About Flotilla.

Mustering the verve and warmth of an East Coast kitchen party, The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic hosts the biennial gathering of Canadian artist-run centres in Charlottetown, September 21-24, 2017.

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2017-09-21
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2017-09-22
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2017-09-23
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2017-09-24
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Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord image
10:00 - 13:00
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord

Location: Dominion Building

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

This project is brought to you thanks to support from TJ’s Windows & Castle Building Centre.

Eyelevel: Food For Thoughts with Russell Louder image
11:00 - 14:00
Eyelevel: Food For Thoughts with Russell Louder

LOCATION: Victoria Park Cultural Pavillion

Title: Humble Pie
About the artist:
PEI-based musician and performance artist Russell Louder has been hailed by VICE as “the Performance Artist Putting Eastern Canada’s Electronic Scene on the Map.” Russell Louder, age 21, is a genderqueer interdisciplinary artist based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Russell’s practice has naturally grown from durational and process-based roots of performative research. An autodidact— – their education continues to be a self-directed and self-funded pursuit, paired with the deep influences of their mentors and collaborators.

Their performance work is informed by both classical and contemporary physical theatre methodology, incorporating mechanisms of drag, costume, music, sound, movement and visual art. Through these vehicles, realms of eros, queer identity, celebration, objectification and abstraction are explored. Russell is also a multi-instrumentalist. They are currently signed to Montreal label: Unfulfillment Records and will be releasing an experimental 12″ vinyl EP in the coming winter.

About the talk:

For this talk, the artist will be making whipped cream as they engage in a discussion with attendees about their practice and critical examinations of whiteness and white supremacy. Following the discussion, Russell will stage a performance in response to several recent instances of white artists using the trauma of people of colour as subjects in their work, without being held responsible to these subjects or their histories, and, inevitably, conjuring more trauma for the depicted communities. Russell will read from a manifesto compiled of quotes from these artists as they respond to accusations of racism and cultural appropriation. Each time they recite the words I, Me, or Mine, Russell will be pied in the face with a plate of whipped cream.

 

Format & Schedule:

For the first hour, the artist will make whipped cream with the attendees. Their performance will be held in the second hour. There will be a sandwich bar on site for attendees.

Location: This event will take place at the Cultural Pavilion in Victoria Park. The space is wheelchair accessible and there are two gender neutral bathrooms onsite.

Floating Warren | Pavilion and Projects image
11:30 - 23:30
Floating Warren | Pavilion and Projects

Location: Floating Warren, Victoria Park Harbour

The Floating Warren Pavilion is created by artists, educators, professors, activists, architects, osteopaths, cultural workers, puppeteers, sound designers, and builders including Andrew Maize, Ardath Whynacht, Brian Riley, Gary Markle, Josh Collins, Lindsay Dobbin, Wes Johnston, Willow Davidson and  Zachary Gough, and students in Dalhousie University’s Architecture Department.

Our playfully-autonomous floating (yes, floating) art pavilion is a shared vision. We come together intentionally to conjure a responsive space through experimental modes of praxis that are guided by values of care and solidarity. A world that offers itself up as a microcosm of the harbour; a space that is at once a safe refuge, and a vessel for opening and releasing itself to the sea. A space without walls. Our negotiated space comes alive with (you! And our) site-specific projects that return, again and again to a series of overlapping questions. We ask What holds us together? What holds us together in community, in relationship, in collaboration; as artist-run centres; with culture and nature, on/with water, wind and their movements; in a crisis-ridden economy, to the backdrop of the environmental resistance movement, amidst the celebrations of a colonial project in unceded Mi’kmaqi? Here, we explore practices of working, living and playing. Ours is a felt space as much as it is a material one. We invite you to join us in intentionally rethinking and transforming our relationships in a social practice of care.

 

Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Performing Archive image
12:00 - 16:00
Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Performing Archive

Location: Re: Charge Lounge, Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Akin to The Living Art Museum’s long and sometimes nomadic history, the mobile performing archive explores shifts in contemporary archives. A depository for social memory, oral history, experience and live, time-based practice, performing archive replicates the preserved parallel history of the local art scene in Iceland found in the museum. Evolving boxes appear and embody performance, like companions to the original, and are a catalyst for questions such as: What kind of dialogue, language, tools and equipment are necessary for collecting performance in artist-run museums? Is it possible to occupy and convey the “performance moment” in a certain environment through archival material? Also what evidence should remain? How should the process include the artist? What is revealed about museums and institutions in their attempts to collect performance? And what can be done with this material? In confronting this investigation performing archive directs attention to the momentary nature of the medium.

hannah_g | The Anecdotalist in Residence image
hannah_g | The Anecdotalist in Residence

Location: Ongoing / Digital

Follow this project online! Check back for the link.

In the spirit of coming together and the stories, incidents, and undocumented activity that will arise thereof, hannah_g will faithfully and partially recount and imagine the Flotilla gathering as it happens. During the formal and informal events of Flotilla, and from exploring its location in Charlottetown, she will gather long and short anecdotes in the form of ‘headlines’ and longer texts, both real and imagined, from delegates, attendees,  and inhabitants of the island to be disseminated via Twitter and Instagram. The anecdotes will run the gamut of factual, deadpan, funny, and serious in order to reconfigure intimate and intellectual spaces, and imaginatively interpret the gathering.  hannah_g hopes to convey the spirit of Artist Run Centres (experimental, thoughtful, mischievous, questioning, and performative) to those involved and the broader public.

Or Gallery’s Nautilus | Bookstore image
12:00 - 17:00
Or Gallery’s Nautilus | Bookstore

Location: 150 Kent Street

Nautilus is an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla 2017, and will be open in Charlottetown from September 21-24.

The Or Bookstore is a project of the Or Gallery in Vancouver, BC. The shop specializes in artists’ publishing and carries a range of books and printed matter including editions, artists’ books, monographs, design publications, local publishing, criticism and theory and journals and magazines. Our titles come from Fillip, New Documents, Publication Studio, Sternberg Press, Tsunami Editions, Urbanomic, Motto Distribution and more.

The Or Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to exhibiting work by local, national, and international artists whose art practice is of a critical, conceptual and/or interdisciplinary nature. Since its inception in 1983 the gallery has acted as a space for research, proposition making, conceptual experimentation and documentation.

 

 

 

Third Space / Brandon Vickerd | Sputnik Returned 2 image
Third Space / Brandon Vickerd | Sputnik Returned 2

Location: 123 Grafton Street

Sputnik Returned 2 is an exact rendering of Sputnik, a 20 inch diameter steel sphere with four eight foot antennas, installed as if it has crashed back to earth, its impact crunching a parked sedan. The sleek futuristic design of the satellite, resting lifelessly in car sized crater, recalls a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and his imminent demise as he fell back to earth. Sputnik Returned 2 has a simple design, both streamlined and reflective, alluding to the space race of the 1950s. Today this design appears as a wonderfully crude relic of the period, a potential unmanned doomsday weapon mirroring the excesses of the cold war while also recalling the proto-modernist sculptures of Brancusi.

