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Night of Ideas 2019

Facing the Present

February 2, 2019 from 7 pm – 2 am

Join artists, philosophers, and scientists for a night of thinking through the urgencies of our time.


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Watch video footage from the Keynote Address

In partnership with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Canada and Hart House, the Art Museum is one of the first Canadian institutions to take part in this French-initiated global, all-night event happening simultaneously in more than 50 cities.

The audience will be able to engage directly in conversation with these thinkers as part an intensive series of lectures, workshops, performances, screenings and readings. Interactive activities throughout the night will focus on the movement of people from a political, historical, economic and scientific perspective including a late-night Cricket match, board games from around the world, dancing and live music, samosas, and apples from all over (tracing their path from farm to table).

Speakers include: novelist, poet, and essayist Alain Mabanckou; founder of the collective Black(s) to the Future Mawena Yehouessi; member of SOS Mediterranée Marc Carbonell; activist Syed Hussan, No One is Illegal-Toronto and the Migrant Workers Alliance; and Sarah Sharma, Associate Professor and Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, University of Toronto. Read biographies of participants, artists and speakers.

Installations by Vision Exchange artists Divya Mehra and the Raqs Media Collective will be on view in Hart House from 7pm-12am.


Hart House
Art Museum at the University of Toronto



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Divya Mehra

Divya Mehra, Afterlife of Colonialism, a reimagining of Power: It’s possible that the Sun has set on your Empire OR Why your voice does not matter: Portrait of an Imbalanced, and yet contemporary diasporic India vis-à-vis Colonial Red, Curry Sauce Yellow, and Paradise Green, placed neatly beneath these revived medieval forms: The Challenges of entering a predominately White space (Can you get this in the gift shop?), 2019, inflatable attempt at the Taj Mahal, acrylic deep base paint, 15’ x 15’ x 15’

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