Volume 43 Issue No. 29 April 11, 2011 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
CREDIT: KOMUNITAS HOUSE PROJECT
Calli Mitchell builds her post-disaster housing model.
by April 15, 2011
A brand-new arts residency pro-gram saw three Fanshawe fine artgrads traveling to Barbados for four weeks in January.Joscelyn Gardner, professor of fine art at Fanshawe, is one of thefounders of Art Connections, aninternational non-profit residencyprogram. Gardner is a Barbadianand former professor at theBarbados Community College, andthis program was a way to intro-duce young Barbadian artists toother emerging artists from aroundthe world, she explained.“Because I (now) teach inCanada, we thought we wouldwork with Canadian artists to startwith. Fanshawe’s fine art programis one of the well-recognized onesin Canada,” she said. “Because Ihave a link here, because I’mteaching here, we started here.”She worked with two colleaguesto select top graduates from the lastfive years of the fine art program.They ultimately chose three gradsto send to Barbados: JoshPeressotti, a 2008 graduate; JessicaMassard, a 2007 graduate; andDaniel Glassford, also a 2007 grad.“It was my first time out of North America, so it was interest-ing (to) … go to a whole differentcountry,” said Glassman. The cul-ture shock hit him as soon as hestepped out of the airplane. “Theairport was totally different. Youland on the strip and you walk outof the plane. The whole airport wasopen and there were people every-where. It was just unusual.”The difference in culture extend-ed far beyond the airport. “I think Ilearned a lot culturally about howart operates in other parts of theworld,” he said. “Just how hard itis to get arts supplies in Barbadosversus how it is in Canada, howthey run their gallery systems – everything is completely different.Just understanding how all of thatoperates was a real eye-opener.”Glassman said he brought manyof his art supplies with him after doing some research about thematerials that would be availableto him in Barbados. “(I found that)it was much cheaper for me tobring it from Canada than pick itup there. They get charged duty oneverything, so it’s like twice the(price) and they have very littlesupplies.”“You can understand why theyoperate differently than we do, intheir processes and stuff, becauseof supplies and what they haveavailable to them,” he said.Besides Barbados’ residents andunique processes, the island’senvironment also had an impact onGlassman’s work in January. “Mycurrent work takes its inspirationfrom how geological things form,like rocks, and how they wear away and erode. Barbados is anentire island made of coral, so Ireally tried to focus on that andpick up on the natural coral pat-terns.”The three Fanshawe gradsresided with three youngBarbadian artists – Alicia Alleyne,Tonya Wiles and Nicholas Grimes– in an old plantation home on theisland from January 3 to 31.“We were all working in thesame space, so we were interactingand talking with each other, andwatching each other work,” saidGlassman. “We’d pick up howthey operated, what their processesare, how they go about startingtheir work. It was very interesting– not necessarily technically – butmore conceptually of how theyapproach things.”At the end of the four weeks, theartists gave a presentation and heldan art show on the island.According to Gardner, every piececreated by the Fanshawe grads wassold.“I think it was a good experiencefor them, and for the people inBarbados, because it exposed themon both sides to a different cultureand way of working,” she said.“They did a lot while they werethere. They visited with quite a fewdifferent established artists on theisland, and people visited themwhen they were working on their work. They also had a critic fromFinland write about them.”Glassman echoed this statement,adding that he “definitely” foundthis to be a valuable experience. “Imade lots of connections withartists there. It helped with net-working and future endeavours.”Gardner said she is looking intocontinuing this program in differ-ent countries around the world, andadded that she is hoping to bringthe Barbadian artists to Canada.“This was an experimental proj-ect that just got off the ground.We’re determining whether to goahead with these residencies or not. (The Fanshawe grads) werethe guinea pigs,” she laughed.To read the blog written by thegrads during their residency inBarbados, visit artconnections-bar-bados.blogspot.com.
Fanshawe grads create art in paradise
Would you pay good money tosee two English teachers in a fight?This week, that’s what you’ll beable to do.From April 11 to April 15, theSchool of Language and LiberalStudies and the Fanshawe StudentUnion will be raising funds for theJapan earthquake/tsunami victims.Watch for faculty and students col-lecting donations in the hallways,in classrooms and in the SUB.Here’s what they will be doing for your donations:On Monday, April 11 in front of the bookstore there will be origamicranes, cards and mobiles, as wellhomemade cookies for sale. Therewill also be a silent auction withartwork, hand-carved hickorywalking sticks, a genuine kimono,an origami set and gift bags fromthe bookstore.On Tuesday April 12 from 12 to2 p.m. in B2001 there will be a dis-play of original post-disaster hous-ing designs created by the third-year architectural technology stu-dents as part of the KomunitasHouse Project. Pick your favouritedesign or discuss constructionissues with the students.There will be a speaker seriesthroughout the week:April 11 in D1015 at 11 a.m.:Japanese filmsApril 12 in D2013 at 11 a.m.:Japanese comic booksApril 13 in A2010 at 12 p.m.:Nuclear energyApril 14 in B2035 at 12 p.m.:Demo of new Fanshawe OnlineePortfolioApril 15 in A2036 at 11 a.m.:Japanese musicStarting April 11 and runningthrough until the 30, you will beable to add $1 or $2 donation toyour purchases at Oasis, theOutback Shack, the CollegeVariety Store, the Bookstore andthe Clothing Store. There will alsobe collection tins for donations atthe FSU Pharmacy, Fringe hair salon and Falcon’s Nest.During the week of April 11 to15 at the Oasis, proceeds from thelunch and dinner specials will gotowards the Red Cross.Last but certainly not least is thebattle of the teachers. DarrenDavid and Brian Dunphy will beshowing off their Akido skills inForewell Hall as part of the nooner during the week.With plenty of things going onthroughout the week, it is easy for you to take part and help raisemoney for the victims in Japan.
SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE
Spring for Japan Fundraiser
Campaigns by Transport Canada,Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and theUnited Nations Road SafetyCollaboration are remindingmotorists to stop using handhelddevices – such as cell phones – while driving.May 11 marks the launch of theDecade of Road Safety, a campaignby the United Nations Road SafetyCollaboration. The campaign aimsto develop the safety of vehicles,enhance the behaviour of road users,improve post-crash care and more.The UN has invited governments,international agencies, civil societyorganizations and other stakeholdersto participate in this effort to makethe world’s roads a little safer.Transport Canada has declared2011 to be the Year of Road Safety,and they aim to raise awarenessabout road safety, in turn helping tolower road collision, death andinjury rates. To do this, TransportCanada and other road safety organ-izations are taking action to improveroad safety.The Canadian Global RoadSafety Committee launched theLeave the Phone Alone campaignon November 17, 2010, to coincidewith the third annual National Dayof Remembrance for Road CrashVictims. Leave the Phone Alone is apledge system where drivers take astand against using devices whiledriving by using social media, stick-ers and pledge forms.Statistics show that in 80 per centof crashes studied, the driver lookedaway from the road for just threeseconds before the crash. Another study found that drivers who texthave a crash rate 23 times greater than when they are not texting.It is illegal to use handhelddevices while driving, so leave themalone when you’re behind thewheel.For more information about theYear of Road Safety, visittinyurl.com/roadsafetyyear. For more information about the Decadeof Road Safety, visit who.int/road-safety. To take the pledge or to learnmore about Leave the Phone Alone,visit leavethephonealone.ca.
Keep the roads free of phones