The second lecture of the 2017 Winter Speaker Series from The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought at Ryerson University. Learn more at studioformediaactivism.com. Workshop about "Mapping Safe Crip Spaces" by disability activist and artist Maayan Ziv and moderated by Dr. Eliza Chandler, filmed at Ryerson University on 2017/03/07.
Project by: Stacey Copeland
Decades of Cartesian thought within our Western society have created a fracture between the voice and the body. Philosopher Adriana Cavarero reminds us “when the human voice vibrates, there is someone in flesh and bone who emits it.”1 The archive is in dire need of experimental and creative methods of materialization for our digital era to reflect this relation. Presented as a 30-minute soundwork, Speaking In and Listening Out, advocates for soundscape archivism as a political method of creative practice that speaks to this techno-sound-body connection. This experimental soundscape work presents sound art as a creative practice for the media archivist to engage in archival action of activist bodies through the re/materialization of voice.
A 1-day symposium at Ryerson University was the sonic site of investigation and collection of sound material for the creation of this project. Activist Media Archives Symposium: De/Materializing Bodies 2016 asks how we can create new archival practices to reincorporate lost records, voices, affects and bodies.2 As a sound scholar and media creator, this call to action motivated me to question what voices/bodies are doing this work, how we can materialize our bodies through sound and how do our
bodies echo and move sonically within acoustic space. Speaking In and Listening Out is a
soundscape3 project that focuses on voice, as extension of the body through sound. The
plurality and uniqueness of voice, foundational to the symposium ethos, becomes
re/materialized at will through on-site recording and on-demand re/amplification. Along
with environmental ambience, and interaction between body and space through
reverberation, use of objects, and movement through the rooms and hallways, I use
soundscape methods as conceptualized by R. Murray Schafer4 to create an artistic
affective sound archive of the activist bodies present at the AMA symposium.
1 Adriana Cavarero. "Multiple Voices." In The Sound Studies Reader, edited by Jonathan Sterne. (New York: Routledge, 2012), 522.
2 "The Studio For Media Activism & Critical Thought." The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought. Accessed October 19th, 2016. studioformediaactivism.com/. Housed in RTA School of Media, The Studio "works to blur the boundaries between media art making, activism, and theoretical /scholarly investigation in the areas of media studies, critical theory, cultural
studies, activism, Aboriginal, critical race, feminist and queer studies and social justice."
3 R. M. Schafer, “Glossary” In The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World
(Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1994), 274. Soundscape defined by Schafer: “The sonic environment. Technically, any portion of the sonic environment regarded as a field of study. The term may refer to actual environments, or to abstract
constructions such as musical compositions and tape montages, particularly when considered as an environment.”
4 Ibid, 9. Under the subsection of ‘Features of the Soundscape’ on page 9 of his book, Schafer introduces
three key themes (keynote, signal and soundmark) with brief description. Further details can be found in the
books glossary of terms pg 271-275.
Rally: Journal of Media Activism and Social Justice is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal run by the graduate student caucus of the Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought. The journal will be a sandbox to engage, support, and promote the work of emerging scholars, artists, and activists.
Part academic journal, part zine, we envision Rally as becoming one of the key online publications publishing radical, exciting, and timely research on media activism and social justice in Canada. As an experimental journal, we are open both to traditional academic papers, but also prose, poetry, audio-visual work, and other non-textual and/or creative pieces. We will also publish reviews of books, films, and other media.
Rally currently has one issue per calendar year published in the fall. Submissions are welcomed from across disciplines including but not limited to: communication studies, cultural studies, media studies, digital humanities, gender/sexuality studies, queer and trans studies, critical race studies, and disabilities studies. Drawing on the etymology of the term “rally” (from the French rallier, “to bring together again”), we are especially interested in work that brings together and bridges the gap between art, activism, and the academy, as well as work that takes an intersectional model as its starting point and actively works toward building coalitions.
Our first issue will bring together work from the artists, activists, and academics who presented at our De/Materializing Bodies: Activist Media Archives symposium in November 2016.
For more information, or if you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Studio: email@example.com
We at The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought at Ryerson University in Toronto were saddened by the shooting of 6 Muslim men - Khaled Belkacemi, Azzedine Soufiane, Aboubaker Thabti, Abdelkrim Hassane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Ibrahima Barry - and the nineteen injured, at the Centre Cultural Islamique de Québec. We oppose the climate of fear produced by the US government’s travel ban and wave of deportations: its disregard for human rights and democracy, as well as its Islamophobia. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim students and colleagues at Ryerson, in Canada and around the world. The recent executive orders have impacted our peers in academic, activist and artistic communities who are or will be unable to travel to conferences and exhibitions due to, their race, citizenship or feelings of unsafety, as well as the unnumbered undocumented migrants, on both sides of the border whose very lives are in danger. As numbers of refugees trying to enter Canada increase, we urge the Trudeau government to stand up to the Trump administration, and to broaden its efforts to fight Islamopobia and racism in its own immigration policies. rWe will continue our efforts to promote and enact anti-racist pedagogy and programming, and encourage university faculties and administrations to do the same. It is increasingly urgent that we work towards social justice in every aspect of university curriculum, hiring, funding, administration and culture.
Penny Goldsmith comes to Ryerson
On Tuesday October 25, The Studio is proud to be presenting the launch of Storming the Digital Divide: The Povnet Story, a graphic book by acclaimed publisher and anti-poverty activist Penny Goldsmith.
80 Gould St. in Room 202
FREE and open to the public.
Penny Goldsmith was the founder of PovNET and its coordinator for 18 years. PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in Canada.
