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Come Up to My Room 2017

Jan 19, 8-10pm – Design Pirates: Design Talks with Zahra Ebrahim + Fluffy Souffle
Jan 21, 7-10pm – Opening Reception + Party
Jan 21, 10-Late – LOVE DESIGN Party
Jan 22, 1-3pm – TSA Ideas Forum: Living Well (TO DO)

Coinciding with Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TODO) and the Interior Design Show


What is Come Up To My Room?

CUTMR Highlight Reel 2017 from Gladstone Hotel on Vimeo.

Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. Framed within the backdrop of the historic 126-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.

In it’s 14th year, This year’s CUTMR Curators Jana Macalik and Christophe Jivraj challenge participants to consider the notion of Transplant. Our relationship with the world and those around us, from local to global and our exchanges in-between have been affected by global issues, media and digital social interaction. Ideas, knowledge and culture expressed in the exchanges between individuals are constantly evolving; transferred from one place to another. The act of transplantation is a phenomenon to be explored. Everything converges and diverges to reemerge as a collective entity, translated into experiences and things that we have yet to foresee. If so, are we going to be immersed in disruptive or disciplined environments? Through our dealings with the fast evolving environment surrounding us – designers and artists in a global context – we are left working to define our place in the chaos.

CUTMR 2017 encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. Framed within the backdrop of the historic Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites participants to inhabit four floors with site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.

The 14th instalment of CUTMR will take place between January 19 and January 22, 2017. Submissions will be from individuals, collectives, and multidisciplinary teams from Canadian and international participants.

CUTMR 2017 Participants:

1:1 Collaborative (Astrid Greaves, Carla Lipkin, Lisa Gregory + Sarry Klein); 302collective; Kaitlyn Bourden; Bruno Billio + Joseph Clement; Jeffrey Chiu; Grove Collective; RSID Year End Show Committee; Toronto Design Offsite Festival; Amanda Gresik; Deena Jamokha + Kaya Kim; Simon Johns; Tara Krebs; Totem Design Co.; Patrick Li; Rana Malik; Rey Midax, Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF); Laura Peturson; Jennie Suddick + Anna Rose; Marian Wihak; OCAD U Student Gallery curated by Alisa Maria Wronski


CUTMR was founded in 2004 by Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu, it is produced by the Gladstone Hotel and has past been lead by Chris Mitchell, Noa Bronstein, Britt Welter-Nolan and Lukus Toane. Past curators also include Jaclyn Blumas, Noa Bronstein, Robert Cram, David Dick-Agnew, Elise Hodson, Nuria Montblanch, Katherine Morley, Caitlin Plewes, Caroline Shaheed, Jeremy Vandermeij, Deborah Wang and Britt Welter-Nolan.

See #CUTMR2016 highlights here!

Featured Press: blogTO, Azure Magazine, DesignLines, Globe & Mail, Toronto LifeGlobal News, Notable.ca,  and more!