Sputnik plummeted into the earth’s atmosphere exactly four months after its launch, where it was incinerated – any individual with a passing knowledge of the atmosphere is aware that it would be impossible for a satellite remain intact upon re-entry. However, the narrative content of Sputnik Returned 2 asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief and engage in the metaphor presented by the object.

Art City | FREE STORE image
12:00 - 17:00
Art City | FREE STORE

Location: 154 Great George St

FREE STORE (presented by Art City) seeks to demonstrate, through accessible and facilitated art-making workshops, what the world might be like if we re-imagined commerce in a way that made opportunities more equitable across societal barriers. Set in a vacant storefront or retail space, the FREE STORE will be set up like a corner store. All the “products” will be hand made art pieces that are made on-site, through a series of workshops and collaborative drawing games that we will facilitate over the course of the event. Packaging materials will be provided so that after a work is made, it can be merchandized and “sold” in the FREE STORE. In order for a customer to purchase an item, they simply have to create a new artwork to leave in its place.

Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Discussion image
13:00 - 14:30
Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Discussion

Location: Charge Lounge, Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Akin to The Living Art Museum’s long and sometimes nomadic history, the mobile performing archive explores shifts in contemporary archives. A depository for social memory, oral history, experience and live, time-based practice, performing archive replicates the preserved parallel history of the local art scene in Iceland found in the museum. Evolving boxes appear and embody performance, like companions to the original, and are a catalyst for questions such as: What kind of dialogue, language, tools and equipment are necessary for collecting performance in artist-run museums? Is it possible to occupy and convey the “performance moment” in a certain environment through archival material? Also what evidence should remain? How should the process include the artist? What is revealed about museums and institutions in their attempts to collect performance? And what can be done with this material? In confronting this investigation performing archive directs attention to the momentary nature of the medium.

Michael DiRisio & Teresa Carlesimo | “toward an unachievable blankness” image
14:30 - 15:30
Michael DiRisio & Teresa Carlesimo | “toward an unachievable blankness”

Location: Gallery at The Guild

“toward an unachievable blankness” is a performance lecture that attempts to address those socio-economic dynamics and forms of value that are present — though not immediately apparent — in the evolution of the modern gallery. From house museums to cabinets of curiosity, the history of the gallery is based in ostentatious displays of wealth, power and privilege; forces that are still at play in even the most critical contemporary art spaces. White paint and plaster can attempt to conceal these forces, yet true blankness is both unachievable and undesirable. Oscillating between obscure histories and absurd gestures, this performance lecture rejects blankness in favour of a greater awareness of the social and material origins of the built spaces within which art is presented.

Welcome Reception image
16:00 - 18:00
Welcome Reception

Location: Confederation Centre of the Arts

Join us at the official Welcome Reception for Flotilla, to enjoy refreshments and gather with other delegates.

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord image
18:00 - 21:00
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord

Location: Dominion Building

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

This project is brought to you thanks to support from TJ’s Windows & Castle Building Centre.

Divya Mehra | Grief flows very easily into anger and disdain, and creates a soft and radical rage image
18:00 - 18:30
Divya Mehra | Grief flows very easily into anger and disdain, and creates a soft and radical rage

Location: Florence Simmons Performance Hall – Holland College

Grief flows very easily into anger and disdain, and creates a soft and radical rage 
How do we exist within the crushing indifference of our day to day? Divya Mehra’s performative lecture explores memory, death, and the service industry in a series of non-linear short stories and poetics.

 

Galerie Sans Nom & Mathieu Léger | On a Silver Platter image
19:00 - 22:30
Galerie Sans Nom & Mathieu Léger | On a Silver Platter

Location: Haviland Club

Galerie​ ​Sans​ ​Nom​ ​presents​ ​a​ ​dinner-exhibition-discussion​ ​project​ ​centered​ ​on​ ​a​ ​body​ ​of​ ​work by​ ​Acadian​ ​artist​ ​Mathieu​ ​Léger​ ​entitled​ ​​Sur​ ​un​ ​plateau​ ​d’argent​ ​/​ ​On​ ​a​ ​Silver​ ​Platter​.​ ​This corpus,​ ​composed​ ​of​ ​silver​ ​plates​ ​decorated​ ​with​ ​engraved​ ​messages,​ ​explores​ ​the​ ​cultural distinctions​ ​between​ ​Anglophones​ ​and​ ​Francophones​ ​or​ ​Acadians​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Brunswick.​ ​During​ ​the dinner,​ ​the​ ​silver​ ​trays​ ​will​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​the​ ​food,​ ​unveiling​ ​the​ ​artist’s​ ​engraved​ ​messages​ ​as people​ ​eat​ ​and​ ​discuss.​ ​This​ ​project​ ​seeks​ ​to​ ​update​ ​the​ ​Atlantic​ ​kitchen​ ​party​ ​custom​ ​by​ ​using it ​as​ ​a​ ​discussion​ ​platform​ ​addressing​ ​a​ ​question​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Brunswick​ ​identity,​ ​namely​ ​bilingualism and​ ​linguistic​ ​tensions.

Raven Davis | Supporting and Working with Indigenous Artists and Curators image
20:00 - 21:30
Raven Davis | Supporting and Working with Indigenous Artists and Curators

Location: Confederation Centre – Memorial Hall

  • Supporting and Working with Indigenous Artist-Run Centres, Artists and Curators.
  • Facilitated by Allan Sallis and Raven Davis, featuring performance by Teresa Marshall.

*Open space to both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Artists and Curators*

Allan Sallis and Raven Davis will lead an open conversation on power structures within art spaces, inclusion of Indigenous people in galleries, institutions and within artist run centres. We will collectively be exploring ideas that will better inform policies within art spaces and opportunities for Indigenous people.

Focusing on how Non-Indigenous people can better support Indigenous artists and curators as well as hiring practices of Indigenous people. What does it look like to reassess qualifications for teaching and curators positions within gallery spaces and institutions? How do we incorporate Indigenous ways of knowledge? Who Should be jurying art created by Indigenous Artist? What does it look like to talk about reconciliation and decolonization within Gallery Spaces. Is a land acknowledgment enough?

Sarah Wendt & Pascal Dufaux | The work of the dancer: a short-term archival device image
21:30 - 22:30
Sarah Wendt & Pascal Dufaux | The work of the dancer: a short-term archival device

Location: Confederation Centre of the Arts Studio One

‘I’m a dancer. When I trained to be a dancer, I was taught to be malleable, flexible, available, strong and to learn the movements of others as quickly as I possibly could. I was essentially training to be a physical labourer.’

