The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

March-August 2019

Events are FREE and open to the public. All are welcome.

Gillian Dykeman, Revolution Revolution, 2017. Courtesy the artist.


The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) is a public program and publication series produced by the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga. Designed to build artistic and environmental literacy and support community engagement, the SDUK platform circulates research, ideas, and debates from a range of exigent discourses and practices, including those among the visual arts, environmental humanities, public policy, political economy, sustainable design, science and technology studies, extinction studies, and the major scientific and cultural debate of a generation—the Anthropocene. This programming is part of The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, a site-specific exhibition, public program, and publication series designed to expand perspectives on climate change through artistic practices, cultural inquiry, and political mobilization.

A series of public programs will be taking place in wards across the City of Mississauga from March to August 2019. For complete details and updates, visit


Bomb Book Reading + Conversation
Andrea Pinheiro and Joshua D. Pilzer
March 13, 2019
e|gallery, main floor, CCT Building


Revolution Revolution
Gillian Dykeman
March 29-31, 2019
Various locations across Mississauga

For more information please visit


Gillian Dykeman is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Working through an intersectional feminist and postcolonial framework, Dykeman seeks to empower her audiences in their own lives through playful and critical engagement with visual culture. Her work spans mediums and disciplines such as performance, video, sound, installation, and art criticism. She has a Masters in Visual Culture from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD. Dykeman is an instructor in Foundation Visual Arts and Advanced Studio Practice at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Her work has been exhibited and screened in galleries, exercise studios, a rare book library, and a geodesic dome.

Joshua D. Pilzer is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and an affiliate faculty of the Centre for the Study of Korea. His research focuses on the anthropology of music in modern Korea and Japan, women's musical worlds, and the relationships between music, survival, memory, traumatic experience, marginalization, disability, public culture, mass media, social practice and identity. He is particularly interested in everyday musical practice as a life resource, and in the “musical” features of so-called extra-musical practices like speech and everyday movement. He is the author of Hearts of Pine: Songs in the Lives of Three Korean Survivors of the Japanese ‘Comfort Women’ (Oxford, 2012) and since 2011 has been conducting fieldwork for his next book project, an ethnography of music and song among Korean victims of the atomic bombing of Japan and their children. That book is tentatively titled The Art of Making Life Work in “Korea’s Hiroshima.”

Andrea Pinheiro is an artist and curator working in photography, print, paint, film, and installation. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally, at Presentation House (Polygon) Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Vancouver, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Novosibirsk Graphic Triennial, The Kyoto Museum of Art, and Or Gallery, Berlin. She has completed residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, AB, Montello Foundation, Nevada, and SIM Reykjavik, Iceland as well as a curatorial residency at Unitt Pitt in Vancouver, BC. Her work is represented by Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto and Republic Gallery in Vancouver. She is an Associate Professor at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, ON and is the director of 180 Projects, an experimental exhibition space.


The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea is produced in collaboration with the University of Toronto Mississauga and the City of Mississauga.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded in part through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.