The Art of Urban Living

The Art of Urban Living

Does beauty matter? 

With Sean Martindale, Elyse Parker, Lilie Zendel.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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Marshall McLuhan + Vilém Flusser’s

Marshall McLuhan + Vilém Flusser’s

MELENTIE PANDILOVSKI, TOM KOHUT (Eds.)
Marshall McLuhan + Vilém Flusser’s Communication + Aesthetic Theories Revisited
Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 2015

With Clint Enns, Tom Kohut, Melentie Pandilovski

This book includes discussions McLuhan and Flusser’s influence on media and communication theory as it applies to contemporary and new media art, film, philosophy and politics, and this book would be of immediate interest to readers and researchers interestested in: distributed consciousness and telematics; cinema and causality; collective evolution; media and theology; digital culture; Occupy Wall Street and other political movements; cybernetics; contemporary technological art; the ideologies of clinical practice; asemic writing; institutional critique and many other topics.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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Participation and non-participation in digital media

Participation and non-participation in digital media

Can we draw a lesson from Melville’s novel “Bartleby” that applies to contemporary digital politics? Perhaps, if we explore non-participation as a form of mediated political action rather than as mere passivity. We generally conceive of participation in a positive sense, as a means for empowerment and a condition for democracy. However, digital participation is not the only way to achieve political goals, and practices aimed at abandoning or blocking participatory platforms can be seen as equally politically significant and relevant. In this workshop we will analyze how the technologies and practices that compose the digital sphere force us to reconsider the concept of political participation itself.

This workshops is open to all within and outside academia. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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People, Place and Imagination

People, Place and Imagination

How does the city learn?

With Misha Glouberman, Kate Marshall, Robert J. Sawyer.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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Marshall McLuhan, the Man and his Message

Marshall McLuhan, the Man and his Message

Television documentary written and hosted by Tom Wolfe. Produced and directed by Stephanie McLuhan-Ortved (1984).

Video Lounge Series: a screening program showcases some rare films and documentaries that feature McLuhan’s intellectual influence during the Sixties and Seventies. A panel discussion follows the screening. The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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The Community Speaks

The Community Speaks

How do we decide what matters in the city?

With Mary Donohue, David Miller, Richard Stursberg

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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The rise of the intelligent machines

The rise of the intelligent machines

The rise of the intelligent machines – bridging or widening the digital divide for underserved users?
In this workshop I will survey several examples of intelligent new media interfaces that can provide support for underserved users, will bring up for debate issues of online privacy, safety, and isolation for such users, discuss the role of interactive interfaces in making the information-centric society less threatening and more accessible, and argue that emerging smart interactive technologies can both help and hinder our efforts to close the digital divide. I will then propose for discussion several possible short- and long-term directions that can bring us closer to eliminating or at least reducing this divide that in many ways affects all of us.

This workshops is open to all within and outside academia. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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The Invisible Village

The Invisible Village

Where is our cultural memory?

With Adriana Ieraci, Heather Rumball, Tom Sherman.

Weekly bull sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of participants – academics, business people, scientists, artists, designers and planners – explore the mosaic of the metaphoric city as a source of knowledge and inspiration.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]

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