Virtual(ity) -

“The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment. We can be responsible for machines; they do not dominate or threaten us. We are responsible for boundaries; we are they.” – Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985).

Using Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto as a point of departure, Virtual(ity) explores the internet as a tool which can be used in the production of social reality. Taking the form of a digital exhibition, Virtual(ity) examines whether digital spaces can be used to complicate, blur and/or transcend boundaries and borders— borders historically used to separate, classify and dominate people and land in our lived realities. If technology has the potential to breach boundaries—such as the boundaries between reality and science fiction, organism and machine—then perhaps it can breach the notion of the fractured identity, caused by the limitations of Western dualisms. Similarly to the way that humans have built, destroyed and redeveloped machines,Virtual(ity)is interested in the potential existence of new social realities—deconstructed, rebuilt, and chimerized with technology.

 

Including works by:

Jessica Leung (Vancouver, B.C.)
Zinnia Naqvi (Toronto, ON. and Montreal, QC.)
Xuan Ye (Toronto, ON.)

And live performance by:
Mushtari Afroz (Toronto, ON.)
Tamar Ilana (Toronto, ON.)
Ahilan Kathirgamathamby (Toronto, ON.)

Curator Bio:

Jaycee Tu is a curator and multidisciplinary artist who works within a praxis that involves exploring notions of belonging and relationships with land through storytelling practices, historical/ archival research and community and arts-based programming. Jaycee also works as a freelance educator and workshop facilitator, having taught arts-related practices to children and youth for various organizations including Chinese College of Art, Design Exchange Museum, Youthdale Treatment Center and most recently The Peer Project. She is a graduate of OCAD University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practices and is currently enrolled in the American Sign Language program at the Canadian Hearing Society. Jaycee is Chinese-Filipina, born and based in Tkaronto.

See more of Jaycee’s work at www.jayceetu.ca. Feel free to email with any inquiries at artbyjayceetu@gmail.com.