Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Clive Holden's Y.O.U. (Your Own Utopia)

Clive Holden's Y.O.U. (Your Own Utopia) on-line questionnaire, the Manitoba Version

What Would Manitoba Look Like Today if Louis Riel Had Succeeded?

He's many Canadians' favourite political hero/folk hero. What if Louis Riel had joined forces with Sitting Bull and the Dakota Sioux? Would the country still stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific? Was the Métis leader's vision of a homeland across Western Canada a utopian dream, in other words something desirable and also impossible? Would we have a different system of government today? Whose head would be on our money? Whose God in our constitution? The "Father of Manitoba" did speak of his divine direction, that God chose him as a prophet for his people. How many of our best leaders have this belief? Does it matter, if they lead us well? Louis Riel was executed for high treason. How many of our most visionary utopians have we lost in this way?

Exhibition June 6 to 30, 2009, presented by the WNDX Festival of Film & Video Art at PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg.

Opening reception and Big Disco Party: Friday, June 5, 2009 @ 8 pm+.

Artist's Lecture and Utopian Conversation: Saturday, June 6, 2009 @ 2 pm, Winnipeg Cinematheque.

More information:
WNDX Festival of Film & Video Art
PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts


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