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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…

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…

Across mediums – a visual response to O k’inādās panel discussions. By: Jessie Fosty
Across mediums – a visual response to O k’inādās panel discussions. By: Jessie Fosty

A cross media response 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…

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…

Congruent bodies: O k’inadas panel discussion
Congruent bodies: O k’inadas panel discussion

What body memories and body futures are posited (and possess) your art practice? In framing the discussion of the 3rd panel of the O k’inadas residency, Ayumi Goto asked what it means to acknowledge territory, to be here, to move through, how we walk together on the land. She recounted…

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…

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…

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