Picnic in Space

Picnic in Space

Picnic in Space is a rare film featuring Marshall McLuhan and his long time collaborator, Harley Parker, a Canadian artist and scholar (1967).

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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Culture is our Business

Culture is our Business

Is culture the real business of the city?

With Linda SchuylerStephen Stohn, Jini Stolk.

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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(Un)Popular Music: Alternative Lifestyle And Sub-Culture In Acoustic Space

(Un)Popular Music: Alternative Lifestyle And Sub-Culture In Acoustic Space

exp22Join us with your acoustic or electric guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, bongos, etc. (or if “unmusical” just bring yourself!) to probe the nether regions of existence, wrought of the escape from the bounds of logical, visual space. This will be a night of satire, performance of the burlesque and the bizarre, and consideration of the potential for genuine counter-cultural activity in the new media environment of late capital, which itself thrives on cultural appropriation and transgression.

Probing the hidden structures of new media environments, the New Explorations Group seeks not only to conceive but also to perceive the ways in which our psyches and cultures are being transformed by our intimate relationships with (de-)evolving technologies.
This series is curated by Adam Pugen (UofT iSchool). Open to all interested parties.

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

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Rationalizing Play: A Critical Theory of Digital Gaming

Rationalizing Play: A Critical Theory of Digital Gaming

Sara Grimes researches and teaches in the areas of children’s digital media culture(s), digital game studies, critical theories of technology and play. Her current research tracks the growing phenomenon of child- generated digital content in digital games and online environments, focusing on what this development means for children’s cultural rights, existing regulatory frameworks and industry standards of practice.
The workshop constructs a new framework for the study of games as sites of social rationalization, applying Feenberg’s critical theory of technology.

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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