Good as Gold; Dawson Film Mini-Festival raises funds for community arts collective

 

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This fundraiser for Dawson City’s (s)hiver festival was a smashing success! Almost 40 people attended and we raised about $300 to support artistic activity in our community.

Thank you to KIAC for their support and guidance in helping us organize this screening, including Dan Sokolowski. Thank you to James Healey for volunteering his time and expertise in preparing the media and operating the projector. Thank you to Jen Gibbs for operating the lights and to the (s)hiver collective for helping with the bar, door and space preparations.

Thank you to our participating artists who made this such an engaging and special night. It was truly an honour. Here they are, in order of film presentation with the title of their works:

Lulu Keating / Dead Caribou Dialogue
Suzanne Crocker / Sock Hop
Karen MacKay / George Black Ferry
David Curtis / Closer to Thee
Dan Sokolowski / Still Life
Jeffrey Langille / chance appearance of the colour red, no.1
Christopher Healey / The Grand Journey Here

~intermission~

Christopher Healey & James Healey / Still Life Takes a Selfie
Lulu Keating / Brain Clever
Suzanne Crocker / Time Lines
Meg Walker / Pianolio
Jeffrey Langille / chance appearance of the colour red, no.2
Krista Davis & Cari Tangedal / Take the Wild

We’ll be back later this year with a screening dedicated to music videos from the Klondike!

Thank you, Chris Healey

Institution & Community

Triptych 2013, Hashtags 2016

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This work continues through the accompanying hash tags. Though there is humour in the use of appropriating text that was originally written by a certain individual in a specific context, this is a serious critical approach to (different meanings of) industry, language and physical positioning of idea in space.

Three works coming up in Dawson City’s (s)hiver

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Dawson City is a thriving creative community. Writers, artists and performers abound here so it makes sense this hardy and eccentric community is equal to the task in creating a mid-winter contemporary art festival. (s)hiver is now in it’s second year and addresses the long dark of winter nights here through outdoor installations and various performances and exhibitions throughout the city. It’s already garnered international attention.

I’ll be participating with three distinct projects: a 2d work installed out in the middle of the frozen Yukon River, a roving performance and projection (wearable technology) throughout Dawson and a permanent series of text-based augmented reality installations.

If you happen to be in Canada’s far north-west that night, stop by and say hi. (I know that sounds ridiculous)

Interview with Artist Eric Oglander

This is the first in new series of 11 artist interviews I conducted earlier this year I’ve titled “a new space; artists and social media”. You can learn more about this project at http://artistsandsocialmedia.tumblr.com/

http://www.ericoglander.com

(there is some sound degradation in parts due to audio feedback. my apologies for this).

Oglander is an emerging artist who recently moved to Brooklyn, New York and in many ways represents the fulfilment of the promise of instant fame and recognition that social media holds for many artists. His project, Craigslist Mirrors (http://craigslistmirrors.com), was started in late 2013 and almost immediately found by renowned art critic Jerry Saltz (https://twitter.com/jerrysaltz) who posted links to it on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The dark potential of creatives

I’ve been thinking about something I’ve heard a few times  – an artist is predisposed to becoming a dictator.

Yes. I think I’ve seen this and I think I would become a dictator if I could too. Most certainly an abusive prison guard. Take a bribe from a menacing gangster. I think you would too and by the same stuff that made you and I what we are today.

I just think artists can visualize it more readily.

I would also think that :

  • Musicians have the potential to become mad scientists.
  • Curators would murder democracy if they could.
  • Writers would impose more democracy just to fuck shit up.
  • Designers are budding mafioso who want their cut forever.
  • Photographers would end up getting us all turned into pillars of salt.
  • Film makers would welcome new alien overlords to Earth without hesitation.
  • Actors pee on the monuments you and I would build and steal our lovers. They have already achieved their potential and should be given no more responsibility.
  • Creatives in general yearn to colonize marginal communities that have not yet heard of Richard Florida.