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June 2021

Mahjong Movie Moments with Tea Base

June 24, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration requiredEver wondered what that one moment in Crazy Rich Asians, when Constance Wu’s character lays down that tile in the mahjong hall meant? Have the classic poker table moments in Spaghetti Westerns (or almost every Clint Eastwood movie) been your secret favourite? Been fascinated by the hidden meanings in classic board games? Join Tea Base collective members and guests as they collectively analyze mahjong scenes and hands from “classic” movie moments. As a symbolic touchpoint in multiple…

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Between Us: 3.9 Collective, Protection Spells and “Black Magic”

June 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration requiredIn the 2010 census, the African American population of San Francisco—a city rich in Black politics, art and creativity—had declined to 3.9 percent. If, as the 3.9 collective mandate states, being "Black" is now synonymous with "vanishing," what does it mean to be Black, creative and in America at this time? In their response to the Native Art Department International's prompt of investigating "protection spells" during this time of universal upheaval, the 3.9 collective situates the concepts…

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TD Community Sunday: Little Islands with Emmie Tsumura

June 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration requiredJoin artist Emmie Tsumura for a hands-on virtual workshop inspired by Michael Lin's Archipelago! Emmie will show you how to create your own patterned archipelago, or chain of islands, drawing inspiration from your immediate surroundings. After collecting motifs and patterns that represent your home or neighbourhood, participants will cut out and decorate their island shapes, creating their own archipelago - separate but all parts of a whole. Your archipelago will become a unique snapshot of you! About…

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May 2021

Between Us: Eriola Pira with Loreto Garín Guzmán and Federico Zukerfeld of Etcétera

May 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration requiredJoin Eriola Pira—curator at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in a scintillating conversation—with Loreto Garín Guzmán and Federico Zukerfeld of Etcétera on the aesthetics of protest, the politics of performance and what it means to present collective, embodied artistic practice in a globalized—yet fractured—world. In situating lived experience at the centre of their creative explorations, Etcétera's Guzmán and Zukerfeld call attention to the fundamental interconnectedness between human, animal and plant…

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TD Community Sunday: Experimenting with Oozing Oobleck

May 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration requiredIn her films, artist Mika Rottenberg explores the different ways we can interact with matter. Her film, Spaghetti Blockchain, which is also the title of her exhibition at MOCA, shows colourful objects being melted, burned, squished, and sliced. When we handle an object or material, it will behave based on its state of matter - solid, liquid, or gas. But what if a material acted like two different states of matter at the same time? For our May…

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April 2021

TD Community Sunday: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Sculpture Art with Naz Rahbar

April 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration required Making a sculpture out of found and recycled materials can have endless possibilities! It can also help the environment by reducing waste. Join artist Naz Rahbar in this virtual workshop and make a sculpture out of recycled objects. This activity will get us thinking about our relationship to matter and materials, similar to Mika Rottenberg in her exhibition Spaghetti Blockchain. Workshop Facilitator:Naz Rahbar is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist with drawing at the core of their practice;…

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March 2021

TD Community Sunday: Make a Mahjong Tile Treasure Box with Christie Carrière

March 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Register nowOnline pre-registration required Join artist Christie Carrière for this live workshop where you will learn how to make your own Mahjong Tile Treasure Box! Christie will show participants how to trace, cut out, and glue your treasure box together. Then, she will show you some different ways to decorate your box, including how to make it look like a real mahjong tile! If you’re really dedicated, you can make all 144 tiles and play a game of giant mahjong.…

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Michael Lin in Conversation with Kathleen Bartels

March 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration required Join MOCA’s Executive Director Kathleen Bartels and artist Michael Lin for a discussion that explores a decade of Lin’s monumental painting installations. In 2010 Lin was commissioned by Bartels and her curatorial team to create a significant painting intervention that was installed on the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The project invited visitors to reconsider the building's history and neo-classical architecture in a new light, while acknowledging the city's diverse cultural traditions. Titled A Modest…

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January 2021

TD Community Sunday: Paint your Cake with Libby Brewer-Dulac from Sift Baking Co.

January 31, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Register nowOnline pre-registration required Get creative with cake! Try a new way to let your creativity flow… with buttercream! In this hands-on online workshop, you’ll get an introduction to the palette knife painting technique using Swiss meringue buttercream with Libby Brewer-Dulac from Sift Baking Co. Taking the lead from artist Michael Lin and his current MOCA exhibition Archipelago, we’ll look to everyday fabrics for inspiration to bring design to your dessert. Workshop Facilitator Libby Brewer-Dulac - Toronto based, East Coast…

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December 2020

Tea Base: Mahjong Live Zoom Hall

December 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Register nowOnline pre-registration requiredJoin Tea Base for a performative Mahjong game where a family group, Hannia, Jade and Chau Cheng will play together with Florence Yee facilitating and the audience acting as the fourth player! From December 2020 - March 2021, Tea Base is in residence with MOCA. A plan to host monthly Mahjong Halls on Michael Lin’s installation Archipelago (2020) has been reformatted to launch online. Once MOCA can reopen and it is safe to do so, the programme will activate…

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