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Voyeurs, spectators or pleasure seekers?

The ArtSci Salon

Thursday, 18 October 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Voyeurs, spectators or pleasure seekers?

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ArtSci salon is proud to present two events to explore the entangled issues of sex and sexual fantasy, sexual reproduction and sexual regulation, fertility and sexual technologies. We invited artists and scholars to address these themes using their preferred approach: the result is a thought provoking series which interrogates and imagines these issues through human/non-human sexual fantasies, interrogates them by means of modified gynaecological instruments, rewrites potential scenarios as enhanced and/or elderly humans, or offers unexpected ways to hack sex right here, right now.

 Our goal is not just to imagine how media, technological enhancement, gene editing and medical treatments will transform our idea of sex and our sexuality as human beings and as part of the wide non-human world that surrounds us. It is also to think of how creative/critical initiatives may facilitate a sustained dialogue to help us cope with unresolved issues in the present. Interdisciplinary so!

 The two events will be accompanied by an exhibition on display Oct 18-Nov.8 in the Koffler Students Centre Cabinets, University of Toronto

Part 1 is also a LASER TO event and will feature two guests interested in exploring media and artistic concerns about the future of sex, media representation of sex and sexuality and pornography. Prepare for some intriguing and unexpected explorations !

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Join us in welcoming 

Susanna Paasonen


Teresa Ascencao

Thursday, October 18
6:00-8:00 pm 
Rm 230
The Fields Institute of Research in Mathematical Sciences
222 College street
Toronto, ON

Events Facilitators: Roberta Buiani and Stephen Morris (ArtSci Salon) and Nina Czegledy (Leonardo Network)


Teresa Ascencao 
Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work toys with social constructs of body language, costume, and inner corporeal experiences. Her folk and pop inspired artworks employ concept-related mediums and technologies that invite audiences to play with iconographies and scenarios involving gender, seduction, consumption, and class. Teresa was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Her artworks, such as “Her Pleasure, Her Desire, Remix,” and “Consuming Her”, have been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally.

Susanna Paasonen is professor of media studies at University of Turku, Finland. With an interest in studies of sexuality and the internet, she is the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MITP 2011), Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press 2018) and Not Safe for Work: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media (with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light, MITP forthcoming).

ArtSci Salon thanks the Fields Institute for its support. 
LASER - Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST


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The Fields Institute
222 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 3J1

Thursday, 18 October 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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ArtSci Salon ( is an interdisciplinary organization facilitating discussion and cross-pollination between science, technology and the arts. through events, exhibitions, and performances we encourage artists and scientists to share and engage in exchanges of methods, visions and perspectives on topics of common interest.

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