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WINTER - Race Critical Theories Poster
CIMS- 2021-05-28 - There is A Garden-01.
WIP - TV Series and Uncertainty-01
Beyond Inclusion Poster-01
Black Political Making-01
2021-04-02 - WIP Space Invaders-01
Producing Whiteness Through Format Adaptation Poster
Unpayable Debt Poster
Thinking Race with Foucault-01 - Full Po
Documenting Queer Diaspora Poster - V2 -
GEM EVENT - Embodiment and Black Aesthetic
WIP - The Methodology of Homing
GEM EVENT - Asymmetries Race, Media and the Asia(s)
GEM EVENT - We Messed Up-01
Steamrolling Disks
Graphic Landscape
Salemi Italy
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GEM Statement on Anti-Blackness and #BLM

There is an ambivalence, even heartbreak, in writing solidarity statements. Because they are so often used as “cover,” in the sense of business as usual or risk management, and because our banks, mobile phone providers, and the university itself has hijacked its language, branding affiliations. And yet to seek out and provide for solidarity and communion is essential. It is essential to our work as teachers and students, researchers and intellectuals, activists and organizers, pessimists and dreamers.


The Global Emergent Media Lab is committed to Black communities and anti-racist movements and to combatting ongoing colonial violence, police brutality, racial capitalism, and white supremacy. We believe in the work of scholars, activists, and organizers and in their demand to examine and to end white supremacy in its systemic, institutional, and everyday forms. We join communities all over the world in mourning and seeking justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, ...

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Jun 2, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art Bogota exhibit runs from March 25th until August 1st Arabidopsis Thaliana, an audiovisual installation by GEM Lab member, curator, and researcher Ilona Jurkonytė, in collaboration with artist Santiago Reyes Villaveces, is currently exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art Bogota (MAMBO). Arabidopsis Thaliana refers to a particular planetary moment in 1982, when a team of Lithuanian scientists “succeeded in growing a full cycle of Arabidopsis thaliana, a specimen plant, in outer space.” The exhibit weaves an alternative history out of radio, television, and digital archival materials from the period to “tell a microhistoric tale of the loneliest plant in an expanded ecosystem” (Jurkonytė and Villaveces 2021). The work, which “investigates the potential for the expansion of the notions of environment and landscape,” is part of MAMBO’s 2021 exhibition cycle Landscape, Nature, and Territory: The Resilient Quality of Life Under Extreme Circumstances, and runs from March 25 to August 1st. Find out more about the exhibit here. From the exhibition dossier: "At the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá (MAMBO), the layout of the Arabidopsis Thaliana exhibition space is a 360 degree five-screen projection, inspired by the shape of the human vestibular apparatus, our main gravity sensing organ located in the inner ear. The sound of the installation fluctuates between transparency and hypermediation. 5.1 surround sound offers immersive natural soundscapes that are being interrupted by glitches and noise, creating awareness of technology, its mistakes, the accidental, the unintended, and the unforeseen. Through natural and modified sounds of the Amazon and rural Colombia, the composition invites into an impossible Macondian science fiction, which presents a fable of colonizations and attempts to counter them, even beyond Earth. The soundscape is created in close collaboration with Andrés Silva, a Colombian sound designer (The Embrace of the Serpent, dir. Ciro Guerra, Birds of Passage, dir. Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, Tropical Virus, dir. Santiago Caicedo and Paola Gaviria, Suspension, dir. Simón Uribe, etc.)." Jurkonytė is also a co-founder of the 2019 Kaunas International Film Festival in Lithuania. She has recently published an open response to the event, and her reflections on how the concept of “artist’s moving image (AMI)” is impacting “moving image production, its economy, and film culture.”

Ilona Jurkonytė's audiovisual exhibition, Arabidopsis Thaliana, featured at MAMBO

GEM Lab News!

Apr 21, 2021 Black Political Making, a screening and conversation with filmmaker Esery Mondesir and writer/curator Nataleah Hunter-Young, is now available to stream on our video page. Mondesir and Hunter-Young discuss a range of topics, including their analog and digital practices, the aesthetics of care, and the flawed global conception of racism in Canada. About the artists: ESERY MONDESIR is a Haitian-born video artist and filmmaker. He was a high school teacher and a labour organizer before receiving an MFA in cinema production from York University (Toronto) in 2017. Mondesir’s work draws from personal and collective memory, official archives and vernacular records, and the everyday to suggest a reading of our society from its margins. His films, which explore migration and exile as sites of identity formation as well as cultural resistance, have been exhibited in Canada and internationally. Mondesir currently lives in Toronto and teaches at OCAD University. NATALEAH HUNTER-YOUNG is a writer, film curator, and Ph.D. candidate in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities. A Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, her doctoral research explores the socio-cultural impacts of social media videos documenting anti-Black police brutality and their representations in contemporary art. At the Toronto International Film Festival, Nataleah is international associate programmer for Africa, the Middle East and Black Diaspora. She has also supported festival programming for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. To find her recent writing visit Canadian Art Magazine, Xtra Magazine, the Gardiner Museum, and issue #58 of PUBLIC: Arts | Culture | Ideas, which she also co-edited. Nataleah was born to two and raised by many in Toronto.

Now available to stream: "Black Political Making" with Esery Mondesir and Nataleah Hunter-Young

GEM Lab News!

Apr 1, 2021 "Unpayable Debt" with Denise Ferreira da Silva, from the GEM Lab's 2020-21 Seminar in Media and Political Theory series, Race Critical Theories, is now available to stream on our video page. In the talk, Dr. da Silva, Professor and Director of the Social Justice Institute at UBC, draws on her forthcoming book Unpayable Debt. The video also features a Q&A with participants. About the author: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva is Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. An academic and practicing artist, Dr. da Silva's work addresses the ethico-political challenges of the global present. She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), A Dívida Impagavel (Oficina da Imaginaçāo Política and Living Commons, 2019), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg/MIT Press, forthcoming) and co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), among many others. Upcoming Events Thursday, April 8th @ 2PM: Black Political Making: A Screening and Conversation between Esery Mondesir and Nataleah Hunter-Young Friday, April 16 @ 2PM: Beyond Inclusion: An Anti-Racist Pedagogy & Research Workshop for Graduate Students (Registration limited)

Stream "Unpayable Debt" with Denise Ferreira da Silva

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