About Town: January/February 2017

January/February Listings!
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal: (This list is constantly updated throughout the month)

//Group Show: Internal Landscape (Jan. 12 – Feb. 25)
//Divided Proximities (Jan. 14 – Feb. 25)
//Interventions On The Imaginary (Jan. 14 – Feb. 25)
//Lancement du Spirale hiver 2017 (Jan.18)
//La Place Commune Ruche d’Art Hive Drop-in! (Jan. 19)
//The Dead Web – La fin (Jan. 19 – Feb. 15)
//Seth’s Dominion – Screening + Q&A with Seth and Andrew Hunter (Jan. 20)
//Welcome to Indian Country – Eclectik 2017 – 10e édition (Jan. 20 – 21)
//Actes de souveraineté II / Sovereign Acts II (Jan. 21 – Apr. 01)
//Cora Siré Book Launch (Jan. 24)
//Resilience and Triumph Montreal Book Launch (Jan. 26)
//CKUT Bake Sale! (Jan. 26)
//Workshop: Reporting on Indigenous Topics w/ Emilee Guevara (Jan. 27)
//LIVE! – Is it? It is! Two Nights with Crispin Glover au Ritz (Jan. 27 – 28)
//Arts médiatiques en famille et lumière (Jan. 28)
//Visite guidée avec Cheryl Sim – Wim Delvoye (Jan. 28)
//Gothique kitsch: atelier Portes ouvertes / Open House Workshop (Jan. 29)
//Dr. Danielle Martin Talk & Signing (Feb. 02)
//Artists as Witness (Feb. 03)
//Exposition Scotopia par Emily Pelstring à La Centrale (Feb. 03)
//Black Queer Sex, Love, and Life in the Age of AIDS (Feb. 09)
//Rap Battle Against Police Brutality (Feb. 15)
//Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand: Resistance & Sports In the Age of Trump (Feb. 17)

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syria

Group Show: Internal Landscape
January 12 to February 25

“In Canada, as elsewhere, little contemporary Syrian artwork is exhibited, and people only see Syria through the prism of televised imagery, nakedly raw and torn apart by war. Almost six years after the first protests, it is difficult to measure and to speak about new artistic forms. It is rather a question of showing what Syrian artists have to share in this period of chaos.

Faced with violence and the obscenity of garish media imagery, the artists in this exhibition have chosen moderation, delicate lines and the modest format of the sketch, the fragility of paper. After six years of trauma, social media and the pressing need to relay information have given way to the solitude of the artist’s studio. Finesse, the poetry of the everyday, of a simple gesture, the soft light far from news flashes, a breath, a respiration, the sound of rain, a return to the private sphere and the fragility of being. Both the Syrian population and artistic practices directly suffer the consequences of conflict. However, it is within this inner black hole that light can be born. Because, in the end, it is a question of light.” – Delphine Leccas

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Divided Proximities

January 14 to February 25

per·i·scope
ˈperəˌskōp/

noun
1. an apparatus consisting of a tube attached to a set of mirrors or prisms, by which an observer (typically in a submerged submarine or behind a high obstacle) can see things that are otherwise out of sight.

In Erika Dueck’s optical machines, the viewer can peer through a small opening into a near-pathological state of anxious disorder; a state of things half-accomplished and naggingly remembered. Assembled with the materials of architectural models, the large, rectangular foam core structures – attached with neat Velcro fittings, loose cords and connections, small LED pods stuck to the pieces like urchins – allude to the temporary nature of the setup. It’s a travelling peep show that immerses the viewer in a frozen moment of perceptual disorientation, fleeting by its very nature, and as hard to grasp as air. More

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imagerie

Interventions On The Imaginary
January 14 to February 25

Sonny Assu, a member of the Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw nations, uses humour to unsettle dominant cultural expectations of indigenous art while playing with ideas of brand loyalty, consumerism, ready-mades and pop-culture. In 2014 Sonny Assu began thinking about a new project, what would eventually become the Interventions on the Imaginary series. Now comprised of over fifteen pieces and growing, the series playfully challenges the way indigenous presence has been imagined, primarily by settler Canadian artists as a means of promoting a particular vision of Canada. Artists such as the iconic Group of Seven have shaped, for better or worse, dominant narratives in Canadian art, and in many ways landscape painting has become the ‘national’ art. Canada is not, and has never been empty. It is and has always been big, and perhaps even sparsely populated, but never empty. More

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spirale

Lancement du Spirale hiver 2017
18 Janvier

Lancement du numéro d’hiver 2017 de Spirale!

