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January 14, 2014

AT LEAST ∞ IMPRESSIONS

Exciting news! For the last little while myself and my best pal/ colleague Aliya Tejani have been working really hard to produce two installations for upcoming exhibitions taking place during this years Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TODO). I am so thrilled to finally share a bit more about our projects, and hope that you have the opportunity to come see our work and the work of the talented artists and designers participating with us!

Urban Factors (300 Seconds)
SUMO Project is a practice founded by two architects with a gorgeous studio and gallery space in Kensington Market. During Toronto Design Offsite Festival, they will be screening five short films (ours included!) that explore the contemporary urban condition from a sociological, psychological, aesthetical, functional, and/or physical point of view. Here is a description of our film 'At Least ∞ Impressions':

"This short video integrates captured documentary footage of reflections of public spaces/ city life in Toronto and key moments in cinematic film. Through a series of 30 second productions, illusory stories, contexts, needs, and desires are impressed on surfaces that retain imprints of reality. The thematic exploration of perception through reflections and alternate realities encourages the adoption of new perspectives and the emergence of connection, ownership, and action in our shared spaces."

The exhibition runs the entire week of TODO, with an opening reception on Friday January 24 from 7-10pm. For location details and more information, please go here.

Hours:
Monday 20th to Sunday 26th, 11am-5pm

Admission:
Free

Come Up To My Room
Come Up To My Room is one of Toronto's biggest annual design exhibitions, this being its 11th year running. Last year we participated in the exhibition when we were working with Department of Unusual Certainties. This year Aliya and I are taking over the second floor public bathroom, just off of the main gallery space. Below is a brief synopsis of our installation, 'Conjunction Junction', with some more details here and here.

"'Conjunction Junction' creates individually specific and emotionally charged experiences that bring to question the relationships to and perception of our surroundings. The washroom as a private yet public space becomes an important place where moments of self-reflection and transitional awareness occur. A visual loop of alternating (illusive, plausible/implausible) landscapes superimposed onto reflective surfaces invites participants to explore these private moments and confront the precarious gradient between reality and illusion. 'Conjunction Junction' considers the dynamics of perception and its implications on connection, ownership, and action within ourselves and public space."

The exhibition runs from Thursday January 23 to Sunday January 26, 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel. Join us at the opening reception on Saturday January 25th starting at 7pm, and then make your way downstairs for the incredibly fun Love Design Party, which is the official closing party of TODO.

Hours:
Thursday 23rd, 6-8pm
Friday 24th, 11am-8pm
Saturday 25th, 11am-10pm
Sunday 26th, 11am-5pm

Admission:
$10 general admission
$5 for students on Friday 24th

More information about party details, talks and other Come Up To My Room events here.

As you can probably tell, our two installations are closely related. The film 'At Least ∞ Impressions' has three iterations expressed through spatial change, highlighting the role that context plays in perception. The range of privacy and the design of the environment creates spatial differences that impact perception and interaction with the film. The film will be screened in our installation for Come Up To My Room, in a gallery setting at SUMO Project's studio, and embedded into virtual space (link coming shortly).

We would be so thrilled to talk more about our projects, and to celebrate TODO together so please come by to say hello. Also, feel free touch base via the interwebs and social media!

Twitter:
@natashabasacchi
@aliyatejani

This project would not be possible without the support of the Ontario Arts Council and The Power Plant. Thank you, thank you!

January 13, 2014

LATELY, IN MOVIES

Blue Velvet is my first David Lynch film. It wasn't quite what I thought it would be, although to be honest I'm not sure what I expected. Glad I finally knocked it off my list of movies to watch, that list being TIFF's Essential 100 Films (see the list here). Also, this cover! I knew nothing about Frida Kahlo before seeing the film Frida. Very colourful, passionate, and inspiring.
My Summer of Love wasn't memorable. It felt as if there were a lot of emotions that more or less led up to nothing spectacular, not that it needed to. When I think back to Goodbye, First Love I also think of Blue is the Warmest Color. They are both very different, but similar in that coming-of-age, falling in love and getting your heart broken by someone you thought you'd spend your life with, kind of way. I thought this movie was nice.
The Sessions was great. Helen Hunt is amazing; Mad About You and Twister are some of my HH faves. As you can probably tell, I'm not particularly drawn to action/ fantasy/ historic/ futuristic films. But I gave The Hunger Games a try and I loved it! It reminded me of the novel The Giver, that I read when I was 13.

January 4, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year! Last year was a whirlwind. If I had to define it in one word I'd probably choose transformation. In 2013 I experienced a wide range of emotions. I loved deeply and I got my heart broken. I had some summer flings and I was confidently single. I had eight jobs and I was still deeply underemployed. I interviewed for some great positions and I was rejected on multiple occasions. I created my first solo installation and I got accepted for a few more. I bonded with my friends and family and went on a few trips. At moments I felt the best I've ever felt, and sometimes I felt like I had taken a few steps back. But regardless, I felt like I had finally gotten hold of some sort of momentum and I didn't want to let go. I can't help but be so thankful and sentimental (obvi) about the year, especially since I ended it on such a good note.
I'm starting 2014 with a new job that feels so right, in an apartment that I just rearranged (feels so NEW), a new hair cut, with the best friends and family a gal could ask for, and feeling so extremely confident and sure. If last year was a year of transformation, I want this year to be a year of balance. Of really grabbing on to all of the possibilities that I've been cultivating over the past two years. Of really pushing myself to my potential and of being present through it all. I want to make sure that I continue to trust myself and to only surround myself with love. My motto so far this year has been "Only good things" and I only wish the same for you too, friends.
1. A collage I made on January 2, 2014. Only good things this year. 2. My apartment on January 3, 2014. If a picture could represent exactly how I feel, this one is pretty close.
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