Public Outreach Programming
Focusing on feminist, queer, intergenerational and Indigenous voices, CFMDC’s public outreach will support our mandate that art is necessary for driving change at the personal and political level. By partnering with these organizations and collectives we hope to provide space to collaborate with emerging and established artists and resources for disseminating initiatives and knowledge-sharing.
HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM
is a year-long collaborative project between EMILIA-AMALIA
(E-A) and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) that takes the hole as its organizing principle and guiding metaphor. Designed as a test-site for feminist research, commissioning, writing and exhibition-making, HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM takes up E-A’s ongoing interest in practices of failure, refusal, withdrawal, deliberate omission, and generative stoppages as sites for feminist organizing and conduits for lost intergenerational knowledge.
The hole is the gap left in feminist histories. It is the void left by withdrawn or failed or abandoned projects. It is the blank spaces made by striking workers. It is the vacuum of whiteness as the universal norm. The hole traces both absence and presence. The hole is the grave and the womb. It is the blindness of the unseeing eye, and mouth open wide to take it all in.
In addition to thinking about holes and how to fill them, EMILIA AMALIA is considering:
HOLES AND HOW TO FEEL THEM
WHOLES AND HOW TO FOIL THEM
HOLES AND HOW TO FALL INTO THEM
HOLES AND HOW TO FIT INTO THEM
HOLES AND HOW TO FIND THEM
Combining public lectures and workshops, commissioned performances, curated screenings and publications, the program activates the CFMDC’s collection and institutional space to explore gaps, holes, fissures, failed and abandoned projects, and the undetonated potential of the past.
HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Stop Making Sense / Sense Making
, a collaboration between SKETCH
and CFMDC, is a 10 week workshop series for youth on the margins to interact with film, media, and technology and create works to be exhibited in August 2019. The workshops are a makerspace for those who want to explore the absurdity of our senses. The theme is underscored by experiential learning and knowledge that participants will be able to gain knowledge by doing. The workshops begin at the end of May and run until the beginning of August, with a culminating exhibition August 20th - September 1st 2019.
The GLAM Collective
(Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Concordia University and Research Chair), Dr. Carla Taunton (NSCAD University), Dr. Julie Nagam (University of Winnipeg) who are a team of Indigenous and Allied scholars and curators, who will be expanding on their previous research while simultaneously breaching new territory concerning their collective interest in digital and new media artwork. GLAM covers the area of Indigenous contemporary art practices in concert with cultural geographies, Indigenous theory, performance, film, visual art, digital and new media, cultural studies, curatorial practices, and art history. An exhibition will take place in October 2019 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre.
Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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