Call for Papers
Activist Media Archives: De/Materializing Bodies
A 1-day Symposium
November 12, 2016
The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought is seeking abstracts and proposals for its
November 12 2016 day-long symposium on the media activist archive. Deadline for
submission of abstracts & proposals has been extended to September 16 2016.
“Activist Media Archives: De/Materializing Bodies” will bring together artistic, scholarly, and
activist communities to discuss the archive across 3 intersecting streams: national media
archives, Indigenous media archives, and feminist/LGBT/queer media archives. This
symposium offers activists, artists, and scholars a chance to interrogate the affective
relationship between materiality, archives, and Canadian cultural practice. Within Canada,
much archival material documenting the voices of marginalized groups is dematerial(iz-ed/
ing); we hope to consider both why this is occurring and how we can create/have created
new archival practices to reincorporate lost records, voices, affects and bodies. In the case
of official archives, Diana Taylor argues that while the material itself does not change, “what
changes over time is the value, relevance, or meaning of the archive, how the items it
contains get interpreted, even embodied” (The Archive and the Repertoire, 19). What does
the way we engage with conventional national archives, ostensibly records of a perceived
national identity, contribute to colonizing practices? At the intersection of preservation, neoliberal
regimes, and (new) materialism, this will be a space to explore how and why the
works of instigators of social change (activists and artists) are often unpreserved. It will also
be an opportunity to explore affective and ephemeral archives, and the possibilities for new
forms of media activist archivization across both digital and analogue platforms.
This conference is open to both scholarly and artistic presentations (or a combination
of both): please indicate this, as well as the appropriate stream, in your proposal.
Presentations should propose to be no longer than 20 minutes, although in some instances
a longer artistic presentation or performance could be facilitated.
Papers will be considered for publication in the inaugural issue of a forthcoming
online graduate journal on social justice media, Spring 2017.
Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
-Official and unofficial archives and histories of LGBT2S, disability, anti-poverty, feminist,
Indigenous and racialized media activism. This could include: video, radio, digital media,
photography & social media.
-The praxis of scholarly archival research, particularly in relation to to activist media, or to
-Considerations of the changing function of the media activist archive in the digital realm, or
what Amit Pinchevski has called “new archival formations that…feed into the social practice
of memory” (253).
-The relation of digital and/or analog archives to national feeling.
-Best practices on collection and preservation of Indigenous, feminist & LGBT2S, disability,
anti-poverty, racialized media activist archives.
-Media art practices foregrounding critical engagement with theories and practices of the
-Media archive as site of both memorialization and loss.
-Accounts, stories, theorization by Indigenous scholars/artists regarding the media archive in
relation to memory, trauma, oral histories,
-Collaborations and other initiatives that transform unofficial and incomplete analog archives
into socially share-able art installations, exhibitions, and digital initiatives.
Abstracts and proposals should be no longer than 400 words.
Please send, along with a short bio to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Assistant Position: August – December 2016
The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought housed in RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, seeks a research assistant. The Studio promotes research/ creation in the areas of media studies, critical theory, Aboriginal, feminist, and queer studies, social justice issues, and media activism. It also provides scholarly space to critically examine the global mediascape as well as to engage students in innovative and creative media responses to social issues.
The duties of the RA for this position will include fundraising, helping to manage a Fall 2016 symposium on the media activist archive, and a winter 2017 speakers’ series/course entitled “Social Justice Media; Innovators, Thinkers, Creators” as well as aiding The Studio team in administration of the centre. The RA must reside in the GTA.
The RA for this position will have excellent facility in the following areas:
Duties will include:
The RA for this position will have excellent facility in some or all the following areas:
Please reply to : Dr. Marusya Bociurkiw, RTA School of Media, with cover letter, CV, and writing sample (no more than 2 pages) by July 30 2016 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who are part of the Social Justice Media Course attached to the Means of Production Workshop Series, attend the lectures and workshops and live blog from each event!
You can find their entries on the side panel -------->
You can also follow the link below.
Tuesday November 10th from 7:00-9:00pm
Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204
Canada is in a housing crisis. On any given night, over 35,000 Canadians do not have a place to go home to. Declining wages, withdrawal of federal government support, reduced benefits and a severe lack of affordable housing are all contributing factors.
Too often, art is seen as entertainment. What happens when art is actually activism? Where do low-income people fit in? What happens when low-income people are involved in community art projects or individual activist works?
Means of Production Speakers’ Series at Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, presents an interactive lecture with Dr. Alex Abramovich and Cathy Crowe, leaders in homeless advocacy. They will address the ways in which community accountability, dialogue, and sometimes even co-creation can work between activist artists and homeless community members. Admission is FREE.
Cathy Crowe is a well-known social activist, educator, and nurse. Crowe is a street nurse and has worked on issues such as shelter conditions and inadequate housing, for over two decades. She has been the subject of documentaries and participated in several video projects with homeless populations. Crowe is currently a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at Ryerson University and holds 5 honourary Doctorates from universities across Canada.
Dr. Alex Abramovich is a nationally recognized leader in the area of LGBTQ youth homelessness and is one of few Canadian researchers studying the phenomenon of queer and trans youth homelessness. Alex’s research has been highlighted extensively by the media, including, The Current, CBC, NOW Magazine, CBC Ottawa, and the Huffington Post. Alex’s work as a video artist has included documentary, digital storytelling and most recently a “Brokered Dialogue Project” where homeless youth speak directly to policy makers via video.
We are very happy to be part of the initiative to bring Cinema Politica to Ryerson University!
The first event is this Thursday:
CALL ME KUCHU
KATHERINE FAIRFAX WRIGHT & MALIKA ZOUHALI-WORRALL / US / 2012 / 87 '
A powerful look at the courageous LGBTQ activists in Uganda, including murdered activist David Kato.