Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Clive Holden's Utopia Suite Disco - PLATFORM Gallery - June 6 to 30, 2009

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 M├ętis 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?

To complete the questionaire visit: you.utopiasuite.com

Who you'd include in your own Utopia Hall of Fame , and what are your own lost utopian dreams, hope-reviving epiphanies, shelved epic-heroic novel manuscripts, or dusty drawer brilliant blueprints. Y.O.U. (Your Own Utopia) is part of Clive Holden's on-going, multi-year Utopia Suite project. The questionnaire results from the web + currently at several Winnipeg libraries will read and organized by Holden, and in response he will merge them with a variety of moving image media, to be presented throughout the Utopia Suite project. This will include a Manitoba segment in Holden's new Leader Series (watch for it in summer, 2009).

Y.O.U. (Your Own Utopia) and the Utopia Hall of Fame originated as parts of Utopia Suite Disco , which encourages you to move as part of a renewed, process-oriented utopianism (think cinema, dancing, running like a kid, or nomadic cultures). Instead of static buildings and old notions of nation-building, the focus is shifting to organic and dynamic forms, modeled on the structures found in nature.

Utopia Suite Disco's dynamic media tile utopian portrait gallery and Feverish movement studies surround a wooden 'light hut' that has its own dance floor. This crude cubic room pulsates to a looping 60 minute disco + world music + soundscape magnum opus by Rotterdam composer Oscar van Dillen. You're invited to come visit, to walk inside the art, and then to move to break free of the chains of passive, politically inert despair.

This exhibition at the PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, presented by the WNDX Festival of Film & Video Art and circulated by the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop's University, will include the following Utopia Suite segments: Utopia Suite Disco and Ken Dryden, as well as the on-going community outreach and utopian conversation: Y.O.U. (Your Own Utopia).

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