Maraya: This Mirror or That? Urban Selves in Reflection

This text was written for the Maraya Exhibition at 221a Gallery in Vancouver. It appears on the 221a website: http://221a.ca/texts/maraya-this-mirror-or-that How do we see the city? How do we see ourselves reflected in the city? The conflation of subject (the one who looks) and object (the city s/he sees) is a central modernist concern. Defining the…

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Treaty Card

This is my Treaty Card. I’m very proud of it, and want to have it laminated. In the meantime, I strongly encourage everyone to visit Cheryl l’Hirondelle’s website / art project http://www.treatycard.ca/  Get a Treaty Card of your very own. While you’re at it, don’t forget to request Treaty Cards for friends, family members (and loved ones), Members of Parliament, Senators…

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Interlocking Platforms 5: Reconciliation Works in Progress Talk—Conclusion

Roger Farr  / Hic Rhodus. Hic Salta. As some will recognize, hic rhodus. hic salta is a Latin phrase taken up by both Hegel and Marx. The phrase is used in reference to discussion of the revolutionary moment: the end of history, also the end of progress. I’m borrowing the phrase from a beautiful postscript to Roger Farr’s newest…

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Interlocking Platforms 4: Reconciliation Works in Progress Talk—Forking

“Forking” With idea of what’s possible or desirable in mind, I want to shift gears to give you a sense of how this connects, or not, to some of the bigger issues at stake here. I feel I need to say something about my title. Preparing this talk, I was reading about computational processes as…

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Interlocking Platforms 3: Reconciliation Works in Progress Talk—Projects

Selected Projects / Looking Back So where do we go from here. I’m not entirely sure. All I can offer is a sense of where I’m coming from and the idea that by themselves a website or app is not particularly interesting. The success or failure of a given project rests in its affordances and…

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Interlocking Platforms 2: Reconciliation Works in Progress Essay Intro

Hic Rhodus, Hic Salta! / Where Fork, Where Jump The following essay is more descriptive of some of the terrain I’ve been traveling through than it is prescriptive. I’m hoping that some of the ideas that I float might help to generate discussion and move toward something dynamic—on and off line. Not a Website When…

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Interlocking Platforms 1: Preamble to Reconciliation Works in Progress Talk

This very long and rambling essay was initially written for a presentation at the Reconciliation Works in Progress at the Shingwauk Centre, Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie. It has been reworked since and I have posted it here in series of linked posts. Preamble Thank you to Reworks organizers Sophie McCall, Jonathan Dewar, Ashok Mathur, Steve…

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On Interlocking Platforms: Reconciliation Works in Progress Complete Essay

This very long and rambling essay was initially written for a presentation at the Reconciliation Works in Progress at the Shingwauk Centre, Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie. It has been reworked since. Thank you to Reworks organizers Sophie McCall, Jonathan Dewar, Ashok Mathur, Steve Loft and Trina Cooper Bolam; to our hosts the Children of Shingwauk…

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Guelph Postmetropolis talk

These are notes—an essay really—toward a workshop presentation at the Transcanada Institute (Guelph U). The workshop was a meeting for member of the Postmetropolis project (La Laguna U, Spain). There are three main areas of focus for this talk. Arts-based research, a context for an emergent scholarly practice; Bruno Latour’s ideas of assembly, epistemology, and the shifting…

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