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Friday, November 10, 2017

Ethics of Porn, a feminist perspective

I was at a couple of talks on Friday with Kate Sinclaire at the university on the topic feminist porn. She runs a website and creates content for it with attention focused on different perspectives (queer, etc) and uses approaches which put most of the control in the hands of the performers, giving them agency over the process. It was blizzarding this morning so there were only about 15 people at the first session, but the afternoon talk drew 33.

Over lunch, I took a break from the lectures to go to some more lectures. "Art For Lunch" featured three artists talking about the activities they underwent during their residencies at the UofR. Peter is starting to work with scars and asked about mine (which I featured for 20 seconds at the Quick and Dirty earlier this week). 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

cool new stapler

Margaret picked this stapler up from the free table at work. It appears to be used for stapling booklets, something we need done about once a year (perhaps more often now that we have this). It takes a small staple so we need to find some at (where else?) Staples. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Quick and Dirty Monsters

I did another Quick and Dirty talk (Dunlop and Creative City Centre hosting). The group consisted of six of us from MAP including Risa Horowitz, Charity Marsh, Wes Pearce, Mike Rollo, and Megan Smith. Had a great time. Margaret was probably a bit upset by being blindsided with a picture of her in the birthing room with William and me talking about collaborating on making a monster. Afterwards someone asked if I had permission for using that image and I said that William thought it was okay, and he was the one naked. I have built so many monsters, I could barely scratch the surface. Of course, the real topic was how I've tried to help William become an interesting person and a collaborator/peer in making art. Went well.

William's art at Board of Education

This evening William's art, along with a few other artworks by students in other schools, was unveiled at the Board of Education offices. It will be on display there for a month. After that, it will become part of the Sheldon William's High School collection. There was a huge crowd. Speeches were short and cookies were big. Mom and Lori came, as did Gertud and Fred. Allan came with us. Of course Angie, his teacher, was there. This is the stenciled work he did a few months ago referencing Warhol with a "still life" of his car crash. He called it "History Repeats Itself". 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Kafka and driving

After William read Kafka's "The Castle" last month and told me many things about it, I thought that I might reference it in a film. While his descriptions were vivid, I thought it best to actually read the book. Finished it today. While I took my time and read it slowly (mostly just 10 or so pages per day) I found it really fun; the most enjoyable book I've read in years. I'm eager to dive into The Trial, but William just decided he would read it first.
Practiced parallel parking a lot yesterday but to no avail. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

driving with William

William has continued to have hours of homework every day. We took an hour off in the middle to drive, in particular to practice parallel parking which he improved greatly on today. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Garry Wasyliw talk at the MAG

William chauffeured me around today, practicing his driving. Our first stop was Garry Wasyliw talk and opening of his MFA exhibition at the MacKenzie. It was pretty interesting, especially the distinctions between "random" and "chaos". Afterwards we connected with my sister and niece and ran around to a number of places including the Ukrainian Co-op, the Salt art show (where a hundred Rider fans were standing and waiting for the bus) and Paper Umbrella (egads! the Saskatchewan colours mini-paint kits are sold out!!!). 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Presentations by Don Hall and Bridget Moser

Art for lunch today was a talk by Don Hall about prairie photography and about his own career as a photographer.He taught me Film 205, a course that hasn't changed much since I took it, back in 1984. It was a great course, even if I did only mediocre work in it (see below). He continues to be one of my models of excellence in teaching. This evening we went to a presentation by Bridget Hall who has some performance art videos up at the Dunlop this month. This was fun. The seating is poor so it was difficult to see. The image above is taken when I stuck my arm high in the air. Most of the time we could only see the top of her head, or nothing at all. This performance was recorded and will be played in the gallery, so we'll have a chance to see it unobstructed.