2017 Summer Indigenous Intensive

2017 Summer Indigenous Intensive

July 3-28, 2017 Join us for this year’s summer intensive. Multiple courses, artist residencies, tattoo school, and free weekly Wednesday keynotes from an array of thinkers and creators. Follow #rmooc This year’s UBC Okanagan Summer Indigenous Art Intensive will feature a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate…

tule mat house: Indigenizing the Built Environment

tule mat house: Indigenizing the Built Environment

tukʷtniɬxʷ  – tule mat house Indigenizing the Built Environment Tule lodge construction and display UBC-O campus July 11-14, 2017 J Lot at Old Pond Trail This project brings Dr Shawn Brigman, Spokane Salish to the northern tip of his relative nation to share his knowledge of deconstructing the built environment…

July 26 Keynote: Graham Hingangaroa Smith

July 26 Keynote: Graham Hingangaroa Smith

Keynote address: 12 noon, Wednesday, July 26, University Theatre (ADM026) Academic Work as Transforming Praxis: From Discourse to Enactment (Show me the blisters on your hands!) This presentation will critically examine an indigenous example of ongoing struggle to transform the social, cultural and economic condition of persistent, high and disproportionate…

July 19 keynote: Shawn Wilson

July 19 keynote: Shawn Wilson

Keynote Address: 12 noon, Wednesday July 19, University Theatre (ADM026) Indigenous Sovereignty Indigenous sovereignty also requires the sovereignty of Indigenous knowledges in order for people to work toward building respectful relationships with others and with the environment. Ontological freedom (sovereignty) is a prerequisite to developing ways of expressing Indigenous voice…

July 12 Keynote: Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trepanier

July 12 Keynote: Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trepanier

Keynote address: 1:30 pm, Wednesday, July 12, University Theatre (ADM026) Land : Landed Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trépanier will enact a performative presentation, Land : Landed, concerned with two grand, historical narratives that impact contemporary, Canadian art discourses. One is the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing, specifically the centrality…

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….

July 12 Keynote: Monika Kin Gagnon
July 12 Keynote: Monika Kin Gagnon

Keynote Address: 12 noon, Wednesday July 12, University Theatre (ADM026) Rethinking Expo 67 On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is presenting À la recherché d’Expo 67 / In Search of Expo 67, an exhibition of major new works by 19…

2017 Arts Intensive
2017 Arts Intensive

The Indigenous Summer Intensive is coordinated by the Creative Studies Department (in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus) and features keynote addresses from six renowned creators and thinkers: Artist panel (July 5) Monika Kin Gagnon (July 12) Chris Creighton-Kelly and France Trepanier (July…

passing through encounters, Berlin, Aug. 30 – Sept. 01, 2016
passing through encounters, Berlin, Aug. 30 – Sept. 01, 2016

SSHRC Report from performance: passing through encounters, Berlin, Aug. 30 – Sept. 01, 2016 By Ayumi Goto Submitted to: Ashok Mathur and Peter Morin The original motivation for the performance, passing through encounters, was to engage directly with the many asylum seekers passing through Berlin. The performance was to make…

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…

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,…

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