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Tule Mat House: A Photo Essay by Jill Janvier
Tule Mat House: A Photo Essay by Jill Janvier

Reflections: Tule Mat House Project July 11-14, 2017 I got involved with the Tule Mat Tipi Project because I was really interested in how ancient knowledges continue to inform ways of building. In addition, the organizer Mariel Belanger, asked me to photograph her performance during the Tipi take down on…

July 26 Keynote: Linda Tuhiwai Smith
July 26 Keynote: Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Linda Tuhiwai Smith  

July 26 keynote, Graham Smith
July 26 keynote, Graham Smith

Graham Smith, Keynote

Shawn Wilson: July 19, 2017 keynote
Shawn Wilson: July 19, 2017 keynote

Shawn Wilson

Jeannette Armstrong: July 19 keynote
Jeannette Armstrong: July 19 keynote

Jeannette Armstrong

Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trepanier: July 12, 2017 keynote
Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trepanier: July 12, 2017 keynote

Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trepanier Land: Landed

Monika Kin Gagnon: July 12, 2017 keynote
Monika Kin Gagnon: July 12, 2017 keynote

Monika Kin Gagnon Rethink Expo 67

Keynote responses: Michael Turner
Keynote responses: Michael Turner

2nd Keynote Response Richard Armstrong, Jeannette Armstrong, Shawn Wilson     Although originally billed as keynote presentations by Jeannette Armstrong and Shawn Wilson, we were told by the afternoon’s emcee Stephen Foster that Richard Armstrong would be opening for Jeanette, followed by Shawn, and that pleased me some because Richard’s…

UBCO Press Release on 2017 Summer Intensive
UBCO Press Release on 2017 Summer Intensive
List of events
List of events

Calendar. Summer Intensive. July 4-28   July 5 12 noon, Stephen and Ashok make basic introductory presentation to all four undergraduate and two graduate classes. Potential panel with Mariel Belanger, James Luna, Amy Malbeuf (who will all have shows opening/closing on the Friday, June 7) ADM026 (University Theatre)   July…

Resident artists 2017
Resident artists 2017

Senior artists-in-residence Alex Janvier (July 12-28) and James Luna (July 3-12) will be on site. Janvier will be converting the FINA art gallery into a painting studio, and Luna will be having an exhibition at the Alternator artist centre opening July 7 and conducting a master performance class July 10-12….

Across the Table: Cathy Mattes and Leah Decter’s Tattoo Performance. A guest blog by Jessie Fosty
Across the Table: Cathy Mattes and Leah Decter’s Tattoo Performance. A guest blog by Jessie Fosty

A guest blog by Jessie Fosty. Jessie Fosty is pursuing a BFA Honours at Brandon University in the Department of Visual and Aboriginal Arts. She works closely with Peter Morin. Her mediums include painting, drawing, and ceramics, and her themes include the impact of residential school and the plight of Missing…

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…

An Interview with Tania Willard
An Interview with Tania Willard

I had the opportunity to speak to Tania Willard regarding her time at the O k’inādās residency, and her new work and research, which was presented at a Bush Gallery screening at the end of the residency. Tomas: I thought we could start by getting your reflections on the residency, as…

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. …

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…

Coming Up for Week 5
Coming Up for Week 5

Week 5 is gearing up to be full of events, meetings (scheduled and informal) and spaces for connection, conversation, and community. We have provided just a brief list of events here, but stay tuned as new spaces open up. We welcome Elisabeth LaPensee, Jackson Two Bears, Evan Lee and Camille Turner, and Srimoyee Mitra, who…

Olivia Whetung
Olivia Whetung

Olivia Whetung spoke of the changing names framing territory. The Colonial attempts to exploit and disappear bodies. Photos of working bodies were depicted in a book entitled Crafts of the Ojibwa. The bodies were not posed but at work and in motion. Olivia was interested in the stories these hands…

Mark Igloliorte: o k’inādās July 22 panel
Mark Igloliorte: o k’inādās July 22 panel

Mark Igloliorte  spoke of the importance of observation in painting. Photographs depict a fraction of second, life sliced down to moment, whereas in painting hours, days are poured into their construction. In the time that is required to make a painting, the shifting, moving body results in shifts in perspectives. …

Haruko Okano: o k’inādās July 22 panel
Haruko Okano: o k’inādās July 22 panel

Haruko Okano came to the stage silently, setting a small arena set with flour and wrapped fabric. She stared intently at audience, in a combative stance, stamping her feet on the flour. Then gleefully moved into the space of the audience, row by row, gifting dried and fresh seedpods, each…

Tania Willard: o k’inādās July 22 panel
Tania Willard: o k’inādās July 22 panel

Tania Willard’s Bush Gallery was born out of a desire to create a space that acknowledged diverse bodies and attentions. The logistics in child care is still quite difficult to engage in contemporary art, reflected in design of institutional spaces institutions, for normative, adult bodies.  How these small bodies and…

Hopping the fence: an interview with David Khang
Hopping the fence: an interview with David Khang

On Thursday I had the opportunity to have a discussion with David Khang. Our conversation began with reflection on Carmen Papalia‘s walking performance, and the panel discussion from the day before. Tomas: I liked Carmen’s point that the group walk wasn’t an empathy building exercise. It was a chance to…

Michael Turner’s web sit
Michael Turner’s web sit

Celebrated author and incoming student at UBCO Michael Turner is actively engaging with the O k’inadas proceedings on his blog, keep track of his insights here!

Fluid Bodies: A Panel
Fluid Bodies: A Panel

Peter Morin, moderator and orator, set the tone for the afternoon by introducing the question: How do ‘bodies’ work in terms of sovereignty and territory? More than an introduction, Peter’s conversation with us asked us to acknowledge each other, to hold the words we were about to hear within us,…

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