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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle provides an amazing history to the Indigenous Activist Art course, including reference to a project she worked on last year (summer, 2013) at the Reconsidering Reconciliation residency in Kamloops, BC.

Artist talks and performances
Artist talks and performances

Greetings all: Our summer intensive course, Indigenous Art Activism, is in half-way through, and the next few days will feature numerous talks, events, and performances, all open to the public. Tuesday, July 29 Artists discuss their works and the contexts of arts activism, Indigenous practices, and beyond. 10:15 am: Cheryl…

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…

Cultures of Reconciliation
Cultures of Reconciliation

                      A powerful gathering at the University of Saskatchewan, combining the forces and impulses of Idle No More with creative and critical thinking to look toward future possibilities.                        …

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.

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…

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