In this performed essay, artists and collaborators Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux explore the application of choreography as sculpture and movement as material and consider the value of human energy in relation to material cost, issues of labour, artistic legacy, and authorship. On a small stage, a closed-circuit video camera is filming the projection of its own video signal, with a 15 second delay. Between the camera and the projection, a lecture and choreography  takes place. The result is a visual echo, as we see the reader and their movements projected with multiplying layers of delay, into a retreating video dissolution. The video it creates live, results in an accumulation of archived choreographic and visual material and thus, acts as a short-term archival device, which can be played back in the space in the absence of a performer.

Struts Gallery | After Party & Exhibition Opening image
22:00 - 02:00
Struts Gallery | After Party & Exhibition Opening

Location: STRUTS Gallery – 179 Great George Street

Join Struts for a Flotilla after party and exhibition opening at their pop up space in downtown Charlottetown. Through the exhibition “Colin Is My Real Name,” artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay revisits Colin Campbell’s pioneering 1972 video True/False, which features Campbell alternately affirming and negating delicate statements about himself and his private life. Initially intended as a remake, the video instead summons Campbell’s voice to speak once more: a fragile, reversed palimpsest. The video component of “Colin Is My Real Name” was filmed at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where True/False was originally produced.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay will transition the soundscape of Colin Is My Real Name into a soundtrack for the Flotilla opening night after party in the guise of DJ Pensée.

Opening from 10:00 – 11:00
DJ Pensée from 11:00 – 12:00
Karaoke with Graeme Patterson 12:00 – 2:00

Eyelevel / Sooyeong Lee | Food for Thoughts image
09:00 - 11:30
Eyelevel / Sooyeong Lee | Food for Thoughts

 

Sooyeong Lee
September 22nd
Breakfast Talk: 9 am – 11:30 am

 

About the artist:

Sooyeong Lee is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto whose practice primarily investigates the human form as an instrument of performance. Lee is fascinated by what makes all of us vulnerable in the transformation through aging, injuries, fears and trauma. In her work, Lee surveys the absence of the body, the figure underneath the skin, the delicate process of aging and mortality. She deconstructs objects associated with the human body such as a suit or a dress shirt exploring the qualities of the mechanical and the conformed, while food is often used as a metaphor for the qualities of the organic and decayed.

About the talk:

For this talk, the artist will be serving Miyeokgook, a traditional Korean soup typically cooked for loved ones, it represents the gift of comfort and health and is often served to new mothers, when one is sick, or as a birthday meal. This intimate talk will take place in a domestic setting, harnessing the sense of communal cooking the artist experienced as a child. Lee will be speaking about her past work ‘Birthday Soup for My Father’, in which she prepared this soup to cope with witnessing her father’s illness—as an act and labour of love and compassion through a performance of care. The artist will also be serving tangerines as dessert and asking us to reflect and meditate on our anxieties and fears through the practice of mindfulness around consuming food. At the end of the meal, she would like us to honour this experience of caring, preparing and cooking the ingredients for those who have taught us countless things in the kitchen, and thus life.

Format & Schedule:

This 2.5 hour talk will take place as attendees share food and discussion with the artist.

Location: 

This intimate talk will take place in a home on 47 Highland Ave. There are steps leading up to the main entrance and there is an accessible ground level entrance behind the house. There are three bathrooms, with one located on the main floor.

Verticale | Reading Club image
09:00 - 11:00
Verticale | Reading Club

Location: Nautilus Bookstore – 150 Kent Street

A small group of participants attend an informal seminar, a collective reflection about different writing approaches in art or about art. During the seminar, we analyze texts and writings from various disciplines or from various discursive perspectives. The reading lists are made together with the guests who take over the hosting of the Reading Club. The Reading Club is about comparing and discussing different writing approaches, rethinking what we call History of art in a contemporary art context and examining writing and creation practices. We question the relationship between the text and the artwork and the text as an artwork, as well as the contribution to the thoughts and critical discourse generated by the artist-run centres.

Click here for the full reading list!

D’Arcy Wilson | The Memorialist: Keynote Address image
09:30 - 11:00
D’Arcy Wilson | The Memorialist: Keynote Address

Location: Beaconsfield Carriage House

The first public zoological gardens in North America opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the edge of the city, in 1847. At their peak, they stretched across one hundred acres of sprawling wooded enclosures. Their proprietor, Andrew Downs, tended to the animals himself, and he referred to the grounds as his Humble Memorial. Downs’ Zoological Gardens marked, perhaps, the first instance that the wild animal was placed in a “living museum” within a wilderness setting; hence, in spite of their proprietor’s sincere intentions, these gardens signaled a broken bridge between the colonial settler and the natural world. D’Arcy Wilson’s public lecture and performance The Memorialist: Keynote Address illustrates this narrative while lamenting an impossible disconnect from nature, inherent in Western culture’s attempts to grasp it.

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord image
10:00 - 13:00
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord

Location: Dominion Building

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

This project is brought to you thanks to support from TJ’s Windows & Castle Building Centre.

Struts Gallery | Life of a Craphead Artist Talk image
11:00 - 12:00
Struts Gallery | Life of a Craphead Artist Talk

Location: 179 Great George Street – Struts Gallery

Join us at Struts Gallery’s pop-up space in downtown Charlottetown, where Jon McCurley of Life of a Craphead will present a talk about the performance art collective’s upcoming work, including a new feature-length film tentatively titled “White Supremacist Elf” and an exhibition about themes of revenge and humiliation. Life of a Craphead is the artist group of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley. They have been the Open Studio artists-in-residence at Struts & Faucet since August 20, 2017.

Todd Lester | Centerpiece Speaker image
11:30 - 12:30
Todd Lester | Centerpiece Speaker

Location: Confederation Centre of the Arts Studio One

Todd Lester is an artist, writer, and cultural producer.  He lives and works in São Paulo, where he is developing Lanchonete.org — a project focused on daily life in the city center — with a group of fellow artists and city dwellers.  He has worked in leadership, advocacy, and strategic planning roles at Global Arts Corps, Reporters sans frontiers, and Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation.  He founded freeDimensional, a network that helps artists in danger by providing safe haven in participating artist residencies.  Todd is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute where he directs the Arts-Policy Nexus; a co-curator for the Arts & Society Team of Cities for People in Canada; and serves as a board member for arts, rights and literary organizations in India, Mexico, Brazil, and the US.

Floating Warren | Pavilion and Projects image
11:30 - 23:30
Floating Warren | Pavilion and Projects

Location: Floating Warren, Victoria Park Harbour

The Floating Warren Pavilion is created by artists, educators, professors, activists, architects, osteopaths, cultural workers, puppeteers, sound designers, and builders including Andrew Maize, Ardath Whynacht, Brian Riley, Gary Markle, Josh Collins, Lindsay Dobbin, Wes Johnston, Willow Davidson and  Zachary Gough, and students in Dalhousie University’s Architecture Department.

