Friday, October 30, 2009

Just 2 more days to see Ken Gregory's "wind coil sound flow"

If you haven't seen Ken Gregory's latest exhibition "wind coil sound flow" yet, it's only on display until 4 pm tomorrow at Gallery 1C03, so hurry up and come on down!
Check out what Uptown magazine's art reviewer Sandee Moore had to say about the show here:

Gallery 1C03 has been busy with some outreach programming lately.
For the past 3 Wednesday mornings, our Art Educator Amber Schellenberg has led grade 7 art classes from École River Heights School in tours related to "wind coil sound flow". After a discussion of Ken's piece, the students proceeded to reuse discarded plastic bags and turn them into working kites which they then flew on the front lawn of The University of Winnipeg. We're hoping to post some pictures of this program soon!
Meanwhile, we're working on a fun program related to our next exhibit "The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts)". If you're a teacher and you're interested in bringing your students to Gallery 1C03 for a FREE educational program, please contact us!

Contact: Jennifer Gibson at 204.786.9253 or

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gallery 1C03 seeks applicants for work/study opportunity

The University of Winnipeg’s Art Curator Department and Gallery 1C03 is still accepting applicants to fill the following position:

**Collections Management Assistant** Work Study Project #4

Classification: Assistant Technician 1, Step 1

Pay Rate: 12.18 +0.73 = 12.91

Maximum # of Hours: 75

Maximum $ Granted: 968.25

Note: Please read and understand the eligibility criteria before applying, which can be found at:

Duties for a work/study student performing registration and maintenance as a Collections Management Assistant will include:

- conducting research on individual artists and artworks featured in the collection

- updating information in the electronic database (i.e. insurance and appraisal records, condition reports, loan information, etc.)

- moving and assisting in the installation of artworks

- preparing identification labels- photographing artworks

- maintaining the art storage facility and carefully cleaning artworks

- student may also be asked to assist with research, public/educational programming, and/or installation pertaining to Gallery 1C03 and other exhibit spaces on campus.

This work/study position offers an excellent opportunity for any student interested gallery or museum work from a curatorial and collections management standpoint. Individuals interested in research and archives, more generally, will find this experience beneficial to future work in a related field, as well.

Required Qualifications:

Preference will be given to students with a background in art, ideally art history majors, or students with previous work experience in a gallery or museum setting. Good research, writing, and computer skills are assets, as are organizational skills and the ability to work independently. The ability to move and handle art is also an important consideration; training with regard to careful handling techniques will be provided. Students from other disciplines will be considered.

Project start date: November

Specific days of week: Flexible

Specific hours of work: Flexible

Friday, October 23, 2009

Academic Freedom? A conversation about the way things are and the way things could be…

Gallery 1C03 and The Univeristy of Winnipeg's Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies proudly present a panel discussion inspired by Gallery 1C03’s upcoming exhibition, The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts).

Academic Freedom?
A conversation about the way things are
and the way things could be…

In light of recent scandals around the world involving academics being served cease and desist notices for producing valid research challenging corporate activity, being arrested under suspicion of terrorism, or losing tenure without due process as a clear response to different ways of thinking and teaching, it is a ripe moment to discuss intellectual and ethical integrity vis-à-vis academic freedom in the context of societal expectations.

Academics are perceived as belonging to a certain social and intellectual "class". In what ways can they gravitate toward a genuinely ethical definition of their profession while confronting the influences that expect them to toe the line in order to maintain status?

With a view to opening discussion on this subject, four University of Winnipeg faculty members have been invited to express perspectives concerning the dilemma experienced by academics who come to realize that their political, social, and/or ethical beliefs run counter to the status quo maintained by the elite. Should academics perpetuate traditional networks and hope their different opinions will be appear more palatable through association with moderates, or should they find altogether new ways of working? Should they speak out and risk being ostracized by their professional community, or take that chance and turn their practices of research and analysis into active resistance? What’s at stake and is it worth it?

