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The Brothel Without Walls
Douglas Coupland, Prows, from the series Colour Correction, 2010, Courtesy of the artist and Clark & Faria, Toronto

The Brothel Without Walls

Susan Anderson » Evan Baden » Douglas Coupland » Jessica Dimmock » Marina Gadonneix » Clunie Reid » Stefan Ruiz » Joachim Schmid » Christopher Wahl »

Exhibition: – 29 May 2010

University of Toronto Art Centre

15 King's College Circle
M5S 3H7 Toronto



Tue-Fri 12-17, Sat 12-16

The Brothel Without Walls
Evan Baden, Jenna, from the series Technically Intimate, 2009, Courtesy of the artist

The Brothel Without Walls Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Primary Exhibitions In 1964 Marshall McLuhan wrote of the photograph as "the brothel without walls" just one year after creating a center for culture and technology at the University of Toronto, where he was a professor for over 30 years. McLuhan described photographs as "dreams that money can buy" which could be "hugged and thumbed more easily than public prostitutes." The exhibition The Brothel Without Walls considers McLuhan's metaphor within today's global village, where it appears that the illusions images create are often preferable to reality. McLuhan famously proclaimed, "the medium is the message"; in other words, the scope of a medium's effect on human affairs is a result of how it functions as an extension of ourselves, and the change that it provokes. The advent of television and its subsequent domination over printed forms of communication, the shift from analogue to digital photography and the increasing popularity of image repositories on the Internet are all part of the pressures reshaping photography's influence today. Curated by Matthew Brower and Bonnie Rubenstein. Presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Art Centre.

The Brothel Without Walls
Clunie Reid, Detail, Take No Photographs, Leave Only Ripples, 2009 (detail), Courtesy of MOT International, © Clunie Reid
The Brothel Without Walls
Susan Anderson, Danica, Age 5 Santa Ana, California, from the series High Glitz, 2005, Courtesy of the arist and PATRICK PAINTER INC