Unprogrammability: A Discussion on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Working Out of Context

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This session is held in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Seminar Room 2 (Room 018)


Led by Indu Vashist, Amy Fung, Sharlene Bamboat


Indu Vashist is the Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre), a non-profit, artist-run center in Canada dedicated to increasing the visibility of culturally diverse artists. Amy Fung is a writer, researcher and curator currently based in Toronto, with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. Sharlene Bamboat is a multidisciplinary artist working predominantly in moving image installation. She has exhibited internationally at Les Complices* (Zurich), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario), and Vasakh Film Festival (Lahore).


Using the film screening of Nuclear Hallucinations as a foundation for the conversation, Indu Vashist converses with Amy Fung and Sharlene Bamboat about the politics, aesthetics and ethics of what makes a work programmable. Facilitators will navigate the challenges of curating works outside their original contexts, speaking to ideas of censorship, translation and accessibility.