Thursday, May 8th at 6pm – CIVIC Space (411 Pelissier Street, Windsor, Ontario)
First and foremost, we want to give a huge thanks to everyone who made a nomination for the Best of Awards and helped uncover the things that make Windsor such a unique place to live. Also, thank you so much for your patience. We had an unexpected delay sourcing some of the materials for the celebration, but things are back on track and we’re holding The Best of Awards on Thursday, May 8th from 6pm – 10pm!
We hope that this change isn’t prohibitive and you can make it; it’s going to be a blast. All you have to do is bring the person you nominated along with you. Refreshments will be served and everyone who was nominated will receive a personalized award during the ceremony. If you weren’t able to make a nomination, come along for the celebration anyways!
See you May 8th!
Above: Caitlin and Lois exchanging answers to a series of fill-in-the-blank questions
Our four month project, Flagged for Review is based on imagining the symbolic and lived potential of a city. We’re wondering what we might expect from a city that could establish its policies, identity and politics around a range of challenging (or inspiring) values. This line of inquiry will inform our production a series of flags that will be installed in and around the Field House and throughout the city in the coming month(s).
On Tuesday nights, we’ve been hosting an ongoing open house at the Field House Studio to run in parallel to the production aspect of the residency. We began on March 18th with interviews, followed by a night of intimate conversations on the values and challenges of collectivity, and then this week, a projection-workshop / performance.
We were incredibly happy to host such an incredibly generous group on Tuesday (huge thanks to Shaun, Caitlin, Jackie, Hiba, Kristen, Carmen, Camilla, Shaun, Heidi, Rebecca, Lois, and Caitlin)! We gathered to imagine what the future holds for the city and then create a series of short declarations to project onto the Burrard Bridge that animate our hopes, doubts and dreams for the short and long-term horizons of Vancouver.
Around the table, we asked everyone to pair up and go through this sheet together.
Heidi and Rebecca filling in the blanks we left.
Kristen, Caitlin, Jackie, Hiba, and Carmen sharing around the mega table.
We’ve also started doing some tests of some mini-flags that we’re completing for the Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop Vancouver. These will be a limited-edition set of flags (mini versions of the much larger ones we’ll print later on this month) that will be available at the Contemporary Art Gallery as well as participating Hop galleries.
The sheets were mostly filled out as it started to get dark, which was great timing. We were going to translate these answers into short texts to project onto the Burrard Bridge. We went around the table and read the answers we had collected aloud.
Some things that Vancouver needs to hear…
Vancouver is ________________.
How do you affect this place?
Vancouver was ____________________.
I wish Vancouver would stop ____________________.
If I could tell Vancouver anything it would be ______________________.
In the future, I don’t want Vancouver to be known as ________________________.
And then, we stared the projections. We used our trusty 5000 lumens Epson projector.
We didn’t project every message or answer.
But we tried to capture the ones that seemed to be represent everyone’s answers or sensibilities.
MORE PUBLIC SPACE.
LOOSER LIQUOR LAWS.
I LOVE THE OCEAN MORE THAN THE PEOPLE.
STOP BEING SO RICH VS POOR.
Some of the crew out documenting. The other half of the group was inside staying warm.
I MAY NEVER LEAVE.
STOP PRACTICING THE TOILET THEORY.
VANCOUVER WILL BE INCLUSIVE.
I LOVE THE SMELL OF CHINA TOWN.
NEVER CHANGE THE BACK ALLEYS.
YOUR SUSHI IS DELICIOUS.
YOU’RE REALLY GOOD AT SKATEPARKS.
MORE BUS ROUTES & TIMES.
VANCOUVER WILL BE THE FUTURE.
WAY MORE CARING.
MORE THAN A GOOD TIME.
MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
STOP DISPLACING COMMUNITIES.
THIS WILL NOT BE A LASTING RELATIONSHIP.
MORE SUPPORT STRUCTURES.
THE CITY IS NOT A FINANCIAL INVESTMENT.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL.
HOME TO (THE) POOREST POSTAL CODE.
