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Grow Op Talks

April 20, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wed, April 20 | 8–10PM | Ballroom | FREE

The Gladstone Hotel is proud to present Grow Op 2016 from April 21-24, an annual art exhibition that boasts over 30 thought-provoking installations. With projects that probe our relationship to nature, Grow Op invites a dialogue about ecology and the environment, public spaces, urbanism and the future of Toronto. The exhibition brings together a range of diciplines to showcase innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, art and horticulture. With these intersections, new ideas emerge. Join us in the Ballroom on Wednesday April 20 from 8-10pm for a free and lively discussion that will bring these ideas to life.

So let’s talk! Zahra Ebrahim will speak with Jason Logan (artist and entrepreneur with Toronto Ink Company), Natasha Myers (associate professor of Anthropology and Director of the Plant Studies Collaboratory at York University) and Joaquin Sevillano (twice exhibiting Grow Op artist and designer with LandArtDesign.)

Following the short panel discussion, we invite you to relax, grab a drink, and start up conversation with the Grow Op 2016 artists. We will explore the capacity for art and design to create new metaphors for understanding our unprecedented ecological era, the intersection of artist-city-nature, and the possibility of interspecies relationships.


Zahra Ebrahim is a change driven, rule-bending creative, deeply invested in using design and design process to explore community engagement, institutional innovation, and participatory citybuilding. Her practice is notorious for bringing unlike people, institutions and industries together in an effort to improve both the human and the designed experience. As the Principal of the design think tank, archiTEXT, she has led innovation projects with some of Canada’s largest charities and governing bodies.

Jason S. Logan is a Toronto-based creative director and strategic graphic designer.  Recent projects include branding, identity and creative direction for Horses Atelier, a smellmap for the  The New York Times and Creative Direction for Rogers Publishing. Logan is also the author of several books and the founder of the Toronto Ink Company.

Natasha Myers is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University, the convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group, director of the Plant Studies Collaboratory, and on the editorial board of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. She works alongside Michelle Murphy as co-organizer of Toronto’s Technoscience Salon, and am co-founder of the Write2Know Project with Max Liboiron.

Joaquin Sevillano is a graduate of the School of Environmental Designs at the University of Guelph where he combined design theory with his love of art to produce markedly unique work. He is a twice exhibiting Grow Op artist and designer with LandArtDesign. Joaquin’s focus is on producing site specific designs that are informed by the projects larger environmental, social and cultural contexts. He firmly believes in the power of landscape design to improve health and wellbeing as is excited by the potential role of permaculture in guiding sustainable practices in Landscape architecture.

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April 20, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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