Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. This year’s show, curated by Noa Bronstein, David Dick-Agnew and Deborah Wang, invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto.Â The four-day exhibition is in its 9th year at the Gladstone Hotel, featuring 11 rooms and 14 public space installations, design talks and curatorial tours.
CUTMR is comprised of room installations and public space projects that literally take over the Gladstone Gallery and other public spaces of the hotel.Â Curators select participating designers and artists based on their past work and experience. Once these creative individuals and collectives have been selected, they are given a public space or one of the 11 exhibition rooms on the hotelâ€™s second floor. Curators consult and discuss public space projects with their makers, but know next to nothing about the room installations. This approach, inherited from CUTMR founding curators Christina Zeidler and Pamila Mathru, ensures that the artists and designers are given the freedom to rock out â€“ creating new, site specific installations that are the ultimate artistic, inventive and/or spatial expression. The final results are art and design mash-ups that challenge our pre-conditioned notions of both disciplines. In this show, participants are pathfinders, continually pushing the limits and exploring new territories, opening up new worlds for every one to inhabit. Our strategy means that at this point we can only tempt you with what participants have done before and imagine what they will create for CUTMR 2012.
Saturday, January 28 – 11am to 1pm – Gladstone Ballroom
Since 2009, CUTMR has hosted a series of talks by artists and designers.Â Our first talk, The Origin of the Designer!, featured talks by participating artists and designers Andra Hayward, Andrew MacDonald, Jeremy Hatch, Studio Junction and Derrick Hodgson, as they tried to answer big questions about bringing themselves into designer “existence” and surviving in the field.Â In 2010, Thrive Design for 100%! explored how to bring design to 100% of the community, so that everyone can have access to good design. Last year, CUTMR Design Talks asked the organizer’s of Toronto Design Offsite (TO DO) shows: What to do? Representatives from MADE at HOME, Capacity, Tools and CUTMR reflect on this question, anticipating whatâ€™s next in Toronto design, design communities, exhibition making, collaboration, and more.
The theme of this year’s design talks, Letâ€™s Talk, is DISPOSABILITY. Taken in its broadest, strictest, object-oriented or ephemeral sense, these talks explore disposable, ubiquitous objects and the reactionary repurposing of such objects, while also investigating abstracted notions of disposability.
We are seeking and accepting expressions of interest for 15 minute talks (of any kind!) on this theme. Potential topics include: design and throw-away culture; private/public memory and the ephemeral; the culture of disposability; dissolution and decay; permanence and materiality; transience; the lifecycles of objects; information and communication technologies (ICTs) and disposability; the impact of disposable lifestyles on the environment and/or economics.
THURSDAY, JAN. 26:
4PM-8PM – MEDIA PREVIEW
FRIDAY, JAN. 27:
12PM-8PM – EXHIBITION HOURS
SATURDAY, JAN. 28:
12PM-10PM – EXHIBITION HOURS
11AM-2PM – DESIGN TALKS – GLADSTONE BALLROOM
7PM-10PM – OPENING RECEPTION
10PM-LATE - LOVE DESIGN PARTY – GLADSTONE BALLROOM
SUNDAY, JAN. 29:
12-5PM – EXHIBITION HOURS
MEDIA PREVIEW – THURSDAY, JAN. 26 – 4PM TO 8PM:
FREE – FOR MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA (PLEASE RSVP: JEREMY@GLADSTONEHOTEL.COM)
FRIDAY EXHIBITION HOURS – JAN. 27 – 12PM TO 8PM:
1/2 PRICE – FOR STUDENTS W/ STUDENT CARD
$20.00 – FOR PRE-REGISTERED STUDENT GROUPS (TO REGISTER: JEREMY@GLADSTONEHOTEL.COM)
$10 – FOR GENERAL PUBLIC
GENERAL EXHIBITION HOURS – JAN. 27 TO JAN. 29:
$10 – FOR GENERAL PUBLIC
FREE -FOR MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA
DESIGN TALKS – SATURDAY, JAN. 28 – 11AM TO 1PM
FREE – FOR EVERYONE
LOVE DESIGN PARTY – SATURDAY, JAN. 28 – 10PM till LATE:
FREE – FOR EVERYONE
CUTMR is excited to be a part of the second year of Toronto Design Offsite (TO DO).
TO DO is a comprehensive guide to exhibitions and events happening across the city during Toronto Design Week. Formed by an association of several â€˜offsiteâ€™ shows, all of our exhibitions and events feature and promote the best in new, Canadian practices â€“ not only the art and design within each show, but also the ways they are organized, curated and produced â€“ as well as contemporary international design.