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Greetings, Indigenous Activist Art participants
Greetings, Indigenous Activist Art participants

Greetings all,This message, is intended for those who are either registered as an undergraduate or graduate student in Indigenous Activist Art at the UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive program (July 21 – Aug 1, 2014) , or artists-in-residence, guest artists, or visiting scholars who are attending some part of our course and artist…

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,…

Reconciliation week begins Sept 15
Reconciliation week begins Sept 15

It’s going to be an intensive week in Vancouver for reconciliation issues. Indeed, it’s already started with some exhibitions up at the Belkin, Emily Carr, and elsewhere. Reconciliation Week runs Sept 15-22, including the TRC National Gathering and a host of other events.

Technology and Reconciliation: Legacy of Indian Residential Schools
Technology and Reconciliation: Legacy of Indian Residential Schools

« Back to Events Event: Technology and Reconciliation: Legacy of Indian Residential Schools Start: September 11, 2013 10:00 am End: September 11, 2013 12:00 pm Category: UBC Events Organizer: Kathryn Berry Email: kathryn.berry@ubc.ca Updated: August 29, 2013 Venue: Video Conference and Webinar The UBC Learning Circle is an ongoing, community-driven…

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…

The Kamloops runs
The Kamloops runs

As those who have been following rmooc know, for the duration of the residency (and from before and since as well), Ayumi Goto runs the land with the music of various artists strapped to her body, aiming to cover 1600 km to ‘shadow’ and respect the walkers of Nishiyuu. Listening…

Cultures of Reconciliation: sept 25-27, saskatoon
Cultures of Reconciliation: sept 25-27, saskatoon

Following, a draft of the program for this event in Saskatoon. Cultures of Reconciliation: Academic, Artistic, Activist A Humanities Research Unit Event FREE ADMISSION; OPEN TO EVERYONE Location: Graduate Student Centre, University of Saskatchewan, and Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon Time: September 26-27, 2013 Participants include: Roy Miki, Jennifer Henderson, Pauline Wakeham,…

Hair: the performance
Hair: the performance

This is an hour-long performance on the second-last day of the Reconsidering Reconciliation artist residency. We posted an earlier clip, but this is the real deal thanks to videographer Gabe Archie. Powerful viewing. And here is David Garneau’s response to this performance, a poem he read at the closing of…

Reconsidering Reconciliation: the exhibition
Reconsidering Reconciliation: the exhibition

The exhibition for the recon res runs from Aug 14 to Sept 15 at the Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery. Thanks to the diligence of Keavy Martin, visiting us for the last three days of the residence, we have a publication featuring artist statements from all those contributing to the…

Mimi Gellman, in the garden
Mimi Gellman, in the garden

Mimi Gellman talks about her time making art, creating, in the horticultural gardens at TRU. The paintings she produces are a direct result of her experience with the land and territory here.

singing to drums
singing to drums

Peter Morin enlists the assistance of Adrian Stimson, Leah Decter, Clement Yeh, Mimi Gellman, and Ayumi Goto to sing to the drums he has made during the residency. While they sang, he read out a Martin Luther King speechto think through questions of oppression, resistance, equality.

Artists’ projects underway
Artists’ projects underway

Gabe Archie, who has been documenting the recon process, has put together these brilliant montages of artists’ work including studio visits with David Garneau, Cecily Nicholson, Leah Decter, Peter Morin, Clement Yeh (working on Jaimie Isaac images), Gabe Hill, Mimi Gellman and more. Definitely a delightful representation of work underway.

Jaimie Isaac and her light box project
Jaimie Isaac and her light box project

Jaimie Isaac talks about the 16 light boxes she is building in the Reconsidering Reconciliation residency, looking back at family and residential schools. Jaimie is here as part of a multi-generational contribution — she arrived with her partner and son and shortly thereafter her mother arrived and was followed just…

Winnipeg Free Press story on genocide and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Winnipeg Free Press story on genocide and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Thanks to Roewan Crowe and Rosanna Deerchild for pointing us to this WFP story. A chief who was a Canadian Museum for Human Rights adviser says the issue of an aboriginal genocide never came up during discussions with museum officials. Sagkeeng Chief Donavan Fontaine said he decided to speak out…

Assembling a wall tent
Assembling a wall tent

Reconsidering Reconciliation artists took an overnight camping trip to Tania Willard’s land up by Adams Lake. Thanks to Stephen Foster (who couldn’t make the trip, but loaned us the wall tent), we had generous accommodations for all! Setting it up was another matter. This five-minute clip is not a preparation…

Video of Stephen Foster at his Remediating Curtis exhibition
Video of Stephen Foster at his Remediating Curtis exhibition

Some of the artists from the Reconsidering Reconciliation residency group went to visit fellow resident Stephen Foster in his home town of Kelowna, where he was also showing a particularly intriguing exhibition of his at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Remediating Curtis: Toy Portraits is an exhibition of new work by…

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, video shoot
Cheryl L’Hirondelle, video shoot

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, resident artist at recon/recon, works in new media, songwriting, community organization among many other media. One of her projects has been working with women in prison, workshopping songs with them, and eventually producing a video that represents this process. While in the residency, Cheryl enlisted the other women…

Engaging with Beat Nation, video
Engaging with Beat Nation, video

One of the more engaging parts of a residency that comes together like this is how the artists are directly involved in the practices around them. Here is a great example. While curator Tania Willard talks about Beat Nation, artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin decide to participate with Maria…

Beat Nation, curator’s talk
Beat Nation, curator’s talk

One of our resident artists, Tania Willard, is also an accomplished curator, and most recently she has co-curated the Beat Nation show at the Kamloops Art Gallery. This is from a tour she gave to the resident artists. Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture June 29 to September…

Studio visits
Studio visits

Mike Arnouse, elder from Adams Lake, visits the studio of Peter Morin and Gabe Hill.

Cecily Nicholson, poet

Cecily Nicholson, poet, engages with communities and politics with a depth and register that impresses us all, certainly during her stay at the Reconsidering Reconciliation residency. She was here for the first half of the month-long engagement, and during this time her presence was familiar and phenomenal. This is a…

We Were So Far Away
We Were So Far Away

“We were so far away…”: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools (full pdf) Curatorial Text by Heather Igloliorte Sharing their Stories In 2008, a group of courageous Inuit residential school Survivors shared their experiences with the Legacy of Hope Foundation with the hope of contributing to the healing process for…

‘Abject’ blogger reviews rMOOC
‘Abject’ blogger reviews rMOOC

Some thoughtful words about rMOOC from the “Abject” blog, stating, in part:  the rMOOC site itself behaves a lot less like the venture capitalized disruptions we usually read about, instead drawing on the form’s Connectivist roots, and more explicitly modeled on recent manifestations such as DS106 and #ETMOOC. That should not be so…

Keavy Martin video response
Keavy Martin video response

After Peter Morin’s performance in Montreal, a two-parter that followed the national gathering of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Keavy Martin sent this note to colleagues who were unable to attend. As the second part of the performance was not video-taped, Keavy decided to narrate the event soon after its…

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