It is (once again!) with great enthusiasm that we introduce to you another segment/announcement/development for In the Middle, a Chimera, the Milieux Institute’s Year-End Exhibition and Symposium! This time we are announcing the official programming for the warm-up segment, happening from April 21st to May 3rd. This segment encompasses three diverse, incisive and vivifying events—a (double) book launch, a work presentation and a (series of) performance(s). Read on to find out more—
APRIL 21: DOUBLE BOOK LAUNCH + ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Art in the Age of Machine Learning | Sofian Audry + Sensing Machines: How Sensors Shape Our Everyday Life | Chris Salter
Anteism Books—435 Rue Beaubien Ouest, #100
3 PM EST
Join us for the kick-off warm up event (featured in Hexagram’s EMERGENCE/Y programming): the Chris Salter/Sofian Audry double book launch and round table discussion at Anteism! The event begins at 3 PM EST, and artworks related to topics discussed will be installed in the exhibition space. You can access the Facebook event via the above image.
Authors Christopher Salter and Sofian Audry will get together to discuss their recent publications, respectively, “Art in the Age of Machine Learning” (MIT Press, 2021) and “Sensing machines: How sensors shape our everyday life” (MIT Press, 2022). The live-streamed roundtable will be followed by a book launch and signature session. Both authors entangle art, culture and social-cultural responses to technology. More info via the above image!
MilieuxMake Workshops Presents
LISTENING TO RADIO WAVES (CHAPTER 1)
By Zeph Thibodeau
DATE: Tuesday April 26th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: MilieuxMake, EV-10.825
In this workshop, we will be exploring the fascinating world of electromagnetic listening. Using AM radios we can listen to human radio broadcasts, but we can also listen to the countless voices of the natural and built environment. Taking things a step further, we can attach two radios to a pair of headphones, constructing immersive radio-listening machines. Together, we will make, think and talk our way through the experience of connecting to the electromagnetic world in a different way. We will collaborate in recording the process and our findings, which will form the basis for subsequent workshops.
This is a do-it-together workshop—no technical expertise is necessary. Everyone is welcome to attend and to contribute in whatever way they can.
Registration is required for this onsite workshop as spaces are limited.
Please email email@example.com to register and include ‘Listening to Radio Waves’ in the subject line of your email.
APRIL 27: BEYOND THE CROSSFIRE | THERESA ARRIOLA
Live presentation of Beyond the “Crossfire”: Refusing the Making of a Military Bombing Range in the Mariana Islands
daphne—5842 rue St Hubert
6 PM EST
Professor Theresa Arriola will be presenting her project, Beyond the “Crossfire“: Refusing the Making of a Military Bombing Range in the Mariana Islands, on Wednesday, April 27th at daphne at 6 PM. The presentation will take approximately one hour, including a Q&A with the artist and researcher following the presentation. The work will be on view prior to and following the presentation.
When militarization becomes commonplace, how does one denaturalize this reality? As the hypermilitarization of Oceania continues to accelerate, I want to offer alternative ways of imagining Indigenous futures that are not tied to the whims of military goals, but privilege Indigenous sovereignty instead. One way to approach this task is through the hard work of denaturalizing what have become commonplace notions of territory and environment under U.S. imperialism and militarism. These imaginings work to unsettle the taken for granted ways in which the Marianas is framed by military planners in both its violent vocabulary and stagnant cartographic renderings of land, water and air.
Theresa “Isa” Arriola was born and raised on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. She earned her PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles in sociocultural anthropology. Her research focuses on the socio-political implications of contemporary militarization throughout the Marianas archipelago and Oceania more broadly. She is currently an assistant professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Concordia University where she teaches about militarism, Indigeneity and Oceania.
MAY 3: TATIANA KOROLEVA | BODY ARCHEOLOGY: ANCESTRAL MEMORY IN THE CONTEXT OF (IM)MIGRATION
Performance presentation following Koroleva’s workshop by participating artists Anissa Boukili, Danielle Douez, Tricia Enns, Somaye Farhan, Goldjian/Anne Goldenberg, Myro Le Ber Assiani, Eliza Mcfarlane, & c t p
Intermedia/Cyberarts Video Production Studio—
Concordia EV Building, 1515 Saint-Catherine St W, 6. 635
6 PM EST
Tatiana Koroleva and the participating artists from the Body Archeology: Ancestral Memory in the Context of (Im)Migration workshop series welcome you for a presentation of their findings and developed projects. The presentation will take place at the Intermedia/Cyberarts Production Studio and will last approximately two hours. The following are the featured participating artists:
Anissa Boukili El Hassani draws on her experience as an immigrant, perpetually torn between opposite cultures. Her artistic practice revolves around the notions of decolonization, reappropriation, self-criticism and repair. The plurality of identities and fragmentation are her main sources of inspiration, hence her goal: the democratization of conceptual art through an intersectional perspective. Thus, she seeks to combine the extremes to paint a picture of the complexity of the social, economic, cultural and historical relations existing within the capitalist system.
