O k'inadas / an artist residency complicated reconciliations

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The School of Badger – an interview with Rebecca Belmore and Lori Blondeau
The School of Badger – an interview with Rebecca Belmore and Lori Blondeau

The School of Badger was a collaborative performance intervention by Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau and Adrian Stimson.  Jessie Fosty and Tomas Jonsson had the opportunity to sit with Elder Badger (Belmore) and Little Badger (Blondeau) and discuss this provacative performance.  This interview can be heard here: A statement on The School…

Home Coming: A Performance by Haruko Okano
Home Coming: A Performance by Haruko Okano

          We located ourselves within the available shade that circled the clearing where Haruko Okano’s performance space was demarcated, by a circle of red paper bags.  As we waited for the performance to begin, Camille Turner looked across to the group across the way, and remarked how…

A guest blog post by poet Cecily Nicholson
A guest blog post by poet Cecily Nicholson

  DRAWING CLASS FOR POETS for David Garneau and for Julie Okot Bitek Figures gone to ground Figures in contrast Ground (plain?) (line?) Figure Form is contained Between lines Lines contain space Something forms Points comit to paper Points connect in line Line commits to proportions Proportions commit to something…

Process. How we work
Process. How we work

An important aspect of the O k’inādās residency is the opportunity to share knowledge and processes of creating with students in the studio courses. Special guests to Troy Twigg’s performance class, Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson and Rebecca Belmore offered insight into states of process, dispelling romanticized ideas of art production. …

Elletson Road: A performance by Charles Campbell
Elletson Road: A performance by Charles Campbell

As we sat gathered in the white walled gallery, Charles Campbell entered the space, his head obscured a light blue and brown patterned geodesic assemblage. Removing this and placing it on a plinth, he obtained a phone, headphones and papers. and sat at a small table, an empty chair across…

bodies, words, actions
bodies, words, actions

Taught by Troy Emery Twigg, recently appointed the Artistic Director of Making Treaty 7, The first Indigenous theatre course at UBCO was a 6-week intensive that asked students to engage with Indigenous performance art praxis. The resulting four group collaborations were performed during an open event where artists, scholars, thinkers, organizers,…

Creating a future
Creating a future

  The fifth panel of the O k’inādās residency featured presentations by Charles Campbell, Beth LaPensee, Jackson Two Bears, Srimoyee Mitra and Michelle Lavallee. For this panel a new structure was suggested. Circling back to the guiding precept of O’kinādās of walking on the land, the organizers suggested that instead of…

Personal Territories
Personal Territories

This week we shared the space of a fourth O k’inādās panel discussion with presenters Cathy Mattes, Leah Decter, Keven DeForest, Tannis Nielsen, and moderator Ashok Mathur. To begin this overview we would like to start with a personal reflection. The iterative processes of learning and creating throughout this residency…

Weekend In Review: A Short reflection…
As we feast we honour the land that sustains us here, in this place.

…on moments shared. Communal meals, exchanged conversations, artistic and professional debates, inspired creative thoughts, new friendships, wine and bread. All these moments topped with the gleeful, joyful chaos-making of children in the midst. This past weekend was full: triple gallery openings and a shared exhibition opening feast on the downtown…

It starts with breath
It starts with breath

The O k’inādās residency began with an in-the-round introduction of participants, facilitators and guests. Ashok Mathur and Katherine Pickering led an overview to the calendar of events -an evolving, dynamic document- as well as material and networking opportunities. The mix of practical and conceptual orientations hinted at the infinite potential to…

Pre-performing canada
Pre-performing canada

Before presenting their “performing canada” treatise at encuentro, Leah Decter, Ayumi Goto, and Peter Morin workshopped their cross-nation canoe project at Adrian Stimson’s performance workshop at Toronto island. These are images from what they did. Photos by C. Abrams Read what Peter writes on his blog

Performing Canada
Performing Canada

Leah Decter, Ayumi Goto, and Peter Morin travelled across Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec to ‘perform canada’ at the Encuentro event in Montreal in June, 2014. Part of their performance was to reduce a wooden canoe to its composite parts through sawing and hammering, eventually gifting the ribs to various audience…

Post for a final day!
Post for a final day!