Our playfully-autonomous floating (yes, floating) art pavilion is a shared vision. We come together intentionally to conjure a responsive space through experimental modes of praxis that are guided by values of care and solidarity. A world that offers itself up as a microcosm of the harbour; a space that is at once a safe refuge, and a vessel for opening and releasing itself to the sea. A space without walls. Our negotiated space comes alive with (you! And our) site-specific projects that return, again and again to a series of overlapping questions. We ask What holds us together? What holds us together in community, in relationship, in collaboration; as artist-run centres; with culture and nature, on/with water, wind and their movements; in a crisis-ridden economy, to the backdrop of the environmental resistance movement, amidst the celebrations of a colonial project in unceded Mi’kmaqi? Here, we explore practices of working, living and playing. Ours is a felt space as much as it is a material one. We invite you to join us in intentionally rethinking and transforming our relationships in a social practice of care.

 

Third Space / Brandon Vickerd | Sputnik Returned 2 image
Third Space / Brandon Vickerd | Sputnik Returned 2

Location: 123 Grafton Street

Sputnik Returned 2 is an exact rendering of Sputnik, a 20 inch diameter steel sphere with four eight foot antennas, installed as if it has crashed back to earth, its impact crunching a parked sedan. The sleek futuristic design of the satellite, resting lifelessly in car sized crater, recalls a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and his imminent demise as he fell back to earth. Sputnik Returned 2 has a simple design, both streamlined and reflective, alluding to the space race of the 1950s. Today this design appears as a wonderfully crude relic of the period, a potential unmanned doomsday weapon mirroring the excesses of the cold war while also recalling the proto-modernist sculptures of Brancusi.

Sputnik plummeted into the earth’s atmosphere exactly four months after its launch, where it was incinerated – any individual with a passing knowledge of the atmosphere is aware that it would be impossible for a satellite remain intact upon re-entry. However, the narrative content of Sputnik Returned 2 asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief and engage in the metaphor presented by the object.

Or Gallery’s Nautilus | Bookstore image
12:00 - 17:00
Or Gallery’s Nautilus | Bookstore

Location: 150 Kent Street

Nautilus is an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla 2017, and will be open in Charlottetown from September 21-24.

The Or Bookstore is a project of the Or Gallery in Vancouver, BC. The shop specializes in artists’ publishing and carries a range of books and printed matter including editions, artists’ books, monographs, design publications, local publishing, criticism and theory and journals and magazines. Our titles come from Fillip, New Documents, Publication Studio, Sternberg Press, Tsunami Editions, Urbanomic, Motto Distribution and more.

The Or Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to exhibiting work by local, national, and international artists whose art practice is of a critical, conceptual and/or interdisciplinary nature. Since its inception in 1983 the gallery has acted as a space for research, proposition making, conceptual experimentation and documentation.

 

 

 

Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Performing Archive image
12:00 - 17:00
Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Performing Archive

Location: Re: Charge Lounge, Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Akin to The Living Art Museum’s long and sometimes nomadic history, the mobile performing archive explores shifts in contemporary archives. A depository for social memory, oral history, experience and live, time-based practice, performing archive replicates the preserved parallel history of the local art scene in Iceland found in the museum. Evolving boxes appear and embody performance, like companions to the original, and are a catalyst for questions such as: What kind of dialogue, language, tools and equipment are necessary for collecting performance in artist-run museums? Is it possible to occupy and convey the “performance moment” in a certain environment through archival material? Also what evidence should remain? How should the process include the artist? What is revealed about museums and institutions in their attempts to collect performance? And what can be done with this material? In confronting this investigation performing archive directs attention to the momentary nature of the medium.

hannah_g | The Anecdotalist in Residence image
hannah_g | The Anecdotalist in Residence

Location: Ongoing / Digital

Follow this project online! Check back for the link.

In the spirit of coming together and the stories, incidents, and undocumented activity that will arise thereof, hannah_g will faithfully and partially recount and imagine the Flotilla gathering as it happens. During the formal and informal events of Flotilla, and from exploring its location in Charlottetown, she will gather long and short anecdotes in the form of ‘headlines’ and longer texts, both real and imagined, from delegates, attendees,  and inhabitants of the island to be disseminated via Twitter and Instagram. The anecdotes will run the gamut of factual, deadpan, funny, and serious in order to reconfigure intimate and intellectual spaces, and imaginatively interpret the gathering.  hannah_g hopes to convey the spirit of Artist Run Centres (experimental, thoughtful, mischievous, questioning, and performative) to those involved and the broader public.

David Bobier & Anna Karpinski | The Vibrational Mapping Project – Performance image
12:30 - 13:30
David Bobier & Anna Karpinski | The Vibrational Mapping Project – Performance

Location: Meet at Startup Zone

As community intervention, The Vibrational Mapping Project – Charlottetown, PEI mixes performance and documentation with participant/audience interaction and integration. Using various methods of audio recording and vibrotactile systems specific to David Bobier’s VibraFusionLab (in the form of wearable vests, body pillows, orbs, etc.), Anna Karpinski and Bobier will choose sites in Charlottetown where natural and/or artificial sounds are specific to their location. Karpinski and Bobier will engage with people they encounter in these locations and invite them to become participants in the intervention by recording the sounds and subsequently feeling them haptically. It will explore the notion of multi-modal literacy and self-expression in a relaxed and socially-minded way. Participants, whether deaf, disabled or non-disabled, will then be invited to express what they are hearing and/or feeling by hand gestures, body movements, vocal recreation, etc. thus completing the performance aspect of the project. With permission, participants will be documented using photography, video and audio recording. At some later date this documented ‘gathering’ of sounds and responses can be exhibited together in both conventional and unconventional spaces.

CARFAC Maritimes | Brown Bag Lunch & Old Time Radio Show image
12:30 - 13:30
CARFAC Maritimes | Brown Bag Lunch & Old Time Radio Show

Location: Cultural Pavillion, Victoria Park

“No one is more qualified to speak on behalf of artists than artists themselves.”
— Jack Chambers, CARFAC founder

In 1968, Canadian Artists’ Representation was founded in London, Ontario when a group of artists, headed by Jack Chambers, Tony Urquhart and Kim Ondaatje organized themselves collectively to demand the recognition of artists’ copyright. They began issuing minimum copyright fee schedules and continue to produce them regularly.

We invite you to join us in celebrating a period in Canadian history that often is considered to be the birth of Canadian contemporary culture. It was a critical time when artists demanded respect. CanCon and the CRTC were also established in 1968. Canadians, for the first time, could tune in and hear Canadian music on AM radio.

Our Brown Bag Lunch event and old time radio show is a peek into the past and a time for artists to join together to celebrate all that is good.

For your own Brown Bag Lunch, order a delicious PEI Handpie. Choices are curried chickpeas, Acadien tourtiere or PEI pasty. Please note that handpies are not available for Sunday’s event. All handpies are crafted by sustainable local ingredients. Gather in Victoria Park with friends and colleagues and listen to our specially curated Brown Bag Old Time Radio show. Handpies are $5.00 each or $55.00 (includes a one year CARFAC Maritimes membership).

