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迈克绿色文化日

2021年6月29日

当较少的时候:剧院可以从一年中学习慢动作

梅根狩猎文化日

7月28日,2021年

刷新:如何在Instagram重新定义艺术社区的一年

eva莫里森文化日

7月15日,2021年

Instagram\u2019s real strength is its ubiquity. The platform evaded the frustrating pandemic cycle of closing, reopening, and closing again: it was just always there. And, while that pandemic cycle ran on a loop, communities were formed and solidified on this social network by sharing artworks, information, thoughts, and opinions as the art world changed around us.\n\nOver the past year, as pandemic measures forced galleries and other physical arts and culture venues to close, internet connectivity surged and Instagram became the predominant photo-sharing platform for many emerging artists. Stuck at home throughout provincial lockdowns and curfews, many of us swiped down to refresh our IG time-line multiple times a day\u2026maybe more than we\u2019d like to admit. There\u2019s no doubt that the smartphone-based platform flattens and simplifies both the actual artworks and the conversations around them; however, in the pandemic context it became an invaluable starting point to strengthen our community connections and define our intentions as artists or organizations going forward.\n\nAt times, the move online was a reluctant one. An Instagram post cannot compare to a physical art exhibition\u2014as any painter will be quick to tell you, it looks much better in person. An online interaction does not equate to a real-world social exchange, nor can we rely on the app to be the only community network, or even a truly democratic one. What\u2019s most interesting is how Instagram developed parallel to art spaces and institutions as a public system of connectivity and support between creatives. \n\nInstagram\u2019s real strength is its ubiquity. The platform evaded the frustrating pandemic cycle of closing, reopening, and closing again: it was just always there. And, while that pandemic cycle ran on a loop, communities were formed and solidified on this social network by sharing artworks, information, thoughts, and opinions as the art world changed around us. Throughout this past year, the platform was redefined as a site for alternate modes of sharing and selling contemporary art, through digital art spaces built by the community for the community.\n\n![Artwork featured on Peinture Contemporaine Que\u0301bec\u2019s Instagram feed. From left to right, works by: Robert Chayer, Chloe Gallagher-Smylie, Luca Fortin. Screenshot, June 2020. Photo courtesy of the author. ](assets\/National\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram\/peinturecontemporaine-quebec-feed-view_GxK30C.jpg)\n\nThis engagement on Instagram actively refreshed our systems of disseminating contemporary art. The platform facilitated the development of a community-led annex of emerging artists and events; when galleries and art institutions closed, curated accounts emerged to show work on a local and global scale. Over the course of an ex-tended lockdown in Qu\u00e9bec, new accounts like [@mtlpainters](https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/mtlpainters\/?hl=en) and [@peinturecontemporaine_quebec](https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/peinturecontemporaine_quebec\/?hl=en) gained traction with a mandate to keep our community strong. In Ontario, [@curatedtoronotart](https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/curatedtorontoart\/?hl=en) has asserted itself as an online gallery space featuring works from Toronto-based artists. Existing on a free, accessible platform meant users could build networks easily, effectively forming a digital archive of emerging artists and works produced over the last year.\n\nInstagram-based projects also regenerated systems of marketing and selling artworks using online auctions or flash sales. [\u201cLes Encans de la Quarantaine\u201d](https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/lesencansdelaquarantaine\/?hl=en), an initiative auctioning off local artworks on Instagram and Facebook, was founded during Montr\u00e9al\u2019s lockdown to support artists amidst uncertainty and anxiety. The team behind the project identified the spike in online media consumption during the early days of the pandemic and the sense of solidarity forming between artists on social media platforms, explaining that \u201cthe audience was there for it, waiting for anything to happen online.\u201d This year the project successfully helped over 300 artists sell works and the team recently received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts\u2019 Digital Strategy Fund to create an independent web platform, solidifying their position as a resource for independent and unrepresented artists in Canada.