CANCELLED | Aggregate: Filipa Ramos

17 March 2020 6pm - 8pm

Following the guidelines of Canada Public Health officials, including a recommendation to avoid all non-essential international travel, this event has been cancelled. 

Making Plans for Nigel

Nigel was a male Australasian gannet who spent his last years living in the New Zealand island of Mana, where he befriended a concrete decoy of a member of his species. Departing from the moving history of this seabird, Filipa Ramos will reflect on the importance played by forms of love, ethics and care which cross species, genders and life boundaries for a renewed ecological sensibility and environmental preservation.

This presentation is part of the Master of Visual Studies Proseminar at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

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Filipa Ramos is a Lisbon-born writer and lecturer based in London. She is Curator of Art Basel Film. Her research looks at human’s engagement with animals in the contexts of art and artists’ cinema. Her essays and texts have been published in magazines and books worldwide. With Andrea Lissoni she founded and curates Vdrome, a programme of screenings of artists’ films. She is Lecturer at the MRes Arts at Central Saint Martins, London, and the Master Programme of the Arts Institute of the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Basel. She was Editor in Chief of art-agenda, Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal and contributed for Documenta 13 (2012) and 14 (2017). She edited Animals (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2016) and curated the group exhibition “Animalesque” (Bildmuseet Umeå, Summer 2019, and BALTIC, Gateshead, Winter 2019/20). She curates the ongoing symposia series The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Lucia Pietroiusti for the Serpentine Galleries.

Mercer Union’s Aggregate program seeks to invite cultural producers to Toronto, who are researching and developing methodologies that speak to the value of working small-scale. Aggregate aims to foster dialogue with like-minded organizations, combining knowledge and resources to expand the potential of our work.

The Aggregate Program is generously supported by The British Council