The last few years have seen a steady erosion of the stuffy formalities associated with sharing information. If you haven’t already heard, the lecture is yesterday’s news. Young artists and designers would rather share ideas in a more relaxed and less hierarchical environment. You can see evidence the world over with “open-source” collectives like Dorkbot, Share, Pecha Kucha and Le Placard, which allow artists and the curious public to come together to perform, present and promote art and ideas. talk20 is an example of these “distributed” global collectives, and the organization will be setting up shop in Toronto with the first of a series of events this September.
talk20 launched in Philadelphia last year with the mandate to provide a platform for students, educators and practitioners from across the art, design and landscape spectrum to come together and brainstorm. Each edition of the event is characterized by 10 mini-presentations in which participants show (you guessed it) 20 slides with all the work relating to a specific theme. talk20 has since spread to Barcelona, Boston, Chicago, Mexico City, South Carolina, and now Toronto.
The first Toronto talk20 event takes place on Thursday September 20th at the Drake Underground. The theme of the evening is Error so if you’re an artist or designer whose work has a certain “accidental” je ne sais quoi, you can submit your work for consideration by putting together a PDF containing a 200-word statement and up to three images. You can get further information about submission guidelines and programming by contacting the talk20 organizers via email. There is already an event on the boards for November 1st which will deal with interactivity.