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Thursday, November 25, 2021 — 6:00 PM EST

 Delineating nation state capital — Bonnie Devine & Luis Jacob

Please join us for Delineating nation state capital, the final of five
conversations on the theme of attention, with speakers Bonnie Devine, Artist
and Associate Professor Emerita OCAD University, and Luis Jacob, Visiting
Professor, University of Toronto.  Their short presentations will be followed
by a discussion moderated by David Fortin, McEwen School of Architecture, and
Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo.

Praxes of Care asks, “what is an architecture of care?” Over four
terms–Fall 2021 to Winter 2023–a series of conversations will bring
together two or more architects, designers, researchers, artists, activists,
and care workers to discuss care processes according to the themes of
Attention, Action, Communication, and Maintenance. The series is curated by
faculty, staff, and representatives of student groups: Treaty Lands Global
Stories, Bridge, and the Sustainability Collective. Recent calls for change
have shifted the discipline toward the underlying social and ecological
processes enabled by the production of architecture. By listening to and
learning about care practices from interdisciplinary perspectives, we can
begin to reshape the discipline of architecture into a form of care.

FALL 2021: ATTENTION
“Caring about means that we are attentive to the needs that need to be
addressed. Before any caring process can begin, someone has to recognize the
need for care. This is a more difficult task than it at first seems: some
needs are made difficult to see or deliberately ignored.” — Joan Tronto

Paying attention is the initial step of the caring process. Western
technoscience theorists, Aryn Martin, Natasha Myers, and Ana Viseu, describe
attention as “a mode of inquiry mediated by hesitations, questions, and
observations: it is a practice of not knowing what to do even as one wants to
respond.”

What is observed, focused on, or paid attention to is filtered through our
individual experiences and understandings of the world. In bringing attention
to something, other things may be neglected in the process. What we pay
attention to effects and reflects our worldviews and the decisions we will
make. Not all attention will lead to action and that can be very important.
Yet the act of paying attention also calls on us to bear witness, fight for
recognition, and coordinate our efforts in the struggle for equity and
inclusion. This set of conversations explores how architects can be attentive
to care needs while remaining critical of how and to whom attention is given.

This event is presented alongside the launch of Scapegoat:
Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy 12 - c\a\n\a\d\a.

SPEAKER BIOS 

Bonnie Devine is an installation artist, video maker, curator, writer,
and educator. Using cross disciplinary iterations of written, visual,
and performative practice, Devine explores issues of land, environment,
treaty, history, and narrative. Though formally educated in fine art at
the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University,
Devine’s most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were
Anishinaabe trappers on the Canadian Shield in northern Ontario.

Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been
shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across
Canada and in the USA, South America, Europe, Russia, and
China, including the Art Gallery ofOntario, the Berlin Film Festival,
the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art
Museum in Beijing. Recent public acknowledgements of Devine’s
practice include a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media
Arts in 2021, and an Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage
Award and OCAD University’s Distinguished Research
and Creative Practice Award in 2019. An Associate Professor
Emerita and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous
Visual Culture program at OCAD University, Devine maintains an
active artpractice and serves on several cultural boards and councils
in the United States and Canada. She is based in Toronto.

Luis Jacob is a Peruvian-born, Toronto-based artist whose work destabilizes
viewing conventions and invites collisions of meaning. Since his
participation in documenta 12 in 2007, he has achieved an international
reputation — with exhibitions at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg,
Austria; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany; and the Toronto
Biennial of Art (all 2019); La Biennale de Montréal (2016); Tanya Bonakdar
Gallery, New York (2015); Taipei Biennial (2012); Generali Foundation,
Vienna (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,New York (2010);
Hamburg Kunstverein and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
(both 2008).

Accessibility: Waterloo Architecture is committed to achieving accessibility
for persons with disabilities who are attending the event. Closed Captioning
will be available during the live event. For accommodation questions and
requests, please contact us in advance of the event at
julie.dring@uwaterloo.ca.

For more information on this series and other events presented by Waterloo
Architecture, please visit waconnect.ca or follow us @waterloo_architecture.

Cost 
Free/Complimentary

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