We’re happy to introduce to you the new direction of our COLLABORATIVE ARTS SERIES: 42 x 81.
42 x 81 is short for 42.981378 by -81.257464, the precise latitude and longitude of the forks of the river which runs through our city. Learn more about our change below!
Thanks to TAP and the London Arts Council for their support of this series.
Wednesday June 1st at 6 pm Over ZOOM
Join 42 x 81 ONLINE for a collaboration through film, poetry, and song by Jenny Berkel & Madeline Bassnett.
Madeline Bassnett is a poet and English prof. living in London Ontario. She is the author of Under the Gamma Camera (Gaspereau, 2019), which was longlisted for the RCLAS Annual Fred Cogswell Award, two chapbooks, and a work of literary criticism. Her most recent work can be found in CV2 and The Dalhousie Review.
“The conjunction of cliff and sea, the broad back of the Wolastoq, the curves of the Antler River… I orient towards bodies of water, crave their openness, movement, familiar otherness.”
Jenny Berkel is a poet and singer-songwriter. Her interests include investigating how a poem is a song and a song is a poem. She is releasing a new album, These Are the Sounds Left from Leaving, this May. Her debut chapbook, Grease Dogs, was published in June 2021 with Baseline Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Vallum, The /tƐmz/ Review, The Maynard, The Literary Review of Canada, and long con magazine, amongst others.
"When I close my eyes and think of Lake Erie—the lake of my childhood—I see again the murky brown, the shifting bubbles, and the dim outline of slow-moving bodies against my closed lids. Everything inside these waters is still here."
Aaron Schneider is a Founding Editor at The /tƐmz/ Review. His stories have appeared/are forthcoming in The Danforth Review, Filling Station, The Puritan, Hamilton Arts and Letters, Pro-Lit, The Chattahoochee Review, BULL, Long Con, The Malahat Review and The Windsor Review. His stories have been nominated for The Journey Prize and The Pushcart Prize. His novella, Grass-Fed, was published by Quattro Books in Fall 2018. His collection of experimental short fiction, What We Think We Know (Gordon Hill Press) was published in Fall 2021, and his novel, The Supply Chain (Crowsnest Books), is forthcoming in Fall 2022.
Born and raised in Niagara, Ryan Ferland has lived in London for five years and has fallen in love with the Forest City. Through his art, he explores concepts of time and movement using digital illustration, design, photography and video. Inspired by the power of iconography and how we communicate through images.
Dorit Osher is an international name: Israeli, French, British & Swedish. Dorit has always felt her place in the world is where she finds community to feel and move with, where there is emotional closeness, safety to experiment, share and play. She has lived in many places, growing up in Johannesburg South Africa till the age of 18 years. She left South Africa with feeling conflicted about her involvement in supporting the end of apartheid over continuing to pursue her career as a dancer. She decided to leave as she ultimately saw dance and the arts as vehicles for change. She lived in Israel, London (UK), Amsterdam, Paris and then Toronto, Vancouver and London (ON). London has been a long chapter in her life with raising a family, 3 children (Josh, 26, Noah, 22 and Nomi, 17). During this time she has developed a practice as a somatic psychotherapist and has continued to facilitate and dance. Creativity and the soma are central to her curiosity, intellectual focus and development of experiential workshops, retreats and education. Her facilitation inspires expression of the embodied somatic self to express through the creative arts and develop insight into the layers of our being and thus have authentic present connections.
x Ryan Ferland
x Dorit Osher
Michelle Wilson an artist and mother of French/British descent. In her current work she challenges the human exceptionalism and white supremacy at the heart of Euro-American archive. She is currently completing a Ph.D. candidate in Art and Visual Culture at the University of Western Ontario.
Reilly Knowles is is an interdisciplinary artist of mixed European heritage. He is currently exploring how scavenging and foraging can be implemented as parts of a sustainable and bioregionally-specific artistic practice. He earned his BFA from the University of Western Ontario in 2020.
