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Art production and acts of generosity are fundamentally generative, but nonlinear, expenditures of time and resources. In this way they contradict the accepted functions of production and utility that are associated with meeting societies basic needs, or the process of its expansion. Each could therefore be seen as potential processes of liberation from the inevitable progress of production…Arguably, it is around this kind of expenditure or value system that culture is defined, arising out of the surplus or excess generated by a society. — Kate Fowle and Lars Bang Larsen “Lunch Hour : Art Community, Administrated Space, and Unproductive Activity” in What We Want is Free : Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art. Ed. Ted Purves (Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 2005), 17

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ConStellation

I made a visit to Stella today to pick up some copies of their excellent bilingual independent magazine ConStellation. I had a warm welcome, and as usual enjoyed reading their literature. The magazine is full of strong writing, insights and multifaceted nuances, with a very professional presentation. It generally makes me think about what it means to be human and working – and the commitment it takes to publish your own voice. (more…)

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Elizabeth SIMCOE, Montreal view from the west, 1796 Elizabeth SIMCOE, Montreal view from the west, 1796 (2) Elizabeth SIMCOE, Montreal view from the west, 1796 (3)
05 avril 2008, Espace mobile, Vox, Montréal
Elizabeth SIMCOE, Montreal from the west. June 30, 1796. Watercolour on wove paper. Library and Archives Canada, Accession no. 1938-223-11. (http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca Accessed 29 March 2008 ) – image 1 and 2
Elizabeth SIMCOE, Montreal from the west. June 30, 1796. Watercolour. Archives of Ontario, Reference code F 47-11-1-0-265. (http://www.archives.gov.on.ca Accessed 29 March 2008 ) – image 3

Lorsque je prenais ces photos sur le boul. St-Laurent, j’ai rencontré Yvon. Il m’a informée que la Ville à l’intention de démolir tous les édifices de l’autre côté de la rue. Selon lui, c’est un ménage du quartier nécessaire. À cela, Je lui ai demandé s’il souhaitait même la disparition du Montreal Pool Room. Il m’a répondu qu’on peut y manger de très bons hot dogs. Ensuite, il m’a raconté comment il s’est installé dans le coin, il y a de cela plusieurs années. Il m’a avoué qu’à 12 ou 14 ans, il s’est associé à une gang de rue. En y repensant, il a trouvé cette vie malheureuse. Tous les membres de son ancienne gang a déménagé dans le coin de Beaubien et il est le seul à avoir resté dans le quartier.

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Under capitalism, all is spectacle. Branding is the antithesis of neighbourhood. How can the symbolic language inherent to branding adjust to a process that includes the local community: the residents who study and work in a neighbourhood, plus the daily flux of permanent and temporary occupants.” — dAb Collective, “Urbanism versus Branding for Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles” Fuse Magazine 29, no 3 (2006), 24.

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