Last day live, and the 5th saw its busiest day of the exhibition. Local Regina film crew Play Creative was in to document the exhibition. The First Nations University of Canada returned to the beading table, with a huge and enthusiastic audience. And CTCH 305 student Kolby Kostyniuk mounted a stunning expanded cinema installation using the image field of the cities we’ve all created together on facebook, which he projected against a hand-made corrugated screen enabling us to see the cities stitched together. This piece has generated great conversation, and will certainly have legs as Kolby contemplates scaling it up in future incarnations.
Our extremely hard-working technical assistant, Saqib Noman, made sure all the technology kept on chugging, but he took time out for a beading lesson.
The reception brought in professors and friends from across campus, and some from the Regina community, including the Regina Peace Council.
Today, the 5th Parallel hosted Dr. Kathleen Irwin and Ms. Cathy McComb, performing Amuse-Bouche: Recipes for Performance/Performing Recipes, in which they animated their Welsh and Scots heritage, respectively, by making favourite versions of their “national bread”: Welsh Cakes and Shortbread. Kathleen contextualized her Welsh ancestry alongside the context of Regina and Saskatchewan’s Indigenous people, and the history of “bannock” in Western Canada. Cathy’s story centred on her Scots grandmother, who emigrated to Saskatchewan at the turn of the last century, and taught Cathy when she was a “wee gggrrrll” to make shortbread to the sounds of her beloved opera on the radio.
Art 280 continued their GPS work on the On to Ottawa trek in downtown Regina, which we’ll see mounted on the Facebook page next week.
Today started slow but picked up with a good vibe around lunchtime partly inspired by some OHP chic. The triangle continues to be a symbol used by the students. The students’ work is starting to develop well – running on a scale between:
rubble… …and… …meditation.
Also on menu today: Coventry God Cakes!
Colleagues in Regina were remembering but we were still joined by colleagues in Gyumri with whom Graham Chorlton shared his lecture on the dérive.
Today the City of Regina joins citizens across Canada in official annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. This year, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, covered the story of a very respected and beloved citizen of Regina, Harold Hague, a decorated veteran of WW II.
Harold Hague was also instrumental in helping to build a recent addition to Regina’s downtown arts and culture scene, the Creative City Centre. The centre is located at 1843 Hamilton Street, above the former Loggies Shoes store, which Harold and his family owned and operated for many years. Harold worked with Marian Donnelly, a local arts and culture consultant and organizer, along with the local group ArtsAction Inc., enabling the vacant and derelict 2nd and 3rd floor spaces to be brought back to life as the CCC in 2011.
The Creative City Centre is now a vibrant cultural hub bringing together artists of diverse disciplines to foster collaborations, innovation and creative development. It includes studios, a performance venue, workshops, meeting spaces, and a visual arts gallery, the Hague Gallery, named after Harold Hague in honour of his lifetime contributions to the city.
Paul Crepeau was our guest today in the 5th. He is an actor, director, stage manager and performance artist with extensive experience in the theatre and independent film scenes in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. We were treated to his zany performance piece GMO: A Fairy Tale, in which he embodies three diverse characters–a farmer, an old-age new-age hippie, and a corporate hack–to tell the tale of genetically modified organisms in and around Regina, Saskatchewan. Over 40% of Canada’s agricultural production is based in Saskatchewan, so it has become a pressing local/translocal, national/transnational issue of great significance to our province.
Students from Megan Smith’s Art 280: Intermedia course also reported in on their GPS walk around the University of Regina campus, in which they will create a piece which spells out the university’s motto: “as one who serves.” The “serves” is not quite complete, but once it’s ready, we’ll circulate through #3CL. The class plans another walk next week in Regina’s downtown, where they’ll visit the area of the infamous “On to Ottawa” march, a well-known chapter in Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s labour history.
CTCH 305 students are also busy with their projects, which will come up on 3CL Facebook site over the next few days.
Busy day at the Lanchester Gallery, not the least being that we ate our building.
Today the 5th hosted Ken Wilson, a Regnia-based writer, filmmaker and walker, who presented a talk on “Walking and Creativity” in the gallery space. He recently participated in Chicken and Wine, an informal lecture series, at Regina’s Artful Dodger arts space, where he talked about walking the Camino de Santiago in his 50th year.
Ken lectures in English and Film Studies at the University of Regina. His first play, The Interview, won the 2010 Dorothy White Prize and was produced at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and his 2012 site-specific audio-collage, Cyclone Podwalk, was presented as part of the Spiralling Forces event in Regina. A past president of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, he has served as editor of the Filmpool’s Splice Magazine and has contributed site-specific film and performance text to several Saskatchewan-based arts events, including Crossfiring / Mama Wetotan, and, most recently, Windblown / Rafales.
Read Ken’s blog, Reading and Walking, at http://readingandwalking.wordpress.com/author/breavman99/