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WT The Looks 2015
Wu Tsang, The Looks, 2015. Two-channel colour HD video projection, stereo sound. 10 min. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi

Terms of Use

  • Exhibition
  • Free
  • Contemporary Art
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PHI Foundation 451 & 465 Saint-Jean Street
Montréal, Québec H2Y 2R5

March 9—July 9, 2023
Wednesday to Friday: 12 PM—7 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM—6 PM

Free admission
Reservations are not required, but before visiting the exhibition, you will be asked to register at the main entrance, which is located at 451 Saint-Jean Street.

Dara Birnbaum, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Mara Eagle, Brendan Fernandes, Francisco González-Rosas, Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou, Helena Martin Franco, Nation to Nation, Skawennati, Shanie Tomassini, Wu Tsang, VahMirè (Ludmila Steckelberg), Quentin VerCetty, Nico Williams

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The PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present the group exhibition Terms of Use.

Terms of Use brings together works that explore the impact of technologies on the definition, construction, and (re)framing of individual and collective selves, as we grapple with living simultaneously online and AFK (away from keyboard). At once celebratory and critical, the exhibition deals with the complex feelings generated by our daily interactions with technologies: between the opportunities to connect and to imagine other spaces, and the constant pressure to perform within and for these spaces.

Inspired by a range of texts, from Ursula Franklin’s The Real World of Technology (1989) to the more recent Glitch Feminism by Legacy Russell (2020), Terms of Use aims to challenge our entrenched notions of what technologies are, how we make use of them, and to what extent they are using us. The exhibition is anchored in an intergenerational dialogue between artists and authors, and considers the power dynamics involved in our complicated relationships with technology, highlighting both the pleasures and difficulties of having to mediate oneself in these hybridized and semi-virtual worlds. These endless mediations further evoke themes, such as the metaverse as a radical space for self-actualization and determination, as well as consumption and extractivism under “digital capitalism.”

Many of the works in Terms of Use are brand new, and the exhibition also includes the Canadian debut of Wu Tsang’s two-channel video installation The Looks (2015).



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CyberPowWow: Indigenous Networks on the Electronic Frontier

April 20, 2023

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Guided Tours with the Curators – Terms of Use

Various dates - starting March 25, 2023

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Quentin VerCetty: Missing Black Technofossils Here – Self-Guided Visit

Mar. 9—July 9, 2023

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Education Program

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Group Visits and Online Discussions

Terms of Use

Our online educational programming is available for the exhibition Terms of Use, and can be adapted to your situation and needs. These online presentations are tailored for elementary, high school, CEGEPs, university and community groups.

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Activity Kit

Terms of Use

This activity kit is addressed to children and youth, as well as the adults sharing their experience. It offers exploration of the artworks in the exhibition Terms of Use, as well as creative activities. It can be used as a family, in school or as a community group.

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Movements Series

Terms of Use

Through these essays and short videos, explore the following key concepts of the exhibition Terms of Use. This section will be updated throughout the duration of the exhibition.

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Audio Guide

  • Terms of Use: Introduction

  • G1: Francisco González-Rosas, Nico Williams

  • G2: VahMirè (Ludmila Steckelberg), Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou

  • G3: Nation to Nation, Skawennati, Dara Birnbaum, Brendan Fernandes

  • G4: Mara Eagle, Shanie Tomassini

  • G5: Wu Tsang

  • G6: Chun Hua Catherine Dong

  • G7: Helena Martin Franco

  • Entrance - 465 Saint-Jean Street: Quentin VerCetty

  • Terms of Use: Conclusion


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