This is a call to artists, poets, writers, performers, philosophers, true amateurs and professionals:
Bring Your Own Art
BYOA (Bring Your Own Art) on January 1 2018, to the RIA Project Room, 24 Beverley Ave. Ottawa. The RIA (Research in Art) New Year’s Day opening, which has become a tradition, starts out with empty walls. The exhibition grows that very afternoon, when people bring in their own art on a theme that has been announced a couple of months previously.
The theme for RIA’s BYOA 2018 is: Keywords for Change
Scroll down and read some of the many words that I have come across in my recent readings on capitalism, colonialism, climate change and news articles and commentary on wars and famines, mass displacements, tyranny and neo-fascism. We live in bizarre and horrendous times, but we must rally around. Amidst the horror and sadness, I have found and collected positive words, keywords for change.
How to stay positive, even find reasons to celebrate, is a question that is at the heart of this year’s New Year’s Day event. I invite you to adopt one of these words, run with it, act on it, talk about it, do it, create it, give it shape. Think video, painting, poetry, sculpture, performance, lecture and writing and even venture out beyond these genres.
Perhaps together, looking at all those words in our own particular ways, we can come a bit closer to an answer to the question of what role art can play in these unstable times, when so much is to be done.
Equality – critical engagement – adaptation – commonality – empathy – vibrancy – proposition – new order – manifesto – new world – imagined world – possible world – realistic – restoration – cooperation – collaboration – inclusivity – diversity – belonging- connectivity – equality – participation – indigenization – interruption – kindness – responsibility – justice – solidarity – sharing – belonging – interdependency- coalition – we help each other—-
and any other words you think fit in this list.
I hope you’ll start thinking about this. Watch this space for updates on registration and times.
Next Art Mags Morning Saturday, October 28
The new Fall magazines are in. And we have a new subscription: The New Internationalist, online as well as in print
From 9.00 AM to 10.30 AM you find yourself a quiet corner to read. Coffee time is 10.30 AM: Tell us about something you read this morning. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Read More Here
If you missed the RIA Salon 76 by Petra Halkes: BAK Summer School: Art in a Time of Interregnum on Oct. 4 and 6, and would have liked to have been there, I am planning another session for November. Please contact me at email@example.com
We are looking for participants in a Study Group for this fall on the topics of capitalism, colonialism and climate change: In our extra-ordinary unstable times, when so much is to be done, what role can art play? For more information, click HERE
The RIA Artist Project Room is on hiatus