About Flotilla.

Mustering the verve and warmth of an East Coast kitchen party, The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic hosts the biennial gathering of Canadian artist-run centres in Charlottetown, September 21-24, 2017.

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2017-09-21
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2017-09-22
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2017-09-23
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Eyelevel Gallery | Food for Thoughts – Public image
11:30 - 13:30
Eyelevel Gallery | Food for Thoughts – Public

 

Nautalis presented by Or Gallery – Public image
Nautalis presented by Or Gallery – Public

Nautilus is an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla 2017, and will be open in Charlottetown from September 21-24.

The Or Bookstore is a project of the Or Gallery in Vancouver, BC. The shop specializes in artists’ publishing and carries a range of books and printed matter including editions, artists’ books, monographs, design publications, local publishing, criticism and theory and journals and magazines. Our titles come from Fillip, New Documents, Publication Studio, Sternberg Press, Tsunami Editions, Urbanomic, Motto Distribution and more.

The Or Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to exhibiting work by local, national, and international artists whose art practice is of a critical, conceptual and/or interdisciplinary nature. Since its inception in 1983 the gallery has acted as a space for research, proposition making, conceptual experimentation and documentation.

 

 

Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public image
Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public

Sputnik Returned 2 is an exact rendering of Sputnik, a 20 inch diameter steel sphere with four eight foot antennas, installed as if it has crashed back to earth, its impact crunching a parked sedan. The sleek futuristic design of the satellite, resting lifelessly in car sized crater, recalls a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and his imminent demise as he fell back to earth. Sputnik Returned 2 has a simple design, both streamlined and reflective, alluding to the space race of the 1950s. Today this design appears as a wonderfully crude relic of the period, a potential unmanned doomsday weapon mirroring the excesses of the cold war while also recalling the proto-modernist sculptures of Brancusi.

 

Sputnik plummeted into the earth’s atmosphere exactly four months after its launch, where it was incinerated – any individual with a passing knowledge of the atmosphere is aware that it would be impossible for a satellite remain intact upon re-entry. However, the narrative content of Sputnik Returned 2 asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief and engage in the metaphor presented by the object.

Divya Mehra-Artist Speaker-Passes Only image
Divya Mehra-Artist Speaker-Passes Only

Working in sculpture, print, drawing, artist books, installation, advertising, video, and most recently film, Divya Mehra is known for her meticulous attention to the interaction of form, medium, and site. Through an acerbic tone, she addresses the long-term effects of colonization and institutional racism. Re-contextualizing references found in hip hop, pop culture, literature, and current affairs, she contends with contemporary expressions of societies (India, America, Canada) continuously formed by their colonial roots. Mehra’s practice explores diasporic identities, racialization, otherness, and the construct of “diversity.” Mehra’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings, notably with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, and The Queens Museum of Art (New York), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Artspeak (Vancouver), The Images Festival (Toronto), The Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing), Bielefelder Kunstverein (Bielefeld), and Latitude 28 (Delhi). Mehra holds an MFA from Columbia University and is represented in Toronto by Georgia Scherman Projects.

 

 

Centre for Art Tapes – Public image
Centre for Art Tapes – Public

Join the CFAT team as we reflect on hierarchies and systems of power that exist within artist-run centres. Over the past year, CFAT has reformatted our staffing structure from a team of coordinators and one director into a non-hierarchical team. Through consultation with our membership and community, CFAT took this time of change as an opportunity to reflect on what CFAT is and vision how we can best serve our membership into the future. Through this examination, we confronted the ways in which power structures are embedded into artist-run cultures and ways in which we can disrupt them. All four CFAT staff members (Tom Elliott, Tori Fleming, Sally Raab-Wolchyn and Jesse Mitchell) will lead an open conversation on employment, power structures and the logistics of a non-hierarchical office.

 

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public image
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

Living Art Museum – Public image
Living Art Museum – Public

 Hours TBD

Art City | Free Store – Public image
Art City | Free Store – Public

 

Michael DiRisio & Teresa Carlesimo – Artists – Public image
14:30 - 15:30
Michael DiRisio & Teresa Carlesimo – Artists – Public
Welcome Reception image
16:00
Welcome Reception

 

 

Galerie Sans Nom | Mathieu Leger – Artist – Public image
20:00 - 23:30
Galerie Sans Nom | Mathieu Leger – Artist – Public
Sarah Wendt & Pascal Dufaux – Artists – Public image
20:30 - 21:30
Sarah Wendt & Pascal Dufaux – Artists – Public
Verticale | Reading Club – Nautilus – Passes Only image
09:00 - 11:00
Verticale | Reading Club – Nautilus – Passes Only

 

Eyelevel Gallery | Food for Thoughts – Public image
09:00 - 11:30
Eyelevel Gallery | Food for Thoughts – Public

