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Festival X 2012: Previewing Ottawa’s biggest photography extravaganza

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This Thursday marks the opening of Festival X,  a 10-day photography festival showcasing the work of contemporary image-makers at 34 different venues around the city. Now in its fifth year, Festival X looks to bolster an awareness of regional, Canadian and international photographers through exhibitions, interventions, public lectures and artist talks, roundtable discussions and the Lookfest Porfolio Review  – an opportunity for photo-based artists to meet with critics, curators, scholars, editors, designers and others engaged with the photographic community. (If you’re interested in participating in Lookfest this year, scroll to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa is bursting at the seams this weekend – we’re definitely not ready to let go of festival season quite yet. Today, House of Paint kicks off for four days of graffiti, hip hop and breakdancing. And Saturday is Arboretum, the newest boutique festival celebrating all things local – we’re talking food, art, music and more. Highlights? Catch hip hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes at House of Paint Sunday and see the graffiti wall created the day before, and take in Cadence Weapon while chowing down on some delicious vittles... | Continue reading article

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Fantomatique is spine-chilling

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Photo courtesy of Tim SmithPhoto courtesy of Tim Smith

On a cold winter morning, with a snowstorm blowing in the air, a crowd of 5,000 people gathered in downtown Ottawa to watch a man being publicly hanged for murder. Many in the crowd believed he was innocent. The execution of Patrick J. Whelan on February 11, 1869 at the Carleton County Gaol, (today the site of the Ottawa Jail Hostel), is just one of the spine-chilling backstories to Fantomatique, a multi-discipline art exhibit presented by the SAW Video Media Art Centre, taking place at SAW Gallery at 67 Nicholas Street.... | Continue reading article

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Contemporary art in the Capital

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Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. Photo by Dylan Barnabe.Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. Photo by Dylan Barnabe.

For many, contemporary art can be a source of perpetual confusion and bewilderment. Deviation from customary styles, materials, and conventions of traditional art frequently causes furrowed brows and quizzical looks. However, despite its elusive reputation, the world of contemporary art is very much alive and well in our city. The following is a list of six great local spaces – other than the National Gallery of Canada – in which to survey and appreciate art in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Cube Gallery 1285 Wellington Street, Ottawa Located in the core of... | Continue reading article

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Guillermo Trejo: The revolution is called Atlantis

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A political action. Apolitical action. A poetical action. These represent just some of the interpretations of The revolution is called Atlantis, University of Ottawa MFA student Guillermo Trejo’s exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). The statements, which sit right outside the main exhibit room, inform Trejo’s vision: the ambiguity of political propaganda. A little preface about my introduction to the exhibit. A man, gazing intently at one piece, comes up to me. He asks: “Do you understand this? Do you understand art?” It makes me think about critique style.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Labour day edition

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Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.

So, Ottawa, how are you spending your last long weekend of the summer? Catching the best sci-fi plays in town? Singing some Verdi? Creating a coffee map? Celebrating a crafty birthday? Some people are convinced that bacon goes with anything, and this show, featuring Roberta Bondar and The Yips, is proving that bacon and music make a great couple. Other music adventures this weekend include DJ Hobo and Sweetcheeks doing a pop-up show at the H’burg Public House, and your favourite Ramones cover band taking to the stage at Zaphod’s. STILLNATIVE will... | Continue reading article

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#BustOutYOW → The Laser Musicbox

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Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Residency, click here. It’s perhaps fitting that my last post opened the “#BustOutYOW” project with an ambitious aim “to beam your content to the world” and this post picks up the challenge with a tangible laser-based opportunity. Christopher Smeenk, a researcher working between the University of Ottawa and National Research Council within the Joint Lab for Attosecond Science answered my call.... | Continue reading article

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Go Forth and Multiply: Cara Tierney at the Carleton University Art Gallery

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Detail. Shooting the Rapids (2011). Work by Cara Tierney.Detail. Shooting the Rapids (2011). Work by Cara Tierney.

Post by Katrina Bray. Go Forth and Multiply is the graduation exhibition of Cara Tierney, an MFA student at the University of Ottawa.  The show features 11 large digital prints of Tierney’s self-portraiture, in which she appears in one or many iterations.  Employing technical proficiency, attention to detail, and a keen compositional eye, she creates bold tableaus with – in many cases – a strong classical reference. The tableaus are posed – heavily constructed, giving an impression of being frozen in time. There is a sense that there is no... | Continue reading article

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“The City as a Canvas:” Windows Collective’s Underpass Films

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On a beautiful summer night, with the tranquil waters of the Rideau Canal rippling nearby, six local film makers transformed a downtown passageway into a dreamlike movie theatre. Beginning at dusk on the evening of August 15, the six-person Windows Collective gathered at the Plaza Bridge Underpass for a one-night-only experimental film screening. Projecting six separate short films simultaneously in different spots, the show created a gallery of moving images on the walls of the underpass, which is located between the National Arts Centre and the Bytown Museum. “We use... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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With a precious few summer weekends left, we’ve got to pack in as many outdoor activities as we can – we won’t have too many more chances to head to garage sales (a rock ‘n’ roll one, at that), take a bike tour, or frolic on a farm with zombies. We’ve got a rainbow of festivities happening with Capital Pride week wrapping up on Sunday – there’s the usual parade spectacular (including the Dusty Owl Reading Series), a youth prom and masquerade, and a mini-music festival down at City Hall... | Continue reading article

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