Session: Lasting Impressions: Ephemeral Artworks in the City

Session: Lasting Impressions: Ephemeral Artworks in the City
Friday, November 5 @ 3:00 pm
Location: Hotel Fort Garry

To what degree can temporary creative experiences facilitate contemplation and action with a view to building community? Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ notion of "social sculpture", this panel seeks to address the potential meaning and impact of ephemeral public artworks while taking into consideration means of tracing social and other relationships inspired by such projects over time. Emphasizing work that encourages reflection on the ways we organize and understand our world, the primary strategies to be discussed will include participatory and/or collaborative performance and intervention as well as alternative and experimental approaches to reading space and interpersonal connections.

Maps are inherently political, and are an ideal form to visualize the connections between people, place, and power. In “Counter-cartography and the City”, Lize Mogel will discuss her work over the past decade involving creating and disseminating counter-cartography with an emphasis on three public projects motivated by her activist desires to challenge the mainstream narrative of a site or history and promote social change.

Interested in mapping with a view to sharing the Cree practice of linking melody, lyric, and rhythm to landmass, Cheryl L’Hirondelle will speak about her current contemporary audio mapping/songwriting of Vancouver and Toronto on this land now known as Canada and share insights and anecdotes from this meaningful performative, musical and sonic activity. She notes that our ability to listen to and understand the land changed has shifted and finds the Cree worldview (nêhiyawin), which can be defined as four-directional, can helps us achieve a very dynamic sense of groundedness and place.

Dr. Graham van Wyk is involved in exploring the potential for interdisciplinary exchanges in relation to the concept of social sculpture and will address how related networks serve to benefit citizens in relation to understandings of Joseph Beuys' notion of "capital" defined as an economics of well-being. He will elaborate on examples of recent to summarize how he has been involved in translating the idea of social sculpture into tangible terms and how citizens have participated.

Milena Placentile - Winnipeg, MB

Cheryl L'Hirondelle - Vancouver, BC
Nikamon ohci askiy : songs because of the land

Lize Mogel - New York, NY
Counter-cartography and the City

Graham van Wyk - United Kingdom

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