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Stronger Than Stone |

ACAD and University of Saskatchewan are putting together an interesting symposium about indigenous monuments, in both traditional and contemporary senses, this November:

Stronger Than Stone: (Re)Inventing the Indigenous Monument is an international symposium on Indigenous monuments and counter-monuments.

It brings together world-renowned artists and thinkers including Rebecca Belmore, Jimmie Durham, Candice Hopkins, Paul Chaat Smith, Michael Taussig, Jeff Thomas and more than twenty others.

Indigenous cultures have maintained ties to the same lands since time immemorial. Human-made physical markers have not always been necessary to preserve the history of a place and people. Rather, natural places have been regarded as calling forth stories, so that the landscape provides a practical and moral guide to the culture.

The symposium explores the contributions that traditional and contemporary Indigenous approaches to memorializing and place-making have made and continue to make to the contemporary art world, as well as to the fields of urban planning, geography, education and more. It aims to establish models for the commissioning and production of new, “Indigenized” memorials which will help all people to better understand the nature of collective or cultural memory and human interdependence with the land.

This Friday, our Community Gallery welcomes Land of Love: depiction of original persian art. Come visit for the opening reception from 7–10.

This Friday, our Community Gallery welcomes Land of Love: depiction of original persian art. Come visit for the opening reception from 7–10.

Our fabled winter gala, The Fine Art of Schmoozy returns November 15. Read more at latitude53.org/schmoozy and reserve your tickets today.

Our fabled winter gala, The Fine Art of Schmoozy returns November 15. Read more at latitude53.org/schmoozy and reserve your tickets today.

The Fine Art of Schmoozy | Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture

Members’ tickets for Schmoozy are on sale this week—better snap yours up!

Season 2 Episode 3 | I Don't Get It

Paul Blinov and Fawnda Mithrush talk about performance art vs. contemporary dance—inspired by Blair Brennan and Brian Webb at Visualeyez.

MacEwan visiting artist: Jason de Haan

This Thursday at 11:30, artist Jason de Haan is speaking at MacEwan university. Find the details on their site.

(via Day 7 – Marie-Claude Gendron – public/private space | Visualeyez)
The Fine Art of Schmoozy returns in style on Saturday, November 15. We’re planning a glamorous night—stay tuned for tickets and more information.

The Fine Art of Schmoozy returns in style on Saturday, November 15. We’re planning a glamorous night—stay tuned for tickets and more information.

Soufïa Bensaïd

A little more insight into Soufïa Bensaïd’s project at Visualeyez:

In the same way movement is as primordial to a dancer as breathing, the simple act of movement itself becomes a dance. How can we imagine dancing ones path in life?

How do we yield to dance in a constantly changing world, while struggling with a fragmented social reality, disconnected from the essence? Is life not in continuous flux? How do we learn to accept the ephemerality of things? In accepting, does our practice become one of adaptation, of fluidity, of flexibility, of letting go?

“If we can’t chose the music, we can at least chose how to dance,” wrote Jack Kornfield.

Sometimes we respond unconsciously to the movement of the music. At other times, we resist, when it does not correspond to our expectations, our habits or landmarks. What defines the moment that we cease to resist movement? It is in accepting the unknown – movement dictated by circumstances, its flow imposed (or inspired?) by context, by the specificity of the site – opening to close listening, to surrender, which opens to what we call the performative act, to the immediacy of movement.

What is required of an artistic practice, of preparing the performative presence, to make space for letting go, to tune into the movement already present in a space, to the movement that include us, and surprises us?

What interests me at Visualeyez is taking the risk to not know in advance the outcome. It is about taking the risk to move towards the unknown. To accept ones vulnerability, and the conditions dictated by circumstance, putting them into context, in relationship to the space, to the other, will allow the living essence of the performance shine through.

Come on a walk with her tonight at 9:30, after Gavin Krastin’s performance here at the gallery and Blair Brennan’s at dc3 Art Projects. We’ll meet at Latitude 53.

Nayeon Yang performs at Churchill Square this afternoon, and Pam Patterson’s impromptu response is interrupted by some attention from the police.