You don’t have to climb Citadel Hill to appreciate this piece. Take it in from the Commons or the little parkette where Ahern meets Rainie. Find your perfect spot to enjoy the sunsetting.
Eventide is a sound installation that uses poetry, prose, ambient sound and music to explore themes of interconnectedness and collective memory. The piece is meant to be enjoyed while watching the sunset, and examines how the small, beautiful moments we take to enjoy the world around us have the potential to build a sense of community and shared responsibility. Listeners are asked to make themselves comfortable and to come into the present moment through the act of listening and watching the sunset. If we can share a moment, what are the other things we can share? A juxtaposition is set up between living for oneself and living for others. The piece examines how we can live two truths at the same time. How do we belong to ourselves, yet allow ourselves to be given over to the future, and our responsibility to it? The piece addresses listeners directly, and asks them to look at time as a shared experience that we are all living through. Rather than seeing time as linear, it reframes it as an all-encompassing force that steeps the present and future with the past at every moment. We are all subjects of time, but we also have an agency we can express through our choices, and the ways we care for one another. Our connections, the ties we have to each other, the choices we make, all contribute to building a collective memory that will live on and be passed down through time even after we are gone.
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Lou Campbell (they/them) is a performance artist based in Halifax, NS. Their practice traverses a wide range of disciplines including poetry, sound art, improv, comedy, and the odd clown collage when a worldwide pandemic shuts their entire industry down. They create work that unpacks the inner workings of their own gender and sexuality, usually manifesting in the open sharing of mortifying past mistakes. They also co-run a cross-province collective based in Toronto and Halifax called Probably Theatre. This collective creates performance work devised from poetry, and runs an event series called “Probably Poetry” that facilitates the creation of new work from themselves and other artists.
Open Streets is a community- building festival that “closes” a street to motorized vehicles in order to “open” it to Active Transportation. Open Streets was inspired by the maxim, “We are not blocking traffic, we are traffic!” This family oriented event provides the only temporary space in HRM long enough, wide enough, flat enough, straight enough and safe enough to accommodate bicycles, wheel chairs, pedestrians, walkers, scooters, skateboarders, roller bladers, inline cross-country skiers, stilt walkers, life-sized puppeteers and other non-motorized movers, who are generally unable to come together in the same place at the same time. Not only is this event good for physical health, but it adds to our sense of community, as the object is not to simply move from AtoB, but to enjoy the journey together. There are activities, races, educational booths and performances set up to foster interaction of all ages and all modes of Active Transportation. Listen to the audio piece and contemplate urban planning and how you and all people interact with it and through it each other.