 

D’Arcy Wilson – Artist – Public image
D’Arcy Wilson – Artist – Public

The first public zoological gardens in North America opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the edge of the city, in 1847. At their peak, they stretched across one hundred acres of sprawling wooded enclosures. Their proprietor, Andrew Downs, tended to the animals himself, and he referred to the grounds as his Humble Memorial. Downs’ Zoological Gardens marked, perhaps, the first instance that the wild animal was placed in a “living museum” within a wilderness setting; hence, in spite of their proprietor’s sincere intentions, these gardens signaled a broken bridge between the colonial settler and the natural world. The public lecture and performance The Memorialist: Keynote Address illustrates this narrative while lamenting an impossible disconnect from nature, inherent in Western culture’s attempts to grasp it.

Nautalis presented by Or Gallery – Public image
Nautalis presented by Or Gallery – Public

Nautilus is an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla 2017, and will be open in Charlottetown from September 21-24.

The Or Bookstore is a project of the Or Gallery in Vancouver, BC. The shop specializes in artists’ publishing and carries a range of books and printed matter including editions, artists’ books, monographs, design publications, local publishing, criticism and theory and journals and magazines. Our titles come from Fillip, New Documents, Publication Studio, Sternberg Press, Tsunami Editions, Urbanomic, Motto Distribution and more.

The Or Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to exhibiting work by local, national, and international artists whose art practice is of a critical, conceptual and/or interdisciplinary nature. Since its inception in 1983 the gallery has acted as a space for research, proposition making, conceptual experimentation and documentation.

 

 

hannah_g – Artist – Public image
hannah_g – Artist – Public

In the spirit of coming together and the stories, incidents, and undocumented activity that will arise thereof, hannah_g will faithfully and partially recount and imagine the Flotilla gathering as it happens. During the formal and informal events of Flotilla, and from exploring its location in Charlottetown, she will gather long and short anecdotes in the form of ‘headlines’ and longer texts, both real and imagined, from delegates, attendees,  and inhabitants of the island to be disseminated via Twitter and Instagram. The anecdotes will run the gamut of factual, deadpan, funny, and serious in order to reconfigure intimate and intellectual spaces, and imaginatively interpret the gathering.  hannah_g hopes to convey the spirit of Artist Run Centres- experimental, thoughtful, mischievous, questioning, and performative- to those involved and the broader public.

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public image
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public image
Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public

Sputnik Returned 2 is an exact rendering of Sputnik, a 20 inch diameter steel sphere with four eight foot antennas, installed as if it has crashed back to earth, its impact crunching a parked sedan. The sleek futuristic design of the satellite, resting lifelessly in car sized crater, recalls a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and his imminent demise as he fell back to earth. Sputnik Returned 2 has a simple design, both streamlined and reflective, alluding to the space race of the 1950s. Today this design appears as a wonderfully crude relic of the period, a potential unmanned doomsday weapon mirroring the excesses of the cold war while also recalling the proto-modernist sculptures of Brancusi.

 

Sputnik plummeted into the earth’s atmosphere exactly four months after its launch, where it was incinerated – any individual with a passing knowledge of the atmosphere is aware that it would be impossible for a satellite remain intact upon re-entry. However, the narrative content of Sputnik Returned 2 asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief and engage in the metaphor presented by the object.

David Bobier & Anna Karpinski – Artists – Public image
12:30 - 13:30
David Bobier & Anna Karpinski – Artists – Public

 

SHED Talks- Passes Only

 

Art City | Free Store – Public image
Art City | Free Store – Public

 

14:30 - 16:00
The Foreshore – Passes Only

 

Luis Jacob – Centerpiece Speaker – Passes Only image
Luis Jacob – Centerpiece Speaker – Passes Only

Flotilla is pleased to feature Luis Jacob as one of its Centrepiece Speakers.

Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based artist and curator whose work destabilizes conventions of viewing and invites a collision of meanings. He has achieved an international reputation, with exhibitions of his work at Montreal Biennial (2016); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and La Villa du Parc centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse (2015); Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, and Limerick City Gallery of Art (2014); Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck, and Centro Párraga, Murcia (2013); Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Taipei Biennial (2012); Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, and Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Kunsthalle Bern, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009); Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and Hamburger Kunstverein (2008); Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, and Documenta12, Kassel (2007). In 2016, he curated the exhibition “Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto” at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. In 2015, he co-curated the conference “This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto” with Barbara Fischer, in collaboration with Kitty Scott.

