RiVAL fall 2018 events in Thunder Bay for social justice and decolonization

This is a quick note to tell you about all the exciting events we have planned for the fall, which is already underway. First comes a quick calendar and beneath that descriptions of the events.
RiVAL is a workshop for the radical imagination located physically in Thunder Bay’s North Core and active globally and online. For more information, visit: http://rival.lakeheadu.ca

Calendar

Access

RiVAL is located in room 2002 of Lakehead University’s PACI building (which also houses the law school). There are about ten steps between RiVAL the nearest accessible floor. RiVAL offers bus fare and childcare subsidies to encourage the whole community to access our events. All RiVAL events unless otherwise noted are dry and drug free. We ask everyone who attends to be conscious of allergies and sensitivies and not use scented products. 

Event descriptions

 

September 27 – “Participatory Art For Social Change with Cassie Thornton” 5:30pm at the TB Art Gallery – https://www.facebook.com/events/1889360227813765/

How can art stimulate social change? The new enthusiasm for participatory or “social practice” art provides new and exciting ways of engaging with audiences, breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for artistic experience, learning and community. This work, which appears to be a quirky, easy and cheap solution to many types of social obstacles, comes with its own challenges. This 2 hour workshop will be comprised of lecture, conversation and exercises for artists, teachers, arts administrators and community organizers incorporating participatory techniques into their practice.

Organized by Betty Carpick as part of a stream of Adult Workshops at the Art Gallery of Thunder Bay. For more info and other programs, go here: http://theag.ca/learn/programs/adults/

Facilitator: Cassie Thornton is an artist and feminist economist whose uses a variety of methods to reveal the possibilities for solidarity hidden in plain sight. Through participatory spectacles, rituals of destruction, weaponized yoga and collective dreaming, Thornton’s work aims to abolish the frustration, alienation and boredom created and sustained by financialization, austerity and debt. In the name of these ends she has initiated a peer-to-peer credit reporting agency, staged breakdowns in student loan offices, organized children into a demolition mob, formed a poetry collective with security guards, gifted cursed watercolours to financiers, orchestrated dancers to disrupt banks, hypnotized debtors, and sent debt to space. Based between Oakland, Berlin and Thunder Bay (Canada), Thornton hold a BFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College for the Arts. Institutions that have commissioned her work include Gallery 400 (Chicago), Supermarkt (Berlin), the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York), SPACES (Cleveland), Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Flux Factory (NYC). She has held residencies at The Cannonball Miami, the Headlands Centre for the Arts outside of San Francisco, and the Mayworks Festival of Workers’ Art in Halifax, Canada. Currently, she co-directs, with Max Haiven, the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL) at Lakehead University.

October 2, October 23, November 20, December 4 – “Drop-in decolonization reading group (for everyone!)” 7pm at RiVAL – https://www.facebook.com/events/300918353793747/

No experience necessary! Join us as we read the The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson and other texts related to decolonization. We will read out loud and together at each meeting, and follow up with a discussion about the colonial history of Canada and the meaning of decolonization. Books and readings are provided, and newcomers and drop-ins are welcome to join at any point. Bus fare and childcare subsidies are available on request.

October 9, November 13, December 11 – “Responding to Racism in Conversation: a Community of Practice”7pm at RiVAL – https://www.facebook.com/events/861811320685310/

Are you concerned about racism in our community, and want to do something about it? Are you aware that part of changing our culture of racism involves speaking up when you hear racist speech, but you struggle to know what to say or how to say it? Do you want to get better at speaking up but don’t know how? Have you tried to speak up but the conversation shuts down? You need practice, and you are far from alone.

Everyone is welcome, but the event is geared primarily towards other Settlers in the understanding that we need to take more of the responsibility for addressing racism in our community, rather than leaving it on the shoulders of the people already living the reality of racism on a daily basis. Indigenous people are already speaking up; settlers need to consistently challenge racism too.

October 19 – “Book launch: Max Haiven’s Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization ” 2:30pm at Lakehead University ATAC building room 5036 – https://www.facebook.com/events/345644549535398/

The Lakehead University department of English is pleased to host the Thunder Bay Launch of faculty-member Dr. Max Haiven’s latests book “Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization” at 2:30pm on October 19 in the ATAC building, room 5036. Snacks will be served and books will be available for purchase.
From the publisher: We imagine that art and money are old enemies, but this myth actually helps to reproduce a violent system of global capitalism and prevents us from imagining and building alternatives. By exploring the way over 50 radical contemporary artists engage with cash, debt and credit, Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization identifies and assesses a range of creative strategies for mocking, sabotaging, exiting, decrypting and hacking capitalism today. Written for artists, activists and scholars, this book makes an urgent call to unleash the power of the radical imagination by any media necessary.
Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL). His previous books include Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons, The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life.

