Exploring Networks

Emergent Practices in Communication

The following public series has been conceived as part of “Emergent Practices in Communication”, an advanced course hosted at the beautiful York University’s own Glendon Campus. Supported by a Academic Innovation Fund, this special series consists of 5 public engagements with pedagogical and experiential learning goals.

The main objective is to provide opportunities for students to not only achieve a better and more nuanced understanding of the complexities involved in interspecies communication in relation to our technological networks, but also to develop a better intersectional appreciation for responsible consumption and production, collaborative and collective work, communication with different forms of knowledge, and untimately, care.

An important hands on component of the course is to help build, care for, and document a site specific installation by Markham-based artist Xiaojing Yan. The launch of the installation, which will constantly transform and will be visible throughout the Fall 23′ term, will be followed by four afternoon hybrid events featuring international artists and community organizers engaged in land based knowledge production and care, interspecies communication and community engagement.

Oct. 2, 5:00 PM,
Mycosymbiosis: an installation by Xiaojing Yan
Outside of Glendon Hall

Mycosymbiosis is a time-based and site-specific installation at Glendon. The installation will be located on the balcony adjacent to Historic Glendon Manor’s ballroom. On Monday,  we will meet in front of the Manor ( Glendon Hall) at 5 pm and we will be launching the installation. A reception in the Ballroom will follow.

The installation consists of a mobile gallery containing a variety of mushrooms which grow, decay and renew, weaving their intricate forms through its interstitial space and the responding to the surrounding natural environment.

Oct. 16, 3:30 PM,
The Anthropocene Cookbook


Zane Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie
Hybrid Event (In person + on Zoom)

This event is Hybrid. Join us in person at Glendon Campus, rm YH190 (the studio next to the Glendon Theatre) for a community experience and some anthropocene snacks. Or join us via Zoom.

The event will be recorded.

This event is also part of the international LASER Leonardo series

October 30, 4:00 PM,
Behind food production.

Community Activities and Presentation


Chris Ramsaroop (Justicia for Migrant Workers) & former migrant workers
Claire M. Tallarico, Visual Artist and Cook

This is an in-person event. If you wish to participate online you can connect via zoom. The event will be recorded.

November 13, 4:30 PM
Ecologies of Urban Farming and Community Panel Discussion


Meagan Dellavilla, Aanjiktigaan
Karen Houle, ART+ SOIL+ COLLECTIVE
Cheyenne Sundance, Sundance Harvest

Nico Cabal, Glendon Community Garden

This is an in person event. If you wish to participate online you can connect via zoom. The event will be recorded.

November 20, 4:30 PM,
Techno Tamaladas


Praba Pilar

This is a Hybrid event. Our guest will join us on zoom. Join us in person at Glendon Campus, rm YH190 (the studio next to the Glendon Theatre) for a more community-based experience and snacks inspired by the artist. Or join us via Zoom. The event will be recorded.