Reception-Passes Only image
18:00
Reception-Passes Only

 

 

Galerie Sans Nom | Mathieu Leger – Artist – Public image
20:00 - 23:30
Galerie Sans Nom | Mathieu Leger – Artist – Public
Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle – Artists – Public image
20:30 - 22:00
Lisa Birke & Terrance Houle – Artists – Public
Delta Breakfast-Passes Only image
Delta Breakfast-Passes Only
Centre for Art Tapes – Passes Only image
09:30
Centre for Art Tapes – Passes Only

 

Hank Bull – Centrepiece Speaker – Passes Only image
10:00 - 11:00
Hank Bull – Centrepiece Speaker – Passes Only

 

SPILL.PROpagation- Passes Only image
11:00 - 12:00
SPILL.PROpagation- Passes Only

 

hannah_g – Artist – Public image
hannah_g – Artist – Public

In the spirit of coming together and the stories, incidents, and undocumented activity that will arise thereof, hannah_g will faithfully and partially recount and imagine the Flotilla gathering as it happens. During the formal and informal events of Flotilla, and from exploring its location in Charlottetown, she will gather long and short anecdotes in the form of ‘headlines’ and longer texts, both real and imagined, from delegates, attendees,  and inhabitants of the island to be disseminated via Twitter and Instagram. The anecdotes will run the gamut of factual, deadpan, funny, and serious in order to reconfigure intimate and intellectual spaces, and imaginatively interpret the gathering.  hannah_g hopes to convey the spirit of Artist Run Centres- experimental, thoughtful, mischievous, questioning, and performative- to those involved and the broader public.

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public image
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

David Bobier & Anna Karpinski – Artists – Public image
12:00 - 01:00
David Bobier & Anna Karpinski – Artists – Public

 

Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective – Artists – Public image
Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective – Artists – Public

IPAC will be investigating elements of cultural and artistic exchange: exploring the influences and adaptations of the “Kitchen Party” since early contact of eastern Canadian settlers with western Indigenous peoples. We have found that Kitchen Parties are deeply rooted in the cultural histories of both the Maritime and Metis people. This is where stories were told, songs shared and dances performed, which have helped to define Maritime, Metis, and Indigenous cultures as a whole. Many of same songs and dances are performed by these groups, but with distinctions specific to their unique ways of speaking, and of being on the land. Sharing interpretations of land and language, through their songs and dance, has created shifts in both cultures over time. Reforming characteristics of these practices still integral to Maritime and Metis cultures today. There is opportunity to collaboratively explore the similarities and differences within these traditions, exposing audiences to the relationship between the Indigenous people of northern Saskatchewan prairies and Prince Edward Island.

IPAC would like to bring three Saskatchewan artists to collaborate in this project: Kevin Wesaquate (Indigenous spoken word artist from Saskatoon), Tristen Durocher (a young Metis fiddler) and Modeste McKenzie (Metis jigger and cultural interpreter, both Metis artists from La Ronge Sk). These artists will perform integrated traditional and contemporary collaborations of spoken word, jigging and fiddling through impromptu pop up installations throughout downtown Charlottetown.

Society of Anonymous Drawers – Artists – Public image
Society of Anonymous Drawers – Artists – Public

Join the masked members of The Society of Anonymous Drawers at their temporary headquarters, for an anonymous, uninhibited evening drawing extravaganza. In the Society’s tradition, visitors will be invited to don masks for the most thoroughly anonymous drawing experience. Draw on official Society letterhead and have your work catalogued for posterity in the Society of Anonymous Drawers online archive. All materials will be provided. All ages of drawers are welcome and encouraged.

Nautalis presented by Or Gallery – Public image
Nautalis presented by Or Gallery – Public

Nautilus is an Or Bookstore kiosk in partnership with Flotilla 2017, and will be open in Charlottetown from September 21-24.

The Or Bookstore is a project of the Or Gallery in Vancouver, BC. The shop specializes in artists’ publishing and carries a range of books and printed matter including editions, artists’ books, monographs, design publications, local publishing, criticism and theory and journals and magazines. Our titles come from Fillip, New Documents, Publication Studio, Sternberg Press, Tsunami Editions, Urbanomic, Motto Distribution and more.

The Or Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to exhibiting work by local, national, and international artists whose art practice is of a critical, conceptual and/or interdisciplinary nature. Since its inception in 1983 the gallery has acted as a space for research, proposition making, conceptual experimentation and documentation.

 

 

Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public image
Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public

Sputnik Returned 2 is an exact rendering of Sputnik, a 20 inch diameter steel sphere with four eight foot antennas, installed as if it has crashed back to earth, its impact crunching a parked sedan. The sleek futuristic design of the satellite, resting lifelessly in car sized crater, recalls a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and his imminent demise as he fell back to earth. Sputnik Returned 2 has a simple design, both streamlined and reflective, alluding to the space race of the 1950s. Today this design appears as a wonderfully crude relic of the period, a potential unmanned doomsday weapon mirroring the excesses of the cold war while also recalling the proto-modernist sculptures of Brancusi.

