Selected Research Creation Projects

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Art & Research (T)here, 2018

Art & Research (T)here, my Social Science and Humanities Research Council Funded Doctoral Project, is an emergent virtual learning community and participatory arts-based research project that emerges at the intersection of transdisciplinarity, knowledge production, and research-creation. For more information, please visit:  http://artandresearchthere.com/

 

 

 

(Un)school (collaboration with Cara Tierney), 2017-ongoing

(Un)school is made up of ongoing (un)learning encounters through participatory and emergent practices and pedagogies.

We are artists/educators/curators/facilitators/learners who will be working with the Ottawa community to create nomadic and sporadic (un)schooling experiences.  (Un)schooling means to pay close attention to our innate inclination to learn. It also requires us to unlearn the systemic regulations that limit these processes. For us, critical pedagogy and relationality are crucial. (Un)school is made up of workshops, spaces, and collaborations which honour community-led alternative education. Many topics will be explored as (Un)school responds to community needs. So far, we have worked towards (un)learning gender & sexuality, mobility & corporeality, and fear & institutionalization in Ottawa’s ArtsCourt.

 

 

 

Summerhill on Major’s Hill  (collaboration with Adam Brown), 2016

Housed in what was formerly known as Blink Gallery in Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park, Summerhill on Major’s Hill was a temporary arts-based democratic school inspired by the free school movement of the late 1960s. Through community meetings and consultations, and with the help of dedicated community-members and volunteers, we facilitated building projects, events and workshops based on participatory spaces, self-directed education, conflict resolution and notions of freedom. To watch a video compiled of facilitators’ and participants’ recordings of a slack-line experiment, please visit: http://culturalengineering.ca/genevieve-cloutier-adam-brown-summerhill-on-majors-hill/

 

 

 

 

Performing g(hosts), 2013-2014

Performing g(hosts) inquired into the silencing of my First Nations Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) ancestry through interdisciplinary art practices. I looked towards the intergenerational narratives of my grandmother, mother, and I through experimental documentary film practice, sculpture, performance, photography, installation, writing, and bookmaking and found absurdity, liminality, movements and g(hosts) amongst spaces of liminality. 

 

 

 

The Hollow Land, 2010

The Hollow Land inquired into the arts and craft movement through a distopic lens and did so via paint, text and the recreation of a Frank Lloyd Wright design. The latter was reinterpreted and created with soft wood that had been damaged by the pine beetle epidemic. The chair, without a seat, positioned itself between placidness and movement, along with an inability to stay seated at times of environmental crises.

 

 

 

Here They Said, 2009

Here They Said was a community-based video project that inquired into contested spaces in Vancouver through emergent and participatory practices. Front Magazine put out a call to action for the people of Vancouver to join together in specific locations and times. They were invited to bring something to the spaces and were instructed to be as theatrical or self-possessed as they wished. The Olympic Village’s Habitat Island and Victory Square Park served as two of the stages/spaces to speak to. Improvised performances, conversations with passersby, mending, guitar playing, and writing a letter to one of the oldest trees in the city were just a few of the happenings to emerge. Please find the links included, where you can view an excerpt of the performance done on Habitat Island, as well as a compiled video of the Victory Square Park gathering.

 

 

 

My mother worked in a factory, 2008

I curated My mother worked in a factory which included works by artists Caroline Ballhorn, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Benjamin Larose, and myself. Each work explored concepts situated at gendered tensions and productions, whereby objects and bodies are all at once divided and consumed, labeled and put into question.

 

 

 

Talking Head (performance view), 2008

Talking Head was performed at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC and inquired into development, consumerism and information transmission. In it, a reporter and a viewer engaged in a disconnected conversation whereby no one was listened to or understood.

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