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Spur Guelph: A National Festival of Politics


Over three days, the Spur Guelph Festival offers lectures, conversations, musical performances, literary readings, film screenings, and city walks that will consider how we can imagine new possibilities for the world beyond the status quo.
November 12, 2015, 7:00pm
Big Ideas in Art & Culture
Lecture and Film Screening by Nadija Mustapić & Toni Meštrović

Bookshelf Cinema, 41 Quebec Street
*Please note this venue is not wheelchair accessible.
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Croatian artists Nadija Mustapić and Toni Meštrović will discuss their media-based practice and present their recent multi-channel site-specific audio/video work called Čekaonica za ljude, strojeve i grad (A Waiting Room for People, Machines, and the City). This artwork provides a poetic documentary look at an important historic site in Rijeka, Croatia, a city that once was a trading lifeline for Central Europe and now has to reimagine itself through slow and difficult processes. This work was commissioned by Musagetes for the railway station waiting room in Rijeka and presented in February 2015.

November 13, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm
Imagination & Possibility: A Conversation between Lee Smolin and Jaron Lanier

Peter Clark Hall in the University Centre at the University of Guelph

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Lee Smolin, theoretical physicist and philosopher at the Perimeter Institute
Jaron Lanier, scientist, musician, visual artist, and author

Imaginative thinking is central to the practice of every person working in the scientific, creative, and humanistic fields and disciplines—in every aspect of human endeavour. Philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger wrote that the “imagination is the scout of the will, anticipating how we might to get to the there—or to different theres—from here.”

November 13, 2015, 7:00pm
The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street
Tickets: $20 adults/$15 students. Get your tickets here.

Keynote Speaker: Jaron Lanier, scientist, musician, visual artist, and author
Literary Guest: Lee Maracle, author, teacher, and historian
With a performance by the Penderecki String Quartet, DJ Cyclist, and Peter Hatch (composer)

The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian continues to broaden the scope and number of voices that promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern. The event brings together a cast of some the most innovative, imaginative, and inspiring thinkers and performers who engage audience members with an array of ideas not just for Canadians, but for all.

November 14, 2015, 7:00pm
Imagining Futures: A Conversation & Musical Performance

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street
Tickets: $15 adults/$10 students. Get your tickets here.

Shawn Van Sluys, moderator
Tim Lilburn, poet
Wanda Nanibush, artist and curator
Philip Kevin Paul, poet
Adrian Stimson, artist

Music by Digging Roots

The Imagining Futures conversation will focus on the possibility of futures that draw from Indigenous and artistic ways of knowing and shaping the world.


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