Imagined and developed by artists Emilie Monnet and Pohanna Pyne Feinberg, Gibideweshinimin: We are heard walking here proposes a reflection on coexistence process by taking the the Great Peace of Montreal of 1701, which was signed by thirty-one First Nations (many of whom travelled great distances for the event) and the French settlers, as a point of departure.
During eight months, the artists created a sound and performative walk on the theme of Peace or what it means to peacefully coexist with peoples who share the same land. They collaborated with students from Louis Joseph Papineau High School in the neighbourhood of St-Michel.
Many questions were asked during the research-creation process: Whose stories are being told by the museums and schools? How is our collective memory impacted by the silences or omissions that are perpetuated by the mainstream education system? How do these silences impact our relationship to the land and to each other? What form of coexistence are we living today if Indigenous languages, perspectives and histories are not accessible through the education system?
This project was developed with OBORO and made possible with generous financial support from Libres comme l’art, a program for professional artists of creation residencies in schools, funded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM).
Gibideweshinimin is a word in Anishinaabemowin, kindly translated by Wilfred Abigosis.
LUCIDA - workshop designed for Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain
The workshop Lucida is a tactile exploration of light through the creation of cyanotypes, or “sun prints”. It is inspired by the sense of wonder one can experience when watching an image reveal itself, little by little, in the traditional darkroom environment. In a similar spirit to how Richard Mosse and Valérie Belin engage in a philosophical and material investigation of the photographic process, the workshop offers an opportunity to experiment with an object’s form as revealed by the presence of it’s trace – a tangible, luminous mark that emerges from the photosensitive surface. The cyanotype is among the oldest of photographic processes. The image created in the workshop is a photogram, meaning the photograph is obtained without the use of a camera. Rather, objects or stencils are placed on a photosensitive surface, which is then exposed to a light source. The cyanotype is thus an exploration in invisibility and the transformation of the photographed object, given that it is a shadow of the object on the paper – its “light shadow”.
Documenting community art > Creating on-line collective memory projects suggests methods for how to document community art collaborations as well as how to publicly share documentation (photos, videos, participant testimonials, etc) with a on-line format that will be accessible to a wide public.
An example is provided here based on documentation found in the archive of the Skol-CEDA co-creation projects, a three year community art collaboration that took place in Montréal, Québec from 2005-2008. This version of an on-line presentation (or public memory project) will hopefully spark some ideas for your group.
> Commissioned by centre des arts actuels Skol in 2012.