Creative Practices: Websites

Art and Surveillance Project

A component of the Art and Surveillance Project, this online database catalogues artists, artworks, and exhibitions addressing surveillance within Canada post-9/11. Organized as an on-going directory, this project welcomes any updates and suggestions.


Intermedia Research Studio 

The Intermedia Research Studio mediates collaborative research. Like any research project, the core program of research at the Intermedia Research Studio takes place amidst an expansive intellectual context from which it takes provocation and to which it offers intervention, critique, argument and counter-provocations. To this end, the studio invites research collaboration that takes its point of departure from any of the following traditions or fields: Cultural Studies, Research Creation, Arts-based research, Public Sociology, Participatory Action Research, Community Animation, Social Practice Art, Visual Sociology/Anthropology, Decolonizing Theory, New Media Studies, Critical Race Studies, Feminist Studies, Queer Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Globalization Studies, Environmental Sociology, Critical University Studies.


Maternal Ecologies

Maternal Ecologies is a three-year, daily practice, art & research project performed August 1st 2010 – May 9th 2013.
Maternal Ecologies uses the frame of performance to recast the daily practices of early motherhood. For 3 years I reflected on, inhabited, and researched my experience of early maternal life through the FLUXUS-inspired format of the instruction piece. Year 1, Action A Day (Maternal Prescriptions) was performed for 84 consecutive days. Year 2, Action A Day (Inhabiting Firsts) was performed for 210 consecutive days. Year 3, Action A Day (Gone/There) was performed for 84 consecutive days. The project ended when my son turned 3.

New Maternalisms

Forty years after the intervention of feminist art, what is the experience of the daughters of that era who have become mothers? What are the discursive and material differences between maternal artworks of the late 1960s/ early 1970s and those being produced in the early 21st century? Grounded in these questions, this exhibition features artists who are using performance to bring attention to the embodied, biological, and material enmeshment of early maternal practice today, in ways that are in implicit and overt conversation with their feminist foremothers.


Places for All?

With residents of Peterborough as its focus, Places for All? explores the multiple and diverse place attachments and work and migration histories of people of all ethnic backgrounds, from people born in the city to those who arrived very recently. It turns on its head narratives that posit long-settled ethnic majority communities as ‘indigenous’ and understandably resentful of the presence of ethnic minorities and the arrival of international migrants.

Oral history and residential fieldwork are at the heart of the work, which draws on the stories of over one hundred people.Transcripts from life history interviews are being prepared for deposit in the city archives; research participants and other residents have been involved with the production of film, theatre and photography that has engaged non-traditional arts audiences at locations including an historic Sunni mosque, Peterborough United Football Club stadium, a weekly car boot sale, an Anglican church, and a community allotment initiative.

Collaborating closely with Peterborough-based grass-roots organisations, individual artists and community activists, the project has explored some of the possibilities of working across boundaries of belonging to particular neighbourhoods, ethnic and faith groups. Taken as a whole it offers critical analysis of how contemporary capitalism sustains and exacerbates class inequalities. At a time of massive spending cuts, including cuts to welfare benefits, increasing inequality, and growing workplace precarity, the project thus works against tendencies that seek to divide people experiencing various forms of dispossession.


Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory

The KIAS funded Research-Creation + Social Justice CoLABoratory supports research-creation practices attuned to social justice.


Sohaya Visions

Sohaya Visions is a twenty first century avatar of an earlier arts organisation, Chandica Arts Company, with Raminder Kaur as the Artistic Director. OUR VISION is to celebrate internationalism and cutting edge cultural diversity. We aspire to tackle injustice and discrimination through the arts in creative, and socially and politically engaging ways.

