My City's Still Breathing

City as Generator

The city is the generator of ideas and inspired creative responses, yet it can also be the subject of criticism and critique. How artists come to understand the city in both personal and public forms is imbedded in their processes and practices. These perspectives can be as diverse as they are complex. This panel address the ideas spawned from the city through various lenses. Forms of mapping and anonymous citizen participation are used to create a multi-level profile of places within a city. The downtown is transformed into a dance partner who at times willingly gives over to emotive communication and at other times is as resistant as the concrete and stone it wears. Areas which ring the core and possess a definitive character of their own are the subject of poetic interpretation. All of these generated expressions reflect the range of humanity that defines living in an urban environment.

Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst presents at My City's Still Breathing

Photo by Leif Norman

Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst Artists
Montreal, Canada
Can you hear the city whispering? Biography

Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst

Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst have collaborated and developed several different multimedia productions and installations in Montreal. The main focus in their artistic practice together is to setup social/creative structures to collect malleable data and assemble a database to understand their current surroundings.

Immony Men is a Canadian visual artist currently based in Montreal. He is a recent University of Windsor MFA graduate, prior to he has completed his BFA at Concordia University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. During his stay in Windsor Immony has joined the Broken City Lab research group; an initiative that tactically disrupts and engages the city.

Maegan Broadhurst is currently in her final year of completing a bachlor's of arts Specializing in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is currently developing In plain sight, a work in progress that explores and investigates the spaces that make up the Montreal city structure, particularly the ones that are abandoned or in a state of decay.

Can you hear the city whispering?

At the Conference, Immony Men and Maegan Broadhurst will discuss their approach and process of how they used the city as a platform and it's inhabitants as collaborators, to create art that reflects on the city's emotional landscape. How we can use art to explore and better understand the state of the city in which we live. In addition they will present their final findings and product, which will take the form of a travel guide.

"Can you hear the city whispering?" is an exploration of the cityscape within Winnipeg. Adopting a tourist-like approach and inviting the general public into our research process, we asked them to locate their favourite and disliked place within the city. This process of collaboration was introduced to the city through flyers. The initial poster consists of a map of Winnipeg and coloured stickers to indicate the favoured and disliked sites. These flyers were installed within the downtown core where they would receive attention from foot traffic. A second flyer with the results was posted around the city, letting pedestrians know which spots they have chosen as a whole.

The information collected gives us the opportunity to visit common and personal geographic locations. Our primary goal is to discover and share these sites with the community.

With close to five-hundred selected sites, we have decided to produce a travel guide to display the photographs and information we have assembled from each location. The coordinates of each spot will be included for the reader to either recognize or visit. These travel guides will then be returned to the public through the action of placing them in pubs, coffee-houses, artist-run centres, etc.

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Sharon B. Moore

Sharon B. Moore Dancer/Choreographer
Toronto, Canada
Humanity on Display Biography

Sharon B. Moore

Sharin B. Moore is known for her highly magnetic worlds of movement. She creates as a choreographer, movement coach, dancer and filmmaker for both stage and screen. Moore graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre as a full scholarship student and danced as a company member of Contemporary Dancers of Canada under the artistic direction of Tedd Robinson. While in Winnipeg she enjoyed a flourishing career dancing solo work for Rachel Browne and numerous Canadian choreographers.

Over 100 dances grace the body of her work including six full evening shows. Sharon is the first Canadian recipient of the Bessie Schonberg Commission Award from “The Yard” on Marthaʼs Vineyard and an Associate Artist Residency award at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Her recent full evening works “Humanity on Display” and “Descension,” commissioned by Winnipegʼs Contemporary Dancers, have been critically acclaimed as well as her recent work “BLISS,” commissioned by Forcier Stageworks in Toronto. “BLISS” was recently nominated for A Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding new choreography.

Mooreʼs company, Cinetic Creations, which she runs with composer/director Derek Aasland, serves the film industry as a specialty movement/choreography design and direction unit creating large-scale, picture-wide movement worlds, as well as dance sequences and individual characterizations. Cinetic Creations is the designer behind the world of the undead in the Sony Pictures/Impact Films/Davies films release of Resident Evil; Apocalypse.

Mooreʼs next full evening work, “The Great Farini Project” will premiere in Toronto in September 2010. On this new work she is aided by her longtime colleague, Derek Aasland, as the showʼs dramaturge and co-producer. In 2011, Mooreʼs work will take to the stage in NYC by acclaimed solo artist and Julliard graduate Belinda McGuire, and to England where Sharon will create a new work for Transitions Dance Co.

Humanity on Display

Sharon will share her experience in creating “Humanity on Display” a full evening promenade style work for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. The work was set in the city’s beautiful historic exchange district. Its initial springboard was to explore our human nature; characteristics and behaviors through the forms in which we display ourselves in public; in formal art settings, galleries, athletic events, social stages. The roles of player and the spectator in life were accentuated through this artistic examination and in performance of the work through the act of experiencing these concepts in the abstracted form of modern dance on the stage of the city street. Through this process a richer history and human experience was revealed to the artists and viewers in coming to know the architecture and connecting into the rich history of the many comings and goings of people on these streets for decades. A real and present time relationship emerged between the artists, residents and architecture, erasing old ideas and alarming hearsay regarding people and culture of this particular geographical location and replacing it with a playful and interactive interest in growing the vitality of this unique district.


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Katherena Vermette 

Photo Floyd Medicineshield (FJ)

Katherena Vermette Poet
Winnipeg, MB
selkirk avenue Biography

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette is a Metis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, most recently, Home Place 3, Prairie Fire Magazine, and Heute Sin Wir Hier / We Are Here Today, a collection of Canadian Aboriginal writers, compiled and translated into German by Hartmut Lutz and students of Greifswald University.  A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective, and current Blogger in Residence of, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

selkirk avenue

girls walking up
selkirk avenue
heads down
bodies huddled
into themselves they are
a lone girl walking
but there are so
many of them squeezing
their arms around
too young chests tucked
into sweaters shaking
with winter as if
they could hide themselves in loose
clothing and not feel
the cold

girls standing on
selkirk avenue
eyes on the road
their bodies crying
like babies alone
but there are too
many of them pacing
a round circle way
too young bodies squeezed
into way too tight clothes
walking talking stereotype knows
no better than she’s breathing
out with her whole chest
puffed out like a bird as if
she’s beautiful as if
she’s proud

girl driving down
selkirk avenue
head up looking for
ward eyes on the road
not the world as if
she don’t look at it
it won’t be there
doors locked too
loud music drowning
the voices outside
like her windows
are only tv screens
and the girls on the street
are only a show

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