Canada 150: New Visions / Old Land: Hunter Street Exhibition
Detail, Land, Shannon Taylor
June 27, 2017
SEE THE FILMS, HEAR THE MUSIC, MEET THE ARTISTS,
TELL YOUR CANADA STORY LIVE ON TRENT RADIO 92.7,
WIN PRIZES AND EAT CAKE AT - NEW VISIONS/OLD LAND.
FRIDAY JUNE 30TH ON HUNTER ST. W. FROM 10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM!
PETERBOROUGH – As part of Canada 150th celebrations, the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) and Artspace are turning Hunter St. W. (from George St. to Sam’s Deli) into a giant exhibition space for New Visions/Old Land, with the premiere of four new films and sound/music projects. They’ll be on the street, tucked into stores, alleyways and tents. It’s all live and it’s all free!
Local artists Shannon Taylor, Kerri Kennedy, Meagan Christou, Joeann Argue and Cara Mumford have each created stunning, five minute, silent films just for the occasion - about the land and the landscape, forests, farming, fishing, ecology and our relationship to this place we call Canada. These films explore the construction of memory and history, recasting the past and inventing possible futures. Each work has original sound and music performed live every fifteen minutes by Jake Ryan, Nick Ferrio, Benj Rowland and Andrew Savery – Whiteway. New Visions/Old Land was curated by Trent University Professor Kelly Egan.
The CIBC, Hunter St. Bookstore, Meta4 Gallery and the Toy Shop are all hosting works on site.
Trent Radio 92.7 will be broadcasting live, on location – you can tell your stories of Canada and play our Great Canadian Cultural Trivia Quiz, show off and win cool prizes. Make your own film at the camera-less filmmaking table and screen it in the New Visions/Old Land pop-up theatre.
Make art and tell stories with Seeds for Justice. Don’t miss the epic sidewalk chalk drawings, the Art School of
Peterborough’s giant wooden puzzles or the free cake and popcorn. Look for the red balloons!
Great ideas, great art and lots of fun at New Visions/Old Land.
Technical Direction: Steve Rose/UNAVOX, Production
Director: Bill Kimball, Public Energy.
For further information contact:
EC3 Executive Director, Su Ditta
NEW VISIONS/OLD LAND
An EC3 and Artspace Canada 150 Special Project
Four New Media Art Works
Four Sound/Performance Artists/Musicians
Hunter St. West: George St. to Sam’s Deli
June 30th 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
History of the Project
The City of Peterborough asked the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) to invite artists to be part of the Canada 150: Celebrate at Home! events. Our assignment - something on Hunter St. West, between George and Sam’s Deli, June 30th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. We partnered with Artspace (Peterborough’s Artist-Run-Centre) to develop a unique new project.
To celebrate, EC3 and Artspace asked artists in Peterborough to reimagine what “Canada” means, to offer new visions of what the idea of Canada could or should be. Who are we? What does it mean to be Canadian? What is the role of the land and the landscape in shaping this definition? How can we trace an outline of the future in the fragments of the past? How can we represent this fixed geographical place and our collective cultural and social space? What histories have remained hidden, and how can we bring them to light? Finally, what should we be highlighting, remembering, moving towards in 2017 and beyond?
New Visions/Old Land - recasting the past, inventing alternative futures. EC3 coordinated the project and Artspace donated the equipment and facilities in their Media Lab. We asked artists to create original works in film or video to be presented on Hunter St. West. The challenge – the works had to be silent, only 5 minutes long, and include live sound or performance throughout the day. Twelve artists applied and we commissioned 4 new works of art in a program curated by filmmaker and Trent University Professor Kelly Egan. Each installation will have a live sound/music component. Selected works are the cornerstone of the June 30th event and will appear on Youtube for a year. EC3 will work with Kelly Egan to create an on-line publication with an introductory essay and descriptions of all the works.
This exhibition will include four media arts projects rolling out along Hunter St. West. Tucked into stores, businesses and office fronts, alleyways and tents.
New Visions/ Old Land includes artists:
Film: Kerri Kennedy: TIME-SCAPE
Sound and Music: Jake Ryan
Film: Shannon Taylor: LAND
Sound and music: Benj Rowland
Film: Meagan Christou: BOERNER DIVIDER
Sound and music: Andrew Savery-Whiteway
Film: Joeanne Argue and Cara Mumford: I REMEMBER…STORIES FROM 500-YEAR-OLD TREE
Sound and music: Nick Ferrio
What all is happening?
