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All roundtables will be presented virtually during these 5 months in 2023. They will be streamed live on Zoom from 2pm to 4pm (Pacific time). The Zoom link is here.
A series of virtual roundtables presented by Open Space in collaboration with Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires.
Rather than converse in artistic silos (dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, media arts), Crossing Paths : Blazing Trails will use a more fluid framework:
May 13 the Gesture: performance, movement, performing arts…and more
* series launches with a presentation in Minneapolis, made possible through a partnership with Pangea World Theatre
June 10 the Sound: podcasts, new music composition, sound poetry, radio, slam poetry, finding silence, musics of the world…and more
July 8 the Image: visual arts disciplines, visual culture, the commercial art market, “original” vs. copy, NFT’s…and more
Aug 12 the Word: fiction writing; poetry on the page; publishing, play writing, zines, blogs & other digital forms of new writing…and more
Sept 9 the Screen: all legacy screen media including the internet, AI, VR, AR & other emergent forms, all art goes online…and more
*Video recordings of the conversations are available by clicking on each of the conversation titles above.
Open Space is acknowledging 50 Years on this Land, by holding events that look at artists’ practices and the systems that support them through a critical lens. In this context, when IBPoC (Indigenous, Black and people of colour) artists’ work is being discussed, the focus is often on systemic racism; Eurocentricity in the arts; colonialism and White supremacy; political struggles for justice, etc, etc.
Of course, these factors are of critical importance and must be considered in art making. However, Crossing Paths : Blazing Trails proposes to start the convos with the actual creative process of artists - how does one create? - and work outwards from there. This approach is decolonial in nature and eschews the formulaic futility of the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity (DIE) paradigm so endemic in the arts today.
Crossing Paths : Blazing Trails insists that ‘including’ IBPoC artists into a system that itself is antiquated, with its multiple blindspots is flawed. Instead of trying to fix a broken system, let’s redesign it! Starting from the inside - artists’ practice - moving out to ask, “what would an art system, that was not Eurocentric, actually look like?”
The roundtables might touch on various themes in art making. For example:
Elaborating protocols for knowledge exchange and sharing
Temporality - how time is defined
Intentionality of an individual artist
Connection to IBPoC communities
Socio-political justice is almost always a way of framing
Self-determined IBPoC critical discourse
This approach could then elaborate wider issues. For example:
Customary and contemporary IBPoC art practices
The construction of the Canadian arts system over the last 50 years
The various meanings of ‘interdisciplinarity’ in art making
How arts and cultural policy should be made
Looking to the future of arts practices
Zoom link and full invite for all 5 roundtable discussions:
Open Space Arts Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Crossing Paths : Blazing Trails
2nd Saturday of the month, May to September, at 2pm pacific time
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