AARCA/ATLANTIS Flotilla Conference
The Floating Warren Pavilion and Projects
Our playfully-autonomous floating (yes, floating) art pavilion is a shared vision. We come together intentionally to conjure a responsive space through experimental modes of praxis that are guided by values of care and solidarity. A world that offers itself up as a microcosm of the harbour; a space that is at once a safe refuge, and a vessel for opening and releasing itself to the sea. A space without walls. Our negotiated space comes alive with (you! And our) site-specific projects that return, again and again to a series of overlapping questions. We ask What holds us together? What holds us together in community, in relationship, in collaboration; as artist-run centres; with culture and nature, on/with water, wind and their movements; in a crisis-ridden economy, to the backdrop of the environmental resistance movement, amidst the celebrations of a colonial project in unceded Mi’kmaqi? Here, we explore practices of working, living and playing. Ours is a felt space as much as it is a material one. We invite you to join us in intentionally rethinking and transforming our relationships in a social practice of care.
We are friends and collaborators. We are apart of White Rabbit Arts. We are Andrew Maize, Ardath Whynacht, Brian Riley, Gary Markle, Josh Collins, Lindsay Dobbin, Rosalyn Luliucci, Sam Battaglia, Theo Heffler, Wes Johnson, Willow Davidson and Zachary Gough. We bring the unique perspectives of artists, educators, professors, activists, architects, osteopaths, cultural workers, puppeteers, sound designers, builders. We are also soliciting help from students in Dalhousie University's Architecture Department.
I am the curator, facilitator, leader, social practice advisor, tie-er of pretty bows, writer of didactic information, coordinator of meetings, writer of grants. Josh Collins is our Architect and lead on this project with me.