Celebrating the Collision of Art and Activism

November 12, 2009 @ 6-8PM
Broken City (613 – 11th Ave. S.W.)
FREE Admission

Hot off the heels of recent creative interventions, such as the film screening of The Yes Men’s infiltration of the GO EXPO in Calgary (in 2007) and local initiatives like the Nightmare before Copenhagen action, EMMEDIA invites you to join us for an evening of lively discussion and exploration of the colliding trajectories of artistic and activist practices by Calgary artists. Xstine Cook, Grant Poier and Sharon Stevens share their experiences and perspectives, with documentation that reflects the dual influences of art and activism in their work, to be followed by a series of bar-table-level interactive workshop activities:

5:30 – 6:30
Video documentation of arts activism involving Calgary artists
6:30 – 7:00
Introductions and discussion
7:00 – 8:00

Xtine Cook: stencil making workshop
Grant Poier: art (+-*/=) activism
Sharon Stevens: In the year of the OX

Discussion, debate, discord and drinks to follow.

Artist Bios:

Xstine Cook is an artist and mother of three small children. She makes short puppet films, and masks and puppets, and sometimes lends her skills to drawing attention to social and eco-justice. Humour is an essential ingredient in her work.

Grant Poier has lived in Calgary since 1976, working as an artist, writer, performer, producer, and catalyst. His practice involves various sites, contexts, and disciplines. He was a co-founder of EMMEDIA in 1979 and a charter member of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance, among other arts groups and initiatives. He has undertaken performance collaborations with The NOMADS (Europe and Canada) and The SKEP(tic)KS. He was a co-chair of Labour and the Arts, and an organizer of G8 actions, MAYworks Festivals, the Activista Social Club, and the Bridgeland Artist Pub. He has worked in community cultural development since 1996, being the founding artist-director of East Calgary Youth Art Projects and YOMAM.CO (Urban Youth Worx). He has just edited and published the anthology, Expanded Standard Timeline – artists and electronic media in Calgary. He has served on numerous arts and non-profit boards, programming and advisory committees, has been involved in policy and
planning issues, and has worked as an educator, curator and consultant. Poier has been the recipient of nominations, grants and awards in recognition of his contributions as an artist and cultural worker.

Sharon Stevens is an activist, an award winning video artist, and a community collaborator. She has been an independent video producer since 1989 and is committed to production values that include collective process and a feminist analysis. She has made a dozen collaborative and solo videos in as many years, and has received two Alberta Motion Picture Industry (AMPIA) nominations, winning one in 1996 for her documentary, Doodlebugs: the Video. Sharon’s work has been broadcast on WTN and screened at various festivals across Canada. Sharon has volunteered for artist-run organizations in Calgary including herland feminist film festival and co-founder for herland’s InCamera Film/Video Production Workshop. Currently she is on the Folk Music Festival Board, a new board member for AMAAS and has served on two Steering Committees for the Calgary Arts Development Authority. She has integrated art, activism, feminism, and social justice into her life, and still has fun.

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