The Parliament Street silos, Luminato Festival, Toronto

What should have been a landmark event took place on a Saturday night last June in Toronto. The massive Victory Soya Mills silos on the Parliament Slip, just south of Toronto's Distillery District, were the site of a projection piece by New York-based conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, staged as part of the city-wide but somewhat confounding Luminato Festival. It was rumoured that the projection was happening, although no event listing or details seemed to be forthcoming--not even an event date. I heard about it by word of mouth a day or two in advance. We…

Nam June Paik’s 1962 One For Violin Solo

Nam June Paik's 1962 One For Violin Solo involved the artist lifting the instrument over his head slowly and then smashing it down onto the table in front of him, the shattered pieces sent flying. This work gained in notoriety when Charlotte Moorman performed it in 1967. During the lead-up to the destruction, an audience member began berating her that it was wasteful and shameful to destroy an instrument, that it would be better given to some underprivileged music student. He charged the stage in protest, only to have his forehead gashed open by the…

The Role of the Arts in Learning

IEA Publishes Panel Discussion on the Role of the Arts in Learning The Institute has released its latest report, The Role of the Arts in Effective Teaching and Learning, a panel discussion among educators and cultural leaders in Stark County, Ohio. Panelists discussed their own childhood experiences learning through the arts and how those experiences impacted their adult lives. The discussion concludes with specific suggestions and a call to action to increase this generation’s interaction with the arts. (10/4/06) Read the report >>>