\n\nInstagram can also be a place to build and shape the identity of existing galleries and institutions, or call to restructure them. Throughout the pandemic, we witnessed power shifts within major Canadian cultural institutions\u2014labour disputes at the MAC, the controversy surrounding the firing of MMFA Director Nathalie Bondil, allegations of discrimination at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights\u2014which reflect a current heightened awareness of social and racial justice issues. In this context as well, Instagram prevailed as an accessible resource for the arts community, as accounts like [@artsaccountability](https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/artsaccountability\/?hl=en) shared information surrounding current events. In this way, Instagram was used as a tool to amplify voices calling out racism and injustices in the art world.\n\n![Mohamemed Musallam's artwork as seen on the Les Encans de la quarantine website. Screenshot, June 2020. Photo courtesy of the author.](assets\/National\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram\/encan-n_mrsygl.jpg)\n\nThis opened a space for institutions to reinstate their intentions on Instagram, already a platform for identity building. Artist-run centre Articule posted an [open letter](https:\/\/www.articule.org\/en\/open-letter-to-artist-centres-moving-beyond-solidarity-statements) to their contemporaries in Qu\u00e9bec, calling to move beyond statements of solidarity against systemic oppression online by aiming to integrate concrete changes into their programming. As they wrote, \u201cit is not adequate to post once a year on Instagram as proof of progressive politics or to rewrite an About section to include a mention of diversity\u2026We must commit to radical, tangible, long-term, proactive support for Black and Indigenous artists, members, curators, and publics.\u201d Moves like this one effectively used Instagram as an information-sharing tool and a starting point for progressive dialogue, while recognizing the performative quality of activism that is solely based online.\n\nInstagram has always been a place for discourse; users assert their opinions on everything from celebrity gossip to current events, but discussions on Instagram\u2014like the pictures, lifestyle blogs, and advertisements on the app\u2014can be misleading and do not show all angles. The photo-based format is simply not made for open dialogue, the algorithm prioritizes certain voices, and the app itself has been accused of deleting political posts. Recently, multiple Instagram members found their stories and posts on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) were removed from their social media on Red Dress Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the issue. Instagram promptly took to Twitter to assert that it was \u201ca global technical issue not related to any topic\u201d and was met with skepticism and mistrust. This series of events was immediately circulated in new posts and stories, encouraging users to research and raise awareness offline as well. While the app\u2019s ability to instantly transmit information is valuable, it functions best as a means of connection and point of departure for conversations, mobilization, and social change that happens beyond Instagram. \n\nBoth political movements and artistic ones are primarily, and indispensably, situated in real life; the two-dimensional aspect of viewing artworks on Instagram also applies to the dialogue around them. However, in the absence of public spaces over the last year, the digital sphere was reinforced as a tool for connecting, networking, and spreading information. Instagram has allowed us to reimagine systems of sharing and selling artworks, methods of community-building, and the hierarchies in place in the art world and beyond. As we all move towards a post-pandemic reality, it\u2019s clear that the ubiquity of Instagram and its new role as a resource for social equity will hold us accountable in creating inclusive and informed communities both on and offline.\n\n_Cover image: Artwork featured on Mtl Painters' Instagram feed. From left to right, paintings by: Francisco De La Barra, Catherine H\u00e9lie-Harvey, Petro Psillos, Marie-Chlo\u00e9 Duval, Chlo\u00e9 Gagnon, Eva Morrison. Screenshot, June 2021. Photo courtesy of the author._\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagine\u2014How the Disability Community Accesses the Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts) by Rachel Marks\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [Curating _INUA_, Canada\u2019s newest Inuit art exhibit](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/curating-inua) by Carolyn B. Heller\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-07-15 09:23:23","first_published_at":"2021-06-23 12:09:37","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-06-23 11:52:35","updated_at":"2021-07-28 10:42:29","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

刷新:如何在Instagram重新定义艺术社区的一年

eva莫里森文化日

7月15日,2021年

进入过程(第2部分,共5部分):Bambi

Tamar Tabori.