Michelle Wilson x Reilly Knowles
Don Pyle is the drummer for Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet and author of Trouble in the Camera Club. His new book, Shot in a Mirror is out soon from Midnight Mass Press. He also cuts at Town Barber. Instagram: @thedonpyle
Kirby Current: Poetry Is Queer (Palimpsest Press 2021), Not Your Best No 2 The Queer Ass Fuck Issue (editor, KFB, 2021), GUEST 16 “The Fangirl Issue” (aboveground 2021). Recent: What Do You Want To Be Called? (Anstruther Press, 2020), This Is Where I Get Off (Permanent Sleep, 2019). Purveyor of fine poetry at knife | fork | book. She is a professional homosexual. poetryisqueer.com
Watch previous episodes below or scroll on to see more about 42 x 81, to participate in the series, and to join water protectors near you.
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TEAM 42 X 81
Hi! I’m a polydisciplinary doofus known as Kevin. My personal intention with 42 x 81 is (1) to hustle up some money to put in the pockets of artists in collaboration; (2) to supplement their platforms; and (3) to explore what an accessible, decolonial, land-and-water-conscious arts series, dependent for its income on the cultural subsidiaries of imposed government entities, could be.
Hi! I’m Erica, a fiction writer and teacher currently living on Musqueam land in BC. My personal intention with 42 x 81 is to uplift oftentimes neglected voices; get artists paid for their oftentimes unpaid work; and provide a public space for experimentation, collaboration, and overall artistic strangeness in a world that oftentimes rewards the familiar and known.
WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
This is an ongoing call looking for local artists in any medium (from clay pottery to hairstyling, Tarot to repurposed leather) who may be interested in interdisciplinary collaboration with another artist. Both of the two participating artists will receive $100 for their work.
Send the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Samples of your work (JPEG, PDF, MP4 preferred)
A proposal containing the name and contact information for both contributing artists OR
A proposal containing your name and contact information, detailing your work and the type of artist you would like to collaborate with
If you have any questions, or would like to offer feedback about ways to make the series accessible to you and your communities please email us at: email@example.com.
FROM LOMP TO 42 x 81
This change in our thinking was prompted by (1) our realization of the inappropriateness of colonial signifiers (“London” as in the series formerly known as “London Open Mic Poetry”); (2) our desire to reflect our relationship with the local land; and (3) the need to more accurately represent the interdisciplinary arts series we have been running through TAP Centre for Creativity since 2019.
You may be thinking that the prime meridian is located at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, that the use of latitude and longitude are explicitly colonial implements, indeed developed and used to further the empire itself, alike in kind to the English language.
We have thought about this; and we feel this is an opportunity to comment on how we’re enmeshed in and inseparable from the history of British imperialism––that we can’t escape it and mustn’t pretend we can undo history.
What we respond to, and what feels authentically like a move away from colonial superiority, is (1) the interconnectedness to every spatial point on the planet that system of orientation provides; (2) the avoidance of the English language to refer to colonized land in favour of a (at least more) universal language of numerals; and (3) the avoidance of Anglophonic appropriation (or direct use) of an Indigenous word.
When it became clear that the “Thames River” was and is an inappropriate name for the waterway running through this city, whose name in Anishinaabemowin is Deshkan Ziibi, it also became clear that “London” is an equally inappropriate name for the city surrounding it.
Given how plain was the transportation of the word “London” from London, England to this region; how plain was the sense of superiority explicit in its imposition and elevation to “official” status here; and how plain is the unmindful echolalia by which we continue to pay homage to that imposition by repeating the word “London” as if it accurately refers to this land without favour or censure, we hope our little change can serve as a synecdoche for the process of unnaming it seems to us must, and will of its own course, take place.
In the meantime, join us in a clean-up of your local waterway or donate to a conservation project in Canada! We have a few listed below so that you can find one closest to you. Do you have a link that we should add? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org with 42 x 81 Link in the subject line.
Erica & Kevin
Their mission: “to protect life-giving biological diversity through strategic research,
community mobilizing and grassroots public education.”
Contaminated site cleanups in southern Ontario, defends public participation rights in legal cases, saves fish.
Has both land water (scuba diver) volunteers who clean garbage from the St. Lawrence
The province’s oldest conservation organization, conserving wildlife and natural
“a collaborative project between First Nations, Federal and Provincial governments, and other conservation organizations who are working to protect species-at-risk in the Wolastoq/Saint John River watershed.”
Defends ocean wildlife by raising awareness and organizing beach cleanups.
Strives to preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the Wascana Marsh ecosystem.
“an Indigenous grassroots non-profit organization, consisting of 73 First Nations and Tribes, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed.”