So, technically, yesterday was the final day for the action-portion of rmooc! Today’s posting reflects what may be the last build of the site before we turn it toward an archive of sorts, and then see how it may transmogrify for the work to be done. We end, fittingly enough,…

Running the land, Saskatoon
Running the land, Saskatoon

On her homage to the Nishiyuu walkers, Ayumi Goto has run many roads toward the close to 1600 km that mirrors those who went from northern Quebec to Ottawa to air out important issues affecting indigenous communities. One of these roads was a rural highway outside of Saskatoon — this…

walking in the rainy reconciliation
walking in the rainy reconciliation

hard to say whether the recon canada walk for reconciliation was a harbinger of things to come or an elision of these most important details of life. Regardless, there were thousands who braved the rain, bore umbrellas, and marched over viaducts and into chinatowns to express solidarity. There was light…

NET-ETH: Going out of the Darkness: Malaspina Printmakers
NET-ETH: Going out of the Darkness: Malaspina Printmakers

  NET-ETH: Going out of the Darkness is a group exhibition of over twenty contemporary and traditional First Nations artists, among them are Indian Residential School survivors and their descendants whose work is a powerful testimony to their personal healing process. NET-ETH is a hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam dialect) metaphor for “the…

Alex Janvier speaks at gallery opening
Alex Janvier speaks at gallery opening

Alex Janvier opened his gallery in Cold Lake, AB on Sept 1, 2013. The Janvier Gallery is a remarkable achievement, possibly the first major solo artist gallery built on reserve land (English Bay, Dene), and certainly the first to boast such an incredible combination of design and content. Metis architect…

Reconciliation is about Land
Reconciliation is about Land

In response to recent information releases linking the Sun Peaks Resort with TRU’s Alliance for Mountain Environments,   Tania Willard, member of the Neskonlith Indian band and recent participant in the Reconsidering Reconciliation arts residency,  posted this response: I want to point out for those who are not aware that…

Colours at Cold Lake
Green marsh

Maybe it’s the immense variety of colours produced by Alex Janvier in his paintings, but it seems that the intensity of colour this weekend at the Janvier Gallery opening in Cold Lake was reflected everywhere. The green of the marsh just beyond the Janvier Gallery and property was stunning, as…

Janvier Gallery opening
Janvier Gallery opening

Yes, it’s official. Alex Janvier’s gallery opened today at the new Cold Lake location on the English Bay reserve. Amazing building and site, and of course, the art that fills the space is pure genius. So much work from such a talented artist, and it’s exciting to see it inhabiting…

Alex Janvier Gallery
Alex Janvier Gallery

This weekend marks the opening of the Janvier Gallery (designed by Douglas Cardinal) in Cold Lake Alberta. We’ll have plenty of more photos and bit of information on that over the next few days. For now, take a look at Cardinal’s diagrams and construction photos that lead to this historic…

Drumming. Reconciliation. by Peter Morin
Drumming. Reconciliation. by Peter Morin

the following words. a written treatise concerning several of the drumming interventions that took place through the residency. considering reconciliation. considering drumming. considering action. Drumming. Reconciliation. i am drumming reconciliation daily walking drumming eating drumming sleeping drumming dreaming drumming drumming drumming i am drumming what i think reconciliation is. i…

BUILDING THE RMOOC SITE, SYNDICATION AND ALL
BUILDING THE RMOOC SITE, SYNDICATION AND ALL

Here’s a very thorough description of what went into building the rmooc site, written by site designer Alan Levine aka cogdog on his cogdogblog. Alan details how he designed the learning platform and how it all came together. This write-up is quite useful for anyone thinking of doing something similar,…

Garry Gottfriedson poetry reading
Garry Gottfriedson poetry reading

Garry Gottfriedson was such a delightful host for us on his territory while we produced art in residence. Here he gives us a piece on the last day of the residency, a play on ‘cowboy poetry’ and a surge of insight as is Garry’s wont!

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