussing Baloji’s interest in Congo’s imagined future, we will design and create our own billboard complete with glowing lights.

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Power Kids: Secret Ears

December 17, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. In this workshop we will consider the use of translation and miscommunication in Amalia Pica’s exhibition 'ears to speak of.' We will begin with a brief discussion about language, sound and the history of secret codes. Then, we will construct our own cipher wheels using paper, watercolour and ink. You can write your own coded letters and send them to a friend.

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