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Night of Ideas 2020: Schedule

Being Alive

January 25, 2020 from 5pm-2am
Art Museum at University of Toronto
Hart House at University of Toronto


Join artists, philosophers, and activists for a night of thinking through what it means to be alive in the multiplicities of the body and entanglements of identity.



Opening Reception of Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm
University of Toronto Art Centre
For accessibility requests, please contact or 647-568-1831

Welcome + Introductions by John Monahan, Warden of Hart House; Tudor Alexis, Consul General of France in Toronto; and Barbara Fischer, Executive Director of the Art Museum
Hart House, Great Hall, main floor

Keynote: Paul B. Preciado
Hart House, Great Hall, Main Floor

8:30pm to 10:15pm
RARE Theatre Performances in the Round: Disability and Sexuality 
Co-presented with the Hart House Theatre
Chapel, 1st floor

  • Love is like Ping Pong performed by Dylan Harman and Krystal Harman (8:30pm)
  • Ghost Tales performed by Nikoletta Erdelyi (9:15pm and 10pm)

ReVision Screenings: Shorts
Co-presented with Bodies in Translation and the Hart House Art Committee

Reading Room, 2nd floor

  • Fluid by Mari Ramsawakh, 1:44 minutes
  • Watershed by Jake Pyne, 3:16 minutes
  • A Poem to Everyone In My Life Who Misgenders Me (And Thinks It’s No Big Deal) by Devin Gaine, 2:29 minutes
  • Butch Coyolxauhqui by Karleen Jimenez, 4:06 minutes

8:30pm and 9:30pm
Fay and Fluffy Reading Time 
Reading Room, 2nd floor

8:45pm and 9:30pm
Au Nom de la Danse Performance by Thomas Destombes and Elisa Martinez
Music Room, 2nd floor

Conversation: On Performing Identity and Engaging Community
Great Hall, 1st floor

  • Led by Dr. Loree Erickson, Postdoctoral Fellow at Ryerson Disability Studies and Sessional Instructor at University of Toronto and OCAD
  • With:
    • Ben Barry, Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Fashion and Founding Director of the Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change at Ryerson University
    • Patrick Salvani/Ms. Nookie Galore, non-binary FilipinX drag queen

Conversation: On Transgressive Bodies and Fragmentation
Co-presented with Tangled Arts + Disability
Debates Room, 2nd floor

  • Led by: Jack Hawk, Outreach Coordinator at Tangled Art + Disability
  • With:
    • Wit López, Multi-disciplinary maker, performer, cultural advocate and public speaker
    • Max Ferguson, PhD candidate, Art and Women’s and Gender Studies at York University

Kent Monkman Screenings

  • Blood River, 2000. 23 minutes, English.
  • Taxonomy of the European Male, 2005. 16:36 minutes, English. 

Response to Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm with Judith Nicogossian
University of Toronto Art Centre

10pm onwards
Les couilles sur la table (Balls on the Table) podcast with Victoire Tuaillon
Presented in partnership with CIUT 89.5FM
Map Room, Main floor

Screening of Laissez-moi aimer documentary on Au Nom de la Danse (from 3e Oeil)
With Q&A to follow with the performers
Debates Room, 1st floor

Interactive Vogue Dance Exhibit and Performance by the Legendary House Mother Snoopy of the Kiki House of Disney and dancers from the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance with music from DJ Black Cat

Conversation: On Sex Work and Activism with Emma Becker and Dr. Loree Erickson
Reading Room, 2nd floor

Textile Art Performance by Jenna Reid and Channing Melting Tallow
Great Hall, Main Floor

Mirha Soleil Ross Screening
Reading Room, 2nd floor

  • Mirha Soleil Ross’ Gut-busting, Ass-erupting & Immoderately Whorish compilation tape!, 2001. 30 minutes, English

Preview of Loree Erickson’s New Film and Other Queer-Crip Porn 
Reading Room, 2nd floor


Ongoing Art Installations and Activities:

7pm-12am: Exhibitions open late at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre
Please contact Art Museum at or at 647-568-1831 for accessibility requests to the University of Toronto Art Centre.

7pm – onwards: South Sitting Room Quiet Space


Note: Times, locations and speakers subject to change.


Presented by:

NOI partners

Supported by:

Cultural Partners:

Bodies in Translation logo      Tangled Arts + Disability Logo       The 519 Logo       

Media Sponsors:

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