2020年9月21日

As the Coronavirus restrictions gradually settled over my life in mid-March and my regular book club was put on hiatus, I found myself craving an arts-focused connection...\n\nAs the minutes tick towards 7pm, my computer is perched precariously on a stack of books while pages of discussion prompts lie on the desk underneath a dog-eared copy of our May book choice. The Facebook video interface is poised for recording; all I have to do now is hit the \u2018Go Live\u2019 button to begin our meeting. The 7pm MST beginning is late for some of our members in eastern Canada, but the promise of a satisfying deconstruction of our latest read is enough to pull people back to their devices at this hour. Once I begin the recording there is little preamble, I pause only to thank people for joining before I jump right into the discussion. After the requisite 40 second delay in the video feed, comments begin pouring in: a whole month\u2019s worth of observations scrolling down the screen.\n\nThere are two different kinds of book clubs. The first is an informal gathering of friends, eager to indulge in some libations and friendly gossip with some limited book talk thrown in. The second is a formal club with a regular meeting time, specific book choices voted on in advance and a discussion focused solely on the chosen reading material. Quite often the latter is made up of strangers, brought together over a love of the written word and a desire to meet like-minded people. Now, while in-person gatherings are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is shifting to online groups as an accessible and efficient way of connecting those with similar interests.\n\n![Anne leading a discussion during an Ivereadthis Online Book Club meeting.](assets\/National\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction\/img-1017-1_EkDI7C.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nAs the Coronavirus restrictions gradually settled over my life in mid-March and my regular book club was put on hiatus, I found myself craving an arts-focused connection. As a critic I\u2019m lucky enough to have books mailed directly to my home, so I invited fellow bookworms to join me in reading through my collection by starting the [Ivereadthis Online Book Club](https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/groups\/ivereadthisonlinebookclub\/). The Club is a free and public Facebook group, connecting once a month over live video chats which allow for real-time discussion with an unlimited number of participants. As I write this our group includes over 200 members, but after only two meetings it is clear who will actively participate in our video chats and who is content to hover on the sidelines, popping in and out for book recommendations.\n\nFace-to-face interactions ensure a certain level of decorum is upheld while online discussions can easily devolve into bickering. As the group moderator I was mildly concerned that our conversations may become offensive, or worse, trolled by people looking to stir up pointless controversy. To avoid this, I decided our group would focus on works of fiction which allow people to voice opinions on issues external to their own lives, but relevant all the same. For example, character motivations are a frequent topic of discussion; why did someone act that way, were they justified in lashing out, what would you have done in the same situation? Criticizing the actions of a character tends to incite less controversy, keeping the tone of our discussions light and entertaining regardless of the dark subject matter the chosen books may address. \n\n![Photo courtesy of Vlada Karpovish.](assets\/National\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction\/vlada-karpovich_5ex6dE.jpeg){.pull}\n\nDespite the ease of voicing one\u2019s thoughts to strangers across the country in sweatpants, there are obvious downsides to staying solely online. Fran Kimmel, a writer and book club veteran points out: \u201cwhen online I might not try quite as hard to get my point across or to understand other people\u2019s points. There\u2019s the added layer of technology separating you from others, and all those emotional intelligence cues we get through body language are stripped away. But I\u2019m also hopeful that this is a learned skill, and the more we meet online, the better we\u2019ll become at sharing deeply.