Struts Gallery / Colin Is My Real Name exhibition by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay image
13:00 - 18:00
Struts Gallery / Colin Is My Real Name exhibition by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Location: STRUTS Gallery – 179 Great George Street

Through the exhibition “Colin Is My Real Name,” artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay revisits Colin Campbell’s pioneering 1972 video True/False, which features Campbell alternately affirming and negating delicate statements about himself and his private life. Initially intended as a remake, the video instead summons Campbell’s voice to speak once more: a fragile, reversed palimpsest. The video component of “Colin Is My Real Name” was filmed at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where True/False was originally produced. Presented by Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Centre.

Or Gallery & Confederation Centre Art Gallery present Charles Campbell | Birdsongs of the Bog – Exhibition image
13:00 - 18:00
Or Gallery & Confederation Centre Art Gallery present Charles Campbell | Birdsongs of the Bog – Exhibition

Location: Tweel’s Corner 150 Great George street

Responding to the histories of migration and settlement along the Atlantic coast, artist Charles Campbell will present Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong, a sound installation and one-night performance. Actor Boy is a persona derived from the Jamaican emancipation celebration Jonkonnu. As both witness and instigator, he brings these aspirations into the present, manifesting alternative possible futures.

For the September 22 performance, Actor Boy investigates the Bog, Charlottetown’s oft-forgotten early black community. Situated within a sonic reconstruction of the Bog, Actor Boy delves into a space of violence, complicity and ecological and cultural disruption.

image credit: Marsha Gallant

Ed Video / Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle | Different Ways image
13:30 - 15:30
Ed Video / Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle | Different Ways

Location: Confederation Landing Park / Quarter Master Marine Docks

“Different Ways,” presented by Ed Video, is a collaboration between Interdisciplinary artist Terrance Houle and video artist Lisa Birke. Several aspects of the new project will premiere at Flotilla. At the center of the project will be a live performance on the water, re-imagining the first meeting between First Nations and Colonials. The location of the Charlottetown Conference is a meaningful place for Birke and Houle to start their journey with this project as First Nations and female delegates were markedly absent from the discussions around Confederation.

As a prelude to this performance, Houle will present “asking the ghosts and spirits for guidance”, involving the artist singing to the spirits using a Theremin and radio waves at Confederation Landing Park. He will contact his own ancestors (both Indigenous and colonial) as well as bid guidance from local Indigenous spirits.A video component of “Different Ways”, shot at Terrance’s family’s traditional territory outside of Calgary on the Bow, Ghost, and Sheep Rivers, will be shown during the conference.

Eastern Edge / SHED Talks | I am a rock image
13:30 - 16:00
Eastern Edge / SHED Talks | I am a rock

Location: Beaconsfield Carriage House

Eastern Edge (St. John’s, NL) presents SHED Talks, the meta-conference which features a series of conversations in shed-like structure. Focusing on new modes of creative expression by NL, NB and NS-based Indigenous multi-disciplinary artists, musicians, poets, and performance artists, this panel aims to create an inclusive entry point into the process of revisiting, telling and re-telling of personal and collective histories while navigating the art world.

I am a Rock

This session explores the role of traditional knowledge in contemporary art and exhibition-making on an island. The panel will engage and encourage conversations around new forms of art production and knowledge based in the traditional practices of isolated regions of the North Atlantic, including the Shetland islands. Discussion will reveal experiences of contemporary artists, Megan Musseau, Vivian Ross-Smith, and Jane Walker,  working on islands and in communities shaped by their surrounding coastlines.

Panel moderator: Hannah Morgan (Prince Edward Island)
Panelists: Meagan Musseau (Western Newfoundland), Jane Walker (Newfoundland) Vivian Ross-Smith (Shetland Islands, Scotland)

Access Gallery & Other Sights | The Foreshore: Lindsay Dobbin and Harmony Wagner image
14:20 - 16:00
Access Gallery & Other Sights | The Foreshore: Lindsay Dobbin and Harmony Wagner

Location: the Victoria Park Cultural Pavilion

 

A collaboration between Other Sights and Access Gallery, the “foreshore” describes the land along the edge of the water variously submerged and revealed by the tides. It is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Taking the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore stages discussion-focused interdisciplinary presentations, and has in the past considered poetic activist strategies, radical philosophical proposals, and politically engaged artist practices. Listening to a wide array of thinkers and practitioners of poetry, housing rights, architecture, song, theatre, union organizing, somatics, history, and contemporary art, we have asked: How do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures? Within Flotilla, The Foreshore will manifest in the form of two discussion sessions featuring a small group of conference participants.
www.theforeshore.org

Luis Jacob | Centerpiece Speaker image
16:30 - 17:30
Luis Jacob | Centerpiece Speaker

Location: Confederation Centre of the Arts – Studio One

Flotilla is pleased to feature Luis Jacob as one of its Centrepiece Speakers.

Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based artist and curator whose work destabilizes conventions of viewing and invites a collision of meanings. He has achieved an international reputation, with exhibitions of his work at Montreal Biennial (2016); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and La Villa du Parc centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse (2015); Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, and Limerick City Gallery of Art (2014); Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck, and Centro Párraga, Murcia (2013); Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Taipei Biennial (2012); Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, and Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Kunsthalle Bern, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009); Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and Hamburger Kunstverein (2008); Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, and Documenta12, Kassel (2007). In 2016, he curated the exhibition “Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto” at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. In 2015, he co-curated the conference “This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto” with Barbara Fischer, in collaboration with Kitty Scott.

Art City | FREE STORE image
17:00 - 21:00
Art City | FREE STORE

Location: 154 Great George St

FREE STORE (presented by Art City) seeks to demonstrate, through accessible and facilitated art-making workshops, what the world might be like if we re-imagined commerce in a way that made opportunities more equitable across societal barriers. Set in a vacant storefront or retail space, the FREE STORE will be set up like a corner store. All the “products” will be hand made art pieces that are made on-site, through a series of workshops and collaborative drawing games that we will facilitate over the course of the event. Packaging materials will be provided so that after a work is made, it can be merchandized and “sold” in the FREE STORE. In order for a customer to purchase an item, they simply have to create a new artwork to leave in its place.

Galerie Sans Nom & Mathieu Léger | On a Silver Platter image
18:00 - 21:30
Galerie Sans Nom & Mathieu Léger | On a Silver Platter

Location: Haviland Club

Galerie​ ​Sans​ ​Nom​ ​presents​ ​a​ ​dinner-exhibition-discussion​ ​project​ ​centered​ ​on​ ​a​ ​body​ ​of​ ​work by​ ​Acadian​ ​artist​ ​Mathieu​ ​Léger​ ​entitled​ ​​Sur​ ​un​ ​plateau​ ​d’argent​ ​/​ ​On​ ​a​ ​Silver​ ​Platter​.​ ​This corpus,​ ​composed​ ​of​ ​silver​ ​plates​ ​decorated​ ​with​ ​engraved​ ​messages,​ ​explores​ ​the​ ​cultural distinctions​ ​between​ ​Anglophones​ ​and​ ​Francophones​ ​or​ ​Acadians​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Brunswick.​ ​During​ ​the dinner,​ ​the​ ​silver​ ​trays​ ​will​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​the​ ​food,​ ​unveiling​ ​the​ ​artist’s​ ​engraved​ ​messages​ ​as people​ ​eat​ ​and​ ​discuss.​ ​This​ ​project​ ​seeks​ ​to​ ​update​ ​the​ ​Atlantic​ ​kitchen​ ​party​ ​custom​ ​by​ ​using it ​as​ ​a​ ​discussion​ ​platform​ ​addressing​ ​a​ ​question​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Brunswick​ ​identity,​ ​namely​ ​bilingualism and​ ​linguistic​ ​tensions.

