LIDS – DO LESS WITH LESS / DO MORE WITH MORE

18 Jan 2014, Posted in Current, Projects, 0 Comments

LIDS – DO LESS WITH LESS / DO MORE WITH MORE

The Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS) was founded in 2006 as a closely knit affiliation of then-unemployed cultural workers, not working but still bustin’ ass within Alberta artist-run culture. Their activities make visible and politicize women’s roles in the (arts) economy through tactical laziness, crafty collaboration, over-performance and wild hilarity. Members Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch and Wednesday Lupypciw have held positions as maids, waitresses, professors, homeopathic practitioners and board and staff of several Canadian artist-run organizations. They’ve exhibited their solo works, published, conferenced and lectured through- out Canada and the world, and they now reside in London/Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Calgary, Alberta respectively.

The Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society’s limited edition DO LESS WITH LESS / DO MORE WITH MORE cross-stitch-pattern poster was printed at the Alberta Printmakers’ Society in June 2012. The slogan on the posters was inspired by a discussion that took place as part of Artivistic’s Promiscuous Infrastructures project at Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal, about how artists and non-profit arts organizations negotiate the constant pressure to do more with less. With this poster reissue for FUSE, LIDS proposes that we resist the capitalist logic of constant acceleration, productivity and austerity budgets by reasserting a realistic level of production within our means. Use LIDS’s handy pullout pattern to stitch a banner for your own office and hang in the orientation of your choice!

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Letter adapted from the Precarious Workers Brigade ‘Template for a letter to art institutions that advertise unpaid internships’

15 Jan 2014, Posted in Current, Projects, 0 Comments

Artist-run centres in Quebec/Canada have a long-standing history of fighting for artists’ rights, including the payment of artist fees and advocacy around the value of cultural work. It is only logical that the recognition of artistic labour and support for fair working conditions should apply to all cultural workers, including the staff of arts organizations.

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Actual Size

25 Apr 2013, Posted in Projects, 0 Comments

Architectural and engineering plans articulate the form and function of intended constructions — the flow of substances, entry and exit points, joints, connections and foundations — and reveal the dispersion of power that sustains these structures. —Kandis Friesen

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A Game of Shater Hassan

24 Apr 2013, Posted in Projects, 0 Comments

A Game of Shater Hassan is a nonlinear, semi-autobiographical project that explores notions of memory, oral history and the diaspora. The project is described as a retelling the story of Shater Hassan when in fact it actively denies you most of the story itself, and takes you somewhere else instead. — Haitham Ennasr

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9 Scripts for a Nation at War – A Podcast by Reena Katz

20 Feb 2013, Posted in Projects, 0 Comments

9 Scripts for a Nation at War – A Podcast by Reena Katz

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: 9 Scripts is a 10-channel video installation structured around the question: “How does war construct specific positions for individuals to fill, enact, speak from or resist?” This podcast is a dialogue-based conceptual description mashed up with audio fragments from the work itself.

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The Arc by Kathleen Ritter — An artist’s project by Jem Noble

14 Aug 2012, Posted in Projects, Web Exclusive, 0 Comments

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The Arc by Kathleen Ritter, Live on Q with Jian Ghomeshi: A Performance Reconstruction in Graphic Novella Form, by Jem Noble. When fire tore through the building on the corner of Broadway and Kingsway in Vancouver early Christmas morning in 2009, a vital community of artist studios was decimated. Artist and curator Kathleen Ritter’s studio was among those destroyed…

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Complicity, Objection, Castration, Recomposition

12 Jul 2012, Posted in Projects, 0 Comments

Complicity, Objection, Castration, Recomposition

Some Feminists in Your Neighborhood is a group of women joined together through the mutual experience of patriarchy in supposedly radical political collectives and contexts. Our contribution to FUSE documents phases of the political process as they have appeared to us.

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From the Moon to the Belly

16 Mar 2012, Posted in Projects, 1 Comments

From the Moon to the Belly

From the Moon to the Belly is a seven-card limited edition digital collage postcard project and socio-cultural exchange between Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Maria Hupfield.

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Memorandum

28 Jul 2011, Posted in Projects, 0 Comments

Memorandum

Excerpted from Memorandum, an artist’s project by Greg Staats (2001) reprinted in “Performing Politics”: “It has been brought to our attention that the number of dogs on Indian Reserves has been increasing at a rate far beyond the capacity of this Department or the Indians to administer them.”

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Artist Projects from Spring 2011

05 Apr 2011, Posted in Projects, 0 Comments

Artist Projects from Spring 2011

Never Been to Tehran, was a worldwide exhibition of photography reflecting what 29 international artists imagined Iran’s capital city to look like.

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