STOP TRYING TO BE SO PERFECT.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE, FRAGMENTED.
MORE TIME THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD BE.
BE GENTLE AS WE GROW.
HOW DO YOU AFFECT THIS PLACE?
STOP BEING PRE-OCCUPIED.
STOP DISABLING THE PEOPLE.
HUGE THANKS again to Shaun, Caitlin, Jackie, Hiba, Kristen, Carmen, Camilla, Shaun, Heidi, Rebecca, Lois, and Caitlin for coming out. Next week, the fun continues!
Tuesday, April 8: The Trouble is… 7-8:30pm (Burrard Marina Field House Studio, 1655 Whyte Avenue)
Bring your questions, suspicions, and inspirations for art in public spaces to an open conversation on art as troublemaking and troublemaking as art.
And for more info on the residency check here: www.brokencitylab.org/vancouver/
We know that a city is more than just buildings, roads, political decisions, pools, telephone poles, and parks. We know that it’s all of the little things that make this city great, or better yet, it’s all the little things that so many people we know do for us, knowingly or not, every day that make this city great. We think it’s long overdue that we help celebrate those people and we hope you’ll help us.
We want to have a big awards ceremony…really big actually. So, we’ll make the awards and host the party, all you have to do is find someone to nominate and show up to help us celebrate.
Here’s how it will work: You make a nomination below, we’ll mail you two invitations (one for you and one for the person you nominate), and then you both show up for our awards party on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6:00PM.
**Don’t forget: The nominator is responsible for bringing the nominee to collect their award.
Submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who made a nomination for The Best of Awards! We’ll be in touch soon and see you on Thursday, May 8th at 6pm (CIVIC Space – 411 Pelissier Street, Windsor)
American artist Alyson Shotz constructed this large-scale picket fence from strips of mirror and placed it in a natural setting as a sort of suggested barrier or delineation of space. The project was a commissioned installation for Storm King Art Center in New York. What intrigues me most is the variety of views that are possible with this installation. From some angles it almost completely disappears, leaving you with the sensation of a photograph with an obscure horizontal smear across the center (like below).
This is a bit of an unusual post I suppose, but something about this resource, DIY.org, struck a chord with me. Independent learning can be an incredible way for people to acquire skills outside of or alongside traditional education. An issue that seems to be gaining popularity in the discourse around traditional education is the speed by which it adapts to the world around it (read: too slowly). Services like DIY.org might just be the future of out-of-class learning for youth, and hopefully adults as well.
I also like how the modules are laid out. Each skill has its own hexagonal graphic and an amusing tagline (like the one for “beatmaker” in particular). I think it would make me want to finish them all. Some of the skills also seem to be geared towards building a future of doing things yourself, like beekeeping, making clothing, and repairing bicycles. Did I mention you earn a patch when you master a skill?
So, in the spirit of experimentation and inquiry, we are launching PHD, a two week program where we invite four participants (the boundaries are intentionally vague here) to work at CIVIC Space during the first two weeks of March. Together these people will explore ideas, trajectories of thought, impossibilities, margins, peculiarities, relationships, and they will share their findings with the others working in the space. The developments will be hypothetical; there might not be outcomes, but this brief burst of concentrated thinking is bound to produce something unexpected.
Participants at the end of this program will present their ideas and earn their “PHD”.
Applications are open. Those interested in participating in PHD can email Sara Howie at sara[at]brokencitylab[dot]org or click on the link above. Please include your name, a brief description of a project you would like to hypothetically develop, and a little bit about your interests.
Applications close February 28th and those chosen will be informed shortly afterwords.
Our trip continues in Calgary. We’re keeping track of unconnected details and losing track of time. We’re wondering about missing information. Are there gaps and absences waiting for us, or do these things wait for no one? We’re inundated with time and arrows. The infrastructure is massive and the number of human hours spent anticipating, planning, shaping, and repairing it must, in turn, be staggering. And so, is it about trying to find new ways to present it, articulate it, hide it, or reason with it? Is it our participation in this larger structure or the aim of fostering participation outside of it that might guide our work here?
