Exnovation at the Museum

Collaboration "Of Domain and Dominion" with local poet Tanya Korigan to be featured at The Museum in Exnovation, January 11th - 27th. 

Opening Reception January 11th, 7 - 11 PM.

Of Domain and Dominion (detail), 2017, mixed media on mylar

Of Domain and Dominion (detail), 2017, mixed media on mylar

About "Of Domain and Dominion"
written by Tanya Korigan

Arising from each artist's visits to Kitchener's Victoria Park, this is a study in small ecology and long history as well as an experiment in collaboration with determinedly messy, leggy roots and a weedy, vigorous relationship to play.

This is an intimate an unsterilized project with though processes unguarded and ongoing, with the overlap enriching but also problematizing the personal meditative nature of the work as philosophies evolve day by day rather than remain in perennial summer, winter, or other fixed state. Throughout this process-oriented creation, images challenge and support the next page of poetry and the next page of text inspires and provokes the next page of images and so on...in successive layers.

With an interest in the ecological and philosophical merit of space to ramble, the artists have generated these layering responses over a period of many weeks. If the project is successful, the voices of readers and viewers will interject their own memories and recall sights they may have witnessed in the park, also, so that time spent with this piece may resemble the at-once private and peaceful and still all-roads-entwine-together spirit of a walk through Victoria Park.

About Exnovation
From The Museum Website:

Innovation has been a major characteristic of Waterloo Region and how things get made here. In a process of innovation, a team creates change within a product, process, item, or service. This has marked every industry of the region, creating a spirit of inventiveness, and an ever changing and diverse economic backbone.

An exnovative process is a little different. In an exnovative process, a person from outside of the team creates changes.

In this show, we have asked artists to enter into unusual collaborations that could take different exnovative shapes. They have responded and have presented us with over a dozen projects featuring over 25 artists. It is with great pride that THEMUSEUM welcomes Collective Identity back to our space to share the talents of local artists.

Civilization of the Wild Sharing Circles

 

For the duration of CAFKA.16, Meg Harder calls on the collective wisdom in her community to help awaken the wild seed that is perennially dormant within each person. Harder will be hosting a number of teachings in "The Civilization of the Wild" given by local people of the land. This will include knowledge sharing on shelter building, tool making, and species identification. While knowledge sharing sessions have a scheduled leader, Harder encourages everyone to share their stories and knowledge of the local bioregion as well. 

Wed 1-Jun, 7 PM - 8:30 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Scratch & Sniff & Sip with Michelle Purchase, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T6. Produced by CAFKA.

Plants can be identified by sight, smell, taste, or touch. Come smell some fun plants, learn which ones can be tasty, and which can be very dangerous. Some basic plant identification terminology will be covered. Where to Meet - participants will meet Michelle Purchase on Roos Island (the large island in Victoria Park Lake) at Meaghan Harder's debris hut installation "Civilizations of the Wild"

Sat 4-Jun, 9 AM - 11 AM, Civilization of the Wild: Bread Oven Building with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T7, Admission Free. Produced by CAFKA.

Alfred and the KW Cobbers from Transition KW will be demonstrating how to build a simple earthen oven.

Sun 5-Jun, 8 AM - 9:30 AM, Civilization of the Wild: Birdwatching with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T8, Admission Free. Produced by CAFKA.

Come for an early morning stroll through Victoria park and learn to identify local birds with David Gascoigne.

Sun 12-Jun, 3 PM - 5 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Tree ID with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T9. Produced by CAFKA.

Come for a guided walk around Victoria Park and area and learn how to identify trees in downtown Kitchener with Dan Root.

Tue 14-Jun, 10:00 - 12:00 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Shelter Building with Meghan Harder, Roos Island, Victoria Park. 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T6

Join Meg in a hands-on demonstration of debris-hut building.

Sun 19-Jun, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Civilization of the Wild: Natural Cordage with Meghan Harder, Roos Island, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T6. Free.

Come learn the ancient practice of making string from native plants.  

Wed 22-Jun, 7 PM - 8 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Bioregional Poetry and Story Reading I with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T10. Produced by CAFKA.

Come join in a round of reading of ecology-based poetry and short stories. Feel free to bring along poems and stories to share with the group, either written by yourself or collected favourites. A selection will be explored through shared reading and reflection.

Sun 26-Jun, 7 PM - 8 PM, Civilization of the Wild: Bioregional Poetry and Story Reading 2 with Meghan Harder, Victoria Park, 57 Jubilee Dr, Kitchener, N2G 7T11. Produced by CAFKA.

Come join in a round of reading of ecology-based poetry and short stories. Feel free to bring along poems and stories to share with the group, either written by yourself or collected favourites. A selection will be explored through shared reading and reflection.