Migrating Landscapes (Migrating Landscapes Organizer)
: What to Do?
Here's a good problem to have: There is so much going on with Nuit Blanche and Culture Days that you couldn't possibly get to everything Winnipeg has to offer. (And there's just as much happening beyond the perimeter: Hello, Flin Flon!). Below are a few Winnipeg events that look exciting, intriguing or just plain kooky. Hot Architecture:
Drop by 5468796 Architecture Inc. at 266 McDermot Avenue (12:00 noon to midnight, Saturday) to preview the prototypes for Migrating Landscapes
, which will be heading to Venice as Canada's official entry at the prestigious 2012 Biennale of Architecture. A joint project of 5468796 and architect Jae-Sung Chon, the work looks at ways housing can engage with the experience of immigration. While you're there, check out the obsessively intricate art of Galen Johnson, whose "architectural fetish drawings" combine built environments with organic forms in meticulous, miniaturist, slightly mad detail. A, Like, Totally Awesome Ladies of the '80s Sing-along:
Break out your Members Only jacket and your big hair for this mass karaoke extravaganza. Lose your inhibitions as the lyrics to your favourite music vids by Madonna, Pat Benatar and Cyndi Lauper appear on the Cinematheque
screen (starts at 9:00 pm.). It's true: Girls just wanna have fun. Moonkey Business
, a sound and image installation on Colony Street, mixes a montage of movie monkeys with beats from DJ Kasm. From The Marx Brothers to The Hangover, Part 2, this collaborative work monkeys around with ideas about human evolution and notions of mystic synchronicity. (Colony Street, 9:00 p.m., Saturday to 2:00 a.m. Sunday)Subversive Sewing
: On Saturday (10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.) there's some yarn bombing -- a form of guerrilla knitting that involves decorating public spaces -- on Albert Street
. And on Sunday (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) there's a book launch and a "Stitch & Bitch"
session at McNally-Robinson Booksellers with Leanne Prain, a veteran yarnstormer and author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery. Everything you ever wanted to know about Marxism but were afraid to ask
: Stop by the Marxist Arguments Booth
at the Forks (Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) and get into some dialectical to-and-fro with your friendly neighbourhood Marxist. Historians, economists and activists will be on hand to field your toughest socio-political questions: Is Marxism necessarily Ladies of the '80s (Winnipeg Film Group)
teleological? Can Marxism and deconstruction just be friends? And how about that Trotsky?
Hop on the Art Bus
: Not only will this free shuttle get you around to many of the major Nuit Blanche
sites (from 6:00 p.m., Saturday to 2:00 a.m., Sunday), but the bus itself is a mobile gallery, with work that explores ideas of travelling, mass transit and social interaction.
Middle photo::Ladies of the '80s (Winnipeg Film Group) Knitting Albert St. (Cinty Titus)
Alison Gillmor, CBC Reviewer