Friday, November 4, 2016
6:30pm - 9:30pm
at Gamma Space, 862 Richmond Street West
Join DMG & SAVAC for an artist talk and game night! Playtest artist Golboo Amani’s Unsettling Settlers: Intervention, an expansion for Settlers of Catan that upends its colonial settlement theme and instead has players work through strategies of repatriation.
Following Golboo’s talk, attendees will play the game in groups, then participate in a Q&A and provide feedback for the creator. This event is free and open to the public – please bring your friends! Light refreshments will be provided, and transit fare is available on request.
‘Settlers of Catan’ is a popular board game that encourages players to employ colonial settlement strategies on an unpopulated wild landscape. Relying on the colonial settler narrative, ‘Settlers of Catan’ does not include in its infrastructure representations of the many nations of indigenous people that preexist colonial settlement, narratives of the global migrant and conditions of conflict that arise with colonial expansion. Instead ‘Settlers of Catan’ and it various permutations and expansions rely on the common fallacies of colonial development.
Unsettling Setters: Intervention aims to interrupt the game space in order to employ strategies that strengthen our ability to imagine and practice critical alternatives and counter hegemonic action. Included in the game are new game pieces, cards and rules to be played out on the Settlers of Catan board game.
Golboo Amani undertook a research residency with SAVAC in May 2016 under the title The Lie of the Land. Using an urban garden as a site-specific research space, Amani hosted several skill-sharing workshops and talks which focused on knowledge exchanges about nature’s various cycles and offered participants a space to investigate settlers’ relationships to Turtle Island. Informed by the knowledge produced by the exchanges at the Garden Skool, Amani produced an Unsettling Settlers of Catan expansion set.
SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to supporting South Asian artists. For over two decades, SAVAC has increased the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development.
Golboo Amani‘s works in photography to performance, space intervention, digital media, and social practice. Her work considers pedagogical tools and methodologies as ready-made sites of social engagement. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including the Rats9 Gallery, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (Montreal), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga) Union Gallery (Kingston), XPACE Artist-Run Centre, FADO Emerging Artist Series, Rhubarb Festival (Toronto), TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), 221A Artist-Run Centre, and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver). Recent works include a Public Reading a participatory performance on public transit for the Artist-Run Newsstand and the School of Bartered Knowledge an ongoing social practice work that holds space for dialog and negotiations around knowledge production.
As an artists working within a social practice Amani often relies on familiar social engagements as a point of entry into their artwork. Critical of systemic social patterns, the artist views social situations as ready-made sites for aesthetic intervention. Acknowledging that many of us are marked by long, personal histories and prescribed relationships with pedagogy, Amani’s work often addresses the conditions of knowledge production that render epistemic violence as invisible, insignificant and benign. Much of their work focuses on interventions or alternatives to formal sites of pedagogy to include forms, contexts and content normally excluded from institutionalized knowledge production. By expanding sites of pedagogy to include the streets, backyards, homes, public transit etc., Amani intends to highlight the potentiality of non-hierarchical pedagogical experiences that speak to collective agency and egalitarian epistemology.
Funding support provided by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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