We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR
title

Imagining Resistance

Visual Culture and Activism in Canada

J. Keri Cronin

Publication Year: 2011

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Title Page, Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF (114.8 KB)
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF (58.8 KB)
pp. v-vi

List of Figures

pdf iconDownload PDF (39.0 KB)
pp. vii-viii

read more

Acknowledgements

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.8 KB)
pp. ix-

The idea for Imagining Resistance was first hatched in 2003 at the Universities Art Association of Canada conference at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. As the conference drew to a close, we found ourselves chatting excitedly about the potential for bringing together scholars who explore the visual in activism. The first manifestation...

read more

Imagining Resistance: An Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF (255.1 KB)
pp. 1-22

When we began Imagining Resistance, our aim was to gather a series of essays exploring the role of art and visual culture in activism in Canada. Although this might sound straight forward enough, what became almost immediately apparent is that the topic is a fraught one, cut across with complexities, disagreements, and debate. The porosity of overloaded categories...

read more

Refus Global

pdf iconDownload PDF (59.8 KB)
pp. 23-26

Refus global has been described as “one of the most important and controversial artistic and social documents in modern Quebec society.”1 Published in Montreal in 1948, the effect of the mere four hundred copies printed was widespread and far-reaching. As historian Ray Ellenwood has described, “Refus global is an important...

read more

Speaking Pie to Power: Can We Resist the Historic Compromise of Neoliberal Art?

pdf iconDownload PDF (278.0 KB)
pp. 27-48

The transformation of the post war welfare or “Keynesian” state economy into its current, neoliberal form has dramatically altered the relationship between labour, capital, and the state. As noted in the introduction to this book, globalization, privatization, flexible work schedules, financial schemes, and hyper-deregulated markets have...

read more

Canadian Artists’ Representation and Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF (85.5 KB)
pp. 49-54

We’re going somewhere you won’t believe. London, Ontario has become a North American hotspot.” So said Canadian painter William Ronald in 1966, as he stormed onscreen at the CBC in an arts show like no other. The Umbrella (“it covers everything”) combined William Ronald’s acerbic (and occasionally chauvinist...

read more

John and Yoko’s Media War for Peace

pdf iconDownload PDF (353.7 KB)
pp. 55-74

It is as though John and Yoko’s peace crusade and their imaging and imagining of resistance had begun in 1971. At least, that is the way it is presented in an online communiqué released by the media conglomerate CNN.With the digital clock set to June 22, 1997, we snatch a sound bite in the news group marked “Showbiz.”...

read more

Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge: A Living Culture Needs a Living Wage

pdf iconDownload PDF (92.3 KB)
pp. 75-78

Union busting, the demise of public health care, the privatization of public services, gender politics, nuclear power, the failure of the North Atlantic fisheries, environmental threats to fresh water, protest and the media, jobs, and the environment—these are just some of the many issues dealt with in the portfolio of...

read more

Monumental Interventions: Jeff Thomas Seizes Commemorative Space

pdf iconDownload PDF (276.9 KB)
pp. 79-94

I’m cycling through downtown Ottawa on an unseasonably warm day in autumn 2001. My destination is Nepean Point, a cliff top that rises up behind the National Gallery of Canada and overlooks the Ottawa River, and the site of a towering monument to explorer, geographer, and mapmaker Samuel de Champlain...

read more

General Idea and AIDS

pdf iconDownload PDF (106.5 KB)
pp. 95-100

Passersby walking down the streets of New York and Toronto in the late 1980s and early 1990s may have found themselves confronted with a series of posters, each a brightly coloured red, green, and blue square with a stack of four letters—A.I.D.S. General Idea’s AIDS logo, an appropriation of Robert Indiana’s LOVE paintings,...

read more

Resistant Performers and Engaged/ing Public (s)

pdf iconDownload PDF (160.3 KB)
pp. 101-114

One of the tenets of performance art, espoused as a truismof the form, is that it inherently resists the object-oriented premise of visual art production, thus refusing to participate in economies of circulation and reproduction. While it has been cogently argued that perhaps no “cultural discourse can actually stand outside the ideologies of capital and reproduction,” 1 performance art does seem...

read more

“The Named and the Unnamed”: Gendering the Canadian Art Scene

pdf iconDownload PDF (82.5 KB)
pp. 115-120

On 6 December 1989, a man walked into the École Polytechnique at the Université de Montreal and opened fire, killing fourteen women and injuring fourteen others.1 The lone gunman who perpetrated the Montreal Massacre specifically targeted women, claiming that he was “fighting feminism” as he separated the male from female students. The massacre ended when he turned the gun...

