ABCC at Luminato Festival 11 Jun Michael Art Collection

by ABCCmain on May 31, 2014

Antarctic cooking and cleaning stories at Luminato Festival! Cape Farewell’s Claire Sykes and Luminato invited us to do a “tomorrow’s talk” and short readings from The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning as part of Luminato Festival. We precede spectacular Canadian artist Terence Koh and his performances tomorrow’s snow and a way to the light. Wed Jun 11, McMichael Art Collection grounds. Return bus from Toronto! 7pm. Metro Centre Wellington Tower, 200 Wellington Street. Come see Wendy, Carol and Terence. Picnic curated by Terence also available for purchase.

Terence Koh

tomorrow’s snow, an ephemeral yet enduringly powerful new concept by Beijing-born, Canadian-raised artist Terence Koh, began to take shape a year ago with a poetic email from Koh to Luminato Festival artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt.

“deer jorn,” he wrote, “i just had an idea for the piece at the luminato festival. its based on a margaret atwood novel i remember reading when i was 8 years old. take a public square in toronto that has trees in it. fill the plaza with tapiaco powder so it looks like freshly fallen snow in summer. have an 8-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl holding hands and dressed simply in all white. they make snow angels for eight minutes.”

The tree-filled “plaza” envisioned by Koh is at the elegant grounds of Kleinburg’s McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Each evening, preceded by events in the gallery’s foyer, Koh’s magical flight of fancy briefly becomes reality, before disappearing into the landscape, as snow angels do.

a way to the light, located in the Artists’ Cemetery on the McMichael grounds, is a tribute to Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr. These commissions celebrate Koh’s first solo showing in Canada and mark the debut of a new phase of his work.

“I used to do sculptures and sound pieces but now I’m just trying to be. A lot of these things I’m doing don’t require a studio. It’s just me being myself and asking questions. I think it’s important for me to be as immaterial as possible. And maybe in this immateriality there’s spirituality, and maybe in this spirituality there is humanity.”

from Luminato Festival.

Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

about us (from “The Art of Antarctic Cooking” The New Inquiry):

“The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is an enjoyable glimpse into a noble endeavor undertaken in the closing years of the last century, when there still were places that seemed cut off from the rest of the world.

Devine and Trusler’s The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning illustrate the extent to which food nourishes the spirit as well as the body…Trusler’s recipes are a charming mix of her own idiosyncratic concoctions and recipes cherished and shared by her fellow activists.

Today the Antarctic stations have Internet access, a development that has undoubtedly made any sense of isolation less than utter. And climate change has spurred a new spirit of exploration, one more dubious than heroic. Various governments and private interests have begun to consider plundering these white wastes for the gold, uranium, natural gas, and oil that lies deep beneath them. If that happens, Antarctica, remote and vast as it is, will surely go to the dogs, leaving none even to eat.”

about Luminato: “Luminato began as a dream that each year Toronto would invite the world to join us in celebrating creativity. A dream where the best artists in the world and the best artists in Canada fill the stage that is Toronto with new and wonderful creations…”

about Cape Farewell: Cape Farewell pioneers a cultural response to climate change.

In 2001 the artist David Buckland created the Cape Farewell project to instigate a cultural response to climate change. Cape Farewell is now an international not-for-profit programme based in the Science Museum’s Dana Centre in London and with a North American foundation based at the MaRS centre in Toronto.

Working internationally, we bring artists, scientists and communicators together to stimulate the production of art founded in scientific research. Using creativity to innovate, we engage artists for their ability to evolve and amplify a creative language, communicating on a human scale the urgency of the global climate challenge.

The way that we live our lives has caused the climate to change and the solution to a potentially devastating reality has become a cultural challenge. Cape Farewell asks the best of our creative minds to respond to this challenge and to build a vision for a sustainable future.

Cape Farewell is a charitable organisation made possible through sponsorship, partnerships and donations.

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