\u201d \n\nThe only distinguishing factor of each group member is their thumbnail-sized picture, so there is a distinct lack of background information to base judgements on. If someone voices an opinion that you vehemently disagree with at an in-person meeting, you are likely to fall back on their body language and tone of voice to help justify their comment. Online we can only go by a person\u2019s text-based contributions\u2014so although it seems easier to participate in a virtual chat, our words hold more weight than usual. Readers are especially aware of how important word choice can be, so thankfully our conversations have remained respectful and empathetic, even during disagreements. \n\nAs the organizer, my one question that looms above all others is the likelihood this club will continue. COVID-19 has not only shifted the way we currently interact with others, it has altered the way we imagine our future communications; the ease in which we have shifted our events online demonstrates this new way of meeting can continue even when moving restrictions have lifted. And even if the membership of the Ivereadthis Online Book Club slowly dwindles once life returns to normal, members now see the benefits to joining other public clubs like this in the future. One of the group\u2019s members, Jolena, confirms this newly discovered interest is one she\u2019ll continue with: \u201cI would join another book club, it was a great experience to be able to discuss a topic among peers.\u201d Knowing our members feel this way is incredibly validating\u2014the cultural richness of literature is a wonderful gift to share with others, especially with those you never would have met otherwise.\n\n![Photo courtesy of Parth Shah.](assets\/National\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction\/parth-shah_Kvywu1.jpeg){.overflow}\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of Unexpected Intersections. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Indigenous Storytelling x Digital Media: [_\u201cPeople are Finally Listening\u201d\u2013Indigenous Animation Rises Up_ by Chris Robinson](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/indigenous-animation-rises-up)\n- Academia x Creativity: [_Building 21: Make zines, not research papers_ by Greta Rainbow](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-21)\n- Poetry x (Natural) Environment: [_Listen to the River: An Ode to the Columbia River_ by Saba Dar](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/listen-to-the-river)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [Chinatown's Living Room: _The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Traditional Craftsmanship x Youth Outreach: [_At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, They Build More Than Boats_ by Aleen Leigh Stanton](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives)\n- Visual Arts x Science: [_What happens when you mix an artist, a scientist and a very bright light?_ by Vivian Orr](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/artist-scientist-light)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-09-02 10:10:02","first_published_at":"2020-06-10 12:38:44","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-06-10 12:38:07","updated_at":"2020-09-02 10:10:02","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