DOSSIER : LECTURES ET PRATIQUES CONTEMPORAINES DU RÉEL
PORTFOLIO : EDITH BRUNETTE
CHRONIQUES : FORMES DE VIE/POLITIQUE DU PRÉSENT ET AFTERPOP
RUBRIQUES : ARTS VISUELS, CINÉMA, DANSE, ROMAN, THÉÂTRE…

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ruche

La Place Commune Ruche d’Art Hive Drop-in!
19 Janvier

Venez faire de l’art avec nous. Séances libres d’art tous les jeudis ! Aucune d’expérience nécessaire. Explorez, pratiquez et partagez votre créativité avec nous !

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dead web

The Dead Web – La fin
January 19 to February 15

“Will the internet end soon?” It is with this question that Eastern Bloc will begin 2017 with an exhibition on the possibility of the collapse of the World Wide Web. With five works, this exhibition proposes to engage the public in a reflection on a sort of “web after-world”.

This idea of ​​a general collapse of the network – in 2023 – sprang up at a scientific symposium organized in 2015 by the British Royal Society on the “Capacity Crunch” of the Internet. Following publication of this news, NATHALIE BACHAND, curator of the exhibition, wished to gather artistic proposals to imagine this post-web era and to question how to occupy this hypothetically suspended space.

How will power structures, at once dematerialized and delocalized, manifest themselves on economic and political levels if the network is disconnected? But also, what is possible to do or say in the meantime?

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Seth

Seth’s Dominion – Screening + Q&A with Seth and Andrew Hunter
January 20

This documentary film by Luc Chamberland sheds light on Canadian cartoonist Seth, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation in an artful fusion of filmmaking techniques.Preceded by two other animated shorts by Chamberland, The Death of Kao-Kuk and The Great Machine, both narrated by Seth.

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electrik

Welcome to Indian Country – Eclectik 2017 – 10e édition
January 20 and 21

Welcome to Indian Country presents a selection of Indigenous artists from within Indigenous territory widely known as the Island of Montreal. In marking the anniversaries of Canada 150th and Montreal 375th, curator Lara Kramer, an Oji-Cree (Ojibwe and Cree) choreographer and performer, would like to acknowledge and pay respect to all nations of “Turtle Island”.

The featured artists of Welcome to Indian Country create a collective impact reflecting our diverse communities, stories, songs and voices. Working in both traditional and contemporary forms, we witness the change, regrowth and transformation of Indigenous identity. With the long standing history of Eurocentric ideologies determining what is Indian, these artists’ works are grounded in self-determination that reclaim personal autonomy and history, and are an expression of identity that recognize the colonial effect while
remaining connected to Indigenous experiences. A movement towards the future while addressing the past. Performance and visual art, film, video, and dance.

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souverainete

Actes de souverainté II / Sovereign Acts II
21 Janvier au 1er Avril

Actes de souveraineté II confronte l’héritage des représentations coloniales en étudiant l’histoire des peuples autochtones performant des danses et pratiques culturelles devant des spectateurs internationaux et coloniaux. Puisant dans les figurations de l’Indien imaginaire – le « primitivisme » anhistorique, pré-contact que l’on retrouve dans la culture populaire et de masse –, les artistes Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Dayna Danger, Robert Houle, James Luna, Shelley Niro, Adrian Stimson et Jeff Thomas récupèrent et explorent de nouvelles façons de performer la complexité des cultures autochtones pour un public d’art contemporain. Leur travail revient sur l’histoire sédimentée de la mise en scène de l’« Indien » afin de réhabiliter le performeur objectivé et effacé en tant qu’ancêtre, artiste et sujet autochtone.

