CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
ACTION WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROST IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ELLEN ART GALLERY
August 14 and 16, 2017, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Event on August 24, 2017, starting at 4:30 pm
Location: vacant lot in the Marconi-Alexandra area
With a strong interest in the singular reality of the grassroots creative appropriations found in the fabric of different cities, Adaptive Actions (AA)—here through the intermediary of Jean-François Prost and in partnership with the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery—proposes an action-workshop based on the concept of stopping. Stopping is an activity that can be carried out in different ways by all as a gesture of resilience in a world designed primarily to encourage work, consumption, perpetual growth and efficiency. This workshop, which extends a project initiated in Mexico (MUAC and Casa Vecina), will be the keystone for discussions around our respective knowledge of the city in regards to the proposed subject, with the goal of initiating group and individual actions, and to collectively explore several sites and situations in Montreal. The stopping practices developed during the workshop will take various forms that, beyond mere motionlessness or silence, will aim to be vectors of disruption of dominant systems, imposed patterns and controlled circulation.
The workshop is open to participants from various backgrounds and all disciplines. The sessions will be held in August on an outdoor urban lot set up for this purpose. Refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a small remuneration. The project will conclude with a public conversation around the interventions made during the action workshop and the various issues raised by the concept of stopping, this followed by a festive evening.
This workshop is part of a publication project entitled Stopping to be launched next fall in printed format as well as in the public space as a dazibao.
Those interested in participating must send a letter of intent to the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery by July 21, 2017 at the latest:
ellen.artgallery[at]concordia.ca* Places are limited *
Adaptive Actions is also seeking open contributions on the concept of stopping outside of the workshop as a way of further informing the project’s publication and online platform. If interested, please contact Jean-François Prost: info[at]adaptiveactions.net