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Creative Arts Forum | Melissa Shiff and Louis Kaplan


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

15 Aug 2017 5:00 pm

End Date

15 Aug 2017 6:00 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public are welcome

Arts Forum - Melissa Shiff and Louis Kaplan

Special Presentation

The Imaginary Jewish Homelands of I.N. Steinberg: The Kimberley Plan from Archive to Virtual World

In this special Arts Forum presentation, Melissa Shiff and Louis Kaplan will review an exciting collaborative research-creation project supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada that constructs a virtual world utilizing the Unity gaming engine to image and imagine I.N. Steinberg’s plans for a Jewish refugee settlement in the Kimberley region of Western Australia against the backdrop of World War II and the Holocaust.   

Melissa Shiff is Research Associate at the Sensorium Research Centre for Digital Art and Technology at York University in Toronto.  She is the principal investigator and artistic director of the project. 

Louis Kaplan is Professor of History and Theory of Photography and New Media at the University of Toronto.  He serves as the co-principal investigator and chief historian and theorist of the project.

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.