- October 12th, 2013
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The Sons of God (SE)
Tony Conrad (US)
TONY CONRAD (US)
SONS OF GOD (SW)
EVP Project (MB / QC)
Atomic Centre, 167 Logan Ave. | Doors 7:30 | Concert 8:00 | Entry: $15
Winnipeg musician Curran Faris has been recording and performing as Greenhouse since 2009. With albums released on labels such as Reverb Worship and Prairie Fire Tapes, Faris has performed in galleries and rock venues alike. Greenhouse sees Faris exploring atypical guitar sounds that are more akin to the austere textures found in noise and electronic music, while still utilizing the guitar as the primary sound source. The results are sprawling, textural soundscapes that are minimal and immersive, atmospheric and melodic, noisy and soothing.
Swedish artists Leif Elggren and Kent Tankred have worked in the arts for over 20 years. In 1988 they formed the duo The Sons of God (Guds Söner), a constellation which moves freely between performance, music, and the visual arts, and whose productions often reach a point where traditional aesthetic boundaries, limitations, and concepts are eliminated. The Sons of God observe and document, experiment and ask questions, build up and tear down, empowering the viewer to take what they want or simply leave. The Sons of God are radical in their approach, and their work brings something truly innovative and special to this edition of the festival.
A pioneering force behind the evolution of American minimalism, legendary artist Tony Conrad works within the idea of Eternal Music, a droning, mesmerizing performance idiom which employs long durations, amplification, and precise pitch to explore new worlds of sound. On this very special occasion Conrad will conclude our Friday night event by presenting one of his renowned solo performances for amplified violin. With a history of radical and conceptual contributions to music, film, and visual art, it’s a great honour to present Tony Conrad here at our 15th edition.
VOICES FROM BEYOND: THE EVP PROJECT
Susurros, la difunta Deolinda (Murmures, la défunte Deolinda / Whispers, the Deceased Deolinda)
MALENA SZLAM (QC)
This haunting work will be installed in the centre space at Atomic on this evenings’ program as part of Voices from Beyond: the EVP Project.
A Workshop about Neoliberalism, Settler Colonialism, and the Production of Urban Space
This workshop brings together activists, advocates, writers, researchers, journalists, artists, and organizers to present notes, observations, histories, research findings, arguments, questions, essays, and articles about the contemporary urban processes that shape Winnipeg, from an anti-colonial and anti-neoliberal perspective.
It is a continuation of discussions that took place at two consecutive workshops organized by Owen Toews, David Hugill, and Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land at the 2013 meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Winnipeg incarnation of this workshop has been organized by Kate Sjoberg, Owen Toews, and Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land and is generously sponsored by the Manitoba Research Alliance.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Full schedule and session descriptions available here.
The Social Enterprise Center
765 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB
If you are not presenting and would like to attend the workshop as a listener, please confirm your attendance by August 15, 2013. Your RSVP will allow us to make sure there are enough chairs and enough food!
RSVP by sending an email to: email@example.com
Please indicate whether or not you will be in need of childcare.
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Garden is an exhibition of work exploring gardens as a place of escape, growth, calm and chaos. An installation, artist book, and various works on paper playfully consider tensions between nature and human culture, the body and the environment, inside and outside, as well as, growth and decay.
Opening: July 25 from 7 – 10 p.m.
Gallery hours: July 26 - August 1 from 3 - 6 p.m. (or by appointment)
167 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg
No toys or gadgets, rather bodies, collective philosophical explorations, oral story telling, and noise. A child-led debriefing of the 9-5 formal constraint. Free food.
Adults interested in radical pedagogy, deschooling and other related topics are now welcome to participate!
Would you like to be involved in pre-planning for sessions starting up again on Sunday, October 13? Please contact jenn angela lopes and tara mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for more information =-)
By June Chua for Rabble.ca – July 17, 2013
When more than 200 bystanders, pedestrians and cyclists were first surrounded by a cordon of police officers on a stretch of downtown Toronto June 27, 2010, during the G20 summit, they didn’t realize they would become a part of political strategy that has its roots dating back two and a half millennia.