陌生人和小说

安妮洛根文化日

2020年9月2日

Early on I must have seemed like some ultra-persistent grade school child to staff at the Canadian Light Source, which in some ways isn\u2019t that far off, I try to keep in touch with that curious grade 5-6 kid as part of my art practice. \n\nIn 2016, Fransaskois new media artist and sculptor, [Jean-S\u00e9bastien Gauthier](https:\/\/jsgauthier.com\/) (hereinafter referred to as \"JS\"), signed up for a tour of the [Canadian Light Source](https:\/\/www.lightsource.ca\/) (CLS)...and then another, and another...until he was convinced he wanted to make art using the CLS. \n\nThe CLS is a national research facility, one of the largest science projects in our country\u2019s history, producing the brightest light in Canada\u2014millions of times brighter than even the sun\u2014used by more than 1,000 scientists from around the world every year in ground-breaking health, environmental, materials, and agricultural research.\n\n![Digital render mixing 3D scans, CT scans and 3D synchrotron radiation microCT data (2017).](assets\/National\/blog\/artist-scientist-light\/6-sample-and-hold_rBIGyc.jpeg){.small}\n\nThe synchrotron operates by accelerating streams of electrons to 99.99 per cent of the speed of light, fast enough to reach the moon in 1.3 seconds. Giant magnets bend the electron beam, creating a light millions of times brighter than the sun. When directed down beamlines, that light enables scientists to do analysis of physical samples such as plants and engine oil that is more detailed than with any other process, as well as to create images of structures at the molecular level.\n\nTo gain entry to this very exclusive instrument (there are only 40 synchrontons in the world and only one in Canada) JS realized he needed a partner, someone with inside access. He wrote a call for collaborators that was published in the CLS newsletter. Somewhat surprisingly he received numerous replies, but Dr. Brian Eames' response stood out.\n\n[Dr. Brian Eames](http:\/\/eameslab.ca\/) is a researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology, who uses the CLS, imaging techniques, and molecular approaches to study how cells turn into bone and cartilage. \n\nAll it took was one meeting over coffee, where they shared concepts on evolutionary biology and spitballed ideas for using the synchrotron to explore evolution, and they knew they could develop an exceptional collaboration. JS regularly visited Brian\u2019s lab where they continuously discussed intersecting interests and possibilities. Based on their talks, JS drafted grant applications, one of which was accepted by Canada Council for the Arts.\n\n![JS and Dr. Brian Eames looking over the synchrotron.](assets\/National\/blog\/artist-scientist-light\/bio-image-brian-js-1_n0UA3B.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nSince 2017 JS has served as the Artist-in-residence at the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology, at the University of Saskatchewan and facilities of the CLS synchrotron. No other artist has been granted research time at the CLS with artistic inquiry and aesthetic experimentation as the primary objective. \n\n> Art and science are natural collaborators. In the same way that art alters a perspective, or provides an unexpected revelation, so does science...\n\nCutting-edge 3D synchrotron radiation imaging techniques were used to create an immersive video installation, [_Dans la Mesure\/Within Measure_](https:\/\/vimeo.com\/235157911), which explores developmental biology, evolution, and the complex unity between humans and other life forms (specifically zebrafish, tiny and robust model organisms often used in genetic medical research.) \n\nAnd their collaboration continues. In 2019, JS and Brian created an interactive piece for Nuit Blanche (which was shown at the U of S campus and downtown Saskatoon.) [_Our Glass_](https:\/\/jsgauthier.com\/our-glass) engages viewers of all ages to peer within an hourglass, showing how embryonic development compares among animals with whom we share a close genetic heritage. \n\n![_Still Life_ (after Ernst Haeckel), JS Gauthier, 2017.](assets\/National\/blog\/artist-scientist-light\/04-xrayhaekel-jsg-2017-5x7-72-1-copy_SjYQ87.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nJeff Cutler, past CLS Chief Strategic Relations officer had this to say, \u201cArt and science are natural collaborators. In the same way that art alters a perspective, or provides an unexpected revelation, so does science. Researchers from around the world come to our light source in order to see things differently, and their findings often change how we look at the world. It\u2019s this search for a new way of seeing things that brings art and science together, and that\u2019s why it\u2019s important for us to work with artists like JS. Not only does his work introduce the CLS to a new audience, but he has also challenged us to see our own work differently.\u201d\n\nStay tuned for more as JS continues to redefine contemporary art practices through research, technology, and building bridges across disciplines and people... he recently bought a VR (virtual reality) helmet!\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of Unexpected Intersections. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Indigenous Storytelling x Digital Media: [_\u201cPeople are Finally Listening\u201d\u2013Indigenous Animation Rises Up_ by Chris Robinson](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/indigenous-animation-rises-up)\n- Academia x Creativity: [_Building 21: Make zines, not research papers_ by Greta Rainbow](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-21)\n- Poetry x (Natural) Environment: [_Listen to the River: An Ode to the Columbia River_ by Saba Dar](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/listen-to-the-river)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [Chinatown's Living Room: _The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Traditional Craftsmanship x Youth Outreach: [_At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, They Build More Than Boats_ by Aleen Leigh Stanton](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives)\n- Book Clubs x Digital Landscapes: [_Strangers and Fiction_ by Anne Logan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-08-18 14:11:09","first_published_at":"2020-06-10 16:39:35","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-06-10 16:24:34","updated_at":"2020-09-29 15:26:18","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

当你混合艺术家,科学家和一个非常明亮的光线时会发生什么?

