Meet in the Middle | Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film Symposium

Meet in the Middle | Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film Symposium

November 2, 2016

November 2-5, 2016 | Multiple Venues


Since 2014, the Regina-based curatorial project Meet in the Middle | Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film has provided a unique meeting ground for citizens affected by questions of the contemporary movement of people and ideas. At the same time, it has been a forum for artists and curators working through those questions at the nexus between art and film in their creative research and practice, with a special focus on creating a dialogue between Saskatchewan (Canada) and Armenia. In November 2016, the project will culminate in a major international symposium in Regina, timed to coincide with the exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery of Steenbeckett by renowned Canadian-Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan.

The Meet in the Middle | Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film Symposium will enable audiences to stopover, encounter, intersect, reflect, locate and relocate themselves relative to theme of trauma that underlies contemporary experiences of migration and its memorialization. International in scope, the symposium is designed to connect the work of artists, filmmakers, curators and researchers variously dealing with this theme at the intersection between the white cube of the gallery and the black box of the theatre. The symposium, which will take place November 2–5, 2016, includes: a contextualizing Armenian Film Series; the opening of Atom Egoyan: Steenbeckett; panels and conversations engaging the project themes of migration, memory and trauma at the intersection of art and film; performative interventions; a narrative workshop; and a film screening and conversation with Atom Egoyan.

The Meet in the Middle Symposium will be a groundbreaking space of creative connection, an international crossroads in which the City of Regina, a place inhabiting both the margins and centre of Canadian consciousness, will be transformed into a gathering place, a central terminal, and a conceptual hub. Here we will meet in the middle, sharing diverse perspectives on the migration of people, ideas, experiences, and memories within the contemporary global landscapes of expanded cinema.