  • Kelly Gorkoff, Instructor, Criminal Justice Department discussing the neoliberalization of higher education
  • Christopher Leo, Professor, Department of Politics revealing barriers in academic publishing
  • Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar, Instructor, Department of Physics addressing biases in educational curriculum
  • Brock Pitawanakwat, Asst. Professor, Aboriginal Governance Program commenting on abuses of power within the academy
Winnipeg-based curator and writer, Milena Placentile, will moderate this conversation. Extended biographies and summaries of each presentation can be found below.

Academic Freedom?

A conversation about the way things are
and the way things could be…

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave (3rd Fl. Centennial Hall)

Admission to this event is open and free for all!
Members of the media are invited to attend.

Class Treason Stories (excerpts), created by internationally renowned feline artists and educators, Pinky and Bunny (with the assistance of Mimi and Kim), offers a multi-media installation seeking to provoke questions about the nature of education and the application of knowledge for either socially beneficent or individualist and competitive purposes. This exhibition runs from November 12 – December 12, 2009 before traveling to Toronto Free Gallery in January.

Image: The Pinky Show, The Consequences Are Terrifying, 2009.


Kelly Gorkoff is a PhD candidate in sociology at Carleton University and a full time lecturer with UW’s Department of Criminal Justice where she specializes in theory. After completing a BA and Masters degree in sociology at The University of Manitoba, Kelly went on to be a Research Associate at RESOLVE, which is a prairie research centre of excellence on family violence and violence against women. Her dissertation, Another Brick in the Wall? Reproducing Labour: Post Secondary Education and Capitalist Regimes of Accumulation in the ‘New’ Economy, examines shifts in governance of Canadian post secondary education from generalized humanities curriculums to the use, production, and distribution of knowledge as a commodity. The dissertation argues that current governance of post secondary education in Canada is increasingly driven by human capital and resource development models and is characterized as an academic capitalist knowledge regime.

Kelly’s contribution to the panel will involve discussion about the state of post secondary education in Canada and the issue of academic freedom from the perspective of a PhD candidate and a new and precarious employee of the university system. She will address issues of academic work, governance boundaries on the production of new forms of knowledge, and the difficulties of doing free academic work for PhD graduates. The presentation will also focus on strategies of indoctrination into a new post secondary educational organization, which increasingly seeks employees to fit with pre-determined programs, essentially silencing the grassroots development of ideas based curriculums.

Christopher Leo, who holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, has been writing articles and books nobody reads, first about African politics, and then about urban political and administrative problems, for more than 30 years, while holding faculty appointments at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Lately, however, he has been blogging about exactly the same things at, and now he has lots of readers.

His presentation is titled, "How the academic publication system buries our research and what we can do about it."

Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar, an instructor of physics and astronomy at Physics Department, University of Winnipeg, holds degrees in astrophysics and education. One of her professional interests is teaching science concepts in multicultural settings. She is coordinating science outreach programs at the University of Winnipeg, and was awarded 2008 Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness.

Her topic for discussion will involve exploring whether current science curriculum is addressing the needs of multicultural settings of contemporary educational institutions in Canada, with special emphasis on aboriginal education.

Brock Pitawanakwat (Anishinaabe - Whitefish River First Nation) is Assistant Professor, Graduate Chair, and Acting Director of the Aboriginal Governance Program at The University of Winnipeg. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria's Indigenous Governance Program with a dissertation that explores how and why Anishinaabeg maintain and revitalize their ancestral language of Anishinaabemowin. Other research interests include Anishinaabe culture and history, anti-oppressive social movements, fundamentalism, language revitalization, and political/social mobilization in Abya Yala and Tahuantinsuyu (Central and South America).

He will discuss abuses of power within academia .

The discussion will be moderated by Milena Placentile, a curator and writer interested in socially and politically engaged arts practices and audience experience. She holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and has worked with various organizations across Canada, as well as in Armenia, Scotland, and the Netherlands. She is a contributing editor to FUSE Magazine and maintains involvement with the national community group, Department of Culture. She is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

Gallery 1C03 proudly presents The Pinky Show’s latest endeavour, Class Treason Stories (excerpts)

From an undisclosed desert location, somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a collective of gently voiced cats produce and disseminate an educational project called The Pinky Show, intended to cultivate intellectual curiosity, openness, and compassion.