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord image
18:00 - 21:00
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord

Location: Dominion Building

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

This project is brought to you thanks to support from TJ’s Windows & Castle Building Centre.

Harbourview Reception / Hosted by ARCA image
18:00 - 20:30
Harbourview Reception / Hosted by ARCA

Location: Delta Hotel

Join us on this expansive harbourview patio to meet other delegates, and enjoy the cash bar, and fresh oysters shucked onsite.

ADMARE – Presentation: Songlines Publication (WIP) image
20:30 - 21:30
ADMARE – Presentation: Songlines Publication (WIP)

Location: Nautilus – 150 rue Kent

“Songlines” Curator Caroline Loncol Daigneault presents the journey of the project and the work being done to retell the event.

Or Gallery & Confederation Centre of the Arts present Charles Campbell | Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong (Performance) image
20:30 - 22:00
Or Gallery & Confederation Centre of the Arts present Charles Campbell | Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong (Performance)

Location: 150 Great George Street

Responding to the histories of migration and settlement along the Atlantic coast, artist Charles Campbell will present Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong, a sound installation and one-night performance. Actor Boy is a persona derived from the Jamaican emancipation celebration Jonkonnu. As both witness and instigator, he brings these aspirations into the present, manifesting alternative possible futures.

For the September 22 performance, Actor Boy investigates the Bog, Charlottetown’s oft-forgotten early black community. Situated within a sonic reconstruction of the Bog, Actor Boy delves into a space of violence, complicity and ecological and cultural disruption.

image credit: Marsha Gallant

Afterparty: Glamour cave image
23:00 - 02:00
Afterparty: Glamour cave

Location: Baba’s Lounge

Upstairs, 181 Great George Street

$5 for Flotilla pass holders
$10 for the public

A cluster of maritime freakies will transform Baba’s Lounge into the deepest depths of your dreamiest dreams. Wear your weirdness. Costumes encouraged.

Join us for an after party curated by PEI-based musician and performance artist, Russell Louder.

Breakfast image
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast

Location: Delta Hotel

Delegates are welcome to gather for breakfast at Delta Prince Edward.

Society of Anonymous Drawers image
09:00 - 14:00
Society of Anonymous Drawers

Location: Charlottetown Farmers Market – 100 Belvedere Avenue

Join the masked members of The Society of Anonymous Drawers at their temporary headquarters, for an anonymous, uninhibited evening drawing extravaganza. In the Society’s tradition, visitors will be invited to don masks for the most thoroughly anonymous drawing experience. Draw on official Society letterhead and have your work catalogued for posterity in the Society of Anonymous Drawers online archive. All materials will be provided. All ages of drawers are welcome and encouraged.

Centre for Art Tapes | Disrupting Hierarchies: Reflections on Power Structures in Artist Run Centres image
09:30 - 10:00
Centre for Art Tapes | Disrupting Hierarchies: Reflections on Power Structures in Artist Run Centres

Location: Delta Hotel

Join the CFAT team as we reflect on hierarchies and systems of power that exist within artist-run centres. Over the past year, CFAT has reformatted our staffing structure from a team of coordinators and one director into a non-hierarchical team. Through consultation with our membership and community, CFAT took this time of change as an opportunity to reflect on what CFAT is and vision how we can best serve our membership into the future. Through this examination, we confronted the ways in which power structures are embedded into artist-run cultures and ways in which we can disrupt them. All four CFAT staff members (Tom Elliott, Tori Fleming, Sally Raab-Wolchyn and Jesse Mitchell) will lead an open conversation on employment, power structures and the logistics of a non-hierarchical office.

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord image
10:00 - 13:00
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean | Tarp It, Run a Cord

Location: Dominion Building

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

This project is brought to you thanks to support from TJ’s Windows & Castle Building Centre.

Hank Bull | Centerpiece Speakers image
10:00 - 11:00
Hank Bull | Centerpiece Speakers

Location: Delta Hotel

Hank Bull was born in 1949 in Calgary and was raised in Ontario, with strong family connections to Nova Scotia. He studied at the New School of Art, Toronto, under Robert Markle and Nobuo Kubota. In 1973, he moved to Vancouver and joined the Western Front, where he became involved in performance art, radio, shadow theatre, video, publishing and curating. He was a founding director of PAARC, the Pacific Association of Artist-run Centres. He has travelled widely across Canada and has produced numerous projects in collaboration with artists in Europe, Africa and Asia. In 1999 he was co-founder of Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. An exhibition survey, “Hank Bull: Connexion,” toured to five cities across Canada in 2015-17. His current practice takes place at the intersection of painting, sculpture, sound and video. He is represented by Franc Gallery, Vancouver.

SPiLL.PROpagation | Deconstructing Phonocentrism image
11:00 - 12:00
SPiLL.PROpagation | Deconstructing Phonocentrism

Location: Delta Hotel

Deconstructing Phonocentrism: Sign Language Rights, Accessibility and the Arts

In May of 2014, eleven Deaf artists from across Canada met in Gatineau to reflect on how their artistic knowledge and practices have been impacted by logocentrism, the presumed stability of meanings, and phonocentrism, the historical subordination of sign language in relation to spoken language. What transpired was not only the discovery of new ways to conceptualize their professional practice, but their personal identities, and everyday life.

This presentation by Tiphaine Girault of SPiLL.PROpagation will provide a descriptive summary of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of phonocentrism and discuss how language plays an important part in guaranteeing basic human rights and reinforcing social equality. The presenters will use an interactive and artistic process to resituate its participants in the locus of this radical paradigm shift before embarking on a journey to redesign the arts sector from a sign languages rights perspective.

Floating Warren | Pavilion and Projects image
11:30 - 23:00
Floating Warren | Pavilion and Projects

Location: Floating Warren, Victoria Park Harbour

The Floating Warren Pavilion is created by artists, educators, professors, activists, architects, osteopaths, cultural workers, puppeteers, sound designers, and builders including Andrew Maize, Ardath Whynacht, Brian Riley, Gary Markle, Josh Collins, Lindsay Dobbin, Wes Johnston, Willow Davidson and  Zachary Gough, and students in Dalhousie University’s Architecture Department.