We visited the Spark Science Centre. We were offered a tour before the building officially opens. We got to peek at the things that make the building come together — the people, the rooms, the storage space, the infrastructure, the tools, the plumbing, the landscape, and the plans. Above, landscape rendering, or rendering landscape.
There’s a prototype lab that I’m sure we’ll visit again in the summer. There are many baskets and bins and shelves filled with things to help you get lost and lose more time.
Further, there are time-delayed questions and answers.
And there is visible infrastructure, immersive, visible infrastructure.
The immersive screen normally shows planetary renderings based on some scripting language. I wondered aloud if you could crash planets together.
The exhibition design at Spark is curious and well done.
So many components made me wonder what does participation look like, or rather, what does the representation of participation look like and what does it ask us to do?
Outside, it’s a warmer day. We see the remnants of a test garden that grew food that no public visitors could eat. This summer, these will be moved and a test patch of wheat will be grown.
We spent the rest of the day on another visit looking at the GIS capacities of the City of Calgary, making some withdraws from the Watershed+ library, and winding back around the kitchen table that’s our office for the time being. There’s one more day until I head back to Vancouver and Josh and Hiba will continue on for another week. More soon.
We (Josh, Hiba, and Justin) are back in Calgary continuing work on the Watershed+ residency project. Our studio for the week is the Crew Shack, a converted trailer. There are remnants of past crews in the cabinet.
We’ve been working together and apart at a range of different speeds since the summer and this residency will offer a chance to think about what that means going forward. We’ve spent time tossing around ideas that seem to involve the people working in and around the Water Centre, supporting the infrastructure, rather than the infrastructure itself. In some ways, it feels like a departure, and yet maybe this is an honest response to being invited into an infrastructure, more or less for the first time. What is the standard operating procedure from the inside?
This Ira Glass interview has been around for a bit now, but video artist Daniel aka “Frohelocke” has put together visuals to accompany a portion of Ira’s interview. It’s kind of brief, but it’s a lovely reminder about the process of artistic growth and how we have internal tools to measure our own skill development.
Mobile Frames is pleased to announce our first series of FREE 16mm workshops, conducted by Montréal-based filmmaker in residence Daïchi Saïto, February 13th, 15th and 16th.
The workshops are completely FREE and open to Windsor / Detroit residents. Spaces are limited! Registration is required.
“Introduction to 16mm Filmmaking”
Combining lecture and hands on practice, this workshop surveys the fundamentals of do-it-yourself filmmaking. Aspects of cinematography including light, camera, lens and film stocks, as well as the properties of film and processing chemicals, are covered. Participants will learn to shoot in 16mm with a Bolex Camera, make homemade film processing solutions out of raw chemical ingredients and hand process their own footage using various techniques. This workshop will prepare participants for further explorations of celluloid filmmaking and experimentation with film processing. All materials are provided. No previous experience with 16mm filmmaking is required.
Feb. 13th, 2014 – Introduction to 16mm Filmmaking (Part 1), 1pm – 5pm
Feb. 15th, 2014 – Introduction to 16mm Filmmaking (Part 2), 9am – 6pm
Feb. 16th, 2014 – Introduction to 16mm Filmmaking (Part 3), 1pm – 5pm
Daïchi Saïto is a co-founder of Double Negative, an artist’s collective in Montreal dedicated to exhibition and production of experimental cinema. His films have screened at festivals, museums and cinematheques worldwide and are in the permanent collections of the Austrian Film Museum and the Slovenian Cinematheque, and are distributed by Light Cone (Paris), Arsenal (Berlin) and the CFMDC (Toronto). Saïto has taught cinema at NSCAD University in Halifax, Concordia University in Montreal and the Escuela Internacional De Cine in Cuba.
The series is presented by Media City Film Festival, together with Broken City Lab, Common Ground Art Gallery and Momentum Film & Video Collective and is made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Media City Film Festival acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.