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The idea of merging culture with the economy isn’t new, but the recent discourse surrounding it is… Increase innovation and creativity, the argument goes and the profits will follow… Culture, as collapsed into the creative industries means ‘not the traditional fine arts, nor the modernist cultural industries like cinema and radio, but instead the newly minted and digitized professions that shape the lightweight, complex, ephemeral, ever-changing aesthetic experiences of the hyper-mediated city.’ Nevertheless, the traditional arts continue to play a significant role, for along with the vast flows of immaterial goods – software, IP, experience, entertainment – come the material façades.” — Kirsty Robertson, “Crude Culture” Fuse Magazine, (31.2): 2008, 14. Quoting Brian Holmes. “One World One Dream” Continental Drift : The Other Side of Neoliberal Globalization. Accessed 19 August 2008. http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/one-world-one-dream/

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Diagramme relationnel - Clarence Gagnon - Propagande picturale - Cirque du Soleil

Felicity Tayler, artiste en arts visuels, utilise l’archétype du tableau de paysage pour créer des liens avec autrui. Elle s’intéresse également aux icônes nationales ainsi qu’aux systèmes économiques et de valeurs. Par ce fait, elle voit cette opportunité comme une redistribution des richesses au sein du milieu culturel contemporain…

Felicity Tayler is a conceptual artist who uses the archetype of western landscape painting as a premise to create relationships. She is also interested in national icons, economics and value systems, and as such she welcomes this opportunity to redistribute wealth within the contemporary cultural milieu…. (more…)

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Elizabeth Simcoe, View of Montreal, ca. 1792 given in exchange for the stories and time and the chance to hear Montangnais.

05 mai 2008, Espace mobile, Vox, Montréal
Elizabeth SIMCOE, View of Montreal. ca. 1792. Watercolour. Archives of Ontario, Simcoe Family Fonds, F47. Reference code F47-11-1-0-58. (http://www.archives.gov.on.ca Accessed 10 May 2008 ) Given for stories and time and the chance to hear Montagnais spoken for the first time in my life.

À l’instant même où je m’installais dans l’espace, un homme se reposait sur un des blocs de béton. Il est resté avec moi durant toute la durée de la performance. Quelques passants ont cru que je peignais son portrait. Ce monsieur était accompagné de son fils. Après une demi-heure à partager l’espace, nous avons commencé à dialoguer. J’ai leur demandé s’ils aimaient la peinture paysagiste. Le monsieur a répondu “Je suis un paysage.” Quand j’ai demandé de clarifier sa déclaration, il a ajouté “Je suis toujours dans la nature.” Il avait un bon sens de l’humour. Lorsqu’il parlait, il passsait parfois du français à un langage que je ne connaissais pas. L’homme m’a dit que c’était du Montagnais, sa langue d’origine. J’ai lui dit que c’était la première fois dans ma vie que j’entendais le Montagnais. Son fils m’a dessiné une carte m’indiquant l’emplacement d’une murale, un portrait d’un Chef Montagnais. Cette œuvre se trouve sur la rue St-Hubert.

Ils sont tous les deux de la réserve Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, près de Sept-Îles. J’ai demandé si c’était loin de Montréal. Il a répondu quelques heures par auto… et cinq jours par canoë! Nous avons tous rient et l’homme m’a raconté que jadis ses parents faisaient le voyage en canoë de Sept-Îsles à Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue dans les années 1950… (more…)

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Elizabeth Simcoe, Isle au Soeurs, July 31, ca. 1792

16 mai 2008, Espace mobile, Vox, Montréal
Elizabeth SIMCOE, Isle au Soeurs, July 31. ca. 1796. Watercolour. Archives of Ontario, Reference code F 47-11-1-0-262. (http://www.archives.gov.on.ca Accessed 02 May 2008 )

I’m facing the Living Monument Project. A mural pained by a coalition of sex workers and allies. It was created in 2003 in honour of the 60+ in Vancouver who were murdered or no longer to be found. A lot of people from the Native Friendship Centre (on the corner of Ontario and St-Laurent) also took part, as many of the women who were murdered were aboriginal. Since then it has been mostly covered over with graffitti but you can still see the original skyline peeking out over the top… (more…)

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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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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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