McLuhan100 DEW Line Festival starts Saturday

I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.” Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media


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+City (DEW Line Festival Downloadable App)

  • +City launches at the DEW Line Festival! +City is a real-time tweet tracker that visualizes and geolocates exchanges via the social web. +City offers various view modes of twitter activity that drill down from the global to the individual displaying global hubs, city activity, peaks of tweet activity in specific locations, and the content of specific tweets.

Everything That Is Solid Melts Into Air

  • Time: Nov 5, and 7-10, Noon to 5pm  /  Location: The Coach House Institute, 39a Queen’s Park Crescent (in the parking lot behind 39 Queen’s Park Crescent), Toronto / Cost: Free
  • This installation borrows its title from a sentence from the Communist Manifesto, and delves into the idea of commodity fetishism applied to the production of oil in Nigeria and its subsequent speculative use in North America. Consisting of a two-channel synchronised video installation, each screen depicts one of the two factions struggling for control of the precious good.


  • Both projects co-produced by Art for Commuters and Pattison Onestop. Curated by Sharon Switzer. The Pattison digital video billboard can be found at 322 Yonge St, Toronto. The Onestop digital screens can be found in over 60 TTC stations across Toronto.

Above Ground: NATURE

  • An international video billboard art project at Yonge Street, just north of Dundas Square, featuring 8-second video and text pieces by Steve Lambert (USA), Kelly Mark (Canada), onformative (Germany), Kelly Richardson (UK), and Ron Terada (Canada).

Below Ground: Vera Frenkel, The Messiah with the Right Credentials

  • The most recent work in Frenkel’s ongoing Messiah Project. Playing every 10 minutes on screens in subway platforms across Toronto.

Models For Taking Part

  • Time: Nov 5-10, Gallery Hours: Monday – Wednesday & Friday 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday – Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm  /  Location: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto  /  Cost: Free
  • Presented in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s birth, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery’s fall program takes as its point of departure McLuhan’s observation that, in the electronic age, information integration would cause people to be ever more involved in each other’s lives, collapsing any easy distinction between what is felt to be near or far.

The Eyes That Stopped the Train

  • Time: Nov 5-10  /  Location: Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto  /  Cost: Free
  • The Eyes that Stop the Train questions the time of moving image technologies vis a vis physical space as a train takes the viewer on an ever looping trip between two unseen places.

Robert Bean: 273@345 (brushing information against information)

  • Time: Exhibition OPENING RECEPTION Friday November 4, 2011, 6 – 9 PM (The artist will be in attendance)  /  Run: November 5 – December 3, 2011; Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m., or by appointment (please don’t hesitate)  /  Location: Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345 – 345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Canada  /  Cost: Free
  • Circuit Gallery is pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Canadian Artist Robert Bean exploring the relationship between John Cage and Marshall McLuhan. This exhibition considers the influential relationship that Marshall McLuhan and the composer John Cage shared during their lives.

Medium Massage 2.0 :: an infinite inventory

  • Time: November 5th – December 3rd, 2011, opening reception, November 5th, 2 – 5pm  /  Location: Contact Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave, Suite 310, Toronto  /  Cost: Free
  • Featured Artists: Kate Armstrong, Myfanwy Ashmore, Jeremy Bailey, David Jhave Johnston, Martine Neddam, Rafaël Rozendaal, Cheryl Sourkes, Donna Szoke, KD Thornton

CBC Radio presents Demystifying McLuhan

  • Demystifying McLuhan will engage you with McLuhan’s ideas through a series of puzzles and creative projects. Work your way through a jumble of McLuhan quotes, then use audio and visual materials from the CBC Archives to remix, rework and recreate McLuhan’s message. Opens October 24th! URL:

McLuhan at the NFB

  • Guided Viewing Stations for McLuhan themed films – Time:  Hours: Noon-7pm Tues-Thurs; Noon-10pm Thurs-Sat; Sun Noon-5pm   /  Location: Guided Viewing Stations, main floor, 150 John Street, Toronto  /  Cost: Free
  • McLuhan’s Wake screening – 3pm Tuesday November 8th.


  • Time: Nov. 2-13; Gallery Hours: Wed- sun . 1-6pm  /  Location: Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. West, Toronto  /  Cost: Free
  • Gallery 1313 is pleased to present, THE MESSAGE, an exhibition of new media artists who explore the effects of technology on popular culture and society.



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