art + reconciliation walk around and cross paths

James Luna

James Luna

Performance artist and teacher James Luna, last day in Kelowna, 2015

Audio and hair

Audio and hair

Jensen Frei Njootli engages hair and sound for a performance experiment

Performative remnants

Performative remnants

Tiny jars, in preparation for James Luna workshop and performance acts

Class of 2015

Class of 2015

  Pedagogy of Place class from July, 2015. Gearing up for 2016, Contemporary Indigenous Art Praxis

the drum and the strands that connect us.

Reflection in Action, Aug 15th Goodbye for now.

I wrote this for the final project, might as well share the story here : ) Pjila’si, welcome, If life is a story what story could I tell? During the course of ten days I participated in Indigenous Activist Art, a University of British Columbia Okanagan Summer Institute course offered…

Summer Intensive, 2016

Note: rmooc has undergone several incarnations and continues to be available as an archive and resource. As part of an Intensive Summer Indigenous Art Intensive Program at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, we will be activating this site for posts, visuals, and discussion from July 07 to Aug 16, 2016 to capture the thoughts behind the “k’inadas” residency program.

Summer Indigenous Art Intensive Program

The Indigenous Summer Intensive is coordinated by the Creative Studies Department (in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus) and features a core group of senior artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, David Garneau, and Adrian Stimson. It will also include upward of 20 visiting studio artists and curators in residence as part of the “K’inadas studio residency.” These artists will be developing new work addressing issues related to the ongoing complex responses to reconciliation, and art-making practices as a radical methodology for decolonization and Indigenizing contemporary theoretical discourse and art praxis. These artists include:

Raymond Boisjoly
Charles Campbell
Warren Cariou
Leah Decter
Kevin DeForest
Andrea Fatona
Mimi Gellman
Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez
Mark Igloriorte
Michelle Jacques
David Khang
Elspeth Lapensée
Michelle Lavalee
Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Srimoyee Mitra
Cecily Nicholson
Tannis Nielsen
Haruko Okano
Julie Okot-Bitek
Camille Turner
Jackson TwoBears
Olivia Whetung
Tania Willard

Alongside the intensive residency, FCCS is offering numerous courses in visual art, creative writing, and performance. All of these courses will run in conjunction with the Indigenous Summer Intensive with varying degrees of crossover between them. There will be one common 90-minute meeting for all courses each week to allow for a sharing of multiple voices between the residency and the students. An online component that will allow participation from artists and students not located at the UBCO campus.

The following courses will be offered during the Summer Intensive. 


 Undergraduate Course: Bodies of Knowledge This course invites writers, artists, and performers to investigate through literary arts the influence(s) of their own bodies on their artwork, and the compositional opportunities these influences provide. Bodies of Knowledge considers conceptions of body and of our bodies in comparison to bodies of work,bodies of knowledge,bodies of land,and the work of art as a body. Course work will include intimate participant led workshops, and democratic and experimental seminars exploring the notion of “body” from numerous perspectives including through indigenous pedagogies, ecocriticism, pragmatist aesthetics, and feminist, queer, and critical disability theory. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to develop and expand existing bodies of work as well as create new work. Presentations by artists and writers from the Summer Indigenous Residency Program are a major component of this course.

    Course Dates: July 6-19, 2016 Instructor: Matt Rader

 Undergraduate Course: The course will provide 3rd year students the opportunity to explore Indigenous traditional and contemporary based performance practices. The course will be delivered as a studio course but will also involve class participants to interact with guest Indigenous artists, Elders, and to attend events hosted by local Indigenous communities and Indigenous learning centres. Indigenous performance practices are inspired by the ecology of the land; Indigenous songs, dances, regalia (dress) and stories vitalize, honour and distinguish the inter connectedness of these ancient practices. *This course is pending approval.

    Course Dates: July 6 – Aug. 15, 2016 Instructor: TBA

 Undergraduate course: This course in creative research provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their art practice by observing and documenting their own process of creative enquiry. Coursework begins outdoors with a series of assignments intended to deepen students’ powers of observation. In the studio, a variety of short experiments based around drawing, text, and materiality will lead to self-directed project ideas by helping students identify the core priorities in their art practice. Class discussions, critical feedback and journaling will further student’s in-depth investigation of their creative thought process. Weekly contact with resident artists will provide examples of the diverse range of approaches to visual research and highlight the role of cultural identity and personal experience within the artists’ practice. This course is appropriate for artists and creative thinkers at every stage of their development. Presentations by artists from the Summer Indigenous Residency Program are a major component of this course.

    Course Dates: July 6 – Aug. 15, 2016 Instructor:Katherine Pickering
Graduate Course: In this course students will investigate the methodologies and practices of Indigenous Artists in contemporary contexts of creative praxis, including visual and performance art. The focus of this compressed intensive course will be on Indigenous art that engages social, political, regional, and global issues in relationship to diverse communities and contexts. The immersive environment will involve six hours per week for a six-week period and will create a learning environment that encourages in-depth exploration of the traditions, methods, and practices of studio artists and curators. Special invited artists and scholars will include: Adrian Stimson (Siksika), David Garneau (Métis), Lori Blondeau (Cree/Saulteaux/Métis), and Rebecca Belmore (Anishinaabe), and others who will be in residence during this term and will participate in the course engaging with students in a direct and intimate learning environment.

Course Format: The course will be structured around a seminar model with multi-media presentations, lectures and performances by, visiting scholars and artists. The pedagogy of this course will be highly discursive, utilizing forms of Indigenous and progressive learning models to encourage cooperative education and collaboration between learners at all levels. As an immersive and intensive course, students will engage in participatory learning models over a six-week span working directly with artists and scholars in residence. Contact hours will be 6 hours per week and will jointly share a weekly session with other intensive courses scheduled simultaneously in Creative Studies, Critical Studies and Indigenous Studies.

    Course Dates: July 6 – Aug. 15, 2016 Instructor: Stephen Foster

Registration opens in February.

From original introduction: “Art+Reconciliation,” is a MOOC that addresses how artistic practices can engage in questions of reconciliation, most particularly in the Canadian context of residential schools and the associated and ongoing Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As part of our process we explored the history of the residential school system in Canada, discussed strategies of creating and increasing an awareness of Indigenous practices and histories from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives, engaged in a critical inquiry of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, and all the while thought through how artistic media can be a driving force in this articulation. Our ‘course’ began July 15, 2013 and the first segment, incorporating the ‘Reconsidering Reconciliation’ arts residency in Kamloops, ran til Aug 31. The second phase ran through to Sept 30, 2013, with a rolling registration and sign up for this RMOOC  so participants could receive our updates. There were various manners by which viewers could partake, explained in the how to participate in this site via social media and tools we built that allowed various forms of contribution to the experience. rmooc is officially closed as an ongoing and maintained site, but will be reinvented as an archive and database that will likely take on new life as we all proceed with this work. 


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