OUR MISSION

  • Promote the arts especially through theatre, film, multi-sensory and digital media

  • Support new writing for culturally diverse audiences of all generations

  • Revisit  classics  making them relevant to contemporary local, national and global contexts

  • Develop intergenerational and educational activities

  • Support the arts in education through promoting an imaginative, inclusive and diverse curriculum

  • Foster international exchange and collaborations

  • Provide research and consultancy especially with regards to issues that pertain to UK, Europe, and countries in South Asia and its diaspora


Streets of…

Streets of…7 minutes in 7 cities is a video sound installation by artist Alda Terracciano, which moves from a research into the collective memory of seven cities around the world – Naples (Italy), Shanghai (China), Mumbai (India), Tangier (Morocco), Lisbon (Portugal), Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), and London (UK) – and invites audiences to take a swim in their everyday life as it naturally unrolls in their streets, alleyways and boulevards. The aim of this journey is to uncover the ancestral memories of three intersecting migration routes – the Indo-European migrations, the Silk Road and the Transatlantic Slave Trade – as they unconsciously resurface in the way people move, talk, and act in public spaces across the globe. This blog has been created to record the progress of Alda Terracciano in this journey.

The project follows the artist’s autobiographical trajectory from Naples to London – two intercultural cities, which, in their different, peculiar ways, are crossroads of local/global cultural identities. The cities are pivots of three intersecting wheels explored in the project, whose rays reach out towards other places in the world. These places represent the incarnation of past encounters, which over centuries have progressively entered Southern and Northern Europe to become an integral part of their everyday life and culture. Resonating with the quantum physics concept of entanglement, that defines the interconnection between remote systems, the project explores the cultural DNA of the seven cities through an observation and extraction of specific memes embedded in the everyday life. Considered by some theorists as cultural analogues to genes, memes indicate units of cultural ideas, symbols or practices transmitted from one person to another through speech, gestures, rituals and other cultural phenomena. Hence, the memes observed in Naples and London are put in relation to those observed in the other cities, and organised in patterns of relationship through the dynamic interaction between the visual and the sound landscape of the video sound edits.

Streets of… 7 minutes in 7 cities is conceived as a meditation on the act of seeing and listening, a virtual walk around the world where the interaction between memory, human body and the urban environment can be re-interpreted according to people’s own personal narratives and stories. It takes people beyond the regime of the visual to awaken their critical approach to cultural stereotypes and current geopolitics.


The BlackLight Project

BlackLight is a performance ethnography project. We utilize the creativity and critical insight of a multigenerational group of women to reimagine the possibilities for living in under-resourced urban environments


The Media in Motion lab

The Media in Motion Lab is a multidisciplinary research-creation space in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. The MIM lab supports the use of digital and other creative methods for researching, translating knowledge, and teaching about the human body in motion.

The Media in Motion Lab is housed at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. We offer space, technology and knowledge supporting the following activities:

  • Research-creation or Arts-Based Research activities, where creative processes are intricately involved in the research process
  • Data collection or knowledge translation activities that use artistic, creative, or digital methods.
  • Collaborative research processes, either in person or by distance through the use of digital technologies.

The Media in Motion Lab is located in the Van Vliet Complex, room 3-422 (third floor “Butterdome”) at the University of Alberta.


The Public Interest University – RePublicU

This website publishes documents of the Critical University Studies Research Working Group @ the UofA and offers itself as a utopia lab for the collective discovery of pathways to a post-neoliberal university.

We are researching the structural transformations that universities are currently undergoing, with the aims of better understanding the challenges facing the University of Alberta and of sharing our research with the university community so that our colleagues, peers, and students are able to make better informed decisions and interventions regarding proposed budget models, budget cuts, revenue generation schemes, governance processes and other reforms.


The Vaccines Project: Immune Nations

Over the last several years, questions related to the safety, effectiveness and proper use of vaccines have generated an extremely heated and polarized international public debate. In turn, this has stimulated discourse around a number of broader ethical issues related to international health care delivery such as access to health care, as well as balancing personal/cultural freedom and public health. The forces behind the polarized vaccine debate are complex, involving many players including the media, funding agencies, corporations and the scientific/academic community itself (and made more complex by the influx of fraudulent information about vaccine safety). All of this complexity generates anxiety that hinders society’s ability to have a reasoned, rational and respectful discussion around vaccines. Art/creative research has the potential to play an important role in helping to foster a more nuance discourse around vaccines by articulating elusive or emotionally charged issues in ways that other forms of communication often cannot.


UmangPoetry

Umang is a community for poetic expression, performance, and dialogue. Focused on South Asia, our digital humanities platform showcases poetic thought in multiple languages as well as in multiple formats, including text, audio, video, and art. We hope you will enjoy our offerings, and enrich them with your own submissions.