Salon 84: Margit Hideg will talk about a workshop she attended at the Tate Exchange Liverpool this summer.
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Production  Process  Collaboration: The Seen and Unseen, the Encounter” – socially-engaged art practice @ Tate Liverpool Exchange

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 – 7.30 PM

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Next Art Mags morning September 29. More info HERE


RIA has endorsed an event by the Ottawa New Socialists on October 13, a gallery tour and public meeting on the occasion of the opening of the National Gallery of Canada’s photo and film exhibition, Anthroposcene.
Hope you can be there!
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Later this month, the National Gallery opens a new exhibit, ‘Anthropocene’, which documents the terrible impact of capitalism on the planet.

Of course, that’s not quite the message in the National Gallery’s advertising. For them, as for most corporations, governments and mainstream institutions that aren’t in full climate change denial mode, the problem is not the system, but all of us. That’s right, they want us to believe we bear the same responsibility as big oil, the auto industry, the banks and the 1%.

The Ottawa New Socialists think this national exhibit — featuring the amazing photography of Edward Burtynsky, with video by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier — provides an opportunity for Ottawa-Gatineau area scientists, artists, environmentalists and political activists to discuss radical strategies for opposing climate change. Since the 1% is unwilling to question their capitalist system to save the planet, the task of changing that system to halt and reverse climate change falls to us.

As the poster indicates, join us on Saturday October 13th for a guided tour of the exhibit (by Brian Donnelly, Sheridan College/York University Professor of Design), a public talk about the politics of system change to stop climate change (by Ian Angus, author of Facing the Anthropocene, and editor of the website Climate & Capitalism), and a public discussion (by environmental activists) about local campaigns to oppose climate change.

Please share the poster widely. Contact us if your organization would like to endorse the event, support it financially, set up a literature table, or contribute to the final panel. Send the ‘Ottawa New Socialists’ a Facebook message and we will get back to you.

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The RIA Artist Project Room in 2018: Keywords for Change

Exhibitions around Keywords for Change are even more ad hoc than previous projects. The Collins Dictionary definition of ad hoc reads:

An ad-hoc activity or organization is done or formed only because a situation has made it necessary and is not planned in advance.”

The “situation” is Climate Change, which has created the overriding urgency to come together and combine skills to minimize its causes and slow down its effects. “What needs to be done, and what (if anything) can artists do?” is central question at RIA this year. The Capitalism, Colonialism and Climate Change (CCCC) study group tackles these issues through discussions of texts, art works and installations. Anyone can join this group, at any time, whether you are able to attend the meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, or not. There is a separate email list for the CCCC studygroup. If you’d like to join it and receive their updates, lists of resources etc., please email



“Art Comes Home: RIA’s First Ten Years,” is the working title of a writing project that I am embarking on. It will be a reflective essay on our experiences with RIA’s first ten years, seen within a larger context of home-based culture.

I am happy to announce that I received a project grant (2018) for this endeavor from the Cultural Funding Support Section of the City of Ottawa! Thank you Ottawa! (Petra Halkes)

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