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Let's talk food, art and environment

Tuesday, June 10, 2014   by: Staff

On Friday, June 13, the Art Gallery of Algoma will present Intersections: Connecting food, art and environment, a day-long symposium to discuss the environment, food security, health, and how the artistic community is addressing these and other issues.

The day's guest speakers include environmentalist Kathie Brosemer, City Councillor Steve Butland, Clean North's Don McGorman, Entomica entomologist Amanda Roe, RAIN Research Project Coordinator Dave Thompson, and urban bee keeper Laura Wyper.

The symposium will begin at 11 a.m. with a welcome address from Art Gallery of Algoma Director Jasmina Jovanovic followed by an artist talk with Aganetha Dyck.

Aganetha Dyck's BioArt exhibit Surreal Transformations opens at the Art Gallery of Algoma on Thursday, June 12.

Since the early 1990’s Dyck, aided by partner and apiary assistant Peter, has created hundreds of sculptures with honeybees by placing into commercial beehives found and handmade objects. The bees, having adjusted to the presence of the inserted item, continue their everyday routines by collecting and making honey and building their hive around the newly placed object. The result is the production of stunning, uncanny objects that have been altered by the bees. Some of the bee-altered items include hockey equipment, hand-made dresses, women’s shoes and porcelain figurines in 18th century dress that have been surrealistically transformed making items that are common place refreshingly new and exciting. Aganetha openly confesses that 'the bees do most of the work' and that she is a happy collaborator.

"I'm really interested in what's happening to the honey bees because they are threatened internationally by something called Colony Collapse Disease," said Dyck. "It's pretty serious if they go. There are other pollinators, but honey bees are the best pollinators that we have."

Admission to Intersections: Connecting food, art and environment is $15 for Art Gallery of Algoma members and students, or $20 for the general public.

Those who are unable to attend are invited to tweet questions @ArtAlgoma #intersections2014

For more information about this and other Art Gallery of Algoma programming, please click here

Intersections: Connecting food, art and environment agenda:

11 a.m. - Welcome and introductions
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Artist talk with Aganetha Dyck
12:15 to 1 p.m. - Lunch catered by Cafe Natura
1 to 2 p.m. - Panel discussion
2 to 3 p.m. - Q&A period
3 to 3:15 p.m. - Break
3:15 to 5 p.m. - Beehive group activity
To view video footage regarding Intersections: Connecting food, art and environment and Dyck's coordinating exhibit, please click here.

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Oreo cookie 6/10/2014 11:27:33 PM Report

Let's talk about know, that period of the day when people are supposed to be productive and trade their time and skill for pecuniary dispensation. How Ironic that the Entities condemning economic growth are most dependent on handouts and funding thanks to a healthy economy. THERE ARE NO MORE JOBS. The imbalance between progress and illogical environmentalism is evident in our GDP. The decrease in disposable income is evident in sluggish sales of durable goods. The single greatest drain on our disposable income is our HYDRO ELECTRIC COSTS. The biggest lie of our time is that Man is responsible for the destruction of the environment. IT'S time to cut funding to the long list of useless items, start with the arts and the green energy SCANDAL. Self righteous "intellectuals", ignorant to the workings of the real world, huddle and collaborate, in the guise of a symposium for humanity, and ridiculously rant about the evils of global warming, climate change and now climate disruption...FOOLS.
dadal 6/11/2014 5:57:51 AM Report

There are lots of jobs.

The problem is most won't take them. Timmies, McDonalds, Call Centers, other minimum wage or just higher jobs exist.

So you are proposing to put every penny the gov has on, what? Incentives for job creation? Ok let's look at that. Once you sub wages for a new company and that funding runs out what do you think the company will do? Lay off the employee. So now you have a temp job at best the gov spent $$$$$$ to temp create.

Best example is CN. They want to stop the north train due to Gov funding cuts. And what were the funds for? To pay the employees to maintain the lines and operate the train. CN made how many millions in profit but won't spend 500k to keep the line open? They said no profit in it unless wages are gov subsidized.

Do you think any other job funded by the Gov is any different?

Look at the foreign worker program. Many many companies said unless the gov pays cheap wages to foreign workers, they will have to lay off or even close. So then the Gov is paying them to be open.

SO what is gained by this? Take away funding for green studies and the arts to pay for someone to work? May as well go into a store and pay THEM for the right to shop there. To millions, the arts IS a job! Doesn't make the same as working for Essar which is why the gov subsidizes programs for artists. What you are suggesting is to selectively fund certian jobs. Not fair at all.

Jimssm 6/11/2014 6:27:56 AM Report


There's people that work in those areas you want to cut. Just because YOU don't like the arts doesn't mean no one else does.

Maybe you should get a JOB in the arts or green energy industry.
dadal 6/11/2014 6:28:05 AM Report

As for the greatest cost being Hydro, may I remind you that cost of everything has increased...some more than others. Remember the shortage of sugar? Milk? Fruit? And the prices increased? Did they go back down as commodities increased? Nope. They stayed up. Look at the price of gas. It's now summer and the ususal price hike has hit. Is there are shortage of gas? Not really, just the companies taking supply and demand to a new level.

And the Utilities also take advantage of us needing heat in the winter to profit off of us. Delivery charge is a joke-when was the last time the PUC "maintained" the water lines? Oh right---flushing brown water into homes.....

As for Global Warming it does exist even if you fail to believe. We are destructive by nature and future generations will feel the effects more than we are now. However I do believe the earth will heal itself but will be a slow process. In the meantime we expect colder than normal winters and hotter than normal summers-or wetter than normal. As we are new with Global Warming, we are not sure what to expect. Extreme weather changes are part of it-just ask the dinosaurs. Oh wait......they died from the ice age.....
Frio 6/11/2014 8:08:47 AM Report

Oreo cookie.."The biggest lie of our time is that Man is responsible for the destruction of the environment." Come out from under your rock and have a look around the world. Check out what mineral extraction and smelting has done for the environment. How has cutting down huge chunks of forest worked? Why does the ocean have huge masses of floating plastic junk? Why is the air pollution so thick in cities in China that it is hard to tell day from night? How is the fishing industry doing after all the fish stocks where depleted to a point of no return? Guess how many industrial jobs also known as corporate welfare are being propped up with government money? How many jobs have been created by trying to clean up the environment in pollution control, alternative energy etc.?? If you are suffering because of hydro rates, just think billions of people in the world can't afford to have one light bulb and live without it.
Oreo cookie 6/11/2014 10:29:51 AM Report

The economic think tank of Sault STE. Marie....oh my GOD. Maybe this climate change group of gullibles can paint a picture of a healthy economy.
This city is known for it's narrow stretch of common sense and as such the last thing I would expect is for people to see how much they don't know about economic growth and crisis. I will not subscribe to their flawed ideology...nor do I want my tax dollars going to support it.
Frio 6/11/2014 6:17:28 PM Report

Oreo cookie.. There are jobs being created every day due to climate change..The extreme changes in weather is causing more and severe hurricanes, floods, landslides, droughts, fires, all requiring major rebuilding of homes,schools, factories, hospitals, utilities, roads etc. erosion of shorelines from high winds and ocean waves, rehab and rebuilding needed, diminishing ice in the polar regions allows for mineral and oil exploration and development. Jobs in disaster planning, management and relief programs, insurance sales people and adjustors...Just a few things you could see if you get your head out of the sand.. What jobs are being lost?? There are lots of well paying jobs in Alberta destroying the environment, water and air quality to get some dirty oil.. Why aren't you there, that sounds like ideal conditions for you and you will get paid besides.
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