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Disorientation Week 2017 Presents Art of Solidarity

Disorientation Week 2017 Presents Art of Solidarity

Disorientation Week 2017 Presents…..

Art of Solidarity

Monday September 18 – Friday September 22
All events take place on the University of Toronto campus
All venues barrier free, event locations to be announced 
ASL Interpretation and childcare available on request; please contact opirg.toronto@gmail.com by September 1st
Snacks and TTC tokens available for all events. 

DisOrientation Week is an annual alternative orientation week hosted by Opirg Toronto in conjunction and collaboration with other campus groups and collectives. This years DisOrientation Week is presented in partnership with the Arts and Science Students’ UnionLeap Chapter UofT, Students for Barrier-free Access, University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) and the Fight for $15 & Fairness – UofT.

All DisO events are free and open to both students and the community. We strive to hold all events in barrier free spaces and specific access info is included with each event. Please note that as part of this we ask that attendees not wear cologne, perfume, body sprays or aftershave in order to make the space accessible to those with chemical sensitivities. If you have any questions, comments or concerns around accessibility please contact racheleopirgto(at)gmail.com.

This year’s Disorientation Week focuses on the solidarity work and organizing that comes forth from bodies that refuse to remain idle. Our friends and family, our colleagues and comrades, and most importantly. Our own. When we begin experimenting, great things can materialize. The act of making our lived experiences physical breathes life into what would otherwise be just theory. But whats trickier is doing the same with our solidarity work. How do we communicate about each others struggle using art? This years DisO blends the worlds of art, social justice, DIY, and interactive planning to bring to life our collective struggles against transphobia, racism, classism, and other intersecting oppressions. Making the routine into something radical, utilizing the material to tell stories and convey our community’s struggles. The resistance will be televised, zined, painted, written, published and more!

Solidarity work can take many forms. For some of us, the best way to express a commitment to one another, what we believe in and what we are passionate about is through our art and the material. Yet we regularly frame solidarity work as a matter of opinion, loudspeaker rants and theory. We need to take a better look at how and where the arts and DIY culture fits into the larger mosaic of solidarity work, whether we are talking about students and workers rights or Indigenous sovereignty work. We will explore, how art and the act of building, writing, drawing, and making things can both maintain and help dismantle oppressive systems that works against the interests of larger communities with which we fight alongside.

Monday September 18 
11 AM – 1 PM
WORKSHOP: Telling Stories of Resistance: Writing as Decolonial Practice
Presented by U of T Divest
Multi faith Centre Main Activity Hall (Second Floor), 569 Spadina Avenue
4 PM – 6:30 PM
WORKSHOP: Indigenous Art as Resistance
Presented by Indigenous Studies Students’ Union (ISSU) and Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU)
Multi faith Centre Multipurpose Room (Second Floor), 569 Spadina Avenue
Tuesday September 19 
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WORKSHOP: Resisting Ableism in Activism: Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing
Presented by Students for Barrier Free Access
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Room 4420
252 Bloor Street West
**ASL English Interpretation and Captioning Available at this Event**
5 PM – 7 PM
WORKSHOP: Productive Slacktivism: Social Media as the New Political Space
Presented by the Muslim Students’ Association
Social Work Building Room 100
246 Bloor Street West
Wednesday September 20 
11 AM – 1 PM
WORKSHOP: Get on your Soap Box
Presented by $15 and Fairness
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Room 5150
252 Bloor Street West
1 PM – 3 PM
Presented by LEAP Chapter University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Room 5170
252 Bloor Street West
5 PM – 7 PM
WORKSHOP: DIY Publishing
Presented by Upping the Anti and OPIRG-Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Room 8170
252 Bloor Street West
Thursday September 21
11 AM – 1 PM
WORKSHOP: How to Make your Own Radio Documentary
Presented by OPIRG-Toronto
Multi faith Centre Multi Purpose Room (Second Floor), 569 Spadina Avenue
3 PM – 5 PM
WORKSHOP: Collaging and Zine Making for Women of Colour
Presented by OPIRG-Toronto
This is a closed space for self-identified women of colour.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Room 4418
252 Bloor Street West
5 PM – 7 PM
PANEL: Top Five Myths – Education, Access, International Students and Mental Health
Presented by the University of Toronto Graduate Student’s Union (UTGSU)
Social Work Building Room 720
246 Bloor Street West
Friday September 22 
3-6 PM
Collaborative Arts Social with OPIRG-Toronto, Students for Barrier Free Access, University of Toronto Graduate Student’s Union, Arts and Science Student’s Union, LEAP Chapter U of T and $15 and Fairness
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Roomm 5230 and 5240
252 Bloor Street West
Volunteer with Disorientation Week! 

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.

To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.