Our playfully-autonomous floating (yes, floating) art pavilion is a shared vision. We come together intentionally to conjure a responsive space through experimental modes of praxis that are guided by values of care and solidarity. A world that offers itself up as a microcosm of the harbour; a space that is at once a safe refuge, and a vessel for opening and releasing itself to the sea. A space without walls. Our negotiated space comes alive with (you! And our) site-specific projects that return, again and again to a series of overlapping questions. We ask What holds us together? What holds us together in community, in relationship, in collaboration; as artist-run centres; with culture and nature, on/with water, wind and their movements; in a crisis-ridden economy, to the backdrop of the environmental resistance movement, amidst the celebrations of a colonial project in unceded Mi’kmaqi? Here, we explore practices of working, living and playing. Ours is a felt space as much as it is a material one. We invite you to join us in intentionally rethinking and transforming our relationships in a social practice of care.

 

Third Space / Brandon Vickerd | Sputnik Returned 2 image
Third Space / Brandon Vickerd | Sputnik Returned 2

Location: 123 Grafton Street

Sputnik Returned 2 is an exact rendering of Sputnik, a 20 inch diameter steel sphere with four eight foot antennas, installed as if it has crashed back to earth, its impact crunching a parked sedan. The sleek futuristic design of the satellite, resting lifelessly in car sized crater, recalls a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and his imminent demise as he fell back to earth. Sputnik Returned 2 has a simple design, both streamlined and reflective, alluding to the space race of the 1950s. Today this design appears as a wonderfully crude relic of the period, a potential unmanned doomsday weapon mirroring the excesses of the cold war while also recalling the proto-modernist sculptures of Brancusi.

Sputnik plummeted into the earth’s atmosphere exactly four months after its launch, where it was incinerated – any individual with a passing knowledge of the atmosphere is aware that it would be impossible for a satellite remain intact upon re-entry. However, the narrative content of Sputnik Returned 2 asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief and engage in the metaphor presented by the object.

Or Gallery’s Nautilus | Bookstore image
12:00 - 17:00
Or Gallery’s Nautilus | Bookstore

Location: 150 Kent Street

Nautilus is an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla 2017, and will be open in Charlottetown from September 21-24.

The Or Bookstore is a project of the Or Gallery in Vancouver, BC. The shop specializes in artists’ publishing and carries a range of books and printed matter including editions, artists’ books, monographs, design publications, local publishing, criticism and theory and journals and magazines. Our titles come from Fillip, New Documents, Publication Studio, Sternberg Press, Tsunami Editions, Urbanomic, Motto Distribution and more.

The Or Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to exhibiting work by local, national, and international artists whose art practice is of a critical, conceptual and/or interdisciplinary nature. Since its inception in 1983 the gallery has acted as a space for research, proposition making, conceptual experimentation and documentation.

 

 

 

Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Performing Archive image
12:00 - 17:00
Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Performing Archive

Location: Re: Charge Lounge, Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Akin to The Living Art Museum’s long and sometimes nomadic history, the mobile performing archive explores shifts in contemporary archives. A depository for social memory, oral history, experience and live, time-based practice, performing archive replicates the preserved parallel history of the local art scene in Iceland found in the museum. Evolving boxes appear and embody performance, like companions to the original, and are a catalyst for questions such as: What kind of dialogue, language, tools and equipment are necessary for collecting performance in artist-run museums? Is it possible to occupy and convey the “performance moment” in a certain environment through archival material? Also what evidence should remain? How should the process include the artist? What is revealed about museums and institutions in their attempts to collect performance? And what can be done with this material? In confronting this investigation performing archive directs attention to the momentary nature of the medium.

CARFAC Maritimes | Brown Bag Lunch & Old Time Radio Show image
12:00 - 13:00
CARFAC Maritimes | Brown Bag Lunch & Old Time Radio Show

Location: Cultural Pavillion, Victoria Park

“No one is more qualified to speak on behalf of artists than artists themselves.”
— Jack Chambers, CARFAC founder

In 1968, Canadian Artists’ Representation was founded in London, Ontario when a group of artists, headed by Jack Chambers, Tony Urquhart and Kim Ondaatje organized themselves collectively to demand the recognition of artists’ copyright. They began issuing minimum copyright fee schedules and continue to produce them regularly.

We invite you to join us in celebrating a period in Canadian history that often is considered to be the birth of Canadian contemporary culture. It was a critical time when artists demanded respect. CanCon and the CRTC were also established in 1968. Canadians, for the first time, could tune in and hear Canadian music on AM radio.

Our Brown Bag Lunch event and old time radio show is a peek into the past and a time for artists to join together to celebrate all that is good.

For your own Brown Bag Lunch, order a delicious PEI Handpie. Choices are curried chickpeas, Acadien tourtiere or PEI pasty. Please note that handpies are not available for Sunday’s event. All handpies are crafted by sustainable local ingredients. Gather in Victoria Park with friends and colleagues and listen to our specially curated Brown Bag Old Time Radio show. Handpies are $5.00 each or $55.00 (includes a one year CARFAC Maritimes membership).

hannah_g | The Anecdotalist in Residence image
hannah_g | The Anecdotalist in Residence

Location: Ongoing / Digital

Follow this project online! Check back for the link.

In the spirit of coming together and the stories, incidents, and undocumented activity that will arise thereof, hannah_g will faithfully and partially recount and imagine the Flotilla gathering as it happens. During the formal and informal events of Flotilla, and from exploring its location in Charlottetown, she will gather long and short anecdotes in the form of ‘headlines’ and longer texts, both real and imagined, from delegates, attendees,  and inhabitants of the island to be disseminated via Twitter and Instagram. The anecdotes will run the gamut of factual, deadpan, funny, and serious in order to reconfigure intimate and intellectual spaces, and imaginatively interpret the gathering.  hannah_g hopes to convey the spirit of Artist Run Centres (experimental, thoughtful, mischievous, questioning, and performative) to those involved and the broader public.

David Bobier & Anna Karpinski | The Vibrational Mapping Project – Demonstration/Workshop image
12:30 - 13:30
David Bobier & Anna Karpinski | The Vibrational Mapping Project – Demonstration/Workshop

Location: STRUTS Gallery – 179 Great George Street

As community intervention, The Vibrational Mapping Project – Charlottetown, PEI mixes performance and documentation with participant/audience interaction and integration. Using various methods of audio recording and vibrotactile systems specific to David Bobier’s VibraFusionLab (in the form of wearable vests, body pillows, orbs, etc.), Anna Karpinski and Bobier will choose sites in Charlottetown where natural and/or artificial sounds are specific to their location. Karpinski and Bobier will engage with people they encounter in these locations and invite them to become participants in the intervention by recording the sounds and subsequently feeling them haptically. It will explore the notion of multi-modal literacy and self-expression in a relaxed and socially-minded way. Participants, whether deaf, disabled or non-disabled, will then be invited to express what they are hearing and/or feeling by hand gestures, body movements, vocal recreation, etc. thus completing the performance aspect of the project. With permission, participants will be documented using photography, video and audio recording. At some later date this documented ‘gathering’ of sounds and responses can be exhibited together in both conventional and unconventional spaces.