 

Sputnik plummeted into the earth’s atmosphere exactly four months after its launch, where it was incinerated – any individual with a passing knowledge of the atmosphere is aware that it would be impossible for a satellite remain intact upon re-entry. However, the narrative content of Sputnik Returned 2 asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief and engage in the metaphor presented by the object.

SHED Talks- Passes Only

 

Art City | Free Store – Public image
Art City | Free Store – Public

 

this town is small | Idea Market – Public image
14:00 - 16:00
this town is small | Idea Market – Public

 

14:00 - 15:30
The Foreshore – Passes Only

 

16:00 - 17:00
Stih & Schnock – Artists – Public

 

Verticale | Reading Club – Mereille Eagan – Passes Only image
16:00 - 17:30
Verticale | Reading Club – Mereille Eagan – Passes Only

 

Charles Campbell – Artist – Public image
19:00 - 21:00
Charles Campbell – Artist – Public

Responding to the histories of migration and settlement along the Atlantic coast, Victoria-based artist Charles Campbell will perform Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong. Actor Boy is a persona derived from the Jamaican emancipation celebration Jonkonnu. As both witness and instigator, he brings these aspirations into the present, manifesting alternative possible futures.

Actor Boy will investigate the The Bog, Charlottetown’s historic community of African-Islanders, a marshy bird habitat that has since been paved over. With members of the Island’s black communities, they will create an auditory bog of birdsong, reversing perceived extinctions and restoring sonic and visual presence to historical erasures.

IPAC/AGAVF – Artists  – Public image
19:30 - 23:00
IPAC/AGAVF – Artists – Public
Eyelevel Gallery | Food for Thoughts – Public image
21:00 - 00:00
Eyelevel Gallery | Food for Thoughts – Public

 

Delta Breakfast-Passes Only image
Delta Breakfast-Passes Only
AKA | Jordan Bennett & Lori Blondeau – Artists – Public image
10:00 - 12:00
AKA | Jordan Bennett & Lori Blondeau – Artists – Public

 Working together for the first time, Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaq, Ktaqmkuk) and Lori Blondeau (Cree/Saulteaux/Metis, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4) present “Samqwan/Nipiy.” The performance unites Mi’kmaq and Cree words for water, bringing East Coast and Plains Indigenous cultures together to celebrate, honour, and explore water as a vital resource impacting the way of life for cultures globally. Bennett and Blondeau will use water surrounding the island and fish sourced in partnership with
the Mi’kmaq Confederacy in a performative feast. By performing within the Indigenous practice of feasting, the artists ceremonially give thanks for water enabling participants to bear witness to their act of celebration and partake in the life that it sustains. 

Journee Sans Culture – Artists – Public image
10:00 - 14:30
Journee Sans Culture – Artists – Public

 

Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public image
Alexis Bulman & Norma Jean MacLean – Artist – Public

Located downtown sits a former government building that was converted into condominiums while the bottom floor, approximately 30,000 sq-ft, has remained in a gutted transitional state. Tarp It, Run a Cord focuses on the west end of this building, a vacant 6,259 sq-ft space with enormous windows, high ceilings, a non-functioning duct-system, construction lights, precariously placed tarps, staging, ladders, the reminiscence of a grid drop-ceiling, good-ol’ hazmat containment warnings, and a sprinkling of duct-tape throughout. In recent times the site held potential to be a working artist space. Tarp It, Run a Cord will consist of built structures informed by the architecture and the practical handling of the materials present- it will become an extension of the space to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between art and space while simultaneously speaking to the lack of artist spaces in Charlottetown, an urban area with frequent vacancies in commercial properties.

Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public image
Brandon Vickerd – Artist – Public

Sputnik Returned 2 is an exact rendering of Sputnik, a 20 inch diameter steel sphere with four eight foot antennas, installed as if it has crashed back to earth, its impact crunching a parked sedan. The sleek futuristic design of the satellite, resting lifelessly in car sized crater, recalls a modern day Icarus whose faith in technology lead to hubris and his imminent demise as he fell back to earth. Sputnik Returned 2 has a simple design, both streamlined and reflective, alluding to the space race of the 1950s. Today this design appears as a wonderfully crude relic of the period, a potential unmanned doomsday weapon mirroring the excesses of the cold war while also recalling the proto-modernist sculptures of Brancusi.

 

Sputnik plummeted into the earth’s atmosphere exactly four months after its launch, where it was incinerated – any individual with a passing knowledge of the atmosphere is aware that it would be impossible for a satellite remain intact upon re-entry. However, the narrative content of Sputnik Returned 2 asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief and engage in the metaphor presented by the object.

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