Regina: Nov 13th

Expanded cinema Kostyniuk #4 Nov 13 2014

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.

Regina: Wednesday Nov 12

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.Cathy McComb and Kathleen Irwin, Amuse-Bouche, 5th Parallel, Nov 12 2014

Cathy McComb, mixing shortbread, 5th Parallel, Nov 12 2014

Shortbread close-up, 5th Parallel, Nov 12 2014

Regina, Nov 11 2014: Remembrance Day

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.

Regina: Monday Nov 10

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.

Regina: Nov 7th

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

Regina, Day 4

Regina had the pleasure of a couple of hours with Berny Hi, the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative’s Artist-in-Residence for 2014-2015.  Filmpool is Regina and Saskatchewan’s indie, artist-run film co-op.  It was founded in 1977, and has been telling Saskatchewan stories ever since.

Beyond coordinating productions at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, Berny focuses as a filmmaker in the development of a unique approach to storytelling involving the manipulation of multiple projected moving images on Super 8mm / 16mm celluloid through warped glass and prisms. Using this technique, he recently performed the otherworldly story of Kitty Dreams of Dying. Recent traditional screenings include Milk River, a 16mm film hand processed at the Film Retreat, andVéronique à vélo, a multi-award winning b&w 16mm film that pays homage to the French New Wave Cinema. He hosts, a blog which showcases his ongoing experimental film research, and videos featuring his feline friend with kidney failure, Kitty. Ever looking for new, fun art projects to make, he delved into a few interdisciplinary projects with fellow art cohort, Chrystene Ells. In KaleidoCycle { Globe Theatre 2012 }, they teamed up to produce a black box theatre play relating the story of Chrystene’s departure from her body through the top of her head. The adventure was explored through physical theatre, mask work, clowning, puppetry, and celluloid 16mm and Super 8mm projection performance art.

Berny is also working on the expanded cinema project The Great Saskatchewan Timeline, which will excavate our prairie land- and social-scape from time immemorial to the present.  At the 5th today, Berny gave us a tour of his new studio digs at CBC Saskatchewan, and lead us in a translocal collaboration in which we created two pieces between Berny’s studio, “The Vault,” as ground zero, and our three companion cities.  We have them spinning through the Regina city cam on the gallery wall.

Thanks Berny, a great day for #3CL!

Regina: Day 2

So today started off a little scattered. The mic set-up posed some challenges initially but then once that was done other tech stuff ran smoothly. The highlight of the live event was Dr Imogen Racz lecture from Coventry on Art and the City while I found very interesting and engaging. Today, also we had the beading group from FNUV that were to perform in the gallery during live hours. There event started at 10 am and once I got the DSLR camera working I was able to share there detailed work with Gyumri and Coventry. Oh and we had students from the three cities singing local hymns and songs and so Gyumri folks sang a local song while Coventry people apparently made quaking noises by blowing air through paper funnels. As for us Canadians, we sang our national anthem ‘O Canada’ over karaoke music. Later a member of the FNUV group sang the anthem in Cree. Afterwards, I filled my time in making the digital photo frames work but it seems that they are a bad choice given we are unable to play most audio-visual formats on them. Probably I will be replacing those with I-pad minis but I believe mounting them on the wall would be a risky part but lets see. Also, in the later part of day me and Christine video-taped the rotating globe to put on the web.