Community Event Dates
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Fillip and nomadic artist and writer Grace Ndiritu, one of the artists in the 2018 Feature Exhibition The Blue Hour, for a seminar-style discussion on intersections of hippie counterculture and radical leftist activism. The conversation will begin with a discussion of Simon Sadler’s text “Mandalas or Raised Fists? Hippie Holism, Panther Totality, and Another Modernism” (PDF) which unpacks California’s Bay Area 60s activist scene and the overlaps and distinctions between the Black Panthers and the activism that emerged around the Whole Earth Catalog, a hippie almanac published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972. The discussion will be punctuated by short silent meditation breaks led by the artist.
In 2012, Ndiritu left London to live in a series of rural, alternative communities, expanding an ongoing body of research into non-rational methodologies, New Age nomadic lifestyles, and shamanism. This research developed into a body of work entitled Healing the Museum which sought to reactivate the “sacredness” of art spaces and restore a meaningful relationship between museums and their audiences. During the seminar, she will discuss her latest project, The Ark: Center For Interdisciplinary Experimentation—a post-internet living research/live art project founded in 2017.
This Reading Group is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Blue Hour, at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, which features the work of Joi T. Arcand, Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu, and Kara Uzelman. Ndiritu’s participation is generously supported by the British Council.
FREE but space is limited
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