Talks, Residencies, Workshops, etceteras


For an overview of my conference presentations, please download my cv from here.


GO ELSEWHERE. Artist Residency, Greensboro, North Carolina, August 28-September 11, 2013.

BANFF RESEARCH IN CULTURE: “On the Commons; or, Believing-Feeling-Acting Together” Banff Centre for the Arts, May 8-28, 2011.

SEMINAR IN EXPERIMENTAL CRITICAL THEORY (SECT) V: “Creative Societies/Cultural Industries/New Humanities?” University of California, Irvine. Aug 11-22, 2008.

Invited Talks

Embracing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Plastics Pollution, a talk with the Synthetic Collective at the opening of Plastic Entanglements (curated by Heather Davis), Palmer Art Gallery, State College, PA, February 16, 2018.

Conversation with Kelly Jazvac. “Plastiglomerate” Art Metropole, Toronto, February 3, 2018.

Invited Talk. “Oil Futures/Petrotextiles.” Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, April 16, 2017.

Invited Panelist (with Wanda Nanibush, Karl Beveridge, Carol Condé), Art and Activism, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, November 24th, 2016.

“Oil Futures/Petrotextiles.” Manifold, Subtle Technologies, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, May 14, 2016.

“Houses Never at Home: Responsive Textiles, Fabric Dwellings and Precarious Housing.” San Francisco Arts Institute, San Francisco, April 30, 2014.

“Capitalist Cocktails and Moscow Mules: Activism in the Museum and Gallery.” Spaces of Contestation: Art, Activism and the City Speakers Series. Simon Fraser University with UNIT/PITT, SFU VanCity Office for Community Engagement, and the SFU Institute for the Humanities, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, April 16, 2014.

“No One Would Murder for a Pattern: Craft, IP and Skill in Online Knitting Communities.” FOFA Gallery/Concordia University, Colloquium: The Deskilling and Reskilling of Artistic Production, November 13, 2013.

“Houses Never at Home: Responsive Textiles, Fabric Dwellings and Precarious Housing.” School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Oct 9-11, 2013.

“Art of the Copy: Labour, Originality and Value in the Contemporary Art World and Market.” NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 25, 2013.

“The Arts of the Copy.” Oxford Intellectual Property Invited Speaker Seminar Series, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, November 22, 2012.

“Capitalist Cocktails and Moscow Mules: Protest in the Museum and Gallery.” OCADU, Art & Struggle graduate student conference, March 8-9, 2012.

“Secret Stash: A Discussion of Textiles, Hoarding, Collecting, Stashing, Accumulation, and the Art that Comes Out of It,” Ateliers d’Art de France, Paris, January 26, 2012. See coverage here.

with Travis Meinholf. Invited speaker at The Grand Domestic Revolution Goes On. CASCO, Utrecht, Netherlands, October 29, 2010.

Invited Discussant at the opening of Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge: Working Cultures, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, March 8, 2008.

“Needling the System: Activist Textiles” A public lecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London (England), February 14, 2007.

“Mining the Archives” A talk for Archiving the Present, Collecting the Future, a part of Collect, organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, Constance Howard Research and Resource Centre, Goldsmiths College, University of London, February 9, 2007.

Workshops Organized

Microfiber Pollution: A Hands on Workshop (a series of public/community workshops), 2017-

with Laura Murray and Tina Piper. What is the Place of Intellectual Property: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, held at Centre des Arts Actuels SKOL, Montreal, June 26-27, 2014.

“Clutter: A symposium organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Secret Stash,’” University of Western Ontario, February 28-March 1, 2013.

With Kelly Thompson and Lisa Vinebaum. Cut on the Bias: Textiles, Pedagogy and Collaboration. Concordia University, Montreal, June 2011 (SSHRC Workshop Grant, $24,896).

With Lynda Jessup (PI) and Erin Morton. Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada, Toronto, August 2009 (SSHRC Workshop Grant, $23,981).

With Laura Murray (PI) and Sergio Sismondo. Copyright’s Counterparts: Alternative Economies of Knowledge in Theory and Practice, Kingston, August 5-8, 2008 (SSHRC Workshop Grant, $25,000).



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