Questions of Community
Stronger artist alliances, skepticism about institutions, and awareness of new audiences have all contributed to a reevaluation of what works and what doesn't for artists striving towards social change. In this timely anthology, over twenty writers and artists share their experiences in a range of Canadian contexts. From First Nations coalitions to artist mentoring programs, important art projects are analyzed. Several theorists offer additional insights into the broader issues shaping activist art practices. Offering years of collective experience, this book is essential reading for understanding arts activism in Canada.
Beyond the Box
The white cube — it’s a vision of the gallery museum that has dominated thinking and practice in the art world for decades. Beyond the Box: Diverging Curatorial Practices is a collection of essays by leading Canadian and international curators and artists that explores regions of practice outside this "cube," delving into contemporary challenges to traditional ideas about art and curating.
With four main topics of inquiry — Publications, New Media, Biennials, and Art Museums Today — Beyond the Box captures groundbreaking thinking and writing from some of the world’s top curator’s and artists. It exposes the passion, creativity, and determination behind successes such as the publications of the Hoopoe-Curatorial, and installations like The Universal Lab, as well as critical commentary documenting the collapse of the 2000 São Paulo Biennial.
Raising Frankenstein: Curatorial Education and Its Discontents presents compelling new writing that explores the education and formation of curators. Edited by Kitty Scott and including essays by Barbara Fischer, Teresa Gleadowe, Francesco Manacorda, Cuauhtémoc Medina, and Lourdes Morales, this book offers an overview of recent thinking on curatorial pedagogy, designed to elucidate, define and build on current debates surrounding this subject. The questions posed here are timely and provocative.
Reflections in a Dancing Eye
Featuring 48 prominent Canadians — artists, politicians, scientists, academics, and business leaders, Reflections in a Dancing Eye: Investigating the Artist's Role in Canadian Society is a timely look at the role of the artist in Canadian society. Part conversation, part memoir, each unique reply begins from the same set of questions.
The World Upside Down / Le monde à l'envers
The world upside down is one in which the symbolic (usually ruling) order is turned on its head. It is a world visualized by artists where killer rabbits hunt humans and Superman is a hero of the Soviet Union. It is the Planet of the Apes as an allegory of racial discrimination. It is a place where Aboriginal North Americans dine alfresco at Edouard Manet's expense. This richly illustrated book portrays works of contemporary art and prose as examples of this powerful satiric creative impulse. Richard William Hill a context to the modern work presented in this volume with the history of this "art of inversion" in the visual arts of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. Far from an academic treatise, this lively collection of essays and art makes us assess our assumptions and acceptance of contemporary iconic images and texts.
My Mother is an Alien
How do we connect to film on a personal level? Written by critically-acclaimed Alberta author George Melnyk, My Mother is an Alien brings autobiographical responses to film, daringly exposing the author’s personal insights, beliefs, and sensitivities. An introduction and ten essays explore Canadian and international film. Essays delve into such films as Leolo, Last Night, Clearcut, and, as the title implies, Alien.
A lyrical analysis of the intersections between poetic speech and music, intertwined with the history of black/white relations in America.
Digitopia Blues is a fluid narrative about orality and literacy — their individual histories, and their blended futures. Musician and poet John Sobol pinpoints the African American struggle to find a language of revolutionary power through orality and music, as well as the literate poet’s impulse to transcend the printed page. Then he locates literacy and orality in the new digital media, in rap, in rave, and even in Napster. Sobol’s book is intertwined with the stories of the blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, the powerful world of the printed word, and the potential dangers and advantages that digital communications technologies offer people of colour.
Before and After the I-Bomb
There was a time, not too long ago, when people wrote letters (and mailed them), picked up the phone and spoke to people (not voice mail systems), and considered whether to invest in expensive new "fax" technology as a means of speeding up communication. Children went outside to play games that didn't require a console and screen, schools bought books, and computers filled entire floors of some offices. In less than twenty years, our homes, schools, cars, workplaces, and leisure activities have been revolutionized by the onslaught of technology.
Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors is not an academic work, neither is it journalism ... I have not held back from speculation. I recognize that some of the views expressed here are odd, if not downright eccentric, but they are all my own, and I take full responsibility for them." With this intriguing opening, author Robyn Gillam launches into a richly researched, engaging history of museums that ranges from ancient Greece to Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, Glenbow, and Museum of Civilization. Unafraid to take a strong stand, Gillam points to class, race, and gender biases that have maintained a wall around many of Canada's largest public museums.
An eclectic and entertaining journey through 75 years of The Banff Centre, Inspiring Creativity features essays, short stories, poetry, art works, photography, set designs, musical scores, and in-depth interviews with some of our greatest performers. Visually sumptuous and intellectually provocative, Inspiring Creativity is a beautiful and lasting legacy of the national and international influence of The Banff Centre.