read more

Borders in the City

pdf iconDownload PDF (387.8 KB)
pp. 121-140

Borders in the City was a series of three performances that used simplematerials such as paper, chalk, sticks, and smallmechanical devices like radios to explore how invisible borders affected the construction of publicmemory and the circumscription of bodies deemed undesirable by the state. These interventions took place over eight months and sought to question the technologies of state control...

read more

Crisis of Representation: Multiculturalism, Minquon Panchyat, and the “The Lands Within Me”

pdf iconDownload PDF (87.4 KB)
pp. 141-146

What does it mean to be Canadian? Pointing to a pamphlet produced by the Canadian Heritage Department, scholar and artist Monika Kin Gagnon notes the paradox at the centre of a “crisis of representation” in Canada. She notes, “On the one hand,…the pamphlet states that the Department of Canadian Heritage wants ‘to promote...

read more

Bread and Five-Ring Circuses: Art, Activism, and the Olympic Games in Vancouver and London

pdf iconDownload PDF (321.2 KB)
pp. 147-164

It’s 2003 in Vancouver. I’m getting out of a limo, wearing a fake leopard-print coat, a wig, and disco boots. The Billionaires for the Olympics are crashing a promotional event in connection with the bid for the Vancouver hosting of the 2010 Olympic Games. The flyers we hand out draw attention to issues such as the loss of low-income housing and the fact that most people will not be able to afford...

read more

Aboriginal Representation and the Canadian Art World

pdf iconDownload PDF (83.9 KB)
pp. 165-170

It is a cold day in 1988, just before the spectacular opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. A woman walks out to the side of the TransCanada highway in Thunder Bay; she could be mistaken for one of the onlookers watching for a runner carrying the Olympic torch as it makes its way across Canada. But this is something different. As the torch-bearer approaches, the woman...

read more

APEC at the Museum of Anthropology: The Politics of Site and the Poetics of Sight Bite

pdf iconDownload PDF (243.3 KB)
pp. 171-192

Throughout its two-hundred-year history, the public museum has been a powerfully attractive object for appropriative projects. It has been an important agent for the inscription of the universalizing ideology of modernity as well as of imperial hierarchies of Western nations and world cultures. At the turn of a new millennium the museum remains one of the most prestigious of public...

read more

Culture Jamming

pdf iconDownload PDF (80.1 KB)
pp. 193-196

“Haven’t you ever wanted to put your foot through your television screen?” asked an actor in Media Burn, an outdoor spectacle staged in 1975 by the performance art collective Ant Farm. The answer, fifteen years later, is a resounding ‘Yes!’ Now, a generation of artists who grew up with television are beginning to rebel against...

read more

Titanium Motherships of the New Economy: Museums, Neoliberalism, and Resistance

pdf iconDownload PDF (229.7 KB)
pp. 197-214

In 2006, just before the museum re-opened, I took a virtual tour of the Michael Lee Chin Crystal Gallery, the name of the new Daniel Libeskind designed wing of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), located in Toronto, Ontario. The new wing, which looks remarkably like a UFO that has crashed into the nineteenth-century stone...

read more

Anarchy

pdf iconDownload PDF (73.1 KB)
pp. 215-218

Allan Antliff notes, “the downfall of the state and capitalism through working-class struggle is important, but … anarchism has always aspired to be far more than this. It demands an end to oppression in all its forms.”2 Though anarchism has had a living presence in Canada for far longer than the focus of this case...

read more

Behind the Mask/I Am the Other: Solidarity and Struggle in The Fourth World War

pdf iconDownload PDF (224.2 KB)
pp. 219-236

The Fourth World War, a feature-length film produced by New York–based media collective Big Noise Tactical in 2003, takes its title from the Zapatista characterization of the “Fourth World War” as a period or condition following the Cold War.1 Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos explains: “The son...

read more

Gentrification

pdf iconDownload PDF (107.2 KB)
pp. 237-242

When cultural guru Richard Florida made his move to the University of Toronto in 2007, he was greeted with a great deal of fanfare. His ideas about “creative classes” and the positive gentrifying role they play in revitalizing cities have won..

read more

Toward a Conclusion: A Focus on the Visual Culture of Activism

pdf iconDownload PDF (101.0 KB)
pp. 243-250

As the essays in this volume attest, visual culture is an integral part of activism.Words like “spectacle,” “witness,” and “visuality” have become expected and essential components in dialogues about activist efforts. Indeed, one could argue that without these qualities, it is extremely difficult to engage in acts of protest...

Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF (258.5 KB)
pp. 251-270

Contributors

pdf iconDownload PDF (62.3 KB)
pp. 271-274

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF (288.3 KB)
pp. 275-281

Further Reading, Back Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF (221.6 KB)
 


E-ISBN-13: 9781554583119
E-ISBN-10: 155458311X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781554582570
Print-ISBN-10: 1554582571

Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Cultural Studies