vivian orr文化日

2020年8月18日

\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series\u2014running March-September\u2014featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of _Unexpected Intersections_. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Indigenous Storytelling x Digital Media: [_\u201cPeople are Finally Listening\u201d\u2013Indigenous Animation Rises Up_ by Chris Robinson](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/indigenous-animation-rises-up)\n- Poetry x (Natural) Environment: [_Listen to the River: An Ode to the Columbia River_ by Saba Dar](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/listen-to-the-river)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [_Chinatown\u2019s Living Room: The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan]( \/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Traditional Craftsmanship x Youth Outreach: [_At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, They Build More Than Boats_ by Aleen Leigh Stanton](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives)\n- Visual Arts x Science: [_What happens when you mix an artist, a scientist and a very bright light?_ by Vivian Orr](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/artist-scientist-light)\n- Book Clubs x Digital Landscapes: [_Strangers and Fiction_ by Anne Logan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-06-15 09:22:06","first_published_at":"2020-06-04 15:01:52","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-06-04 11:56:37","updated_at":"2020-09-29 15:25:27","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

建议21:制作Zines,而不是研究论文

Greta Rainbow为文化日

2020年6月15日

It was so powerful to see our stories on screen for the first time. I\u2019ve great respect for the work that they put into the world and normalized it for us.\n>> \u2014 Terril Calder, influential M\u00e9tis artist and stop motion animator based in Toronto.\n\n\n\u201c_Wapos Bay_ certainly did have a large influence on our early work and our company's evolution,\u201d says Neil Christopher, one of the co-founders of the Inuit owned, Nunavut-based studio, [Taqqut Productions](https:\/\/taqqut.com\/). \u201cWe started developing a stop motion series called _Beyond the Inuksuk_ that never got picked up. This was our first big project and it was definitely inspired by _Wapos Bay_.\u201d\n\nIn 2009, again in collaboration with APTN, the NFB produced the series, _Vistas_, a collection of 13 films created by Indigenous artists\u2014including Diane Obomsawin, of Abenaki descent, who has since become a well-known and award-winning animator on the animation festival circuit\u2014from across Canada.\n\nIn 2019, the NFB\u2019s unique apprenticeship program, [Hothouse](https:\/\/www.nfb.ca\/playlist\/hothouse\/)\u2014that gives emerging animators a chance to make a short film in 12 weeks\u2014offered Indigenous creators from across the country an opportunity to create their own films. Chris Grant, a young Mi\u2019kmaq artist from the Pabineau First Nation whose mother, Phyllis, made two NFB animated shorts (_Maq and the Spirit of the Woods_, 2006; _Wasteg_, 2008) [was one of those participants](https:\/\/www.nfb.ca\/film\/xo-rad-magical\/). \n\n\u201cIt was an experience of growth for me,\u201d says Grant. \u201cI was going through personal issues because I never lived in a cool city, had money and fun work. It was extremely important for me as an artist because it boosted my credentials I guess for more work. It made me realize I am an animator and filmmaker at heart, and always have been. It was a beautiful fractal of growth for me.\u201d\n\n![Top: Amanda Strong, Glenn Gear. Bottom: Christopher Auchter, Terril Calder.](assets\/National\/blog\/indigenous-animation\/20200406-153321_M3WJ2j.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nSince about 2009 or 2010, Indigenous animation in Canada has also emerged outside the doors of the NFB, led by artists such as Terril Calder, Glenn Gear, Amanda Strong, Christopher Auchter and Taqqut Productions.\n\nTaqqut Productions was founded in 2011 by Louise Flaherty and Neil Christopher. Their animation work, sometimes co-produced with the Montreal animation studio, [e\u2192d films](https:\/\/edfilms.net\/), includes a mix of TV (_Ananna\u2019s Tent_) and short films (e.g. [_Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves_](https:\/\/vimeo.com\/129589325), 2011; _Little Folk of the Arctic_, 2015; _Giant Bear_, 2018, _What\u2019s My Superpower_, 2019) made primarily for younger audiences. \n\n\u201cThe aim,\u201d says Flaherty, \u201cwas to tell our stories using the language of the population of Nunavut. Taqqut\u2019s part is to foremost tell stories coming from Inuit with authentic Inuit content, using the Inuit language. Inuktitut is being lost at 1% a year, and if we have animated films targeting children to retain the language, there must be more made.