Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! 

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Join us for a Live Performance and Multimedia art installation by the LA LA Art Collective (Tina Lam and Mark Andrews).

Tina and Mark have been Nonesuch Artists in Residence since late July 2022 and will be sharing their work with the public on 3 September, 2022 from 6 – 8pm in the Main & Station secondfloor Gallery at 168 Main St, Parrsboro (the old Post Office).

Reception: Saturday, 3 September, 2022 from 6-8 PM

Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! explores spiritual and mythic instances of celestial navigation in the Universe and the challenge to physical and philosophical Cosmology in grappling with what “happens” or what “is” as time is extrapolated backwards to zero. “Bang” refers to the Big Bang Theory, popularized in the Nobel Prize-winning work of Wilson and Penzias, and satirized in the long-running television sit-com, The Big Bang Theory.

Tina sediments the instance of the Cosmic Canoe in her sculptural work. The Canoe comes to Earth among two large multimedia works by Mark. He will read from his inaugural prose-poem one-act play, which is the title of the exhibition and performance. Listeners will be treated to a spiritual smorgasbord of “paddler god” scenes (stories) that begin with a poetic narration of the geological origins of the Minas Basin and the launching of “three old canoes” into the Fundy waters. Many of the scenes will be accompanied by human-audible sounds of the Universe and a selection of planets, moons and extraterrestrial objects. The sounds are courtesy of the European Space Agency and NASA. Tina will interpret Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! as a live performance.

Mark Andrews is an artist, scientist and writer who lives in Montreal. He creates large scale multi media works exclusively on paper. His works often concern the evanescence of voice, the transformation of Place and the mutability of identity. These subjects are resolved in transcultural Place-Naming stories, burial mounds, geoglyphs, mourning rituals, star maps, documentation of archaeological sites, skeletal remains of spirit creatures, and illustrations derived from origin stories.

Tina Lam is an artist-scientist-wanderer who creates sculptures, land-art interventions and multimedia installations. Growing up culturally uprooted, she has been pondering about what it means to exist, to belong, in a universe teaming with primordial, interconnected forces. Her work explores notions of transformation – both physical and metaphorical – and cosmology through the relationship between the human and the beyond-human; the melding of the personal with the scientific, the industrial with the natural, the mind with the body.

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bill bissett poetry reading

Direct from Mattawa! Join us for an online performance by the brilliant and wonderful poet and artist bill bissett!  

On Zoom: 15 august 2021 /  8pm atlantic /    7pm eastern time

bissett is a poet, editor, painter and musician. He has been a leading figure not only on the West Coast cultural scene, but in Canadian culture nationally. He is an experimental, concrete and performance poet, reciting and chanting his own work. “Make no mistake about it”, wrote one Vancouver journalist, “bill bissett’s poetry is political. How much more subversive can you get?” He has been called a “precious and non-renewable cultural resource” and “a one-man civilization”. 

This reading is dedicated to our dear friend Tom Young who went to spirit on 1 February 2021 and remains with us always.

To register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuceCuqjsoGtAD9zI0GMmxKi0IHKZ117i_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

More about bill: bill bissett:    born on lunaria was on th first childrns shuttul out uv that trubuld planet as all th oxygen had suddnlee dsapeerd  gone  i was brout in2 erth born from an erthling mothr  17 moovd 2 vancouvr from halifax  85 moovd part time 2 london writr in residens western universitee    joind luddites altrnativ rock band from 86-91 moovd 2 toronto part time with vancouver n lac la hache n 2007 moovd full time toronto  record vocals with pete dako composr n mewsishan latest cds  s t a r s  n th ride  both n othrs on bandcamp  latest book  b r e t h / th treez uv lunaria from talonbooks selektid rare n nu pomes 1957-2019  from talonbooks  next book from talonbooks  its th sailors life / still in treetment  fall 2022 relees n fall 2021 from universitee uv calgary press  i want to tell you love  with milton acorn  also a paintr n drawer latest drawings in th book  lip  by franco cortese from penteract press n bin a director n sec tresurer uv th secret handshake sins 2006

This event is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Furthering Kinship in a Broken World ~ a performance by Rae Marie Taylor

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Rae Marie Taylor’s work bridges her creative activities in Montreal and her homeland in the American Southwest. As a writer her book of essays The Land Our Gift and Wild Hope was awarded Finalist from the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Here In the North, as a poet she performs in various venues with Montreal musicians Pierre Tanguay and Diane Labrosse and in Quebec City with the jazz duo Michel and Pierre Côté.

"Shores" detail, Le fleuve/le NordIn both places, Rae’s visual art has included painting, sculpture and installation. She first experienced land art at the annual El Ancon Outdoor Sculpture show while living in New Mexico where the concern with relationship with place is dominant in the cultures as well as art and literature. Having immigrated to Montreal, her occasional installation work was taken inside to gallery spaces.

For more information about RAE MARIE TAYLOR http://thelandwildhope.com/