October 24 – “Settler Frames: A talk on film & colonialism w. Dr. Ezra Winton,” 12 noon at Lakehead University ATAC building room 5036 – https://www.facebook.com/events/239055576784131/

How have settlers (non-Indigenous people) framed themselves in the history of Canadian cinema? Writer, researcher and curator Ezra Winton, who co-founded Cinema Politica (the world’s largest documentary film screening network), draws on the Concordia University’s film archive for an illustrated talk about the framing of settler-Indigenous relations, settler conquest and expansion, and settler identity through the prism of desire. 
This presentation is part of a larger research/media project on the socio-cultural construction of settler identities, narratives, institutions, worldviews and political apparatuses, conducted by settler writer, curator and teacher Ezra Winton. Winton will give a presentation based on his research as part of his recent Curator-In-Residency at Concordia University’s film archives. With SETTLER FRAMES Winton looks at the framing of settler-Indigenous relations, settler conquest and expansion, and settler identity through the prism of desire. After viewing hundreds of works in the 35,000 strong repository of film and video, Winton has assembled a selection of audio-visual texts that demonstrate the development of three settler archetypes, which correspond to three socially constituted settler identities. Through a reading of film history as settler film history and deploying desire as a gathering point, Winton discusses the ways in which the “colonial troika” of dispossession, enclosure and exploitation find fertile opportunity in settler-made cinema.
Ezra Winton is a settler writer, curator and scholar who has taught media and film classes at NSCAD, Concordia University and Carleton University. His research focuses on documentary cinema, Indigenous film and media, film festivals, curatorial politics and screen ethics. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Lakehead University and is co-editing a collection of essays with Lakota artist and scholar Dana Claxton entitled Insiders/Outsiders: The Ethics and Politics of Indigenous Representation and Participation in Canada’s Media Arts (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). Winton is also the co-founder and Director of Programming of Cinema Politica, the largest campus and community based documentary screening network in the world. Ezra is based on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) on the island of Tiohtiá:ke, or Montreal. 

October 25 – “No fear of an indigenous planet – film screening premiere: Documentary Futurism!”7pm, location TBA – https://www.facebook.com/events/943648415822571/

RiVAL: the ReImagining Value Action Lab and the Cinema Politica Network are pleased to invite all members of the Thunder Bay and nearby communities to a special premiere of a selection of films that help us imagine the lands we currently call “Canada” 150 years from now: Documentary Futurism!
Featuring a majority of young indigenous film-makers, this program of six short experimental “documentaries about the future” is thought-provoking, moving, funny and profound.
  • THE CEREMONY – 150 years from now, two warrior siblings document their community, who survived climate change, and become the focus of an event that will change them forever. (Dirs. Taina Da Silva & Becca Redden).
  • NOVA – A teenager unwillingly deletes her best friend in this bittersweet coming of age story set in a world where augmented reality has gamified existence and where basic guaranteed income is not entirely “unconditional.” (Dir. Andréanne Germain)
  • RECLAMATION – After white people have left Earth for Mars, Indigenous people talk about their work reclaiming the lands and restoring the health of the planet and their communities. (Dir. Thirza Jean Cuthand).
  • THE UNIVERSE ACCORDING TO DAN BUCKLEY – A beautiful, moving and thought-provoking portrait of the brilliance and challenges of mental illness (Dir. Roberto Santaguida).
  • A’S’KATIKL TAPU’KL AWT’L – A pair of Mi’kmaw helpers travel the land, removing toxic remnants of the past. (Dir. Bretten Hannam).
  • WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN HEROES – In a world with nothing left to mine, communication has become the main resource for humanity to exist. The challenge? To stay connected. (Dir. Andrés Salas)
For more information about the films and program, please visit 
THE NEXT 150
What will Canada look like 150 years from now? This selection of cutting-edge films will challenge our visions of the future of this country and its people. Cinema Politica’s The Next 150: Documentary Futurism project seeks to usher in a new kind of film-making that brings actuality into conversation with speculation, realism with fantasy. Taking inspiration from Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, Cinema Politica has commissioned 15 short films to inaugurate this new genre. 
Dr. Ezra Winton, cofounder and head of programming at Cinema Politica will introduce the program and other guests may be in attendance!
Stay tuned for other guests as well.