Hand Bound / Tongue Tied

Hand Bound / Tongue Tied examines the theme of dialogue that arises from chance encounters. Members of the public are invited to join the artist in creating a new audio and sculpture artwork centred on random meeting, discussion, and messages shared. “Given time and opportunity, in this case bound by a 20-minute handshake, I believe everyone has a message for everyone else,” explains Davies. Davies will create a plaster cast of the handshake while the participants chat and commune. Participants will leave with small sculptural memento of the experience.

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Upside Down and Backwards

A 1975 camping trailer is transformed into a mobile, room-sized camera obscura. The device creates colorful, moving images on the walls inside the device’s chamber, upside down and backwards. Available light and subject matter become site specific “stories” for viewers to consider and re-consider. All sights and sounds seen are ephemeral. No recording devices are used.

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LandMarks2017/Repères2017

This exhibit presents extended drawing works responding to constructions of nature, animal, history and place by MacEwan University students for the national initiative LandMarks2017/Repères2017. Works were informed by research related to early sites of Fort Edmonton, as well as site visits and performance drawings at Elk Island National Park.

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ReFrame: Graffiti as Dialogue 2 iHuman Youth Society

As an organization that serves as a connecting point between Edmonton’s vulnerable youth and the larger Edmonton community, iHuman will bring youth and community members together to explore how an art form that is in many cases viewed solely as a tool for vandalism can be used to enhance community dialogue and beautify this city through a pop-up free wall.

Pubic workshops with various artists will take place daily throughout the festival from 2 – 4 pm. 

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Inside and Out

Inside and Out is a performative installation created by Kasie Campbell, taking place in and around a large scale sculpture created with the help of The Works Interns. The work deals with the anxieties and vulnerabilities the artist experiences as the object of someone else’s gaze. The large sculpture acts as a venue: viewers are encouraged to enter the tight, fleshy space and experience the all consuming feeling of the physical manifestation of those anxieties.

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Trust and Patience

Using semiotics and cyborg theory as conceptual frameworks, this work aims to deconstruct normative systems of production and representation and look at the ways that we experience dependence. This work plays with the poppy aesthetics of production and commercial culture, and uses imagery and form that speak to an embodied vulnerability or dependence. Trust and Patience looks the nature of failure in collaboration.

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Temper Talk

Temper Talk is a sculpture and print exhibition that features recognizable modes of communication such as telephone towers, walkie-talkies, rotary dials, and tin can telephones. The print series features two “key” prints: one of the phonetic alphabet from a-z and one of Morse code from a-z. Visitors are encouraged to use the “key” prints to decipher the other coded prints and reveal their secret messages.

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Self-Disclosures

Self-Disclosures is a group exhibition exploring the varying processes and possibilities for affective communication within larger communities and demographics, utilizing creative practice to find accessible entry points. The show aims to create collective opportunities for experiential communication and intimacy, with the artists acting as agents of emotive inclusivity. The location of the show will be in the heart of downtown Edmonton, which is home to a wide variety of communities and class sectors, as well as being situated on Treaty 6 territory. 

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McMullen Gallery, University Hospital

Artists, researchers and health care providers have been listening to, learning from and collaborating with people recovering from their experience of head and neck cancer. The diverse works of six participating artists featured in the see me, hear me, heal me exhibition reveal aspects of the cancer experience that often remains hidden. Appealing to all of the senses, they convey the confusion, catastrophe and hope associated with a serious illness, showing that healing is an uneven and continuous process. For more information about this ongoing project, including future exhibitions go to: seemehearmehealme.com. 

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