Xu Tan’s Keywords School

Feb 15, 2010 - Feb 20, 2010 @ Reading Room, Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, M5S 3H3
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Sign up for Keywords School Classes!
February 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 2-4 pm
Presented with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (JMB), Hart House, University of Toronto

Keywords School

Xu Tan

Curated by Maiko Tanaka, JMB Gallery Curator-in-Residence, as part of Extra-curricular: Between Art and Pedagogy

Xu Tan, JMB Gallery’s International Artist-in-Residence, invites you to participate in a new instance of his mobile learning project, Keywords School in Toronto. The venue of the project will be the “Reading Room,” a social space located in Hart House at the University of Toronto. Through Keywords School, Xu Tan will share his ideas with the Toronto art community, to develop new dialogue around such complex issues as cultural identity and linguistics, citizenship and nationality.

Drawing on past iterations of his project, Xu Tan invites participants to discuss and generate new sets of keywords. Workbooks, videos, forums, and Dictionary of Keywords will be provided as resources and aids during the workshop. (Visitors may join the discussion at any point, provided space is available).

    Keywords School Class Schedule:

Mon, Feb 15, 2-4pm
Consciousness*意识, Faith, Belief 信念,信仰, Materials, Materialism 物质,唯物主义, Metaphor 隐喻, Uncertainty 不确定(性), Dark/Black, Gangdom/Black Society 黑,黑社会, Value 价值, Local 当地的,地方的,狭隘的

Tues, Feb 16, 2-4pm
Society, Social, Socialist 社会, 社会主义, Individual/Individualism 个人,个人主义, Collectivity, Collectivism 集体,集体主义, Body 身体, Capitalism 资本主义, Harmony/Harmonious Society 和谐,和谐社会, Environment/Circumstance 环境

Wed, Feb 17 5-7pm, Reception (no class that day)

Thu, Feb 18, 2-4pm
Love 爱, Relation/Relationship 关系, Home/Family 家, Emotion 感情,情感, Private 私人的, Democracy 民主, Power 权力, Right 权利

Fri, Feb 19, 2-4pm
Eat, Drink{Food }吃,喝(chi, he) {食物,粮食}, Money 钱, Play 玩, Realism,Practical 现实,实际, Enjoy 享受, Consume 消费, Property 财产, Culture, Cultural Industry 文化,文化产业

Sat, Feb 20, 2-4pm
Land 地, Tradition 传统, History 历史, Group, Circles 群体,圈子, the East and the West 东西方, Time 时间, Space, Emptiness 空,空间, Develop 发展, 八

Presented in the “Reading Room” at Hart House, all classes are FREE. RSVP to info@extra-curricular.info with your full name and date(s) you wish to attend.

Enroll early! Space is limited!


Born in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1957, Xu Tan’s work has been shown around the world including at P.S.1 in New York, the Venice and Berlin Bienniales, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, the Guangzhou Triennial, and De Appel in Amsterdam, among many others. In the early 1990s, he developed critical strategies for negotiating the rapidly changing economic and cultural life in China as a member of the Guangzhou collective Big Tail Elephant Group. Xu Tan has been searching for keywords in cities all over the world, including New York, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Stockholm, and Venice.

Xu Tan’s activities will take place in the context of a curatorial project and international conference presented by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery titled, Extra-curricular: Between Art & Pedagogy, exploring the relationship between art and education.

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The JMB Gallery wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts Foreign Visiting Artist Program for Xu Tan's International Residency. Keywords School is presented in collaboration with Gendai Gallery and Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou, China).


Studio Visits With Xu Tan

Mon Feb 1, 2010 - 5:06 pm @ Various Artists' Studios in Toronto