Hart House, the student center of the University of Toronto (UofT), and UofT’s Art Museum, in partnership with the Cultural and Scientific Service of the French Embassy in Canada at the French Consulate in Toronto have welcomed on Saturday, January 25th, the Night of Ideas 2020. This international event is an initiative of the French Institute (“Institut Français”), which takes place in 70+ cities in the world!

Because ideas know no limits, North American and French artists, scientists, authors and intellectuals met altogether for a night of shows, artistic setups, workshops, performances and debates on the Body and the Norm.

The Night of Ideas opened on the opening of the Lorenza Böttner : Requiem for the Norm exhibition. Curated by the philosopher Paul B. Preciado, it is the first North American presentation of the work of the Chilean and German artist Lorenza Böttner. Born Ernst Lorenz Böttner in 1959 in Chili, she lost her two arms in an accident at the age of 8. Placed with her mother in a specialized house in Germany to be healed, she rejects prosthetics meant to compensate her purported handicap. At her fine art college, she starts to Identify herself as a woman and changes her name to Lorenza. Despite a short working life (15 years), Lorenza Böttner has created more than 200 individual art pieces, painting with her feet and her mouth and using dance, photography, street performance, drawing and artistic setup to celebrate the complexity of sexual Incarnation and expression.

On the French side, Toronto was thrilled to welcome:

 

On the French side, Toronto was thrilled to welcome:

ASSOCIATION “IN THE NAME OF DANCE”

This inclusive dance association promotes the inclusion of disabled people through dancing. They offer classes, internships, workshops, trainings… Their two choreographies performed by Thomas Destombes and Elisa Martinez have moved the audience a lot!

 

We invite you to discover the beautiful documentary “Laisser-moi aimer” (available with English subtitles) by Stéphanie Pillonca, who tells the story of Pierre, Aurore and Thomas, three dancers of the association “In the name of dance” (“Au nom de la danse” in French):

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EMMA BECKER

In her last novel, “La Maison”, the writer tells how and why, during 2 years and a hald, she works in two Berlin brothels, sharing the everyday lives of the prostitutes. At Toronto’s NOI, Emma Becker took part to a conversation with the Canadian researcher Loree Erickson on “Sex Work and Activism”.

 

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JUDITH NICOGOSSIAN

Health Anthropologist, biologist and columnist, specialist of the impacts of life technologies and of hybrid body adaptability mechanisms, Judith Nicogossian has made a reading of Lorenza Böttner exhibition through the lens of her scientific work.

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VICTOIRE TUAILLON

Journalist, founder of the podcast “Les Couilles sur la Table”, Victoire Tuaillon has recorded live a podcast from CIUT – 89.5FM’s studio where she met with the Torontonian artist Max Ferguson.

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This third edition of the Night of Ideas in Toronto was a great success, with 1700+ visitors !

The Cultural service thanks all the French guests as well as its partners who made this event come to life : Hart House and Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Institut Français, Canadian Art Council, Ontario Art Council, as well as Its media partners : The Walrus, CIUT, Now Magazine and Now Toronto !

 

Have a look on the full program here : https://artmuseum.utoronto.ca/program/night-of-ideas-2020/