Aug
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Stages: Drawing the Curtain LAUNCH PARTY at Plug In ICA

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ARTISTS: Abbas Akhavan • Toronto   |   Pablo Bronstein • London, UK   |   Erica Eyres • Glasgow |   Toril Johannessen • Tromsø, Norway   |    Kara Hamilton • Toronto   |    Federico Herrero • San José, Costa Rica   |    Divya Mehra • Winnipeg   |   Krista Belle Stewart • Vancouver   |   Ron Tran • Vancouver  

Over the past four months, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art has brought the Stages Speaker Series to Winnipeg. For this series, artists came to the city from England, Scotland, Norway, Costa Rica and across Canada to do site visits and give artist talks in preparation for Stages: Drawing the Curtain.

After extended engagement with the artists and the city of Winnipeg we are proud to announce the launch of Stages: Drawing the Curtain, an ambitious public art project that situates nine carefully considered, temporary public sculptures and performances throughout the city. Hinged on the romance of chance encounters both open and peculiar, this public exhibition develops from the concept of the stage – as an active site for performance, a structural or sculptural space, and a focus of attention. From this point of departure, the above artists will produce a public artwork that merges their material and theoretical concerns with reflections on the stage, different notions of “public” and “space”; and finally, the city itself as a performative site of fluctuating and active meaning.

Projects will take place over the span of two weeks between August 19th and September 4th and occupy diverse spaces including the historic Hudson’s Bay Company building; a radio station; the Fort Garry Place Mall (an underused mall that mixes the vernacular architectural style of commerce with ornate columns, balconies, chandeliers and sculptures); a public park; a fountain; and a flatbed truck.

Artists will be in attendance for the STAGES LAUNCH PARTY on Friday, August 18th from 7pm to 11pm on our rooftop at 460 Portage Avenue. Everyone is Welcome – all our programing is free for all. Cash bar will be open. More info here.

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Aug
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Amy Brandon: Solo Guitar + Electronics at Forth

It's a free concert! Guitarist and composer Amy Brandon performs solo classical guitar and electroacoustic music, mixing improvised and composed music with live and fixed electronics, visuals & VR.

Guitarist Amy Brandon's compositions and performances have been described as  'mesmerizing' (Musicworks Magazine), '.. a model of classical guitar clarity' (The WholeNote) and '.. '[a] clashing of bleakness with beauty' (Minor 7th). Holding degrees in jazz and composition, she is completing a PhD in music cognition and guitar at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has performed in Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK and at several festivals including the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Guitar Now Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival Spring Series, ISIM, BeAST FeAST and NYCEMF. She has been commissioned to write for Canadian and international ensembles including Ensemble Atlantica (CAN), Videodanse Bourgogne (FR) and Vox London Collective (UK). Her recent solo guitar album 'Scavenger' was nominated for Music Nova Scotia's 'Classical Recording of the Year 2016' and the ECMA 'Classical Composition of the Year 2017'. In 2017 she also received the Roberta Stephen Award from the Association of Canadian Women Composers. amybrandon.ca

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Aug
27
3:00pm 3:00pm

Red Rising Magazine Panel Discussion at Forth

Red Rising Magazine will be hosting a panel discussion on Indigenous Issues. All are welcome to attend. Red Rising is an unfiltered space for Indigenous peoples to tell their stories about what is happening right now, and what is about to happen next, in their lives and communities. We hope to inspire a new generation of Indigenous artists, thinkers, writers, and leaders in the community. Red Rising is volunteer-run and nonprofit. The magazine is supported by generous donations from the community, and all proceeds go towards printing and distribution to the community.

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Aug
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Trinsicate in Concert at Forth

This is the Forth debut of Trinsicate, a new project from Tim Friesen (Mariachi Ghost, Alfa).  The band will feature Natalie Bohrn (Slow Spirit, Living Hour) on bass, Kevin Waters (Vox Populi, Alfa) on drums, and Tyler Yip (Soul Shakedown) on the saxophone.  Trinsicate plays a dynamic and soulful blend of indie R&B and jazz. Admission is free of charge and all are welcome!

Musicians:
Tim Friesen - Keyboard / Voice
Natalie Bohrn - Bass
Kevin Waters - Drums
Tyler Yip - Saxophone

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Aug
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Visual Music at Forth

Visual music is a new experience in which what you see is what you hear. Multi-touch instruments have ushered in a new paradigm of music that breaks through the barriers between thinking and feeling, technology and intuition, music and art, composition and performance, performer and audience. Come and see/hear for yourself what all this means.

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Aug
4
to Aug 5

First Fridays at Forth: Patio DJs + Gallery Projections

There are multiple ways to enjoy First Friday's at Forth this August. Either head up to the rooftop bar and get that fresh air, find your way down to the lower lever bar for some cool drinks and A/C, party on the front patio with a live band and Emcees, (7-10pm), and/or check out Projections by Ray Fenwick in the Gallery. So much to do!

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Aug
3
4:00pm 4:00pm

Open Studio, Wendy Book Club at Plug In ICA

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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art hosts one day of open studios in celebration of the productive Wendy Book Club, the second session of our Summer Institute research program facilitated by beloved artist, writer and performer, Walter Scott and diversely talented curator and artist Niki Little. For this event we have the honor of presenting work in process from fourteen thoughtful participants who have come from a range of disciplines, backgrounds and locations within Canada to study for three weeks under the careful guidance of Scott and Little. More info here.

