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Formerly The Grey Borders Reading Series
Thursday 19 March 2015 7:30PM at NAC

Book Launch + Reading
Alice in Plunderland by Steve McCaffery / collages by NAC Member Clelia Scala
Readings by Karen Mac Cormack and Steve McCaffery

It is March, and our borders have transcended into a new era! This event will be the first (official) event for the Border Blur Reading Series! Come on out and celebrate some genre breaking literature!

We will be celebrating the launch of Steve McCaffery’s new book “Alice in Plunderland,” published by the enigmatic BookThug!

About the book:
“It’s been 150 years since Alice first entered Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic book. My, how times have changed! Now, from the multi-award-winning poet and scholar Steve McCaffery comes Alice in Plunderland, a reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books that will forever change the way readers negotiate Wonderland and its menagerie of characters.”

Accompanying McCaffery’s plunderful reworking of the Alice story are Clelia Scala’s translated collages: translations of Victorian artist John Tenniel’s illustrations for the 1865 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Steve McCaffery, poet, critic, editor, performance artist, member of the Four Horsemen sound poetry ensemble and a professor of English at York University, is the author of over a dozen influential books of poetry, twenty chapbooks and four volumes of critical writing. His works include CARNIVAL panels 1 and 2, Panopticon, The Black Debt, North of Intention and Rational Geomancy: Kids of the Book-Machine (with bpNichol). With Jed Rasula, McCaffery edited Imagining Language, an anthology for MIT Press. He lives in Buffalo.

We will also feature the wonderful poet Karen Mac Cormack! Karen Mac Cormack, born in Luanshya, Zambia, is a long-time resident of Toronto and holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. Mac Cormack has published seven books of poetry including Straw Cupid (1987), Quirks & Quillets (1991), Marine Show (1995), The Tongue Moves Talk (1997) and A Robin Hood Book (1996). Her most recent publication is Fit to Print (2003), a collaboration with poet Alan Halsey. This collaboration pursues meaning using the newspaper as a format, fusing an interest in mass culture and an innovative writing practice.

[accelerate] art as game as machine
Show Room Gallery at NAC
Reception + Artist Talks
Saturday 28 March 2015 7PM | DJ Marinko

Featuring work by
Hannah Epstein (Pittsburg/Halifax)
Brian Kent Gotro (Toronto/Vancouver)
William Robinson (Montréal)
Andrew Roth (Niagara)

Curated by
Julia Polyck-O’Neill

21st Century Aesthetics:

the blurring of boundaries between the digital and the real, between algorithms and desire, between capitalism and existence, between video games and visual art forms

how have progress narratives infiltrated consciousness?
how have imposed systems and received ideas become pervasive in our thinking and dreaming? and how can we emancipate ourselves?

is it through subversion, inversion, conversion, immersion, diversion, perversion?

the works included in this exhibition propose new narratives, micro and macro, aesthetic, affective, and conceptual, to illustrate how we might seek to understand our position in the contemporary zeitgeist

[d]igitality is with us. It is that which haunts all the messages, all the signs of our societies. The most concrete form you see it in is that of the test, of the question/answer, of the stimulus/response. All content is neutralized by a continual procedure of directed interrogation, of verdicts and ultimatums to decode (Baudrillard, “The Orders of Simulacra”, 115)

what is art? what is a machine? what is a game?
[accelerate] is art as game as machine.
come play.

Largest Art Exhibit + Sale in Niagara
Saturday 11 April 2015 at NAC
Doors at 8:00PM – VIP Preview at 7:40PM*

Over two hundred works of original art! Photography, painting, assemblage, printing!

Support Niagara Artists! Support the Niagara Artists Centre!

*Preview for NAC Supporters, Patrons, and Champions
Become a member, renew, or upgrade your membership today!

Studio 201
Figure Drawing

We are proud to announce that Figure Drawing / Life Drawing will be starting again this year! Bring your own supplies. We have easels, art horses, drawing boards, a model to draw and a great atmosphere.

Thursdays from 7PM – 9PM
Only $10

At 36 James Street Upstairs
(Foresters Hall)

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36 James Street, St. Catharines, ON