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Shift Key

MOCA launched Shift Key in spring 2020 as a way to present and support more artists via our online platform and to expand our digital offerings. After curating the first 6 months, the MOCA team has invited guest curators to continue the programme with artworks that feel relevant at this moment and can be shared online to watch for free. The videos are currently posted for a period of one month. Thereafter an image and other materials remain, resulting in an archive, which exists below—in image and text—as a document of the conversations and relationships formed so far.

Shift Key is generously supported by Scotiabank.

LATEST

Three Point Nine Art Collective

Black Magic

June 1, 2021
 — June 30, 2021

Three Point Nine Art Collective, Black Magic, 2021: Ramekon O’Arwisters – Strength / The President’s Chair, 10′42″; Rodney Ewing – Ritual / Game Theory Part 2, 6′26″; Ron Moultrie Saunders – Meditation / Meditate. Rejuvenate. Regenerate, 3′48″; Jacqueline Francis – Ritual / RUN, 3′24″;  S. Renée Jones – Ritual / In/to’ Black, 3′29″.

In response to the current Shift Key theme, “Protection Spells”—“creating work that promotes a self-defined image of ourselves and thus a different view of the social function of artists or artist groups.” We focused on our individual methods of protection and self-care during the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism. With this body of work titled Black Magic, we expressed and performed our arcana based on these words: Meditation. Ritual. Run. Strength. Each artist created personal narratives on how they thought of or utilized one of these terms in their lives. The films created by the collective members include personal narratives, contemplative practices, observations and performances. By working collectively and valuing our individuality, we are dismantling the ideas of monolithic experiences within our culture, and creating radical images of ourselves that are nuanced, reflective and poetic.

Ramekon O’ArwistersStrength
The President’s Chair, 2021
10′42″

The absurdity of American history is revealed in my fictional story about how my family came to acquire the President’s Chair. Black America’s supreme strength is never believing the lies masquerading as truth that White-body supremacists have propagandized for centuries.

Rodney Ewing  Ritual
Game Theory Part 2, 2021
6′26

In my piece I am questioning the definition of ritual and how, for the BIPOC community, an imposed ritual that is used to control can easily transform into a game of chance and institutional trauma.

Ron Moultrie Saunders — Meditation
Meditate. Rejuvenate. Regenerate, 2021
3′48″

Committing to meditation creates space for me to contemplate, heal damaged parts and, to restore with vigor, to meet the challenges of the world with grace.

Jacqueline Francis — Ritual
RUN, 2021
3′24″

Running has been a lifelong ritual for me: it’s exercise, meditation, self-care and self-protection. In this video, the slow jog symbolically documents the real-life actions of running “from,” “toward, and even, “in place.”

S. Renée Jones — Ritual
In/to’ Black, 2021
3′29″

Being a child of the 60’s I hold close and dear the Black Power movement. I’ve always used it as a ritual. This is one aspect of my experience.

About the 3.9 Art Collective

The 3.9 Art Collective, created by San Francisco artists Nancy Cato, Rodney Ewing, Sirron Norris, William Rhodes, and Ron Moultrie Saunders, has adopted the 3.9% statistic and forged a banner of support and resistance. Their work represents their creative contribution to the African American existence, enriching the greater San Francisco artistic community with their narratives and perspectives born from being members of a diaspora community. The work may not stem on the side of exodus, but to paraphrase the poet Dylan Thomas: “We will not go quietly into that good night.”

Guest Curator:Native Art Department International

Protection Spells

February–July 2021

Native Art Department International (NADI) looks to begin 2021 by extending a different view of the social function of artists or artist groups; place and belonging. NADI is a long-term collaborative project created and administered by Toronto-based artists Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield.

Three Point Nine Art Collective

Black Magic

June 1, 2021
 — June 30, 2021

Three Point Nine Art Collective, Black Magic, 2021: Ramekon O’Arwisters – Strength / The President’s Chair, 10′42″; Rodney Ewing – Ritual / Game Theory Part 2, 6′26″; Ron Moultrie Saunders – Meditation / Meditate. Rejuvenate. Regenerate, 3′48″; Jacqueline Francis – Ritual / RUN, 3′24″;  S. Renée Jones – Ritual / In/to’ Black, 3′29″.

Adrien Sun Hall

Pacific Theatre (Act II)

May 1, 2021
 — May 31, 2021

Adrien Sun Hall, Pacific Theatre (Act II), 2018. HD video, colour, sound, 10′58″.

Guest Curator: Daisy Desrosiers

September 2020–January 2021

Independent curator and interdisciplinary art historian Daisy Desrosiers’ selection looks at the poetics of slowness and the complex relationships between collective narratives and memory as modes of becoming.

The selection by Desrosiers included participation from:
Jesse Chun, David Hartt, Oliver Husain, Steffani Jemison, Erin Johnson, Kapwani Kiwanga, Celia Perrin Sidarous, Erin Shirreff and Zadie Xa.

Kapwani Kiwanga

Vumbi

December 19, 2020
 — January 10, 2021

Kapwani Kiwanga, Vumbi, 2012. HD video, color, sound, 31′00″. Courtesy of the artist.

Erin Shirreff

Still

December 5, 2020
 — December 18, 2020

Erin Shirreff, Still, 2019. Colour video, silent, 39′00″ loop. Courtesy of the artist and Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal.

MOCA Toronto

Selected by the programme team:
Rui Mateus Amaral, Sabrina Maltese and November Paynter

March-August 2020

The selection was made to present artists already working with MOCA on our digital platform and to support additional artists during the first museum closure that started in March 2020. In addition this first phase of programming included partnerships with the National Film Board of Canada, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Mercer Union and Protocinema.

The selection included participation from:
Basma AlSharif, Deanna Bowen, Fatma Bucak, Robin Cameron, Petra Cortright, Sara Cwynar, Shezad Dawood, Nicholas Galanin, Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton, Yazan Khalili, Vvzela Kook, Evelyn Lambart, Mark Lewis, Jon Rafman, Megan Rooney, Gun Roze, Victoria Sin, Krista Belle Stewart and Wu Tsang.

Vvzela Kook

Columbus of Horticulture

August 15, 2020
 — August 31, 2020

Vvzela Kook, Columbus of Horticulture, 2019, Animation, 5′15″.

Wu Tsang

The Shape of a Right Statement

August 1, 2020
 — August 14, 2020

Wu Tsang, The Shape of a Right Statement, 2008, HD Video with stereo sound, 5′00″. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Isabelle Bortolozzi, Berlin.