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Exhibition Title: BLIZZARD: Emerging Northern Artists
Artist(s): Jamasie Pitseolak, Nicholas Galanin, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, Geronimo Inutiq
and in the media lab, Northern Haze: Living the Dream (2011). Director: Derek Aqqiaruq
Opening: Thurs. July 5, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Thurs. July 5, 2012 – Sat. August 4, 2012
Curator: Tania Willard

BLIZZARD: Emerging Northern Artists looks at indigenous artists working in the North who are using their traditions to forge new ideas around contemporary art. The exhibition and publication, in development for over two years, looks at the influence of Inuit and Northern traditional art forms and how these are translated by a younger generation of artists whose roots are in the North. How does the landscape and context of the North influence the visions of its young artists and how do our interpretations of that dreaming—our preconceptions about the North—influence our understanding? Curated by Artist/Curator Tania Willard, whose recent curatorial project Beat Nation (co-curated with Kathleen Ritter) just closed at the Vancouver Art Gallery, BLIZZARD looks at a younger generation of Northern Artists schooled in the traditions of their artists families, but breaking barriers by questioning relationships that tie North and South.

Beat Nation Storms the VAG
by Marika Swan

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday February 25th featuring performances by Jackson 2Bears, A Tribe Called RedSkeena ReeceNicholas Galanin, and RPM’s Ostwelve. 

Every so often the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) hosts FUSE Fridays with live music and performance. This Friday will not only host an epic roster of performers but will open the Beat Nation art exhibit featuring work by Sunny Assu, Shawn HuntJordan BennettDana ClaxtonNicholas GalaninKent Monkman and others. There will also be an RPM installation of Indigenous hip-hop music videos, intercut with commentary by Ostwelve.

Beat Nation
Friday, February 24, 2012
8:30pm to 1am
Performances by Jackson 2Bears, Skeena Reece, Nicholas Galanin, A Tribe Called Red, and Ostwelve.

Find out more about this event here.

The exhibit runs from February 25 – June 3, 2012.

Here are some shots from Beat Nation’s last show at the PUSH festival.

RPM Podcast #010: “Electric Pow Wow”

Our host Ostwelve asks three artists about their use and creation of electronic music.

A Tribe Called Red - the Ottawa-based DJ collective of NDN (Nipissing First Nation), Bear Witness (Cayuga) and Shub (Cayuga) - describe what they’re doing in the clubs as a cultural continuence from the powwow, and that the two are not that far apart after all.

Using small digital electronics, Cree electro-cellist Cris Derksen can make her cello sound like a bass, a drum, or even seagulls. Hear how she’s creating a new palette for the usually classical instrument and how being a musician is like being a jeweler.

Nicholas Galanin, aka Indian Nick, a Tlingit/Aleut visual artist and musician from Stika Alaska, likens contemporary Indigenous electronic music to our history as strong adaptive communities and cultures, and finds the mixing of electronic with other forms of music comes naturally.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, this revolution has been electrified.