You’ll find films and videos, sound and music here and there all along that strip of Hunter St. West.
Trent Radio 92.7 will be broadcasting live from a Hunter St. booth and you can visit us or call in to win prizes in our Canadian Culture Trivia Contest. Come on down and tell Peterborough your own Canadian story.
Interested in making your own film? Come to the camera-less film production table, where you can scratch, paint, stamp, and draw directly on 16mm film! Once your film is finished (and dried), watch your own creation projected live on Hunter St! Learn about the history of moving images—and the differences between video and celluloid—through 16mm camera-less filmmaking. Do you remember Canadian film pioneer Norman McLaren? This is how he made films. Participants of all ages welcome, children encouraged.
We promise some special surprises too. Just think cake.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
FROM ARTISTS FOUR NEW MEDIA ARTS WORKS
The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) in partnership
Presents: New Visions/Old Land
A Special Project organized as part of Peterborough’s
Canada 150: Downtown Celebrations
It is the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation in 2017, but the land and the people are much older. This project asks artists to reimagine what “Canada” means, to put forth new visions of what the idea of Canada could or should be. Who are we? What does it mean to be Canadian? What is the role of the land and the landscape in shaping this definition? How can we trace an outline of the future in the fragments of the past? What is the relationship between the material world that surrounds us and the ideology we use to interpret its meaning? How can we represent this fixed geographical place and our collective cultural and social space? What histories have remained hidden, and how can we bring them to light? And, what should we be highlighting, remembering, moving towards? We are commissioning 4 new media art works to illustrate this theme for Peterborough’s Canada 150 celebrations.
WHEN: June 30th, 2017
WHERE: Hunter St. West from George St. to Sam’s Deli
WHAT: The goal of this project is to create a media landscape of moving and projected images, music and sound, on Hunter St. West, that allows us to reimagine and re-present the idea of Canada at 150.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for four (4) media artists to make new works that bring their unique voice and vision to the discourse on Canada, to show us with their eyes, minds and bodies, new histories that we can carry forward. They will work with musicians and/or sound artists to create live performance on June 30th to accompany the media work.
THE PROJECT CHALLENGE
The works must be silent and no more than 5 minutes long.
Applications in any genre are welcome and experimentation with moving image structures and norms is encouraged. There must be a live music or sound component as part of the June 30th event. In your application, please include information on how the silent media work will relate to the live sound/music performance. Artists are encouraged to survey Hunter St. West from the corner of George St. North to Sam’s Deli, and suggest possible locations and ways of presenting their work. Artists will work with the project Curator Kelly Egan to determine final sites and exhibition formats.
EC3 AND ARTSPACE WILL PROVIDE:
• Artists will receive a fee of $1,750 for their work and that of the musicians/sound artists.
• Artists will receive free access to Artspace’s production and post-production equipment and facilities. Please see http://artspace-arc.org/media-lab/booking/ for inventory list.
• Artists will work with project Curator, Kelly Egan (filmmaker and Trent University Cultural Studies Professor) to develop and site their project on Hunter St. West.
• There will be technical assistance and equipment available for exhibition/presentation design and delivery.
• There will be a small online publication to accompany the project.
Who Can Apply
• Artists of any age or experience living in Peterborough or the surrounding region.
• New Visions/Old Land particularly encourages new work from emerging artists and from marginalized communities (Indigenous, racialized, gendered, economically challenged and New Canadians).
HOW TO APPLY
All submissions should be made online through:
Mailed or hardcopy submissions will not be accepted. Applicants who do not adhere to the following criteria will not be eligible.
Applicants are asked to include the following:
Project Proposal/Description: (500 words max)
Technical Requirements: (500 words max)
Artist Statement: (250 words max)
Bio: (250 words max)
CV: (3 pages max)
Visual Support Material with Support Material List: (15 images, 5 videos max)
Please select visual support material mindfully, as selection committee members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labeled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.
Video documentation should be uploaded to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selection committee may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the committee view by including time marks in the documentation list.
May 10, 2017 at 5pm
May 15, 2017
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE:
Rough cut due June 2, 2017; Finished project due June 16, 2017.
SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
Applications will be reviewed and recommended by a selection committee including the curator, EC3 and Artspace staff members.
• Artistic merit of the proposal
• Quality of the proposal in relationship to the project’s goals and objectives (purpose of the project)
• Merit of the artist’s previous work (support material)
• Demonstrated ability of the artist to deliver the project on time and on budget
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Director + Curator
Electric City Culture Council