Focusing on information and perspectives that have been misrepresented, suppressed, ignored, or otherwise excluded from mainstream discussion, Pinky and her friends use a variety of formats (i.e. online videos, visual art, books and 'zines, blogging, etc.) to explore the unseen world in ways that are easy to understand, with special attention given to reconnecting information (plentiful in our contemporary world) to its oft-ignored ethical and moral dimensions.

The Pinky Show's video episodes are generally organized around "simple" questions: What is settler colonialism? Is the War in Iraq legal or illegal? How do we get rid of nuclear weapons? They consider the mainstreaming of progressive ideals to be a foundational component to any broad strategy to create a more aware citizenry - one that is more apt to understand, support, and participate in the vital work being done by the many thousands of social change organizations established throughout the world.

In addition to material production, they also deploy human representatives to carry out their educational objectives via diverse forms of community programming including workshops and other public presentations, exhibitions, and agitprop dissemination. Some examples include Picturing Politics: Artists Speak Truth to Power (Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia), Encounter on Radical Education (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and study circles and workshops with the Center for Hegemony Studies (Honolulu, Hawaii).

Class Treason Stories (excerpts) seeks to provoke questions about the nature of education and the application of knowledge for either socially beneficent or individualist and competitive purposes. It enquires about the transformations we could each undertake in order to move toward a genuinely ethical state of being.

A well-established internet phenomenon with fans worldwide, this exhibition marks The Pinky Show’s first visit to Canada. After launching at Gallery 1C03, Class Treason Stories (excerpts) will travel to Toronto Free Gallery in January 2010.

The Pinky Show is a project of Associated Animals Inc. - a non-profit educational organization based in the United States.

For more information, visit Also, keep a look out for the next issue of FUSE Magazine, which will feature an interview with Pinky and Bunny!

The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts) runs from November 12 - December 12, 2009
  • Opening reception: Thursday, November 12 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Gallery 1C03)
  • Off campus artist talk: Thursday, November 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (aceartinc. - 2nd Fl., 290 McDermot Ave.)
  • On campus artist talk: Friday, November 13 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (University of Winnipeg, Room 2C15)
  • Workshop with students at the University of Manitoba School of Art: Friday, November 13; Details TBA

Members of the media are invited to arrange interviews with the artist between November 9 – 13, 2009.

Gallery 1C03 and the artists wish to acknowledge the generous support provided by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies and Cliff Eyland.

Image: The Pinky Show, Isolated in a Self-Serving Fantasy, 2009.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Coming soon...

(Click to the image to see it in full size!)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A great shout out from The Redeye Complex

Thanks so much for recommending this exhibition...

We really like the pics you've posted, too! =-)

Here is a sample:

Photos of Ken Gregory's "wind coil sound flow"!

Thank you, once again, to everyone who joined us to celebrate the launch of Ken Gregory's latest project, wind coil sound flow. The reception was very well attended and it is safe to say that many were enthralled by the sounds emanating from such a mysterious looking sculptural form.

Ken’s talk, the following afternoon, was also well attended and it gave everyone an excellent opportunity to follow his development as an audio and new media artist, and to understand the many experiments Ken conducted in the lead up to wind coil sound flow.

Please find below some photos taken during the installation, at the opening reception, and Ken’s artist talk.

A full selection of photos is available via our Facebook page, which is completely wide open for anyone to visit =-) Click here:

Interested in seeing more? Be sure to visit Ken Gregory's website,

Thank you once again to all of our funders and partners: the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Hertiage's Museums Assistance Program and Video Pool Media Arts Centre and send+receive: a festival of sound!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Join us TONIGHT for Ken Gregory's wind coil sound flow

Hi everyone!!

Our first exhibition of the season, Ken Gregory's wind coil sound flow, launches this evening from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m ---- we hope you'll be able to join us!

In the meantime, get your wind coil sound flow fix by checking out this great article by Laura Clark for The Uniter!

One more thought: Ken Gregory's artist talk is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Friday October 2, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Rm 2C15, which is located on the second floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg... 515 Portage Ave.