This past week I had the joy of collaborating on a pilot workshop for Shadowpox: The Cytokine Storm with Debajehmujig Storytellers on Manitoulin Island. Shout-out to the talented and fabulous Bruce Naokwegijig, Joahnna Berti, Daniel Recollet-Mejaki, Sheila Trudeau, Sheldon Mejaki, Reece Wabegijig, Samantha Brennan and Bradleigh Steven Trudeau.
The Debajehmujig Creation Centre in Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Discussing a scene with Debaj artistic director Bruce Naokwegijig
Bradleigh Steven Trudeau records in the sound studio.
In the loading dock for Sheila Trudeau's "video journal" scene
Friday's Shadowpox workshop – Debajehmujig Storytellers, Val O'Leary, Andrea Letander-Trudeau and Adrian Rampersad of Wikwemikong High School, and Maurianne Reade of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine – having waaay too much fun.
Shadowpox technical director LaLaine Ulit-Destajo joined us on Saturday, and got to catch the company's brain-bending Christmas clown show Gulchmuss. (Of which songs still stuck in head...)
Ideas Digital Forum was two fascinating days in October of "engaging conversations between artists, curators, digital specialists, and scholars dedicated to thinking critically and collectively about the future of digital technology, digital art and public art galleries."
The symposium was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts’s Digital Strategy Fund, whose principles include:
"a focus on collaboration, partnership and networking;
open-mindedness, and willingness to share knowledge, results, ideas and lessons learned;
experimentation, risk-taking and iterative development."
I'm hugely grateful to Linda Jansma of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Zainub Verjee of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and everyone else who worked to create such an inspiring meeting of minds.