ARCA Plenary image
12:30 - 14:00
ARCA Plenary

Location: Florence Simmons Performance Hall

*Lunch Served

The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference is a Canadian organization that represents over 180 artist-run centres and collectives in cities and towns across the country. Hosted by ARCA president Anne Bertrand, this plenary will allow delegates to gather and discuss relevant issues arising among artist-run centres in Canada.

Or Gallery & Confederation Centre Art Gallery present Charles Campbell | Birdsongs of the Bog – Exhibition image
13:00 - 23:00
Or Gallery & Confederation Centre Art Gallery present Charles Campbell | Birdsongs of the Bog – Exhibition

Location: Tweel’s Corner 150 Great George street

Responding to the histories of migration and settlement along the Atlantic coast, artist Charles Campbell will present Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong, a sound installation and one-night performance. Actor Boy is a persona derived from the Jamaican emancipation celebration Jonkonnu. As both witness and instigator, he brings these aspirations into the present, manifesting alternative possible futures.

For the September 22 performance, Actor Boy investigates the Bog, Charlottetown’s oft-forgotten early black community. Situated within a sonic reconstruction of the Bog, Actor Boy delves into a space of violence, complicity and ecological and cultural disruption.

image credit: Marsha Gallant

Eastern Edge / SHED Talks | An introduction to the Landless Band image
13:00 - 16:00
Eastern Edge / SHED Talks | An introduction to the Landless Band

Location: Beaconsfield Carriage House

Eastern Edge (St. John’s, NL) presents SHED Talks, the meta-conference which features a series of conversations in shed-like structure. Focusing on new modes of creative expression by NL, NB and NS-based Indigenous multi-disciplinary artists, musicians, poets, and performance artists, this panel aims to create an inclusive entry point into the process of revisiting, telling and re-telling of personal and collective histories while navigating the art world.

An introduction to the Landless Band

As Indigenous and Indigenous-settler artists working together in Atlantic Canada, we have connections to our ancestral territories, but aren’t necessarily fixed to one place, as we draw from the lands, waters, and Traditional knowledge systems of Turtle Island.


Working in this particular era, what does it mean to be a contemporary Indigenous artist, and how does Atlantic Canada inform our multi-disciplinary practices.

Focusing on new modes of creative expression by NL, NB and NS-based Indigenous multi-disciplinary artists, musicians, poets, and performance artists, this panel aims to create an inclusive entry point into the process of revisiting, telling and re-telling of personal and collective histories while navigating the art world.

 

Panel Moderator- Shannon Webb Campbell (Quebec/Newfoundland, Mi’kmaq)


Panelists: Meagan Musseau (Western Newfoundland, Mi’kmaq), Joanna Barker (Newfoundland, Mi’kmaq), Lindsay Dobbin (Nova Scotia/New Brunswick, Indigenous (Mohawk) / Settler (Acadian / Irish))

Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective – Performance image
13:30 - 14:30
Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective – Performance

Location: Victoria Row

IPAC will be investigating elements of cultural and artistic exchange: exploring the influences and adaptations of the “Kitchen Party” since early contact of eastern Canadian settlers with western Indigenous peoples. We have found that Kitchen Parties are deeply rooted in the cultural histories of both the Maritime and Metis people. This is where stories were told, songs shared and dances performed, which have helped to define Maritime, Metis, and Indigenous cultures as a whole. Many of same songs and dances are performed by these groups, but with distinctions specific to their unique ways of speaking, and of being on the land. Sharing interpretations of land and language, through their songs and dance, has created shifts in both cultures over time. Reforming characteristics of these practices still integral to Maritime and Metis cultures today. There is opportunity to collaboratively explore the similarities and differences within these traditions, exposing audiences to the relationship between the Indigenous people of northern Saskatchewan prairies and Prince Edward Island.

IPAC would like to bring three Saskatchewan artists to collaborate in this project: Kevin Wesaquate (Indigenous spoken word artist from Saskatoon), Tristen Durocher (a young Metis fiddler) and Modeste McKenzie (Metis jigger and cultural interpreter, both Metis artists from La Ronge Sk). These artists will perform integrated traditional and contemporary collaborations of spoken word, jigging and fiddling through impromptu pop up installations throughout downtown Charlottetown.

Access Gallery & Other Sights | The Foreshore: Journee Sans Culture and  Marie Bruge (Cooper Institute/Global Income) image
14:00 - 15:30
Access Gallery & Other Sights | The Foreshore: Journee Sans Culture and Marie Bruge (Cooper Institute/Global Income)

Location: Art City: FREE STORE – 152 Great George Street

A collaboration between Other Sights and Access Gallery, the “foreshore” describes the land along the edge of the water variously submerged and revealed by the tides. It is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Taking the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore stages discussion-focused interdisciplinary presentations, and has in the past considered poetic activist strategies, radical philosophical proposals, and politically engaged artist practices. Listening to a wide array of thinkers and practitioners of poetry, housing rights, architecture, song, theatre, union organizing, somatics, history, and contemporary art, we have asked: How do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures? Within Flotilla, The Foreshore will manifest in the form of two discussion sessions featuring a small group of conference participants.
www.theforeshore.org

Struts Gallery / Colin Is My Real Name exhibition by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay image
14:00 - 19:00
Struts Gallery / Colin Is My Real Name exhibition by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Location: STRUTS Gallery – 179 Great George Street

Through the exhibition “Colin Is My Real Name,” artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay revisits Colin Campbell’s pioneering 1972 video True/False, which features Campbell alternately affirming and negating delicate statements about himself and his private life. Initially intended as a remake, the video instead summons Campbell’s voice to speak once more: a fragile, reversed palimpsest. The video component of “Colin Is My Real Name” was filmed at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where True/False was originally produced. Presented by Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Centre.

this town is small | Idea Market image
14:00 - 16:00
this town is small | Idea Market

Location: Confederation Centre of the Arts Plaza

this town is small presents Idea Market, a project bringing visitors face to face with local contemporary artists, and facilitating exchange in engaged discourse in a friendly and accessible way. The Host will provide a menu of conversation topics based on the amount of time the participant has available, and participants will then be paired with an artist. The artist led structure is representative of not only this town is small’s fluid programming but also serves as an introduction to our physical and conceptual cultural landscape, as seen through the lens of a local artist. At the end of each conversation, participants will receive an official this town is small receipt. Whether you have 3 min or 20 min to talk, stop by and engage with a local artist!

Curated by Monica Lacey
Facilitated by Monica Lacey and Sandi Hartling and featuring local contemporary artists:
Russell Louder
Max Knechtel
Sarah Saunders
Andrew Cairns
Patricia Bourque
Rilla Marshall
Carina Phillips

Nýlistasafnið | Living Art Museum – Performance image
14:30 - 15:30