No Boundary Changes | Lydia Burggraaf

The transposition of 1813 to 2013 creates a collision of old and new as die-hard re-enactors tough it out in tents in the cold while augmented reality games engage visitors with modern research methodologies. Inverting the transposition is the irony of reenactment as a public spectacle based on Western tradition celebrates an historic Native American leader looking for land rights. In opposition to the No Boundary Changes that resulted from the War of 1812, the work in this exhibit ask for a re-evaluation of the residual boundaries still present today.

Stefan Rose will be exhibiting Holding the Fort at the Thames Art Gallery from August 18-October 7, 2013. Holding The Fort explores reconstructed military sites in Eastern Canada and visually situations them in context with poetry written from the perspective of to two War of 1812 soldiers, Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Henry Bruyeres and Lieutenant-Colonel John Vincent. 

Alex McKay and Tory James will be participating in the canoe flotilla from Chatham to the battle site on October 6, 2013 as well as exhibiting their project Treaty Canoe at the battle site. This interactive work engages the viewer in transcribing treaties inviting a deeper contemplation of the treaties and reevaluation of the negotiation process. The transcribed treaties are then constructed into a functional canoe that makes the same journey undertaken 200 years ago in the retreat from Chatham to the original battle site.

Geordie Shepard will be on site at the Battle of the Thames commemorative on October 6, 2013 inviting visitors and re-enactors to become participants in construction and painting a clay sculpture in Hands On the Thames. Throughout the day, he will produce hand-size clay forms including a cannon, a horseman, and a foot soldier and 3 articles of 1813 daily life — a ladle, a candle, and a pitcher.

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