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Actions that Speak / Des actions parlantes

Actions that Speak / Des actions parlantes

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Actions that Speak presents essays by Sean Mills, Felicity Tayler, Michèle Thériault and Jean-Philippe Warren that convey processes of doing, thinking, and engaging oneself that contributed to redefining and reshaping Quebec society in the 1960s and 1970s. They reveal a will to speak and to act that distinguished both the community life and the artistic activity of this period, thus encouraging us to consider the present in terms of the complex density of that past.

 

Historian Sean Mills examin …

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Affirming Collaboration

Affirming Collaboration

Community and Humanist Activist Art in Quebec and Elsewhere
edition:Paperback

For the past decade, Engrenage Noir / LEVIER—together with hundreds of artists and activists associated with dozens of community groups and organizations—has cultivated the practice of socio-politically engaged art. Affirming Collaboration communicates the joys and challenges encountered in co-creative community and humanist activist art while advancing our understanding of its ethics and aesthetics.

The first bilingual publication to go into such depths about the problematics of community an …

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Arctic Dreams and Nightmares

Arctic Dreams and Nightmares

Arctic Dreams and Nightmares
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

An intricate blending of written and visual imagery, this book is an Arctic journey interpreted through the mythological world of Inuit. With twenty short stories and accompanying pen ink drawings, it is the first publication to exclusively feature the writing and artwork of Alootook Ipellie.

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Arctic Artist

Arctic Artist

The Journal and Paintings of George Back, Midshipman with Franklin, 1819-1822
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover
tagged : canadian

Back's journal is particularly valuable because it is the only one that records the entire expedition; Franklin himself relied on it for his own published account of the journey. Both the journal and Back's earlier notes have been edited by Houston, who provides an introduction and extensive annotations, as well as synopses of the frank comments regarding the expedition recorded in the various journals of the Hudson's Bay fur trade posts.

I.S. MacLaren's commentary on Back's paintings reveals a m …

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Changing Perspectives in Anthropology of Art

Changing Perspectives in Anthropology of Art

Directions in Theory and Research
edition:Paperback

A contemporary rethinking of the ways in which anthropologists study, exhibit, and write about the aesthetic forms of other cultures. The central argument of this book is that the anthropological studies of art can benefit from recent perspectives developed in semiotics and the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies. Rather than reflecting ideas originating elsewhere in the social world, the book maintains that art contributes to the way in which the social world is structured, experienced, …

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Rites of Way

Rites of Way

The Politics and Poetics of Public Space
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

There are many ways to approach the subject of public space: the threats posed to it by surveillance and visual pollution; the joys it offers of stimulation and excitement, of anonymity and transformation; its importance to urban variety or democratic politics. But public space remains an evanescent and multidimensional concept that too often escapes scrutiny.

The essays in Rites of Way: The Politics and Poetics of Public Space open up multiple dimensions of the concept from architectural, polit …

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Excerpt from Rites of Way: The Politics and Poetics of Public Space edited by Mark Kingwell and Patrick Turmel

From Masters of Chancery: The Gift of Public Space by Mark Kingwell

Public space is the age's master signifier. A loose and elastic notion is variously deployed to defend (or attack) architecture, to decry (or celebrate) civic squares, to promote (or denounce) graffiti artists, skateboarders, jay-walkers, parkour aficionados, pie-in-the-face guerrillas, underground capture-the flag enthusiasts, flash-mob surveillance-busters, and other grid-resistant everyday anarchists. It is the unit of choice when it comes to understanding pollution, predicting political futures, thinking about citizenship, lauding creativity, and worrying about food, water, or the environment. It is either rife with corporate creep and visual pollution, or made bleak by intrusive surveillance technology, or both. It is a site of suspicion, stimulation, and transaction all at once. For some, it is the basis of public discourse itself, the hardware on which we run reason's software. Simultaneously everywhere and nowhere, it is political air.

Given the seeming inexhaustibility of the political demand to reclaim public space, what is stranger is that nobody admits they have no idea what it is. Most of us assume we know, but more often the assumption is a matter of piety rather than argument–and confused piety at that. 1 . ..

As with the court, so with a just society. There can be no useful recourse to public space unless and until we reverse the polarity of our conception of publicness itself. It is sometimes said that the threshold between public and private must be a public decision. True, but go farther: the public is not a summing of private preferences or interests, nor even a wide non-rival availability of resources to those preferences or interests. It is, instead, their precondition: for meaning, for work, for identity itself. We imagine that we enter public space with our identities intact, jealous of interest and suspicious of challenge, looking for stimulus and response. But in fact the reverse is true. We cannot enter the public because we have never left the public; it pervades everything, and our identities are never fixed or prefigured because they are themselves achievements of the public dimension in human life.

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A Tale of Two Shamans

A Tale of Two Shamans

edition:Paperback

This story is a blend of accounts recorded at the turn of the last century in three of the once numerous dialects of the Haida language. I have combined elements from these accounts into a newly constructed whole. Be cautioned that these images are interpretations informed by my own cultural composition and life experiences. This is a contemporary rendering of a worldview first expressed in different times and probably for different reasons...

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Art and War

Art and War

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

This is a truly encyclopaedic survey of artists' responses - both "official" and personal - to "the horrors of war." Art and War reveals the sheer diversity of artists' portrayals of this most devastating aspect of the human condition - from the "heroic" paintings of Benjamin West and of John Singer Sargent to brutal and iconic works by artists from Goya to Picasso, and the equally oppositional work of Leon Golub, Nancy Spero and others who reacted with fury to the Vietnam War. Particular attent …

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