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Join us for the Eco Art and Media Festival ‘Past-Now, Future Generations’

The Faculty of Environmental Studies is excited to announce the 25th annual Eco-Arts and Media Festival –This year’s theme Past-Now, Future Generations takes up the interconnection of all living things across time. Coordinated by FES Prof. Lisa Myers.

Photo of performance by artist and FES PhD student Camille Turner with The Afronaut Research Lab confronting Canada’s historical amnesia
Performance by artist and FES PhD student Camille Turner with The Afronaut Research Lab confronting Canada’s historical amnesia.

 Past-Now, Future Generations – individual actions, state violence, uneven power relations and environmental degradation results in different fallout and is experienced across generations. In Anishinaabe terms, this concept of seven generations considers how thinking generationally brings to the fore the importance of respect, continuity and accountability. In the current political climate of rampant violence against Black and Indigenous people across the continent; environmental racism and the ongoing effects of climate change, this year’s Eco Arts and Media Festival acknowledges the generations to come and raises the question of how to create better futures.

Since 1994 the Eco-Arts and Media Festival has featured music, performance, dance and participatory workshops where activism and art practices express perspectives on environmental and social issues. Under the theme Past-Now, Future Generations the festival runs from March 4th through to March 7th across a constellation of venues at FES and beyond – Zig Zag Gallery, Wild Garden Media Centre, Crossroads the unGallery and the Tranzac Club.

MONDAY, MARCH 4: Opening reception for two exhibitions in ZIG ZAG Gallery. The opening will also host spoken word, art interventions, poetry and creative writing.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5: A special feature of this year’s festival is a performance by artist and FES PhD student Camille Turner with The Afronaut Research Lab confronting Canada’s historical amnesia. Throughout the week artists/facilitators/educators from the course Art in Action will present a series of art interventions called Past-now and beyond, activating spaces throughout the HNES building including the Wild Garden Media Centre.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6: Community Art for Social Change class will present workshops and a reading room. Eryn Howley presents her Consent is ____ project at crossroads. Later that afternoon, MES students Sergio Guerra and Raquel Bolaños will screen videos on Indigenous foods in this program miijim|comida|food discussion and meal.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7:  Opens with an artist talk by artist-in-residence at Osgoode Hall and MES alumna Anique Jordan. We will close the festival with the Eco Arts and Media Festival with a music and performance night at the Tranzac club with music and video from Bob Wiseman, Environmental Music Collective, Lisa Myers, Sergio Guerra and so much more.

Visit the Facebook event page for more details.