Police kettling can be traced back to the military tactic of encirclement, according to Scott Sørli, who researched the idea and has collected hundreds photographs of police kettling from around the world.
Sørli — who teaches architecture in Toronto and completed a Masters of Design Research at the University of Michigan in 2012 — says kettling is the child of the military strategy of encirclement.
Fast forward to June 8, 1986, Hamburg, Germany and encirclement has a new name. On that day, more than 800 people were “kettled” during a protest to contest the state withdrawal of the right to protest. They were held up to 13 hours with no bathroom breaks, food or water.
Sørli became intrigued by police kettling after the G20 incident and wrote about it this year for the architecture/landscape/political economy journal Scapegoat and the Weimar-based journal Horizonte. His work was most recently exhibited at Winnipeg’s Atomic Centre as part of “A Total Spectacle.”
As an architectural designer, how did you become interested in this?
I consider police kettling a cultural-spatial phenomenon in which the police use a line of their bodies to encircle and hold in place several hundred people over an extended duration of time.
Looking at it with an architect’s eye, police kettles are an urban event that requires adjacent building façades as a portion of the containment ring. In the case of the G20 Toronto incident, a global fast food outlet and a branch of one of the “big five” banks bracketed the people caught in the kettle.
A random selection of 200 bystanders, cyclists, pedestrians and shoppers were trapped for several hours. The specific crossing they were confined in was deliberate when you consider the section of road they were held on.
The configuration of the parallel police cordons crossed Spadina Avenue, which is a wide boulevard with streetcar tracks down its centre, rather than the narrower crossing of Queen Street. This was used as an experiment to demonstrate the viable length of the police line, which was shown to be any length desired, as long as sufficient police are on hand to cycle through their shifts.
I’d like to emphasize that not one citizen from this kettle was convicted of any charge, while over 70 police officers at the G20 were subsequently disciplined for removing their ID badges, which was contrary to police policy. Police Superintendent Mark Fenton, the commanding officer who ordered the kettling, has since been charged with misconduct. There was no reason for the kettle. It is clear that its purpose was as a live training exercise.
What were the most interesting discoveries you made in your research?
Kettling is a mass ornament, to use Sigfried Kracauer’s term, that is external. While the police have their procedures, the individuals kettled behave no differently than water molecules do in making a wave. And, just as watching the waves crash against the beach over and over, the mass ornament of police kettling has a beauty all its own.
The membrane of a police kettle consists of the bodies and minds of the police, as well as inorganic material such as shields, truncheons, polycarbonate and Kevlar. Metal elements, such as crowd-control fencing or steel barricades can also become part of the police line.
During the Occupy Wall Street protests, plastics were deployed as barriers because of their light weight, flexibility, low cost and ease of use. Watching it unfold, the barriers bend and sway during the interaction between the yellow-clothed and black-clothed individuals. It is a social exoskeleton.
This reminds me of something Eyal Weizman said about “materialization of time [where] matter is not only as an imprint of relations, but as an agent within the conflict.”
And it makes me wonder, did the workers who made these materials know the products would be used this way?
What about yourself — how do you feel that buildings, physical elements are being used this way?
I try to not to feel anything about it. To examine police kettling, I detach and try to look at it from an aesthetic, technological and typological point of view. Of course, I’m appalled by it. I think it’s a completely fascist configuration and it worries me very much.
To oppose it, it has to be described, and moral judgment gets in the way of understanding. I don’t want to tell people what to think and I don’t want to manipulate them emotionally. I’d rather they make their own conclusions and I think that’s way more powerful.
You created an exhibit about this, so what did that look like?
My work was part of “A Total Spectacle” at Winnipeg’s Atomic Centre. The show examines corporatism in its many forms as we are embedded within it. My exhibit was composed of photo montages of the Queen and Spadina kettle and the Westminster Bridge kettle. The images in my montages are carefully edited together. I chose the frames to mimic those in the Degenerate Art Exhibition of 1937. It was the curator’s idea to hang them with those same chains.
