Museum of Non Participation

Check out all of the notebooks that the Direct Speech Acts Group used during the 48 hour seminar, documenting their thoughts, ideas, sketches, etc.



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Out of the 48 hr seminar, a collaborative intervention project was installed all over the UTM campus.

Click on the map below for more information!


The House of the Unexpected

The House of the Unexpected is a call to contribute to a series of gatherings that seek to critique and potentially redefine the terms of the social, aesthetic and political commons through strategies of ‘dissensus’ – a coming together of disparate and even oppositional voices – to reconsider the established social and visual order.

Mirza and Butler will form working groups, conduct workshops, lead guided exhibition tours, screen work and present artist talks for audiences and collaborators. SAVAC and Blackwood Gallery invite you to participate in the project through the events listed above and on our blog.

To read a PDF copy of Haema Sivanesan’s curatorial essay please click here.



Kole: The Artist Residency: Privilege, Precarity and Production

Slovenian intellectual Gal Kirn introduces some provocations in our thinking of the political economy that surrounds the ‘artist residency’ : “For me, this popularization and normalization of residence seems rather as a negative utopia – a dystopia. One could name it as a managerial commune, where you manage the space to an optimum efficacy: to have various artists coming from everywhere for certain periods of time and to get the most out of them. Certainly, for the time being, artists are safe in their paradise. They can realize their potentials, but at the same time, they become isolated from society on the little parallel islands of residence. But this parallel island is neatly connected to a global network of art residencies, nomadism of precarious cultural workers becomes an imperative rather than a ‘free’ choice for everyone, and it can be as repressive as staying in one gallery one’s whole life. The choice was already made and certainly not by them.”

To read Kirn’s full article in Reartikulacija, click here.


Gal Kirn
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Gal Kirn’s Biography:

Gal Kirn is a former fellow of ICI Berlin. He currently works at the Scientific Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Ljubljana (2011-present) and is finishing up dissertation on the topic of contemporary French philosophy (especially on Louis Althusser) with the history of the emergence of revolutionary Yugoslavia and its tragic break-up. He collaborates with the Centre of Cultural Studies (FDV, Ljubljana) on the topic of xenofobia. He was an editor of the journal Agregat (2005-2008) and a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2008-10), where he organized a series of international conferences on Yugoslavia and self-management urbanism, Yugoslavian black wave cinema and on Althusser. In his hometown Ljubljana he participates in the Workers’-Punks’ University, which sets up a platform of events: lectures, film seminars and reading groups. He is a correspondent editor for the international journal Historical Materialism, an editor of the book ‘Postfordism and its discontents’ (JvE Academie, B-Books and Mirovni Inštitut) and a co-editor of ‘New public spaces. Dissensual political and artistic practices in the post-Yugoslav context’ (JvE Academie and Moderna Galerija).

Natalie: Considering Canadian Acts of Aggression and Concealment

Below is a letter circulated by Canadian Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, to a number of Canadian LGBT activists last week. See this link for a queer response to this letter (first circulated on FB but for those of you without accounts, I found this copy on a blog).

I wrote a short article about pinkwashing and homonationalism last year that discusses a bit of Kenney’s policies, here. A little more of Kenney’s stance on gender rights, here.

Considering Canada cut its diplomatic ties to Iran; notice the way sexual rights get mobilized in Canadian international relations discourses and the gearing up of propaganda to fuel militarization.



———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <>
Date: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM
Subject: LGBT Refugees from Iran


Last Friday, my colleague John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke in great detail about Canada’s principled foreign policy, including our efforts to promote basic freedoms around the world, and to take a stand against the persecution of gays and lesbians, and against the marginalization of women in many societies. I made similar remarks in my speech last November to the global conference of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where I raised the particular plight of gay and lesbian refugees.

As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I believe that Canada should always be a place of refuge for those who truly need our protection. That is why we continue to welcome those fleeing persecution, which oftentimes includes certain death, including on the basis of sexual orientation.

We are proud of the emphasis our Conservative Government has placed on gay and lesbian refugee protection, which is without precedent in Canada’s immigration history. We have increased the resettlement of gay refugees living abroad as part of our refugee programs. In particular, we have taken the lead in helping gay refugees who have fled often violent persecution in Iran to begin new, safe lives in Canada. We are also helping community groups like the Rainbow Refugee Committee to sponsor gay refugees for resettlement to Canada.

Please click on the web-links below for more information. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts.


Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP
Calgary Southeast

September 15, 2012 – Canada a haven for persecuted gay Iranians, Kenney says
By: Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News

September 14, 2012 – Address by Minister Baird at Montreal Council on Foreign Relations Luncheon

February 4, 2012 – Kenney responds to immigration story; argues systemic changes will not harm gay refugees

January 23, 2012 – John Baird points finger at gay rights abuses in African, Caribbean countries
By: Jeff Davis, Postmedia News

March 2, 2011 – Government of Canada to help gay and lesbian refugees fleeing persecution

December 11, 2009 – Canada Urges Uganda to Reconsider Draft Anti-Homosexuality Bill