The DNA of a public space: The place, history and activism of a public square

0 Posted by - November 13, 2012 - Blog, Installations, Performance, Public art

This is an amazing event!  ATSA — the collective nom de plume of artists Annie Roy and Pierre Allard — have announced FIN NOVEMBRE: THE DNA OF A PUBLIC SPACE.  Montrealers are invited to join the artists from Nov 16 – 25 in yet another of their experimental communities at Place Emilie-Gamelin, a gathering of privileged and underprivileged in an improvisational exploration of space, place, history, humanity and social struggles.

This is an event for everyone intended to give the homeless and other Montrealers the opportunity to get involved as on-site volunteers and participants in “an incomparable atmosphere of mutual aid and social solidarity made possible by support from the artistic and business communities as well as the institutional sector and community-based organizations.”

Here is a schedule of the performances (including music and circus acts), storytelling, public speeches, a conference, and a grand soiree:

A permanent display of FIVE MONUMENTAL INSTALLATIONS AND SCREENING OF AUDIOVISUAL ARCHIVES, open to the public around the clock! These installations show and create the legacy of Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin; the construction of Montreal’s metro network; the major social protest movements that shaped the square’s identity; and the work of Melvin Charney. “They foster reflection on the Place’s evolution and its role in the city.”

Everyday ay 5h30: ATSA serves the Soup of the day, thanks to Soupsoup!

» nov 16-17-18

SOCIALLY ENGAGED MUSIC courtesy of
MANU MILITARI,  Nov. 16 at 9:30 p.m.
MORAN playing material from his new recording, Sans abri , Nov. 17 at 9:30 p.m.

CIRCUS PERFORMANCES by the artists from CASERNE 18-30  Nov. 16 and 17 at 5 and 8:30 p.m
with hosting duties handled by TOXIQUES TROTTOIRS Friday5 to 8 pm, Saturday 4 to 7 pm – Sunday 3 to 6pm

 GUIDED VISITS led by BERNARD VALLÉE, founder of L’Autre Montréal and reputable history popularizer
Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

STORYTELLING, featuring tales of the life of Émilie-Gamelin during Québec’s “Maple Spring”, with Isabelle St-Pierre, Évelyne Ménard and Paul Bradley, whose singular voices will have you time-travelling.

Saturday at 3:30-6 and 8 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm

 AND A CONFERENCE! L’artiste engagé, l’urbanité d’hier à aujourd’hui.  (In French)
Esther Trépanier, Francine Couture and Ève Lamoureux are three UQAM art history professors who share a passion for urban art and citizen activism. Their conference will focus on activist art within the city, from the turn of the 20th century to the present.

Sunday at 2 :30 p.m. UQAM-R-M 160 : Pavillon Sciences de la gestion, 315 rue Ste-Catherine est, niveau Métro

» nov  22 : LA SOIRÉE ROUGE!

APPORTEZ VOS CASSEROLES ! Thursday, Nov. 22 starting at 6 p.m.

A special evening of SPEECHES in the PUBLIC SQUARE

25 outspoken celebrities and citizens will seek to inspire us with their vision of tomorrow’s Québec, the Québec most, if not all, of us would wish to see, reflected on a smaller scale by Place Émilie-Gamelin: a place that belongs to everyone, for everyone, oriented first and foremost toward the community, mindful of  that sometimes too-fine line between what is public and what is private… An evening for putting into context the political awakening embodied by this spring’s student demonstrations, along with the hopes they raised; for consolidating the sense of solidarity felt during the struggle; and for valorizing the power of critical reflection.


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