Paper Nautilus at the WNDX Festival Oct. 4-07

RADIANCE: New Works from Canadian Collective Celluloid Practitioners
Saturday, October 4 at 7 PM | Cinematheque – Introduced by the Loop Collective’s Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

SPECIAL DOUBLE PROGAM with an intermission between 8:30 PM and 9 PM

ABOUT Paper Nautilus, Amber Goodwyn, 4.5 mins, 2005 (16 mm, silent):
I grew up in the Bahamas and have never returned. Mapping a place from memory, this film uses family photographs to illustrate the exchange of sand for snow.

Program Notes:
“As the impracticality of Celluloid as an instrument of image taking pushes it into the realm of craft, collectives of crafts people have sprung up, working in unison to create work etched in alchemy, and burnt with light. These collectives often work together as both practitioners of Celluloid arts, and exhibitors of work from across the globe to their communities. Two such collectives are creating work in Eastern Canada. They are the Double Negative Collective in Montreal, and the Loop Collective in Toronto. Dedicated to producing work that explores film as craft, these artists inspire each other to create films that develop regional characteristics. With this, experimental work gains a new sense of familiarity as it radiates the creative energies that emanate from collective inspiration.”

Sol Nagler

For more details and to view the film program please visit the program page on the WNDX website.


Support for Astria Suparak and The Warehouse Gallery

Astria Suparak is an awesome artist and curator who invited out our video program Daughters of Joy! down to NY state a few weeks ago. The work she has done over the last year as Director of the Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, NY has been inspiring, contemporary and emerging artist driven. This week, we
have learned that Astria is being fired from her position. The
Syracuse arts community is stunned by this: faculty at Syracuse
University, local arts organizations, and artists in the area have
been thrilled by the great programs Astria has organized in her short
tenure at the Gallery, and feel she has contributed much to the city.
Astria is very professional in all her undertakings.
She has made strong connections in this community, and fostered great
dialogue. The only reasons we have been given for this decision, made
by Jeffrey Hoone, is that he is restructuring the Gallery to meet his
high standards. We do not know what these standards are, and feel
that The Warehouse Gallery has been very successful in bringing
important contemporary art to central New York.

If you feel comfortable in doing so, we ask you to write a letter to
the people listed below. As a member of a larger art community,
showing support for Astria and her fine work will help us to improve
arts programming in Syracuse, as well as allow Astria to continue to
contribute her talents to the art world at large. Below is an email
that is being circulated to as many people as possible. Please feel
free to send it to anyone you feel should know about this, or would
be willing to help.

You can see some of the letters that have
already been written on her behalf at
Dear All,

This past last week, I have learned that an exhibition of the social
activist artists The Yes Men, scheduled to open in November at The
Warehouse Gallery in downtown Syracuse, has been canceled by upper
management. When I inquired about the reasons for this decision, I
learned that CMAC (Coalition of Museums and Art Centers at Syracuse
University) is planning personnel changes at The Warehouse Gallery,
and canceled this show because of the anticipated lack of continuity
in the staff.

What is most alarming about this is that it appears that Astria
Suparak, the current Director of the Gallery, is being forced out. If
you feel that the work that Astria has done is valuable, please take
the time now to let others know.

I am writing to urge you to show your support now for Astria and the
programs she has organized at The Warehouse Gallery (including Come
On: Desire Under The Female Gaze, Faux Naturel, Embracing Winter, and
Networked Nature, along with various screenings and events around
town). You can do so in a number of ways:

1) write a letter to the following people:

Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director, CMAC,

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor,

Eric Spina, Vice Chancellor/Provost,

Carole Brzozowski, Dean of CVPA,

Please write of any personal experience you have had, either in
working with Astria, attending exhibitions and events at The
Warehouse Gallery, and/or your thoughts on its programming thus far.

Some points you could make ( I offer these only as a things to think

– The Warehouse Gallery is needed space for contemporary art. The
exhibitions it has offered have been important. This is due in a
large part because of the work of its current staff.

– The programming at the Warehouse Gallery has the support of people
on campus, and in the local as well as national/international arts
community. Astria has made strong connections with different
departments on campus, with local arts groups, and with national/
international artists.

– Astria Suparak is a young curator worth supporting. She has shown
her abilities to put together intelligent exhibitions of artistic and
social importance. See for details.

– The Warehouse Gallery has been a significant contributor to the
“cultural capital” of Syracuse, something that both the city and
University claim as being valued.

– It is important that CMAC, and its Executive Director Jeffrey
Hoone, as a powerful cultural entity, be responsive to those who care
about the arts and be transparent about decisions.

2) Write a letter to the Editor to the following papers (include your
address and daytime phone number):

–The Post-Standard In the “subject box,”
please type “Post-Standard letter.”
The Readers’ Page, Box 4915, Syracuse 13221.
Fax : 470-3081.

–The New Times:
Syracuse New Times Letters, 1415 W. Genesee St., Syracuse 13204
fax: 422-1721

–The Daily Orange:
The Daily Orange Corp.
744 Ostrom Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 443-2314

3) Attend the opening reception this Thursday at the Warehouse
Gallery, from 5-8 pm, to show your support. Refreshments provided.

4) Pass this email on to anyone you think would be interested in
issues concerning the growth and appreciation of dynamic,
contemporary art in Upstate New York.

Education: To learn, must we be taught? >>> a discussion

I am participating in a discussion series on living independently from social systems for the University of the Streets Café. Here is the information for the evening. It would be great to see you there!

Univ of the Streets series pt1: To learn, must we be taught?

Friday, September 14
Living Outside the System! Pt 1, Education: To learn, must we be taught?
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: , Coop La Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke O

We will discuss several ways in which education can be re-defined ‘outside
the system’, and address issues that arise from independent approaches to
education. We hope to consider some issues which are common in standard
school systems – such as assessment, consumerism and political participation
– and explore alternative educational formats (such as that used by the
University of the Streets Café!)

Heather McShane is a course leader at the Thomas More Institute.
Heather did her early schooling in England, completed her university degrees
in Scotland and has taught in Spain, England and Fiji. Amber Goodwyn is a
multidisciplinary artist working at Head & Hands. Amber holds a BFA in Film
Production from Concordia University and is an alumni of MIND School, where
in collaboration with the NFB, she directed a segment on independent
education as part of the documentary SALT.