The Global Filipino: A Moving Experience | Patrick Alcedo | 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Flipinos are the fastest growing immigrant community in Canada. How have we maintained and re-shaped our cultural identities as we encounter immigration, colonialism, economic disparity and urbanization? Through live performance of Philippine folk dances, documentary film and lecture, I will use a multiplatform approach to make sense of how Filipinos continuously strive to be “at home in the world.” Along with a multi-ethnic group of 25 dancers and musicians, I’ll present my own exploration of a changing culture, based on my years of ethnographic and archival research in the Philippines and the GTA.

Soundpainting: More Than Meets the Ear | Doug Van Nort | 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Soundpainting is an elaborate musical language that combines traditional conducting, sign language and movement arts. I will use it to conduct the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra, a 10-20 member ensemble that mixes York University music students and Toronto-area professionals. Look for performers positioned around the hall taking advantage of the unique acoustics of the space. Machine learning and armband sensors will track and respond to my gestures, allowing me to process the sound output of performers using arm motions while conducting. The result is a new and unique musical organism - a hybrid analog/digital entity to challenge your notions of how we produce and experience music.

Prisoners of Gravity | Laurence Harris | 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Gravity is a given. We as humans have evolved in the constant presence of the gravitational pull of Earth. Most of us may not realize it, but gravity is an essential influence on our behaviour and our perceptions. Our brains use gravity for stability, as a reference to help us judge distances, and even to help establish ownership of our bodies. So who do we become when gravity as we know it disappears? We share what happened during some fascinating experiments in unusual environments, such as underwater and aboard the International Space Station, and the far-reaching effects those results might have for us here on earth.

Busy Bees: The Secret Obsession of Nature’s Neatniks | Amro Zayed | 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

We humans are social beings. So are honey bees. And when up to 80,000 of them live together, like good roommates, they devise ways to keep things clean and healthy. Bees groom each other, clean their surroundings, and even eject sick or diseased larvae from the colony to ensure the health of the hive. We’ve learned that it’s in their DNA! We’ll share our discovery of the bee’s ‘clean’ genes, and how we believe this unconscious drive can be harnessed to help improve bee health and ensure our food security.

Listen to the Land | Celia Haig-Brown | 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Reconciliation begins with our fundamental relationship with the land. In my documentary, I explore how we can reconcile relationships with each other and with the land. I delve into questions of economic, environmental and cultural sustainability with Indigenous community members of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, in what is now called northern Quebec. The film also looks at what it means for a white filmmaker to work respectfully with an Indigenous community and asks viewers to consider what truth might be in such complex spaces. How will we survive together into the next century? Will we?

Renegade Research: Partnering with Communities for Change| Presidential Panel Discussion | 8:00 PM

Social justice, access, and connectedness epitomize not only the change we want to nurture in our communities, but the collaborative pathway we need to take. Join York's President Rhonda Lenton in a discussion of two examples of programs built with community activists – they’re changing the world through powerful visual and auditory experiences. The Humans of Connections Project seeks to reconcile the fracture one community experienced when over a hundred households were displaced. The Regent Park School of Music is leading an innovative music program that’s changing the lives of students and parents. And you’ll get to hear the results when the stars of the music program perform!


Transcendent Transit: An Underground Talk for the Subway Commute to CRAM @ York | Taien Ng-Chan

Start CRAMming before you even arrive on campus with this audio talk! It’s uniquely designed to be absorbed while you’re in transit. Your daily ride to work or school can offer more personal potential than just waiting for the next train. Download this talk and listen as you ride the subway, to learn about how to turn everyday commuting into a creative or meaningful practice. Explore in depth your routes through the city - from the visual, aural and sensuous details to the material and social layers of place. The journey is the destination for CRAM@York's first experience. Please download this audioguide to enjoy your subway ride to Vari Hall. Taien will be at the York subway station (look for CRAM signs) between 5 PM - 5:45 PM to engage with purveyors of her podcast.

Artificial Nature | Graham Wakefield | 6:00, 7:00, 9:00 & 10:00 PM

Step into a virtual garden of the mind.“Artificial Nature” combines art and research in an immersive, interactive installation that puts visitors in an invented ecosystem. We present nature as it could be, drawing on software models rooted in biology and mixing them with immersive virtual and mixed reality technology. The imagined landscape comes alive around us through large-scale displays, stereoscopic rendering, VR and AR, projection mapping and spatialized audio. Interacting with this world makes us members of an ecosystem with its own physics and biology. This experience of a heightened, alternate natural world invites the child-like wonder we have for the complexity, beauty, and sublimity of “real” nature.

Shadowpox: The Antibody Politic | Alison Humphrey |6:00, 7:00, 9:00 & 10:00 PM

This full-body video game lets you see the invisible effects that your choice to vaccinate, or not, has on those around you. As you play, you explore a public health story rooted in gut-level truths and head-level facts. Shadowpox debuted during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, where The Lancet called it “one of the most powerful and playful ways to illustrate both the individual and population-level implications of community immunity.” Stay tuned forShadowpox: A Torch in the Firewall, a science fictionstoryworld co-created throughout 2019 with young artists on four continents.

Watch Without Being Seen: Snowden Archive-in-a-Box | Evan Light |6:00, 7:00, 9:00 & 10:00 PM

In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked a cache of files detailing how the United States government and its allies are essentially surveilling the world. The Snowden Archive-in-a-Box (SAIB) is an offline archive of all publicly-available Snowden files - it means you can do research on these files without being watched online. The SAIB offers libraries and other institutions, a system for easily disseminating sensitive material without incorporating it into their actual collections. Our version for CRAM adds an interception device that displays the digital conversations occurring between, for instance, your phone and the SAIB, to show you what it feels like to be surveilled.