RECENTRE

RECENTRE is a discursive program  presented by Trinity Square Video that addresses structural racism by identifying bias and discrimination in modes of representation, like the language and imagery applied to people who are Black, Indigenous and of colour (BIPOC).

Artists and facilitators involved include Rania El Mugammar, Amy Desjarlais, Jeff Thomas, Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda, Syrus Marcus Ware and Tania Willard. See below for the details of past programs.  


 

UPCOMING

Fall Writing Workshops with Janet Marie Rogers and Elwood Jimmy

Writing for what is absent with Elwood Jimmy
09 October 2018, 6:30 – 9PM
401 Richmond Street West
Spots available: 9

Participants will be led through individual, and collective space-holding exercises before being asked to respond to provocations relating to bodies – the human and non-human, the visible and invisible – in relation to their own practices, communities, sensibilities and ways of being. The workshop is exploratory and designed for personal and collective inquiry and reflection.

This workshop is part of the RECENTRE initiative guest curated by Su-Ying Lee and presented by Trinity Square Video.

REGISTRATION DETAILS:
Registration is limited, so register early to ensure a spot!
– Via email to emily@trinitysquarevideo.com
– Telephone registration 416 593 1332

Registration fee options:
– Select the option that best suits your budget.
– Select any amount between $10-40.
– A meal is included with all payment options.
– All programs offered for individuals as part of RECENTRE, an anti-oppression program for cultural producers, have been free. Payments are returned to the organization’s program budget to continue to offer innovative programming that seeks to fill gaps.

A light meal is included: Please make us aware of any food restrictions when registering.

Accessibility: Trinity Square Video is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming. When registering please make us aware of any needs we can work to accommodate. Personal attendants are admitted free.

Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, cultural translator & facilitator, and gardener. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north. For almost 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations nationally and abroad. In his practices, he has employed photography, film, video, storytelling, language, text, textiles, natural materials, performance, and personal & community narratives as the foundation for a number of collaborative projects.


The Dynamics of Rowing Your Own Boat: Cultural Competency Today with Janet Rogers
18 October 2018, 6:30 – 9PM
401 Richmond Street West
Spots available: 25

Through visual presentation and group discussion, this workshop will focus on concepts and practices of what defines culture and that which currently exists which is not culture in relationship to region and territory. Poet, media and sound artist Janet Rogers brings her Haudenosaunee cultural elements into most everything she produces with the intention to invite all other cultural producers to work from their own places of cultural grounding.

This workshop is part of the RECENTRE initiative guest curated by Su-Ying Lee and presented by Trinity Square Video.

REGISTRATION DETAILS:
Registration is limited, so register early to ensure a spot!
– Via email to emily@trinitysquarevideo.com
– Telephone registration 416 593 1332

Registration fee options:
– Select the option that best suits your budget.
– Select any amount between $10-40.
– A meal is included with all payment options.
– All programs offered for individuals as part of RECENTRE, an anti-oppression program for cultural producers, have been free. Payments are returned to the organization’s program budget to continue to offer innovative programming that seeks to fill gaps.

A light meal is included: Please make us aware of any food restrictions when registering.

Accessibility: Trinity Square Video is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming. When registering please make us aware of any needs we can work to accommodate. Personal attendants are admitted free.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Toronto Ontario and is currently of no fixed address as she is awarded residency after residency throughout 2018-2019. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist. Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011 “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014 and Totem Poles and Railroads ARP Books 2016 and a forthcoming title Between Spirit and Emotion, Bookland Press fall 2018. She produced and hosted Native Waves Radio on CFUVfm from 2007-2017. Her music column Tribal Clefs was part of CBC Victoria’s programming from 2008-2016. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum: 50 years of Indigenous Protest Music” and “Resonating Reconciliation” won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013.


PAST

The Difficult Questions: Small group discussions for organizations
Dates:
Institutions - Monday, September 17, 2018, 3-6pm
Cost: $100/participant with sliding scale option
Emerging organizations - Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 6-9pm
Cost: FREE ($10 deposit returned upon arrival)
Location: Daniel’s Spectrum CSI
Number of Participants: 10 in each session (maximum two from each organization)

This deep-dive session will be informed in-part by feedback provided to Rania El Mugammar from earlier sessions. Select organizations will be invited to submit anti-oppression related questions to work through in a small group setting. Questions will relate to how organizations approach HR, program delivery, relationships with artists, organizations, audiences and stakeholders while maintaining an anti-oppression approach and policies.

