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Tanya Lukin Linklater’s Choreography of Space

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Tanya Lukin Linklater begins our Skype conversation with a long description of her most recent performance, which took place the previous week at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. She carefully outlines the space, the dancers, the musician, the text, the backstory and the moment of performance. This isn’t unusual; I’ve observed that Lukin Linklater speaks of her projects by way of her working relationships and the process of creation. She does not make statements about any predetermined artistic objective, but instead allows meaning to unfold between the artist, her collaborators, the audience and the institution. Read More

Listening for Sedna Contemporary Inuit Art and Climate

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In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference this winter in Paris, the Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development and the Cape Farewell project launched a global program of over 550 events.The Paris negotiations (also known as the Conference of the Parties, or COP) were the hub for this project, entitled ArtCOP21.

The plan was simple: exhibitions, installations, performances, talks, workshops and screenings all over the world would emphasize the interrelatedness of climate and culture—that art could communicate the palpable human effects of climate change on communities at a far deeper level than facts and figures alone. Read More

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