Articulation Writing Workshop

Saturday, October 24, from 10 am - 4 pm

$25 | $20 for students and OAG members 
To register please contact: mvial@ottawaartgallery.ca, or call 613-233-8699 +228 

MakingThings Matter: Considering Citation as a form of Community 
Facilitated by cheyanne turions

What makes something matter? Mattering happens through a complex process of persistence, ideas, and phenomena developed across different contexts and over time. An example of mattering can be seen in the academic model of citation. To cite someone’s work engages with their theories, and even if done with the intention of critique, it legitimizes and confers value on their ideas.

Making Things Matter examines citation through a critical lens, and explores how to disrupt and challenge the authority and self-evidence of this practice. This process allows different narratives of mattering to come forward, and draws attention to how mattering happens in the first place. Aware of the impact writers and scholars have on the production of knowledge, the goal of the workshop is to encourage a critical approach to citation, creating the conditions for decolonial, anti-racist, and anti-patriarchal narratives to emerge based on ideas and wisdom found outside of the academic setting.  

Incredibly valuable for writers and scholars interested in alternative approaches to research and writing, the format of Making Things Matter will be experimental and participatory. In preparation for the workshop, participants will be asked to pre-read one of three essays by either Mimi Thi Nguyen, Maiko Tanaka, or Zoe Todd­­—whose ideas have been instrumental in developing this workshop. Through collective discussions, new and valuable understandings of these resources will come forward, informing a new practice of research based on community and conversation.
Presented in partnership with the Ottawa International Writers Festival   

cheyanne turions is an independent, Toronto-based curator and writer who holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia. Her work approaches the space of exhibition as alive—the gallery is a space of dialogue where artists, curators and publics can reflect on and experiment with ways of seeing (and being). Most recently so co-curated Eating Bodies: Towards a Consummate Consumption with Leila Timmins, a four-week experiment in informal education that focused on the political dimensions of the culinary. In the spring she participated in Talk Show alongside James Baldwin and Jackie Wang at SBC Gallery, an exhibition focused on the art and politics of conversation. Forthcoming writing projects include contributions to MAWA’s Desiring Change: Contemporary Canadian Feminist Art and Duane Linklater’s The Wood Land School Reader. In 2015 she was presented with the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art Award. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Advisory Board for the newly federated institution comprising the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto).