Event Category: Exhibition

Unexpected Movements: A Symposium for Automatisme Ambulatoire

Still from tributary, 2019 by Claire Cunningham.

This one-day symposium features curator Amanda Cachia along with four Disability Studies scholars from Canada and the United States discussing their work in the context of the exhibition Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance. Recognizing that our society imposes certain norms and expectations on bodies, language, and movement, this symposium explores ways to challenge, question, and undermine such norms as a means of welcoming the unexpected and reclaiming space for all bodies.

Organized in partnership by Jane Dryden, Department of Philosophy, the Owens Art Gallery and the Centre for Canadian Studies, Mount Allison University.

Presenters include Amanda Cachia, Eliza Chandler, Kelly Fritsch, Alyson Patsavas, Joshua St. Pierre

Registration Deadline: 1 September 2019
All events and meals are free, but registration is required.
More information on the Automatisme Ambulatoire website
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Vernissage: Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance

Video still from Gems and Minerals, 2018 by Diane Borsato.

Vernissage for the opening of the exhibition Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, curated by Amanda Cachia

Works by Diane Borsato, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Claire Cunningham, Brendan Fernandes, Every Ocean Hughes, My Barbarian

“Automatisme ambulatoire,” or ambulatory automatism, is an expression that conjures notions of the compulsive traveler, while simultaneously implying irresistible urges and movements, such as grimaces, tics, and gestures, often linked to physical pathologies. The artists in this exhibition were invited to consider such gestures as a performative style, one that might work to subvert, undo, transform and reimagine the body and language, both real and imagined. Featuring six new works commissioned specifically for this project, the exhibition aims to question, challenge, and complicate the ethical and moral boundaries of “imitation” and how the so-called “pathologized” body might be considered in new, contemporary social and cultural contexts.

More info at: automatismeambulatoire.ca
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Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance

Video still from Gems and Minerals, 2018 by Diane Borsato.

Curated by Amanda Cachia

Works by Diane Borsato, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Claire Cunningham, Brendan Fernandes, Every Ocean Hughes, My Barbarian

“Automatisme ambulatoire,” or ambulatory automatism, is an expression that conjures notions of the compulsive traveler, while simultaneously implying irresistible urges and movements, such as grimaces, tics, and gestures, often linked to physical pathologies. The artists in this exhibition were invited to consider such gestures as a performative style, one that might work to subvert, undo, transform and reimagine the body and language, both real and imagined. Featuring six new works commissioned specifically for this project, the exhibition aims to question, challenge, and complicate the ethical and moral boundaries of “imitation” and how the so-called “pathologized” body might be considered in new, contemporary social and cultural contexts.

More info at: automatismeambulatoire.ca

A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention: Six writers respond to six sculptures

A text drawing that reads “Of all possibilities, this one here, now.” It's white on a muted blue-green background.

A project by Aislinn Thomas with Anna Bowen, Angela Marie Schenstead, Crystal Mowry, Laura Burke, Catherine Frazee, Nicole Kelly Westman, and Shannon Finnegan.

This commissioned work is available in two formats: as a sound-work available to sign out from the Walter Phillips Gallery front desk or streamed via the embedded SoundCloud widget; as well as through a broadsheet featuring audio transcriptions of each response as well as text drawings from the collaborative series, “A seat at the table, a slice of the pie”, the result of a dialogue between Aislinn Thomas and Shannon Finnegan about the practice of visual description.

A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention on the Banff Centre website

Take 2: 2019 Members’ Show

Promotional image for Take 2: 2019 Members' Show by Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, in white on a dark purple background with orange, pink and blue accents

Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba is proud to present their second annual members show Take 2. The 20 artists with disabilities in this exhibition represent 10% of our members. Our membership consists of both artists with disabilities and supporters/stakeholders of the organization. AANM facilitates a network to support artists with disabilities in achieving individual artistic excellence, promotes higher visibility of these artists within all disciplines and advocates for policies and practices intended to make the arts more accessible to all Manitobans.

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This year we asked our visual artists to create work with the theme of Take 2. Some artists interpreted the theme as double or repeated images with minor differences which changed the imagery completely. For example, Alice Crawford describes her work as “two images printed from the same two plates; one image had one plate printed upside down. When information is misheard, images are interpreted differently”. By flipping the plate, a whole new image is created during the second printing.

Other artists used the theme of Take 2 as an opportunity to try a new art practice. Margaret Switala states “recently, I have been doing abstract paintings which are a big departure from my surrealism art that I have done in the past”. Miranda Kudajczyk also used this opportunity to try new artforms stating “this allowed me to experiment the textures, the different styles of art and the ink colours”.

Whichever way the theme was interpreted, the meaning of Take 2 was unique for each artist, creating a diverse and thought-provoking exhibition.

Sick & Disabled Queer Zine Fair

"SDQZF" in white block letters, with two pink sparkly heart emojis on either side, against a black background

The Sick & Disabled Queer Zine Fair (SDQZF – known last year as SDQYZF) is back again for a second year with Bricks & Glitter! Come check out the fair featuring zines, art and merch to purchase from a sweet line-up (TBA) of sick, disabled, d/Deaf, Mad and neurodivergent 2SLGBTQ+ vendors.

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BRICKS & GLITTER – We are a trouble of queers who believe in creativity and collectivity, in imagining together a world worth living in. Intersectional by default and critical by necessity, we are trying to create a space for us all of us, to world build together, and to practice the future in the now. Bricks and Glitter is a community arts festival, celebrating two-spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance.
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My Pixel is Expanding – Ottawa

A geometric shape filled with intricate and colourful hand drawn grids

Please join us to celebrate the work of artist Hyun-Woo “Pixel” Kim, a celebrated Korean artist with Down syndrome. In this first Canadian tour of his work, ‘My Pixel is Expanding” explores the ways we interpret math, science, and geometry.

The artist will be in attendance and light refreshments will be provided and all are warmly welcomed.

More information on the Indefinite Arts Centre website

Pixel Kim is an artist with Down syndrome, expressing his interests in science, math, and geometry through art work that takes on various different forms within the visual arts. His works have been celebrated throughout various galleries and art institutions throughout Korea. By bring Pixel and his works to Canada, we hope that this can inspire others throughout the country to realize that the artistic creativity of individuals living with developmental disabilities should indeed be celebrated and supported – and that by finding the right medium like Pixel has, countless other artists can also walk in his footsteps and find support and integration into the mainstream arts world.

My Pixel is Expanding – Toronto

A geometric shape filled with intricate and colourful hand drawn grids

Reception
Please join us to celebrate the work of artist Hyun-Woo “Pixel” Kim, a celebrated Korean artist with Down syndrome. In this first Canadian tour of his work, ‘My Pixel is Expanding” explores the ways we interpret math, science, and geometry.

The artist will be in attendance and light refreshments will be provided and all are warmly welcomed.

Workshop
On Saturday August 24 Pixel will be hosting a free workshop, exploring some of his artistic practice. No prior experience is necessary to join, and individuals of all abilities are warmly welcomed to join. All materials will be provided. To register please email Vanessa.Toews@ouriac.ca as space is limited.

More information on the Indefinite Arts Centre website

Pixel Kim is an artist with Down syndrome, expressing his interests in science, math, and geometry through art work that takes on various different forms within the visual arts. His works have been celebrated throughout various galleries and art institutions throughout Korea. By bring Pixel and his works to Canada, we hope that this can inspire others throughout the country to realize that the artistic creativity of individuals living with developmental disabilities should indeed be celebrated and supported – and that by finding the right medium like Pixel has, countless other artists can also walk in his footsteps and find support and integration into the mainstream arts world.

My Pixel is Expanding – Calgary

A geometric shape filled with intricate and colourful hand drawn grids

Please join us to celebrate the work of artist Hyun-Woo “Pixel” Kim, a celebrated Korean artist with Down syndrome. In this first Canadian tour of his work, ‘My Pixel is Expanding” explores the ways we interpret math, science, and geometry.

The artist will be in attendance and light refreshments will be provided and all are warmly welcomed.

More information on the Indefinite Arts Centre website

Pixel Kim is an artist with Down syndrome, expressing his interests in science, math, and geometry through art work that takes on various different forms within the visual arts. His works have been celebrated throughout various galleries and art institutions throughout Korea. By bring Pixel and his works to Canada, we hope that this can inspire others throughout the country to realize that the artistic creativity of individuals living with developmental disabilities should indeed be celebrated and supported – and that by finding the right medium like Pixel has, countless other artists can also walk in his footsteps and find support and integration into the mainstream arts world.

Another Park Is Possible

An illustration with a line of people on a conveyor belt - the first person in line is handing a piece of paper to a person wearing a mask

Mayworks will present Another Park Is Possible, a curatorial project situated in Prarie Drive Park, presenting work by activist-artists jes sasche and Kara Manso, it assembles alternatives to the care crisis. Participating in a multi-week residency at the park, the artists will create and present two public artworks engaging with themes of care work and disability culture.

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