Danielle Douez (she/her) is a writer and creator based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal) with Colombian, African American, and French ancestry. She loves projects that involve community building and transformative justice work, and that explore migrations, borders, decolonization, and beyond-human kinship.
Tricia Enns is a masters of design student at Concordia University who explores our relationship with public space through participatory, sensory, materially engaged methods. Her work challenges preconceived value hierarchies held within public space by engaging with debris and directing the senses towards the unheard narratives. Enns uses paper making, illustration, electronics, performance, photography, audio walks, and the postal system in her work. Sign-up at her website to have her send you a package in the mail!
Somaye Farhan (born in Tehran, Iran) is a multi-disciplinary artist is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in the mediums of performance art, video art and sculpture. An undergraduate student of Studio Arts program, Concordia University (Montréal). Farhan explores the theme of perception, mind, body, identity, nature and women. Most of her artworks are influenced by her two and a half journey on bicycle, her meditation experiences, and women.
Her works are exhibited in the VAV Gallery and Art Matters Festival at Concordia University.
Goldjian is a transdisciplinary artist interested in relational practices between human beings, ecologies and technologies. Their work creates intimate spaces dedicated to mutual learning and slowing processes. goldjian embraces performance art, media arts, land art, installation and video dance. They facilitate collaborative, collective and restorative practices. They were born in fRance from rural french and romanian jewish ancestors and crossed the ocean in 2004 to grow roots on an island traditionally named Tiohtia:ke and colonially known as Montreal. To connect to this world, goldjian practices reliance, to oneself, to spaces, to other human beings and non-humans, and questions the conditions needed to activate this quality of presence.
Myro Le Ber Assiani
Queer and non-binary artist, Myro Le Ber Assiani lives on the unceded territory of Tiohtiá:ke / Mooniyang / Montreal. They graduated with the B.A. in Theatre Studies from UQÀM and has been refining their practice in workshops. As a daredevil bush performer, Myro Le Ber Assiani is interested in risk and transformation as engines of existence and resistance. Their approach is site specific and reﬂects collective space as a political ecosystem where structuring boundaries lead them to rethink notions of “power,” “trauma,” and “consent.” Their work has been presented in solo and collaborative performances at various festivals and venues: Dare-Dare, Fonderie Darling, Ancienne École des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre des Écuries, Festival d’arts performatifs de Trois-Rivières, Festival La plage des Six pompes (Switzerland) and Festival Chalon dans la rue (France). Their work has been distributed by La Serre and Vidéographe in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Eliza McFarlane is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto, ON. She is currently completing her BFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University. Her current focus is in print making and performance art. She also is active as a vocalist, organizing and participating community music events in Montreal. Since 2017, Eliza has lived and worked in Montreal QC. She roots her work and life in economic, environmental, and community sustainability. She plans to continue centering community solidarity, creative experimentation, emotional resilience, and interconnectivity in her life and work. Eliza’s instagram account acts as her website at present – It is fitting for the hybridity of private and public life. For the indecisive value of daily, mundane, or minute existence, vs, isolated, intentional, artwork.”
chantal t paris · my doctoral research-creation project (études et pratiques des arts, uqam) pulses in the relations between listenings, situated knowledges and changing climates, through different moving explorations and within a more than human sympoietic perspective.
Mask wearing for attendees is required, and we will observe social distancing measures to the best of our ability.
ON THE WORKSHOP:
In this workshop, we will explore a variety of ways our genetic memory can be activated in the process of performance creation with the purpose of reviewing and connecting to the history of our ancestors. Focusing specifically on the experiences of migration, immigration, displacement and relocation as a part of global history, the workshop proposes to activate the invisible link between our cultures of origin and our present moment. Opening the space for connecting to our roots while also acknowledging the hybridity of (im)migrant’s experiences and identities, we will focus on creating individual and group projects to venerate our ancestral past and to give voices to the parts of our identities that often remain silenced in a new cultural context. Using the framework of ritual and a variety of performance art methodologies, this workshop brings forward the concepts of empathetic presence, collaboration, dialogic witnessing, and awareness of belonging to a larger community as fundamental principles of performance art creation. This workshop is suitable for international students and faculty, immigrants, travellers, and/or anyone interested in exploring ancestral memory and the multiplicity of ways it continuously affects our present.
The workshop is organised and facilitated by Tatiana Koroleva, a multi-disciplinary artist, poet, educator, and researcher who works in the mediums of performance art, video art and creative writing. Currently, Tatiana teaches at the Department of Studio Arts, Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Her work is grounded in the subjects of ancestral memory, migration, intergenerational trauma and search for personal and collective healing.