The curator, Milena Placentile, created an exhibition that made a convincing case for what I see as the historical parallels between the Weimar Republic and our current historical moment.
I’d like to refer to her exhibition statement, in which she writes:
“Today’s spectacle takes many forms, from big budget events and entertainment to ever-present news media and advertising. It displays lifestyles we should envy and tells us how to succeed … It sensationalizes violence while showing us what might happen if we rock the boat. It is power represented through repetitive sights and sounds, stereotypes and clichés, and other social signals about wealth, fame, and technology, and it all serves to influence general opinion and behaviour to support a consumer society and those who profit from it the most.”
What is the “future” of kettling?
There’s a kind of morphing going on. Typically, a police kettle is static, but recently we’ve seen the wander kettle, which is not. In this case, police arrange themselves in front of, to the sides of, and behind protesters as they march. Once encircled, the police then control the route, starting and stopping the march at will.
This leads to the new phenomenon of bridge kettling. The earliest documented case of this occurred on the Pont de la Guillotière in Lyon, on Oct. 20, 2010. A wander kettle is deployed to a large bridge and detained over a waterway. Water acts as a barrier without appearing to be one, and at the same time, the potential of property damage to private commercial buildings is pretty much eliminated.
In the Westminster Bridge kettle of Dec. 9, 2010, young students protesting tuition fee increases experienced nightfall and plunging temperatures while held over the open water of the Thames as the vote on those increases in the facing House of Commons was being executed. If you check out the photograph, a light on the bridge has been disabled so the police are backlit and appear to be one amorphous black mass — more menacing.
Continue reading here: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/07/deconstructing-police-kettling-and-body-politic
Whose Winnipeg? Neoliberalism, Settler Colonialism, and the Production of Urban Space
August 20, 2013 - Winnipeg, MB – Location TBA
We invite activists, advocates, writers, researchers, journalists, artists, and organizers to offer workshop presentations – notes, observations, histories, research findings, arguments, questions, essays, articles – about the contemporary urban processes that shape Winnipeg, from an anti-colonial and anti-neoliberal perspective.
Winnipeg is home to a long history of struggles over urban space. These struggles often seem to have two dimensions: on the one hand, low-income communities fight against the effects of an unjust political-economic system, and on the other hand Indigenous peoples continue to struggle against settler colonialism. How are these struggles connected?
Poor people in Winnipeg have struggled against a shifting social and economic agenda that has in recent years been labeled “neoliberalism”. This has included fights against: the privatization of public services, the redistribution of wealth upward through tax breaks and land grants for businesses and developers, and expanded punishment and policing of the poor; as well as fights for improved access to affordable housing, public services, and good jobs. At the same time, Indigenous-led efforts to resist racism, and secure the stability and self-determination of their communities and nations within the city have grown steadily.
What is sometimes lacking in the midst of these struggles is reflection about how they connect to each other: how neoliberalism and settler-colonialism intersect, overlap, and work together to make Winnipeg what it is, and how a politics of alliance between anti-neoliberal and anti-colonial movements in Winnipeg and beyond might be nurtured.
We believe that a thoughtful, grounded analysis of these forces is essential to shaping a more just future. We also believe that anti-colonial and anti-neoliberal theory grounded in the experiences of resistance to these dual processes in Winnipeg can make an important contribution to collective understandings of these processes at a national, continental, and global scale.
To this end, this workshop is intended to bring together like-minded people who have spent time researching, thinking about, or working in the midst of opposition to neoliberalism and/or settler colonialism to share their ideas in a forum where we hope to:
Each participant will make a 5-15 minute presentation. The format and schedule of the workshop will be determined based on how many submissions are received. It may take the form of people presenting in circles focused on specific topics, or it may involve one big circle of presentations.
While our focus is on different forms of research, this is not a strictly “academic” event – people who do their intellectual work outside universities are welcome and encouraged to participate. We believe that analysis can and must be done outside the university.
Possible presentation topics could include (but are not limited to):
Please email a 150-200 word proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 18, 2013.