\u201d\n\nIn recent years, the studio has branched out beyond traditional Inuit stories. \u201cOur younger authors,\u201d adds Flaherty, \u201care now leading Taqqut with their vision to create film catering to all audiences. We have created other animations not just from oral stories, but also stories from our books. Not just with animation, but also with puppets.\u201d\n\n![Still from \"Snip\", 2016.](assets\/National\/blog\/indigenous-animation\/snip-by-terril-calder_ge0NM3.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nIn the realm of independent animation, Terril Calder has been an influential force since making her first stop motion films. Most of the work mentioned above has dealt with assorted myths\/folk tales. Calder\u2019s work is raw, unstable and haunting, tackling a number of personal and difficult issues like identity ([_Choke_](https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=C0LE61KLdmg), 2010, co-created with Michelle Latimer; _Canned Meat_, 2009; _Vessel_, 2013), memory, isolation, and the unspeakable horrors of residential schools (_Snip_, 2016; _Keewaydah_, 2017).\n\nA Drawing major graduate of the Fine Arts program at the University of Manitoba, Calder came to animation through Winnipeg\u2019s [Video Pool Media Arts Centre](http:\/\/www.videopool.org\/). \u201cAnimation,\u201d says Calder, \u201cheld and holds so many possibilities to tell my stories and bring a different perspective to screen to make change. It really is the sum of all of my parts. Activism, Storytelling, Art, Painting, Sewing, Photography, Compositing\u2026it completely challenges me in every way.\u201d\n\nAfter completing his MFA in sculpture\/installation at Concordia, the Newfoundland born, Glenn Gear worked at a software development company in Montreal. \u201cI became increasingly curious and inspired by traditional animation techniques. I fell in love with cardboard cutout and silhouette animation, but also looked at many other stop-motion animation processes with physical puppets. I began reading, researching, talking with other animators, and most importantly experimenting with as many techniques as I could with a small camera and basic setup. Although I didn\u2019t have a formal education in animation, my background in photography and sculpture greatly helped me. The ability to create a whole world, brought to life frame-by-frame, was addictive and pure magic. I was hooked.\u201d\n\nDrawing on his Inuit and Newfoundland ancestry, Gear\u2019s films touch upon personal and collective histories (e.g. _Resettlement_, _Kablun\u00e2t_, [_Ikuma Siku_](https:\/\/vimeo.com\/68052651)), mixed with more poetic and playful stories (_Rosewood Casket_, _Ginkgo_, _Cry of the Loup-garou_) all with nature often in a central role. \n\n![Still from \"Kablun\u00e2t\", 2016.](assets\/National\/blog\/indigenous-animation\/kablunat-2_c8Gow0.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nChristopher Auchter grew up on the islands of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the Northern Pacific coast of Canada. He studied media at Vancouver\u2019s Emily Carr University of Art and Design and later graduated from Sheridan College\u2019s computer animation program. Auchter has worked in book illustration, animated for various TV series and video games, and has directed live action (_Now is the Time_, 2020) and animation shorts (notably the beautiful and award winning [_The Mountain of SGaana_](https:\/\/www.nfb.ca\/film\/mountain_of_sgaana\/), 2017, which told an old Haida fable).\n\nMichif artist Amanda Strong, whose animated shorts include the imaginative, haunting explorations of personal and collective ancestry, [_Four Faces of the Moon_](https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=rWe--sysNkk), 2016 and _Biidaaban_, 2017) came to stop motion animation through Photo and Illustration studies at Sheridan College. \u201cIt gave me a basis to explore moving-image while using these tools to create worlds and make stories move. Stop motion really is a series of photos that sequenced together create a magical experience of movement that can\u2019t be replicated by software. It is beautiful to see that first shot move after years of making all the pieces and it sure is beautiful when the sonic and visual pieces unite. It\u2019s a powerful tool to tell stories.\u201d\n\n![Still from \"The Mountain of SGaana\", 2017.](assets\/National\/blog\/indigenous-animation\/the-mountain-of-sgaana-001_BYca3y.