events will be held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Note: A slide viewer
and VHS video playback equipment will be available
for registrants use
during symposium breaks
FRIDAY, MAY 26
8:00 Opening remarks: Elizabeth MacKenzie
and Martha Townsend
SATURDAY, MAY 27
Each presentation will take approximately
30 minutes and will be followed by a discussion period.
10:30 Aganetha Dyck: Merging of Changes
11:30 Jin-me Yoon: Staging self as
12:30 Catered lunch
2:00 Barbara Todd: The child
is artist to the mother
3:00 Ruth Cuthand: I wash
poop: Household hints for easy living
5:30 Cash bar Bridgeport Hall
6:00 Catered dinner
for Trouble:Tapes by Unruly Mothers
Muriel Richardson Auditorium
Curated by Elizabeth MacKenzie and Laurel Swenson
SUNDAY, MAY 28
10:00 Coffee and pastry
10:30 Louise May: First Person Plural
a lecture by Louise W.
and Zona H. May
11:30 Leslie Reid: After-image
12:30 Catered brunch
1:30 Plenary Session and Closing
LOOKING FOR TROUBLE: TAPES BY UNRULY MOTHERS
Saturday, May 27, 8 pm
Muriel Richardson Auditorium
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Curated by Elizabeth MacKenzieand Laurel Swenson
The tapes we've included in this program
disrupt ideas of the mother as she exists in Western popular culture
and challenge these notions as they exist in our own psyches. We interrogate
ideas that limit what we can do and think as mothers. We tear myths
about mothers apart.
Marian Butler (Winnipeg)
Beneath the Earth, 1998.
Following the birth of her daughter, the artist
addresses her fears and anxiety as a parent with a new-found sense of
Mary Cross (Guelph)
A mother's ode to her young daughter and the
girl she once was, focusing on the loss and gain of belief in self,
and in magical transformation.
Catherine Elwes (England)
A despairing message from a mother to her
mother, over top of an infant's ritual protest while being dressed.
A mother explores the effects of fear, fighting
and fantasy violence as two young boys stage a mock gunfight.
There is a Myth, 1984
The image of a mother¹s breast milking
under the rough caress of an infant's hand combines with references
to mourning, playfulness, a devouring lust and castration anxieties.
Caroline Langill (Toronto)
This tape works against pervasive representations
of motherhood by linking the bodily specifics of nursing to a relationship
of eroticism and pleasure.
Angel in the House, 1998
An experimental narration in which a mother
describes how powerfully her child's moods affect her. The mother/child
bond is not always a joy.
Up and Down She Goes, 1998
A mother¹s meditation on child rearing
and her feelings of anxiety, loss and joy.
Me First, 1999
The maternal themes of renunciation and self-denial
are taken up and ultimately rejected as they play out over top of the
endless cycle of caring for a baby.
Laurel Swenson (Vancouver)
Your Mother Wears Combat Boots, 1996
Guess what? Dykes have kids. But it¹s
not only coupled professionals who are popping them out. In this video
abunch of moms tell you what it is like for them to be queer single
parents in a realm where kids are not expected.
Mother Fuckers, 1995
A queer mother questions the occurrence of
too many girlfriends who romanticize motherhood and family within relationships
and rants about their lack of consideration for the children they invariably
Marking the Mother, 1999
Tattoos are okay in Rolling Stone,
but we don't expect to see them in the pages of Good Parenting.
This video is about tattooed mothers who resist societal expectations
of what a good mother is supposed to be like.
Terra Poirier (Vancouver)
1-800-Yer Mama, 1998
An embittered rant on the fetishizing of dyke
moms and their kids.
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