Power to the People
Virginia MacDonnell Eichhorn
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EVENEMENTS Events o X Power to the PEOPLE For the second consecutive year, Kitchener, Ontario, has hosted a most unique and ambitious contemporary art project. Under the banner of "Contemporary Art Forum" (CAFKA), this themed event consists of multi-media and cross-discipline projects, including video screenings, art exhibitions and installations, panel discussions and artists talks. The titles for these ambitious projects reference the Kitchener area's history specifically, yet are broad and international in scope. The aim of CAFkA is to take contemporary art out of galleries, studios and artist-run centres and bring them into civic space. Centred in and around Kitchener City Hall, this nine-day event invites and encourages people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, particularly those who do not normally visit galleries, to encounter, react to, and engage with contemporary art and with the artists who create it. the city government pays a lot of lip-service to its cultural sector. It talks but does nothing to really support or encourage the visual arts community there. From cutbacks in funding to lack of affordable studio/living space to Mel's Moose-takes, Toronto's vibrant visual arts community finds itself repeatedly hitting its head against a seemingly impenetrable wall. This year, in an unparalleled act of contempt and disdain, the Toronto Arts Council did away with the Visual Arts component of the Toronto Arts Awards, an act particularly insulting given that a visual artist was one of the award's founders. With CAFKA as an excellent example, Toronto could undoubtedly learn a lot from Kitchener. Power to the People references the fact that the former City of Berlin (now Kitchener) set up one of the first publicly owned utilities in the world : the former Ontario Hydro, now known as Hydro One. Power to the People coincided with the 100th anniversary of the public ownership of Hydro One, and con- this history, taking up its democratic connotations, or...
|Auteur :||Virginia MacDonnell Eichhorn|
|Titre :||Power to the People|
|Revue :||Espace Sculpture, Numéro 63, printemps 2003, p. 44-45|
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