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Exhibit: the Hirshhorn Ontario Townsite and a 1950s Utopian Vision for Art and Industry in the Canadian Wilderness

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

A new exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., “Public Spirit: The Hirshhorn Project” (November 05, 2008 – March 22, 2009), draws on a unique tale of adventure and discovery in Western Ontario, and a series of plans and photos for a utopian settlement blending modern design, contemporary art, and private philanthropy in the [...]

“Passage”: A Film by John Walker Looks at the Story of John Rae and Inuit Oral Histories of the Lost Franklin Expedition

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Following the tale of hubris and national ambition, John Walker looks at the tragic fate of the 1845 Franklin expedition and the controversy surrounding the harrowing tale of desperation and futility as told by Inuit oral histories. The story is told with the assistance of Nunavut MLA and historian Tagak Curley, and draws on the [...]

Sounds of Spring: Snow Geese on Annual Migration to Arctic Breeding Grounds

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Birders show up at Freezeout Lake in Northern Montana, and reflect on annual migration of Snow Geese to breeding grounds in the North. Terra, an on-line video podcasting site, features sights and sounds of the migration. An estimated 300,000 Snow Geese and 10,000 Tundra Swans make the trip, and stop over at Freezeout Lake (a [...]

Video and Sound Installation Transforms Gehry Structure into Giant Iceberg

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Cape Farewell expedition organizer and video artist David Buckland and soundscape composer Max Eastley visit Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival. The Eastly composition was played throughout the day at the Frank Gehry designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Nov. 3, 4, 10, and 11, and included strange and otherworldly sounds [...]

Traditional Canoeing Skills Featured on Terra

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Terra is an on-line film collective and video podcasting site that features stories on science and the natural world for educators, students and fans. They have an extensive list of over 300 video entries on a diverse range of topics: indigenous resource issues, biodiversity, marine ecology, environmental activism, and more. Episode 317, “Up a Creek,” [...]

East 3 to Debut at the New York Underground Film Festival

Friday, March 30th, 2007

The town of Inuvik, Northwest Territories, is the subject of a documentary film to debut at the New York Underground Film Festival by British filmmaker Mr. Young on April 1, 2007. Described as chilling and surreal, the film examines the imperfect balance of traditional and modern lifestyles, and features stories of hunting and trapping, the [...]

Ullumi: Documentary Film Site Profiles Nunavik and Nunavut People and Communities

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

The documentary film Ullumi was recently shown at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois on 20 February 2007. It profiles Inuit co-directors of the film Evie Mark, Tunu Napartuk, Qajaaq and Lena Ellsworth, and provides stories and perspectives on contemporary Inuit life and the importance of language, education, self-government, and issues of concern to young adults [...]

Profile of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook to debut on Canadian Arts Network

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Cape Dorset artist Annie Pootoogook is the subject of a 30 minute documentary by Marcia Connolly to appear on Bravo! (April 1 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT). Her work has drawn a great deal of attention in the last several years, after being featured in an exhibit by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery [...]

Northern Sámi and Climate Change Focus of 2007 Finnmark Sled-Dog Expedition

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Seven member team begins its sled-dog trek across arctic Finnmark to document Sámi heritage, environmental effects of global warming, and snow conditions for the Global Snowflake Network of NASA. The expedition will cover 1,500 km in one month, and visit the birch and pine forests of the Russian Taiga, the Sámi settlement of Neiden, the [...]

Fort William Mountain Festival 2007 (UK)

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The Fort William Mountain Festival 2007 begins this week in the UK, and lasts until March 3rd. Highlights include the Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival, exhibition from the Royal Geographical Society (“Antarctic Witness: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition“), mountain skills and John Muir Trust writing workshops, and expedition paddling events with sea kayaker Allan Ellard [...]