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nThere are a variety of reasons for this recent rise in Indigenous-created animation films, some of which overlap with the general rise in animation production. Advancements in technology have made animation a more accessible and affordable process for many. There was a time when animators were taking anywhere from 2 to 5 to 10 years to complete a short film. Today, there are a number of animators making films annually (sometimes more than one). \n\n\u201cThe tools and processes to create animation are more accessible and cost less,\u201d agrees Glenn Gear. \u201cThere have been great strides made in the past 10 years in terms of software, especially on alternative platforms such as smartphones. Apps like Stop Motion Studio, Animation Desk, and RoughAnimator are low cost and offer a streamlined workflow for animation. You don't necessarily need a large studio with specialized equipment.\u201d\n\nSince the late 1990s, there has been a tsunami of animation programs and departments opening up across the world. To give the reader some context: I have been the Artistic Director of the [Ottawa International Animation Festival](http:\/\/www.animationfestival.ca\/) (OIAF) since the early 1990s. When I first started with the OIAF in 1991, there were 750 films submitted to the then biannual festival. Today, the OIAF receives in the range of 2,400 films (including features, VR, TV, student etc.) annually. \n\n![Still from \"Four Faces of the Moon\", 2016.](assets\/National\/blog\/indigenous-animation\/fourfaceofmoon_PjS2Mo.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nThe Simpsons (inspired by MTV and Sesame Street indirectly) showed producers and advertisers that animation could be profitable. This triggered an explosion in all avenues of animation and created a demand for talent. With the technological tools becoming more affordable, many educational institutions jumped on board to capitalize on the explosion\u2014and to train and educate a new generation of animators.\n\nIndigenous artists and youth have also benefited\u2014alongside increasing public awareness of the unjust and sometimes horrific manner that Indigenous people have been treated in Canada\u2014from these advancements. \u201cThere is more investment into teaching Indigenous youth and providing them with the digital tools alongside traditional knowledge and ways of working,\u201d says Gear. \n\n> As more and more Indigenous folks migrate towards city centers, there are more informal and formal networks of knowledge, resource, and skill sharing. There is still much to be done in this regard, but the institutions such as universities, colleges and government institutions are slowly changing to hopefully be more accountable and transparent to Indigenous folks.\n\n\"We now have access to new tools and platforms,\u201d adds Strong, whose Vancouver-based studio, [Spotted Fawn Productions](https:\/\/www.spottedfawnproductions.com\/), creates space for Indigenous artists in animation. It excites me to see more and more Indigenous people of all ages engaging with tools and technology to animate their stories. It\u2019s important that we lift each other up, celebrate our successes and always encourage other Indigenous storytellers to create.\"\n\n\"Our voices, cultures, and diverse stories are finally being heard by a larger public,\u201d adds Gear. \u201cWhen I asked filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin about the changes she has seen in the reception of Indigenous work in the past 10 years, she said, \u2018People are finally listening.\u2019\"\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series\u2014running March-September\u2014featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of _Unexpected Intersections_. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Academia x Creativity: [_Building 21: Make zines, not research papers_ by Greta Rainbow](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-21)\n- Poetry x (Natural) Environment: [_Listen to the River: An Ode to the Columbia River_ by Saba Dar](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/listen-to-the-river)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [_Chinatown\u2019s Living Room: The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan]( \/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Traditional Craftsmanship x Youth Outreach: [_At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, They Build More Than Boats_ by Aleen Leigh Stanton](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives)\n- Visual Arts x Science: [_What happens when you mix an artist, a scientist and a very bright light?_ by Vivian Orr](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/artist-scientist-light)\n- Book Clubs x Digital Landscapes: [_Strangers and Fiction_ by Anne Logan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-04-14 10:41:05","first_published_at":"2020-04-06 15:01:12","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-04-06 13:07:52","updated_at":"2020-09-29 15:25:00","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

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