by Craig Stein
The banner, by art student Allison Moor, is displayed on the busy mezzanine
of the Henry F. Hall Building, and since it went up March 10, has drawn
angry comment, approval, efforts to take it down, and local TV coverage.
The organizers of the festival have defended it on the grounds of artistic
freedom, and Moor has said, This piece is in no way meant to trivialize
the events of Sept. 11. My intent is to create peaceful dialogue within
a public arena.
In Gauthiers words, audiences can expect to hear satire and
rubber tires burning down the street. To some ears it may sound
more like a jesters jukebox. In any event, Gauthier promises playful
music with lyrics from the back alley.
His second venture, The Dreambox Machine, involves the world of
multimedia. This project grew out of Gauthiers fascination with
comic strips as well as with collages based on scientific images. The
Dreambox Machine is a union of these two media.
The choreographers, all in their second or third year of choreography,
are working within a framework of simplicity. The prevailing belief among
these choreographers is that contemporary dance can frequently be alienating
for an audience. These choreographers are striving to make their work
visually palatable and emotionally engaging, but beyond that, they are
Today I Spent a Lonely Afternoon questions what happens when love
is forced to disappear. Get the Fake Out evolved from the theatrical
roots of contact improv. And a third piece has been created around a score
of original music. All performances take place at the Belgo Building,
Studio 303, on March 14-16.
Shawn Mackniak is a ceramic artist. His show, Ceramic Environments,
is currently on display at the Hive. Consisting of hundreds of tiny ceramic
pieces, Mackniaks work is reflective of how we interact with
each other in society.
The Hive, already a hub of interaction for students as they eat, study
together, or listen to music is, appropriately, playing host to Ceramic
Art Matters continues until March 21. Times and places for all shows are posted on thes Web at http://artmatters.concordia.ca.