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THE POWER OF GATHERING – A guest entry by Farheen HaQ
THE POWER OF GATHERING – A guest entry by Farheen HaQ

Last week I travelled from Victoria, Coast Salish territory to Kelowna, Okanagan territory, my car packed with my family along with sculpture and equipment for my upcoming exhibit at the Alternator Gallery. I was cursing having a summer show.  I was bracing myself for the tensions of feeling torn between…

Week 4 In Review
Week 4 In Review

Coming Up This Week The residency continues as many of us reflect over the past weekend and look forward to the coming week. Salmon Canning took place over the weekend and will be distributed towards the final weeks of the residency. This week we welcomed new arrivals, Amish Morrel, Leah…

Salmon canning: a photographic essay
Salmon canning: a photographic essay

     

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…

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,…

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…

Winding Water: Carmen Papalia
Winding Water: Carmen Papalia

Roughly thirty people responded to Carmen Papalia’s invitation to take part in an eyes closed blind field shuffle. Sharing a non-visual experience, the walk opened up sensory potentials to the space undefined by a planar visual level.  Qualities of touch, sound and trust heightened, we navigated a walk through the varied terrain…

Week Three at a Glance
A welcome by elder ad knowledge keeper Richard Armstrong

To all our honoured guests, artists, thinkers, creators, and friends. We are near the half-way mark. As we look back on a productive and exciting two weeks, we are always looking forward to what joys and possibilities will offer themselves to us in the future. Here’s a brief run-down of…

Feasts, Openings, and Artists
Feasts.

What a week!  Between brilliant panels, illuminating welcomes, lessons of the land, blind walks through downtown Kelowna, poetry readings, and arrivals and departures, the Summer Indigenous Art Intensive and the O’kinadas Residency are in full swing. Just a quick reminder about tonight: Double opening at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary…

Photos from sovereignty/body panel
Photos from sovereignty/body panel

Some images from an incredible panel today with Carmen Papalia, Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson, David Khang, Michelle Jacques. Links to blogs coming soon.

Missing In Redaction: Jordan Scott at the Alternator
Missing In Redaction: Jordan Scott at the Alternator

Expanding on his presentation at last Wednesday’s panel, Jordan Scott noted the ways in which language dysfluency is recognized, and often produced, through physical duress. He examined how dysfluency is read and heard as a marker of guilt, of dishonesty, or of a lack of truth-telling. What happens when the…

Reflections on times behind and ahead
Reflections on times behind and ahead

It’s been a week since the Summer Indigenous Arts Residency opened to a flow of creators from all sorts of places. There is the core group of four amazing artists who will be in the house until the middle of August. There is the O k’inādās residence and artist collective,…

Coming Up Next Week!
Round Table

After a highly successful first week, the O k’inādās Residency and Summer Indigenous Art Intensive are in full swing. Everyone is invited to attend discussions, events, and openings! We have compiled a short list of some of what’s coming up next week so that anyone who is interested and able…

some+no+every+all bodies – reflections on a roundtable
some+no+every+all bodies – reflections on a roundtable

Every Wednesday during the 2016 UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive, participating resident artists form a panel to engage particular creative/social contexts in a room of students, other artists, and the general public. This was the first panel, July 7. It took time for our bodies to absorb the gifts given to…

Calendar
Calendar

Schedule of events in the Summer Indigenous Intensive arts residency

Dion Kaszas and the Earth Line Tattoo Residency – Celebrations
Dion Kaszas and the Earth Line Tattoo Residency – Celebrations

Today, let’s celebrate the work of the Indigenous people and artists on whose land we are visiting. From my conversations this past week I would like to honour the Earth Line Tattoo Collective comprised of a dedicated team of cultural tattoo practitioners and visual artists: Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaq), Dion Kaszas…

2017 Artists in residence
2017 Artists in residence

  Keynote Speakers Jeannette Armstrong Monika Kin Gagnon Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trepanier Shawn Wilson Linda Tuhiwai Smith Graham Smith Indigenous Tattoo School Instructors: Dion Kaszas, Amy Malbeuf, Jordan Bennett Guest mentors: Dean Hunt, Nahaan, Pip Hartley (NZ) Participants: Amberley John, Sheldon Piere, Louise Danika Nolte, Jerry Evans, Maani Oakes, Ippiksaut Friesen Invited…

Information for artists in the 2017 UBCO Indigenous intensive
Information for artists in the 2017 UBCO Indigenous intensive

Dear Participant in the 2017 Summer Indigenous arts residency: We have put together a package of relevant notes, introductions, and other information you will find useful on arrival at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions. 1 The residency: This residency invites…

Crossing Media, Crossing Canada: Performing the land we are
Ruptures

In my first conversation as Research Assistant for the new SSHRC research-creation project, “Crossing Media, Crossing Canada: Performing the Land that we are,” I couldn’t help but think how strange it was to be embarking on something new that wasn’t actually new. It was strange to enter into a new…

O K’inādās provocation
O K’inādās provocation

there is so much land beneath Canada. the invisible trickling of snowmelt down the mountain, the air that smells of spring. the first sighting of pussy willows, the blood that pulses through every mammal in every moment. these provocations might not be seen because they are enfolded into the next…

2017 Summer Intensive
2017 Summer Intensive

What is this project? The Summer Indigenous Intensive has been operating at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, since 2014, growing out of the previous Summer Graduate Indigenous Institute which started in 2005. The SII has various components, but the main ones are the offering of a suite of…

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