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Cora

Cora Siré Book Launch
January 24

After twelve years in exile, living and teaching in the safety of Montreal, Alma Alvarez has been persuaded to return to Luscano by her old friend Flaco, who has invited her give a lecture at his university on the tragic Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini, a writer with a cult-like following known for her erotic poetry and film noir demise.

Having been arrested herself after the publication of a poem which offended the military regime, Alma knows how influential and dangerous poetry can be. But her mother is dying, and her return to Luscano feels inevitable. She soon discovers that life in Luscano is still rife with secrecy and duplicity. And Flaco turns out to have a hidden agenda as well. As Alma attempts to readapt to a country that, despite its seductive charms, may not have broke free of its brutal past, she catches sight of the man whose actions prompted her exile and begins to follow him in secret.

The imaginary country of Luscano, an amalgam of Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, is vibrantly brought to life with a nod to the region’s literary tradition of magic realism.

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Book

Resilience and Triumph Montreal Book Launch
January 26

Come celebrate the Montreal launch and hear first hand from this fascinating collection of personal stories from more than 50 racialized immigrant women. Women in their twenties to those in their seventies provide snapshots of their experiences of both welcome and exclusion, and paint a sobering picture of what has been – until now – a buried history.

Featuring:
- Members of the Book Project Collective Rashmi Luther and Monia Mazigh who will speak to how the anthology was created and the themes that arose from the array of different women’s experiences captured
- Local Montreal contributors to the book who will speak about their own pieces
- With an introduction from and moderated by Yasmin Jiwani, professor in the Commuications Dept. at Concordia

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ckut

CKUT Bake Sale!
January 26

Lots of yummy goods for sale. get your fix.
come learn about your campus-community radio station!

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Decolonise

Workshop: Reporting on Indigenous Topics w/ Emilee Guevara
January 27

Join us for a workshop on reporting on and with Indigenous communities with Concordia diploma journalism student and Link contributor Emilee Guevara!

We will be discussing topics like harmful stereotypes, perpetuating the victim narrative, representation, traditional story-telling, sensitivity to language, and the possibility of decolonized journalism.

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film

Films – Is it? It is! Two Nights with Crispin Glover au Ritz
January 27 and 28

Crispin Hellion Glover comes to Montreal to present two films in 35mm as well as his Big Slide Show.

First night, Friday January 27th:
“Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show part 2″
“It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.”

Second night, Saturday January 28th:
“Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show part 1″
“What is it?”

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lumiere

Arts médiatiques en famille et lumière
28 Janvier

Explorez la propagation de la lumière avec un circuit où une diode électroluminescente sera allumée et modulée pour concevoir un bricolage où la lumière est l’actrice principale.

Cet atelier vise à faire découvrir la lumière comme médium de création artistique aux enfants et à leurs parents.

Les participant-e-s seront introduit-e-s à l’électronique et à l’électricité par la réalisation d’un circuit simple où une diode électroluminescente sera allumée et modulée.

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guidee

Visite guidée avec Cheryl Sim – Wim Delvoye
Janvier 28

Cheryl Sim, commissaire à DHC/ART, offrira une visite guidée gratuite de Wim Delvoye

Une visite en anglais se déroulera à 14h.
Une visite en français se déroulera à 16h.

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gohthique

Gothique kitsch: atelier Portes ouvertes / Open House Workshop
January 29

DHC/ART Education invites visitors of all ages and art backgrounds to its bi-annual open house from 1 to 5 PM, Sunday January 29. Join us, along with artist Karen Tam, in taking part in the workshop “Gothic Kitsch”.

Since 2011, DHC/ART Education has invited a local artist, whose work is in keeping with the exhibiting artist, to design a workshop that we can offer to groups that reserve guided visits to the exhibition. The open house is an opportunity to offer this same workshop to the general public in a relaxed, drop-in environment — in the presence of the participating artist.

