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A Conversation in Rhythm

A Conversation in Rhythm is a tap dance piece exploring how dialogue can transcend what we generally think of as language. Tap dance is its own unique rhythmic language where dancers use dynamic sounds to replace words in order to talk to each other and convey a message. Through this piece, the artists challenge the norms of tap dance and place the focus not on flash but on musicality and creativity. The artists use dance to express what words often cannot.

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Shield

Women’s bodies are highly regulated and judged in public spaces. It is often public opinion that if a woman is harassed or assaulted what she was wearing or her behaviour must be to blame. This performance is a reaction to the suggestion that women can protect themselves from attack through clothes that make them disappear in public. In thinking about how clothes shelter or expose women, Stacey adds more and more layers of clothing over the course of the performance, both to hide her body and to create a shield against both physical and psychological attack.

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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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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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