Kinetic sculpture’s rising star
If I told you to go watch a video about Theo Jansen, star of the web’s kinetic sculpture world, I’d understand if you hesitated. Conceptual art on YouTube, after all, doesn’t sound like much fun. But once you see Jansen’s giant, insect-like creatures, you might change your mind.
Black women’s film festival hits Med Sci tomorrow in celebration of Black History Month
At twentysomething, Clairandean Humphrey is the youngest filmmaker involved in the second annual Mpenzi: Black Women’s International Film and Video Festival this Friday at the Medical Sciences Building.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking,” she says. “I’m not used to public speaking, which we’ll be doing, so I’ll be challenging myself in that way.”
The festival, which is sponsored in part by U of T’s Women and Gender Studies Institute, will showcase seven short films by black women, with several of the filmmakers in attendance and a panel discussion. Humphrey will be showing a three-minute film entitled Connect the Dots.
YONGE AND EGLINTON – “Oh my god, what are they doing?” These are not words you expect to hear at the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, the annual celebration of corn on the cob, humidity and Yonge Street. The woman who speaks them stands just north of Eglinton, peering into what looks like a bumper-car enclosure. But no one is running into each other under this roof. They’re dancing — quietly. The 10 or 12 people on the floor are wearing large silver headphones and moving to a silent beat.
A sign at one end of the dance floor reads “There’s no DJ like NO DJ.” And by the sound of the silent room, you might think there was no DJ. But there is a DJ. It’s Nico Okkerse, who calls himself NO DJ. The music he spins is broadcast to wireless headphones.
YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE – There are not many places where a crumpled, smouldering car wreck can be upstaged, but on the evening of June 9, it’s happening. Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable (Socially Acceptable Terrorist Action, or ATSA) is in town to stage a mock car bombing and criticize sport-utility vehicles. Set up in the northwest corner of the square, the art installation even smells right, thanks to a fume machine burning vegetable oil. Blasting horns from the cars idling in rush-hour traffic provide the right soundtrack. It’s even a smog day. But most of the people in Dundas Square are watching a nearby busker, especially now that he’s standing on a 10-foot ladder, juggling knives.