Artist JP Longboat and a playgroup of local artists, Michelle Bunton, Sebastian De Line, Sadiqa de Meijer, Shelby Lisk, Marney McDiarmid, Andrei Pora, Clelia Scala and Sheldon Traviss enter into collaboration with the rivers and lakes, and with Queen’s University Biological Station and Cultural Services, City of Kingston, to uncover Indigenous stories of the waterways.
This “playgroup” format is inspired by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World in which she proposes to shift away from professionalization and privatization in research toward more open “collaborative clusters.”
Collaborators connect with Haudenosaunee ways such as “preparing a bundle” (Longboat) when readying to go out on the land; artists and mentors steward a relational process for collective thinking-making informed by stories of the land. It draws upon Indigenous teachings of using the present season’s dynamics to prepare for the next, using up and renewing what’s in the bundles we carry.
To be guided by and in conversation with place. To come to terms with the original history of the areas at intersections of water and land. Where we are on Turtle Island. Then to practice a mindset of reciprocity with the waterways and their many living spiritual beings, a group of artists has been meeting at key sites in Kingston and the Rideau Lakes watershed to focus on land-based artistic practices and to witness the land from the perspective of First Nations and the clan animals, to hear the stories from the legacy of cultural inter-relation spanning 1,000’s of years on these waterways.
This summer (2023), the artists and partners close their circle, ending three years of seasonally timed activities with public, site-based events. These take place at No.9 Gardens and Arbour Ridge Park, Kingston.
WITH THE LAND: CLOUD 9 ECO-ART EXHIBITION
29 July–1 October 2023
No.9 Gardens, 1516 Summers Rd., Lyndhurst, ON
DISCUSSION GROUP: QUBS SUMMER SEMINAR (CANCELLED)
2 August, 7 pm
Queen’s University Biological Station, 280 Queens University Rd, Elgin, ON
RELIGHTING THE FIRES—
A PLACE OF AN ANCESTRAL HAUDENOSAUNEE LONGHOUSE (POSTPONED)
9 September, 11 am
Arbour Ridge Park, 453 Dolshire St, Kingston, ON