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Digital Ephemera by Robert Reid is a curatorial research initiative presented by CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts) as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the John M. Kelly Library. 

Robert R. Reid, Celebrating His 90th Birthday and 69 Years of Designing and Printing was a Massey College exhibition in 2017. The exhibition catalogue can be found here.

The Robert R. Reid Digital Ephemera Collection began as the Graphic Design in the Digital Age exhibition at Massey College in the fall of 2017, featuring designs by Robert R. Reid and texts selected by CAUSA displayed in the Robertson Davies Library. The exhibition was accompanied by the following contextual notes from CAUSA:

Developing from affiliations with Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research (as initiated by Joseph Beuys and Heinrich Böll), CAUSA — Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts — aims to develop autonomous interpretation of visual culture within specific historical contexts. CAUSA functions in association with a ‘global village’ network of independent and institutional scholars — in tandem with a pluralistic community of socially engaged contemporary artists.

In its association with Massey College, CAUSA sustains a continuous process of philosophical reflection by connecting its programme of research to an expansive glimmering that was first formulated by Marshall McLuhan. He advises us, assuredly, “We may be drowning. But if so, the flood of experience in which we are drowning is very much part of the culture we have created. The flood is not something outside our culture. It is a self-invasion of privacy. And so it is not catastrophic. We can turn it off if we choose, if we wake up to the fact that the faucets of change are inside the ark of society, not outside.”

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