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The Commons, Opening

2023-09-25 @ 12:00 - 12:30

Members: Bart Simon
Clusters: Milieux

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You are cordially invited to join us for The Commons opening ceremony, featuring a welcome by Indigenous Edler (TBC), and remarks by Concordia’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Graham Carr, VP Research and Graduate Studies, Dominique Bérubé, Director of Milieux, Bart Simon, and the graduate student curators behind this remarkable exhibition Hanss Lujan Torres, Cecilia Mckinnon, and Puneet Jain.

Coffee and treats will be offered. Come celebrate with us as we inaugurate this week-long exhibition!

Opening Date: Monday, September 25th, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Location: Concordia University 4TH Space and online via Zoom.

About The Commons

The Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology is proud to announce its end-of-year exhibition, The Commons, to take place from September 25th to the 29th at Concordia University 4TH Space and Concordia’s Video Production Studio (EV 10.760).

Though named an exhibition, The Commons will embody the essence of a forum. A week of dynamic programming invites visitors to discover the projects of Milieux artists and researchers and to engage in communal activities and interdisciplinary experiments, reflecting the shared ethos of the theme. This exhibition will run concurrently with a residency of scientists and artists from Concordia and McGill university working on research-creation at the interface of Design and Material Science.

The exhibition/forum/residency represents the latest in a series of major shows organized by the Institute, following the 2022’s show In the Middle, a Chimera. By partnering with Concordia University 4TH Space, The Commons aspires to create a public platform, engaging audiences with the richness of the Institute while sparking critical dialogues and collaborations at the juncture of arts and technology. Curated by a team of graduate students from various disciplines, The Commons’ curatorial approach mirrors the Institute’s spirit of interdisciplinarity and horizontal collaboration, cultivating a space where both emerging and established voices can converse meaningfully around the concept of the commons.

The Commons centers on an exploration of shared resources and spaces, accessible to all members of a community or society. The exhibition aims to explore the many aspects of The Commons, demonstrating its potential as a source of creativity, collaboration, and social change. Through various lenses, including the natural commons (land, water, air) and the ways they are conserved; the cultural commons (knowledge, art, literature) and how they are fostered; as well as innovative shared spaces for research and art-making (open-source software, emerging technologies,  and collaborative practices), the exhibition will explore challenges and opportunities in constructing and sustaining a commons, with an emphasis on governance, inclusivity, and collective action.

Check out the Programming to get an overview of the engaging events and experiences that The Commons exhibition will offer and discover the featured artists and researchers

We hope you can join us in celebrating the inauguration of The Commons and discover the remarkable work of our student and faculty members!


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