Additionally, DHC/ART Education will be offering guided visits of “Wim Delvoye”. The guided visit in French will be at 2 PM and the guided visit in English at 3 PM.

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better now

Dr. Danielle Martin Talk & Signing
February 2

DR. DANIELLE MARTIN see the challenges in our health care system every day. As a family doctor and a hospital vice president, she observes how those deficiencies adversely affect patients. And as a health policy expert, she knows how to close those gaps. A passionate believer in the value of fairness that underpins the Canadian health care system, Dr. Martin is on a mission to improve medicare. In Better Now, she shows how bold fixes are both achievable and affordable. Her patients’ stories and her own family’s experiences illustrate the evidence she presents about what works best to improve health care for all.

Better Now outlines “Six Big Ideas” to bolster Canada’s health care system. Each one is centred on a typical Canadian patient, making it clear how close to home these issues strike.

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Artists

Artists as Witness
February 3

A Close-Up Encounter with the Ongoing Refugee and Migrant Crisis

We are witnessing the third largest migration of modern history. There was the massive shifting of humanity caused by the 2nd world war, the movement of Muslims from India to Pakistan. Now, it is this march of mankind, from far distant corners of the earth; children from Bangladesh, families from Senegal, along with men and women from Syria, Irak and Afghanistan, entering modern Europe.

This talk is developed from our latest experience in Greece. It is a reflection of what we saw and heard while on a 2-month residency on the island of Lesvos during the summer of 2016.
We got involved in local politics, made friends, and attended landings on the beaches. We also gave mask-making workshops to unaccompanied minors in both open camps and detention centers maintained by the military and federal police. — During this time, we wrote weekly chronicles and made a series of images inspired by what we saw, heard, experienced.

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sculptor

Exposition Scotopia par Emily Pelstring à La Centrale
03 Février

Scotopia consists of four sculptures that illuminate, both literally and figuratively, various narratives around female empowerment. Using a strategy of myth-collage, the installation seeks to venerate a pastiche of feminine archetypes. Each of the four sculptures functions as a shrine to an archetype, ranging from ancient mythological figures to fairy tale characters and deities. Across the installation, which integrates low-tech lighting effects, campy theatrical tricks, and animation, a new and dream-like fiction is spun through the interrelation of motifs in each sculpture.

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fight time

Black Queer Sex, Love, and Life in the Age of AIDS
February 09

Drawn from his ethnographic study of Black gay sex and subjectivity, Marlon M. Bailey will deliver a lecture-performance that explores what it means for black queer men to experience sex, pleasure, and love in the age of AIDS. Through a combination of enactment and analysis, Bailey will share narratives from his research and explore the complexities of his community’s relationship to the pandemic.

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rap

Rap Battle Against Police Brutality
February 15

Featuring: Joshua Clarke – Scynikal (End Of the Weak International freestyle champion), Meryem Saci and Waahli aka Wyzah from Nomadic Massive, Ricardo “Emrical” Lamour-Blaise, Marley C (Voyage Funktastique), Strange Froots, Tshizimba, Milla Thyme (Urban Science), Shem G, Warrior Minded, Shanice Nicole, Dan Parker Montreal, Le Duc / The Duke, Nazim Elnur, Gabriel Duchesneau, Fallon, Sylvia Stewart Artist, and many more…

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knee

Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand: Resistance & Sports In the Age of Trump
February 17

A Panel Discussion Featuring:

- Dave Zirin (Author and host of the Edge of Sports podcast)
- Shireen Ahmed (Tales From a Hijabi Footballer blog)
- Sexual Assault Resource Centre-Concordia University

Colin Kaepernick’s now famous refusal to stand for the US national anthem has sparked a watershed moment in sports, both on and off the field. As protests against police brutality and racism have reached a fever pitch in the USA, more and more athletes are using their stature and fame to make their voices heard in the fight for justice.

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