Talking Bloc_s Group Exhibition
Talking Bloc_s Arts Exhibition, January 19-25, 2013 at #Hashtag Gallery
Art talks politics. Politics talks art.
The Atlantic Council of Canada and Poli_Aesthetics are pleased to present a politically-inspired arts exhibition featuring the works of visual and performance artists.
Join the conversation!
The Theme of Talking Bloc_s
Policymaking is about putting words into action, turning sentences into skylines and rubble into opportunities. A strong visual component exists within this craft, whereby theories can mold educational initiatives and principles construct housing projects. And much like art, these ideas and these designs translate into images that mean different things to different people. Whether or not one is an informed citizen or a seasoned patron, we all have varying reactions to the headlines and different tastes for aesthetic style.
When we think about such concepts as peace-building, institution-building, capacity-building and state-building, what sorts of images come to mind? What are we building? Are we captivated by the motif of humanitarianism, or outraged by the ostentations of imperialism? Can we locate patriotism in the abstractions of conflict? Are we distracted by a method of organized hypocrisy, or do we see productivity in the complexity of bureaucracy? Whether hollow talk or moving rhetoric, political policies can both build and transform societies as much as they can damage and destroy them. Deciding whether a particular political vision amounts to a work of art is up to the viewer. In this exhibition, artists are the viewers, presenting their own representations of the political world, deconstructing and re-building what the political language mean to them.
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 19
Policy wonks and political artists: Let’s talk!
7.00 – Opening with wine & hors d’oeuvres
7.30 – Lîla Ensemble (jazz music, modern dance performance)
8.10 – Break
8.40 – Vasiliki Bednar: “The Art of Policy”
9.00 – Dave Meslin: “Redefining Apathy”
9.20 – Break
9.30-10.00 – Lishai Peel and Greg Frankson (political spoken
ACC members: $35
TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
*Limited capacity venue, please buy your tickets in advance.
*This event is a fundraiser for future arts and cultural programming of the Atlantic Council of Canada, a registered non-profit organization. All proceeds go to support that cause.