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Concordia University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Canada

Valerie d. Walker, a community involved artist, teaches in the Fine Art faculty of Concordia University and at Espace Fibre in Montréal. Producer and on-air host of The XX Files radio show for over 12 years, Walker is a force of nature, an alchemist and trans-media artist. Her research/work incorporates craft based techniques, beneficial environmental sensibilities, tactility and memory-based story-building.

Bobbi Kozinuk is an electronic Media Artist working in performance/ installation/ public art. Kozinuk teaches Electronics and runs the Wearable and Interactive Products lab at ECUAD. Working in the areas inbetween, Kozinuk explores gender, environmental, and access issues.

SolarUSB Culture Stations => SOUCS

Power to the People!! But what are they getting? How do they get it? And which people?

Accessibility, Mobility, and Differing levels of awareness and comfort with the world we move through combine to control each of our ability to move through the game of life successfully.

As ‘Visibly Different’ trans-media professional educators, educators we find the idea of Differential Mobilities overlaps with the different modalities, personas and traces we construct in order to operate in the “normative” environment of higher education. We have found ways of being that have let us be successful in this environment, where as many others have been excluded, due to their differences.

SOUCS is an in-the-field research project through art endeavor. We will install a number of rogue solar USB charge stations around the conference city of Montréal in various areas of the city which are being impacted, (re)developed, transformed and (re)imagined into being.

These solar USB charge stations will be aesthetic oasis where the recharger can pause to appreciate the various aspects of the city and learn about the area via griots tales that are embedded in the station and become apparent when one begins the act of taking power.

The stations will present gathered stories (visual and/or textual) which Valerie has been collecting for over twenty years throughout the island of Montréal, since her arrival as a displaced Pacific-Island Atlantic Diaspora Inheritrix. Phobic tendencies of all kinds provide a leaping off point from which we can (re)create and emphasize another, different perspective of the changes and assumptions involved in changing the mobility and therefore visibility of the other, the recipient of that objectified gaze that is somehow always defined in the laps of a particular subset of the societies we live in, yet not the power structures which control us.