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Fallout at the Diefenbunker for Festival X

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Kitchen, Level 200, The Diefenbunker, Ottawa (2010) by Leslie Hossack.Kitchen, Level 200, The Diefenbunker, Ottawa (2010) by Leslie Hossack.

One of the scariest traits of the human race is our ability to make insane moments appear normal. This unsettling thought forms the backdrop to Fallout, a new photographic exhibit at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, by Ottawa artist Leslie Hossack, which tackles the paranoia and fear surrounding the threat of nuclear war during the Cold War. The exhibit, which runs until October 21 and is part of Festival X, Ottawa’s photographic festival, showcases pictures of the Diefenbunker – a 100,000 square foot, four-storey underground bunker built between 1959-61 to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s hidden math scene: Revealing the numbers behind the city’s art and culture

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Photos courtesy of Chris Coughtrey on flickrPhotos courtesy of Chris Coughtrey on flickr

Given Apartment613′s focus on arts and culture, some fascinating parts of city life can get overlooked. I was thinking about this recently while reading a math-related novel. While I am no number whiz, I appreciate math’s inherent beauty, and strongly believe that mathematical ideas can be as captivating as a beautiful painting or catchy song. In fact, I came to realize that mathematical concepts manifest themselves in the city’s art and cultural life in some unexpected ways. To uncover Ottawa’s hidden math scene, I chatted with Prof. Brett Stevens from Carleton University,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 at Nuit Blanche Ottawa

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Ben in costume

We’re in the market tonight dressing people in classic Canadiana costumes and taking instagram photos of them. You know… because it’s Saturday… ART! If you joined us, thanks! Check out a sample of some of the fun photos we took below. You can find the entire set of photos we took over the course of the evening with the hashtag #Apt613NB (on twitter) or go to webstagram. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Hats off to the organizing team at Nuit Blanche Ottawa for an amazing night! Special thanks go out to the... | Continue reading article

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Shedding light on Architecture Week

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Architecture is like frozen music, the famous German poet Goethe once said. This delightful image seems apt for Ottawa’s Architecture Week, an annual event that allows local residents to contemplate the beauty in buildings and design. Organized by the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA), this year’s eclectic program runs from September 24-30 and consists of public lectures, a bicycle tour, a pub crawl, a special children’s event, a movie screening and an art exhibit of light installations. “This year we changed it up a bit,” says Richard Smith, the... | Continue reading article

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Jonathan Hobin to show new image from “In the Playroom” at Festival X

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan HobinPhoto courtesy of Jonathan Hobin

Jonathan Hobin has stunned me with two exhibits. His now famous In the Playroom series is a hauntingly funny critique of our modern media-scape – where children take the lead role in telling hard truths. More recently, he created a personal and intimate series of photos dealing with the death of his grandparents and his memories of their final days. He’s proven himself to be a versatile and accessible artist, confronting us with intelligent art photography that is a vehicle for his critical and piercing social commentary. Hobin will be participating... | Continue reading article

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Geneviève Thauvette exhibits Les Filles du Roi for Festival X

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Les Duchesses. Photograph by Geneviève Thauvette.Les Duchesses. Photograph by Geneviève Thauvette.

Post written by Julie Cruikshank. It’s a busy September here in Ottawa. In a city that I think can be fairly described as festival-happy, the cooling weather of fall does very little to slow the tide of events. The Ottawa Animation Festival is underway, and this year marks the very first Nuit Blanche Ottawa. Tucked in between is Festival X, Ottawa’s Photography Festival. Now in its 5th year, the festival brings photographic exhibits, workshops, and artist talks to the National Capital Region, with events taking place in galleries, art-run-centres, cafés,... | Continue reading article

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Art technically/ a sample of Nuit Blanche Ottawa artists

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Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger and co-curator of Nuit Blanche Ottawa. 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. On Saturday September 22nd, Ottawa will host its first Nuit Blanche, an all night event which sees artists take to the streets to animate them in new ways and to temporarily alter the pedestrian path into a new culturescape. Here are a few projects that are of particular interest to me... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Nuit Blanche is here!Nuit Blanche is here!

Ottawans, you’ve never seen a weekend like this – it’s going to be one big art party! With Festival X’s photography, the Animation Festival’s films, and Nuit Blanche’s all nighter on Saturday, you’re sure to find something that delights and amuses. First off, Nuit Blanche: we Apartment613 folks will be stationed down in the market, with our Canadiana-themed photo booth – come by and get your picture taken as a Mountie or an explorer or a Red Coat, and then see it projected for all to see. Just around the... | Continue reading article

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Get your animation on! Win passes to this year’s animation festival

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Photo courtesy of Jon SchofieldPhoto courtesy of Jon Schofield

Apartment613 is pleased to be partnering with the Ottawa Animation Festival this year. I think the Animation Festival is a local treasure and hopefully we can all get out to enjoy it. All the screenings and major events are in our event calendar on the left, so have a look through and see what you’re into. We’ve got a bunch of passes for Apartment613 readers and we’re hoping that you’ll tweet and comment about the shows and events. If you’re interested in attending the festival shoot us an email and... | Continue reading article

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So that happened: An Open Letter To ARBORETUM – From Rolf Klausener

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr groupPhoto courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr group

This past weekend, Ottawa witnessed the launch of ARBORETUM - the latest promising addition to our city’s cultural scene. The reviews are positive and our thoughts turn to what’s next for the festival and the team behind it. Rolf Klausener, the artistic director of the festival just posted an open letter the community and we thought you might find his sentiment and thanks to be both motivating and comforting. The full letter is posted below and available on the ARBORETUM website here. We look forward to hearing about your ARBORETUM experience in the... | Continue reading article

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