Monthly Archives: May 2012

France Trépanier and Chris Creighton-Kelly

Understanding Aboriginal Arts in Canada Today: A Knowledge and Literature Review

 Research and Evaluation Section Canada Council for the Arts April 2012

Trépanier’s and Creighton-Kelly’s research investigates an essential, but not a simple, question – how does one understand Aboriginal arts which are created in the territory known as Canada?

Skeena Reece Raven: On the Colonial Fleet, 2010

“I once heard an elder say that the great crime in this land was not that the natives had their language and culture beaten out of them in boarding schools – the great crime was that the people who came here did not adopt the culture of the land.” – Mike MacDonald

Trépanier and Creighton-Kelly use methods of observing, listening, respecting, remembering, regenerating, transmitting and healing to tell the connected stories of

Land ~ Peoples ~ Languages ~ Cultural Practices ~ Art

and find knowledge located in different places, in songs, baskets, moccasins, weaving, dreams, ceremony, language and political discourse

Inuvialuit Drummers and Dancers, Inuvik. Photographer: Chris Randle.

Alex Javier, Morning Star, Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Robert Houle, Paris/Ojibwa, 2010

“In Native culture, stories are not simply stories. They are told and retold so that ! they resonate in the present, not as myths and legends, but as a vital part of  history. They teach critical lessons and cultural values, like bravery and the necessity of communication.” Candice Hopkins

Please read and become a pocket of wisdom and wakefulness

Understanding  Aboriginal  Arts  in  Canada  Today

Open Engagement conference 2012


“Who am I Where?”


“It turns out there is room for everyone.”


The walking studio or walking environment  explored as aesthetic practice to investigate movements, bodies and space.

The Public: public space, public readers, public body, public action…on-going space for discourse, mutual knowledge, shape shifting gestures, co-created meanings, form and flux and shared memory” -Paul Ramirez Jonas


“I didn’t even know it was art”

“Oh it’s just art”

“But I don’t care if its art.”

“Escapology. Escape from objecthood, authorship, spectatorship; escape from Art’s purposeless purpose, autonomy and disinterested spectator. Consider real time, full scale, user-ship, use-value, collective works“. Stephan Wright

“Art isn’t always representational. In performance studies, behaviour and conduct,  and staging a reality has hasn’t happened yet but I hope will happen, will force more thinking….a transitory state. Performance is useful, it does for others, …something is generated to last longer than the piece itself” -Tania Brugerua


Trimpin sound sculpture/kinetic art titled CanonX+4:33+100


Reconfigured Pianos, Joy Stick, Graphic Score and Robotics

(ballbearings, internet router, rubber, felt, suction cups, files, electro magnets, o rings, springs, coils)


sound = information

sound: waves, falls, spirals, bounces, travels, vibrates, touches, moves space



sound is a physical, kinetic, visual experience


Vic Sightings Victoria based skate photographers and videographers at the fifty fifty 2516 Douglas St. Victoria BC

Vic Sightings celebrates the local skate culture’s identity and displays the great work that people are making here. The project organizers are interested in showcasing Victoria and how street skating exploits the city landscape and re-shapes the architecture. The work of the artists in the exhibition will give face to the sites, skaters, equipment and techniques used to make their art.

Skateboarders flow through the streets, alleys, parking lots-finding spots-grinding rails, jumping stair sets, executing kickflips, hardflips and other forms of urban shreddery. It is a wood-wheels-turning-systems of movements mixed with a skater’s personal style. Technically, photographer and skater harmonize their skills to achieve the perfect trick/photo combo.

photographer jay zee

photographer matt macleod

photographer luke connor

Vic Sightings co-ordinated by Doug Jarvis and Brenda Petays