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Calculating Upon the Unforeseen

Located along Dundas Street West from the Art Gallery of Ontario to Yonge-Dundas Square

Curated by Clara Halpern, this exhibition features five projects.

Clara Halpern

Curatorial Statement

In her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit asks: "How do you calculate upon the unforeseen?" She says to recognize the role of the unknown or unexpected is an art of collaborating with chance and the limits of calculation. Rather than an avoidance of responsibility, these notions of the limits of planning and control allow for action and future change. To reflect on the future today requires thinking not just of the past 150 years, but looking back 15000 years. It entails thinking about a multiplicity of perspectives that stretch beyond national borders.

This project brings together six artists who reflect on many possible futures. Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyên's video revisits the 1967 official construction of a UFO landing pad in St. Paul, AB, and the simultaneous emergence of policies around multiculturalism in Canada. Building a new structure, Cedric Bomford and Verena Kaminiarz have constructed Embassy, an imagined foreign mission. Tanya Lukin Linklater's new commissioned film draws on her research of Indigenous understanding of treaties, which implicate Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Will Kwan's performance amplifies voices, through the activist tactic of the human microphone. Christina's Battle's dispersed videos explore mental time travel as an alternate future for present inequalities.

— Clara Halpern


Clara Halpern is Assistant Curator at Oakville Galleries. She has curated exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, and Abrons Arts Center, New York. She has written for Modern Painters and was a Student Researcher at The Centre for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery, London. Halpern was part of the team for Sarah Sze's project at the U.S. Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale and co-curated the education program for Frieze New York 2014. She holds a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

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