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Aug
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Artist Talk w/ Tau Lewis at Plug In ICA

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Self-taught artist Tau Lewis constructs sculptural portraits using found materials and objects sourced from urban and rural landscapes. She connects these acts of repurposing and collecting with diasporic experience and Black bodies. Her portraits are recuperative gestures that counter persistent tendencies to erase or peripheralize Black artists and narratives within Canadian art and history.

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7pm, Lewis will give an artist talk titled “Magic in Limitation” presented in conjunction with Wendy Book Club - session two of our 2017 Summer Institute research program, lead by Walter Scott and Niki Little. More info here.

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Aug
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free Films at Forth BDAY PARTY: DOUBLE FEATURE!

It's a SUMMER OF SCI-FI with Films @ Forth. This week.... Catch MARS ATTACKS! down in the gallery from 7pm - 9pmfollowed by the classic Metropolis up at the Rooftop Bar from 9:30pm - 11pm!!  

Come down to the cafe and enjoy a free film curated by our resident cinematic experts. Admission is free and enjoy a beer for only $5 and unlimited free popcorn! 

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Jul
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free Films at Forth presents "PLAYTIME"

The film is screened by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, in partnership with Forth. Beer and unlimited popcorn for $5

Playtime
1967, France/Italy, 124 minutes
French (with English Subtitles)
Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.
 

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Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Artist Talk w/ Maya Ben David: Coming of Age as a 'fake nerd' at Plug In ICA

Maya Ben David embodies characters and anthropomorphizes inanimate objects, such as airplanes and other machines. She constructs and interacts with alternate universes, largely through the Internet and videos, but also live performance. Negotiating this online presence within her art practice, Ben David reflexively addresses the complex commingling of agency and misogyny online platforms engender.

On Tuesday, July 25th at 7pm, Ben David will present a public artist talk and screening, marking the second public presentation programmed in conjunction with Wendy Book Club - session two of our 2017 Summer Institute research program, lead by Walter Scott and Niki Little. Ben David will familiarize Winnipeg with her practice, emphasizing the underpinnings of her work with personas and character development, addressing the limitations and freedoms of persona performativity on the Internet. She will introduce and expand on the concept of vore - “the desire to consume or be consumed by a fictional character”- as a tool for coping with anxiety. In drawing out the complexity of this social practice, Ben David will deconstruct the underlying misogynist culture present in many online forums such as 9gag,  Reddit and furry/anthro fandoms — with specific interest in the “fake nerd girl”, a term used to delegitimize women’s claim to “nerd content”. 

As part of this unique performative presentation, Ben David will also screen a recent short film titled Anthro Baseball (2017). More info here.

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Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jennifer Van de Vooren: "I am Fine Art" Opening at Cre8ery

“I Am Fine Art” is about celebrating the greatness of women through big, bold, abstract art. I believe that there is great strength, love, and extraordinary capabilities in every woman. My exhibition is a tribute to all women for the amazing love, nurturing, devotion, creativity, and strength that come naturally. My art reflects these qualities in all the beautiful, messy layers that mirror a woman’s life. Jennifer Van de Vooren is an acrylic abstract artist living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has always been creative but didn’t start making abstract art until after becoming a Mom. Her first year of motherhood really tested her strength mentally and physically. Coming through the other side of post partum depression slammed her into an overwhelming appreciation for all the sacrifice and compassion of all the women before her and around her. That was when she started abstract painting and creating from my heart and a place of gratitude. I love photography, travelling, and nature, and have a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Natural Resources Management. More info here.

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Jul
14
2:00pm 2:00pm

Walter Scott: Wendy's Revenge Performance w/ Niki Little at Plug In ICA

Launching our public programming for Wendy Book Club, the second session of our 2017 Summer Institute, Walter Scott will perform Wendy’s Revenge on Friday, July 21 at 7pm. For this presentation, Scott will introduce Winnipeg to Xendy, an alter ego of Wendy. Wendy is the central character in Scott’s graphic novels, sculptures, drawings and Blinky Is Reading, the installation currently occupying the span of windows that make up Plug In ICA’s street front gallery.

In a series of serious and satirical gestures Xendy embarks on a mystical intergalactic journey. In her misadventures, she travels through space and encounters psychedelic landscapes where she meets curators and takes nefarious advice from naturopaths as she struggles to find a cure for the mysterious abdominal pain that ails her.

Wendy’s Revenge is a two-person performance featuring voice, image and sound. This performance lecture style was developed by Scott as a way to address the format of the artist talk. For this iteration, Niki Little will co-present with Scott.

This special presentation is programmed in conjunction with Session II of our Summer Institute research program, Wendy Book Club, co-facilitated by Scott and Little. The performance will be followed by a small reception and the chance to mingle with Summer Institute participants and faculty. Cash bar will be open. Everyone welcome! More info here.

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Jul
7
to Jul 8

First Friday Rooftop Concert w/ mc Alpha + Special Guests at Forth

Check out some live Hip Hop up on our rooftop patio with MC Alpha Toshineza and guests. Performances will take place throughout the night with beats between to keep the vibe alive. If it rains we will be jamming out down in the Bar. Entrance is free and the drinks are cold! Check out Alpha here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIE40k1YeOQ

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