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SOVA Masterclass Fall Series – The Science of Art & Change: Magick in Contemporary Art with Jamie Ross
October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 23, 2019
As climate catastrophe threatens the fabric of our world, young artists are (re)turning to the age-old practices of magick, ritual and spiritual care, in great numbers. Despite Enlightenment predictions that ‘irrational’ ancestral magical beliefs would die out, magical practices have proven durable, flourishing systems of empowerment and knowledge-making and they represent a growing presence in popular culture and contemporary visual aesthetics.
After analyzing various definitions of magic, this class will address how the process of creating works of art, music and writing fits into ritual magic paradigms bent on literally change the world. On the verge of a great extinction, with our very survival on the line, it will serve the artists of today very well to think seriously about how to affect change with their creation by any means necessary. Students will be drawn to respond in creative and iconoclastic ways to a syllabus of queer and feminist writers Starhawk, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Catherine Bell and Silvia Federici in this masterclass.
Jamie is a magical practitioner, professional tarot reader, preschool teacher, community gardener and visual artist educated outside the university system. He acted as the first Pagan prison chaplain for Corrections Canada institutions in Quebec, serving inside for five years. His art projects seek to engage the innate numinous power for embracing social and cultural change within us all. His practice is rooted in stories of his ancestors, cultural and biological. He is based in Montreal. This will be his second trip to Tr’ondek Hwëch’in Territory.
The seminar will take place over two sessions: the first as lecture and discussion, followed by conversation about the proposed assignment, and the second session will be a critique and conversation of the works or ideas brought by the individual participants.
Wednesday October 16th & 23rd at the Yukon School of Visual Art (SOVA)
Cost: $75 (includes both classes) – Register at KIAC or by calling 993-5005