Keynote Speakers

Steve Kurtz

Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall
Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 PM

Steven Kurtz, PhD, Professor Emeritus, is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed art and theater group Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). CAE is an award-winning collective of artists of various specializations—including digital imaging and web design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance—dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, political activism, and critical theory. For three decades CAE has produced and exhibited art that examines questions surrounding information and communication technologies, biotechnologies, and ecological struggle. The collective has performed and produced a wide variety of projects for an international audience at diverse venues ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet, and has been invited to exhibit and perform in many of the world’s leading cultural institutions, including Documenta, the Whitney Museum, the New Museum, the Corcoran, the ICA (London), Schirn Kunsthalle, and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Cameron Cartiere

York University, Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
Friday, May 19th at 4:30 PM

Cameron Cartiere is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She is a practitioner, writer and researcher specializing in public art, urban renewal, and environmental issues. She is the author of RE/Placing Public Art, co-editor of The Practice of Public Art, and co-author of the Manifesto of Possibilities: Commissioning Public Art in the Urban Environment. Her most recent book (with Martin Zebracki, University of Leeds, UK) is The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion.
Dr. Cartiere’s current research (in conjunction with Nancy Holmes of UBC Okanagan) involves collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of artists, writers, scientists, and new media researchers to convert neglected greenways into native pollinator pastures using public art as the driving force for positive sustainable environmental change. This SSHRC funded research, “Public art pollinator pastures: new models of creative community engagement for sustainable environmental impact” is based in the British Columbia cities of Richmond and Kelowna. Richmond city partners include the Sustainability Unit, Public Art and Parks departments. Kelowna city partners include the Public Art and Parks departments. The research project is also known as Border Free Bees (  
Dr. Cartiere is the co-editor of the peer review journal Public Art Dialogue, published by Routledge.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Claire Doherty has cancelled her lecture and participation in Public Art: New Ways of Thinking & Working. We apologize for the inconvenience.