Bird Radio: Reflections on Ecology, Children, Birds and Art roundtable and reception

Bird Radio: Reflections on Ecology, Children, Birds and Art roundtable and reception

May 29, 2018 at 5:30pm

Bird Radio: Reflections on Ecology, Children, Birds and Art roundtable and reception Roundtable

MacKenzie Art Gallery 5:30-7:30PM

Admission is Free  I  Everyone is Welcome

Participants: Anthony Kiendl, executive director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina, moderator), Bill Burns, artist and creator of Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge (Toronto-Yukon Territory), and Dr. Krys Verrall (York University, Toronto), child and youth studies scholar, educator and artist. Janine Windolph, filmmaker and curator of public programs at the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina) and youth program participants.

Bird Radio: Reflections on Ecology, Children, Birds and Art roundtable is jointly hosted by the MacKenzie Art Gallery, in Regina, Saskatchewan and the Association For Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP).

“Bird Radio” refers to Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge, a multi-dimensional artwork by Bill Burns which will be installed in the MacKenzie's new café and scheduled to open fall 2018. The work is part of the art gallery’s permanent collection and includes a radio transmitter, a set of bespoke hand manipulated birdcall apparatuses, a radio receiver, a series of short videos in which children demonstrate the use of the bird calls, and a set of chairs designed by Ray and Charles Eames in the middle of the 20th century. Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge will be a child friendly installation set in a made to order cafe that is currently being built at the museum. It serves as a starting point for roundtable participant artists, scholars, educators, young people and viewers to share ideas, hopes and concerns about ecology, children, birds and art.

The roundtable connects with the theme for this year’s congress “gathering diversities”. Just as Burns’ Bird Radio is a metaphor for the confluence of wildness, advanced industrialism, and technology, the roundtable gathers diverse arts and scholarly organizations, methods of expression, and voices to pose questions and share knowledge across fields of expertise, perspectives and generations. In this way, linkages between ecology, children, birds and art will not be taken lightly. The roundtable intends to look deeply, yet also to portend hope.