Art’s Birthday 2014

Art’s Birthday 2014
January 17, 2014 @ 7-10PM
EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society
351 – 11 Ave S.W., 2nd Floor

EMMEDIA, together with M:ST, LIDS, FUSE Magazine and Frosst Books celebrates the 1,000,051 birthday of Art! This year, we celebrate the art form of text! Peruse the books and zines offered at Frosst Books reading corner, or explore the web articles on the future of art with Lindsay Sorell’s Fortune Cookies project. Don’t forget to purchase the special edition of FUSE Magazine, so you can join the Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS) in crafty activites! And as always, we will be blowing out the candles on Art’s 1,000,051 birthday cake.

About Art’s Birthday:

1 million and 51 years ago, a sponge was dropped in a bucket of water and with that, Art was born! First acknowledged by Fluxus artist and poet Robert Filliou in 1963, Art’s Birthday has been celebrated by artists the world over, through collaborative and networked based activities that recognize the spirit of permanent creation. For more information, check out the official Art’s Birthday website at

FORTUNE COOKIES: Articles on the future of art
Facilitated and edited by Lindsay Sorell
Essays by Steven Cottingham, Michael Haight, Julia Kansas, Karly Mortimer, Kyle Petreycik, Brianna Strong, and Sabrina Tarasoff

To commemorate Art’s Birthday 2014, EMMEDIA will be launching an online database of articles, a survey of art in the future by artists and writers across the globe.

Much like Science Fiction, which has always foreseen developments in science and technology, we will be making Art Fiction – naively hopeful and possibly stupid-sounding predictions and dreams for art in the future.

Join us as we launch the website on Art’s Birthday and chat with the writers involved!

You can read the articles at:

Designed by Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS)

To commemorate Art’s Birthday this year, LIDS has designed two crafty activity streams to activate the special FUSE DO LESS WITH LESS / DO MORE WITH MORE pullout. First, stop at our self-directed hat making workshop table to fold and assemble a select page from the FUSE Austerity issue into a festive low-cost party hat. Now you have a valuable artistic multiple! Next, use our special edition poster as a pattern and contribute some of your own free artistic labour to the embroidered DO LESS banner for the LIDS’ office! Perhaps with help we will finally finish our work.

Copies of Fuse, publications, and LIDS’ special edition poster will be available for purchase.

Special-issue bulletin Austerity in and beyond artist-run culture No-nonsense motto against neoliberalism Combatting unpaid internships one letter at a time

The Ladies´ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS) was founded in 2006 as a closely-knit affiliation of then-unemployed cultural workers, not working, but still bustin´ ass within Alberta artist-run culture. Their activities make visible and politicize women´s roles in the (arts) economy through tactical laziness, crafty collaboration, over-performance, and wild hilarity. In addition to their art and writing practices, members Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch, and Wednesday Lupypciw have held positions as dog sitters, maids, waitresses, professors, homeopathic practitioners, and board and staff of several Canadian artist-run organizations. They´ve exhibited their solo works, published, conferenced, and lectured throughout Canada and the world, and they now reside in London/Toronto, Ontario, Montréal, Québec, and Calgary, Alberta respectively.

Ongoing LIDS activity and a complete project archive can be found at:

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