Other Rooms, Other Worlds Previously Unimaginable | Queer Artists’ Cinema and Paracinema in Canada

WHEN: Friday, March 9, 2018, at 2 p.m.

14h00-18h30: presentations and discussion by Anthea Black (California College of the Arts), Mark Clintberg (ACAD), Thirza Cuthand, Jon Davies (Stanford University), Casey Eagle Speaker, Benedict Fullalove (ACAD), Ashley Scarlett (ACAD), Mikiki, and Erin Silver (University of British Columbia). Lecture Theatre.
18h30: Book launch: Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education, co-edited by Anthea Black and Shamina Chherawala. Main Mall.
Peter Kingstone: 100 Stories About My Grandmother.
19h00-20h30: Performance: Lisa Lipton, Soon All Your Memories Will Be With Me. Illingworth Kerr Gallery.
20h30: screening of the collaborative work of Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: The Same Problem. Lecture Theatre.

WHERE: ACAD, Calgary, AB

Graduate Student Participant Reporters: Jay Bossé (Concordia University), Anton Cu Unjieng (ACAD), Jon Davies (Stanford University), and Mikhel Proulx (Concordia University).

This pair of events at Concordia and ACAD addresses the expansive production of artists’ cinema and paracinema in contemporary Canadian, Quebecois, and Indigenous contemporary art through a series of roundtable conversations, paper presentations, and film screenings. The methodological foci of these conversations will be queer in orientation, as will be many of the case studies. The purpose is to imagine artists’ cinema and paracinema as strategies for world making and creative speculation in queer futurity, identity formation, and activism. By extension, this queering will involve questioning the disciplinary limits and limitations of the term “artists’ cinema.”

All events are free and open to the public. These events coincide with WinterPride Concordia-Montreal.

Funded by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Queer Media Database Canada-Quebec, and the Alberta College of Art + Design. The screening of the “I Confess” program has been made possible by Queer Media Database Canada-Quebec Project, and the work of Jordan Arsenault and Alice Jim. Other support comes from ACADSA, Sidewalk Citizen, and Kaffeklatsch.