Registration is limited to 10 participants per session so register early to ensure a spot!
– Via email to emily@trinitysquarevideo.com
– Telephone registration 416 593 1332


Territorial Acknowledgement Workshops
with Amy Desjarlais

Session One: Available to Arts Organization
May 28, 2018
Session Two: Available for Individuals Working in Arts and Culture
June 4, 2018
– Understand the reason for making territorial acknowledgements.
– Are the current acknowledgements effective?
– Learn best practices for drafting a territorial acknowledgement.
– Find out how to engage community, and learn what resources are available, how to create a network.
– Understand what organizations can do to contribute to the efficacy of acknowledgements and to align themselves.


Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression workshops for Cultural Producers
by Rania El Mugammar

Two sessions:
September 19, 2017 - BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Session
September 21, 2017 - Open Session

This workshop for artists/cultural producers explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop. Artists will examine the power dynamics that shape access, inclusion and opportunities in Canada’s arts and cultural landscape. The anti-oppression framework will be used to critique institutional dynamics as well as personal artistic practices.  Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.


 Jeff Thomas, Bear Portraits, (Toronto, Ontario, Dundas Street Car), 1990

Jeff Thomas, Bear Portraits, (Toronto, Ontario, Dundas Street Car), 1990

The Imposition of Order
by Jeff Thomas
September 23, 2017

In this workshop Jeff Thomas will share the skills he has developed as a photo-based image-maker, while meeting the challenge to become the author of his own form of Indianness.

The Two Row Wampum is one of the oldest treaty relationships between the Onkwehonweh (original people) of Turtle Island (North America) and European settlers (1613). According to the Wampum, neither will make compulsory laws nor interfere in the internal affairs of the other. Neither will try to steer the other’s vessel.

More information https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/a-short-introduction-to-the-two-row-wampum

Grounded on the question of how to achieve the Two Row Wampum’s message of peaceful co-existence in the contemporary world, Thomas will work with participants to consider the place of conversation, the sharing of stories, and negotiating that discussion through art gallery experiences. Participants will be reflecting on the demarcation space. In particular, the significance assigned to cultural spaces and how they are regarded and engaged with.
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 Still from Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda,  Fear of a Prophet

Still from Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda, Fear of a Prophet

 
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 Tania Willard, Sunprint

Tania Willard, Sunprint

Representations in Gaming
by Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda
October 7, 2017

This workshop will feature a talk and hands-on design prototype session on methods that can be used for better expressions of race in games. Topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to: ways to avoid racist portrayals, how to design stories and characters for a game format, challenges involved with portraying race, accountability, consultation, diversity in video games, and more.

Participants do not need to have a background in games to attend the workshop, and all experience levels are welcome.


Lost and Found: Using Found Footage in the Art of Revolution
by Syrus Marcus Ware

October 14, 2017

Join Syrus Marcus Ware for a participatory workshop exploring the use of found footage and audio from protests and activism around the movement for black lives and other historic activisms. Participants will engage in discussion about the ethics of re-approporiation and ways of working with found footage from a history of white supremacy. Using 2D collage participants will create a new collaborative work that speaks to the zeitgeist.


BUSH Gallery
with Tania Willard
October 28, 2017

Using concepts of Indigenous epistemology, land rights and creative acts, curator and artist Tania Willard will discuss her approach to her work with BUSH Gallery. Centering methods of acknowledging territory and developing relationship with site, and contrasting notions of in situ, Site/ation acknowledges the deep artfulness and Indigenous land rights holders of all sites in “Canada.” The workshop will feature sun-printing techniques practiced at BUSH gallery rez-idencies that act as an archive of conversation, action and engagement.

Preceding the workshop on Saturday, Tania Willard will be giving a talk the evening of Friday, October 27th presented by C Magazine at Art Toronto titled “Site/ation”.