Workshop offered on Saturdays:
September 26, 2020, from 1 PM to 5 PM
October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020, from 1 PM to 5 PM
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Activity Duration: 1 hour
It is often difficult to establish the origin of the songs we learned when we were children. How did they come down to us, and what do they say about us? These questions are central to the creative workshop A Common Imagination, presented in conjunction with the exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora & Painting. For this workshop, our Education room will host an installation by Montreal artist Michaëlle Sergile.
First, we invite you to participate in establishing a library of nursery rhymes by writing down the lyrics of a song and handing them over to us. These songs will become the principal material of the workshop. Using a technique for making paper thread commonly known as shifu, the sheets of paper on which the nursery rhymes are written will be cut up to make paper threads, introducing members of the public to this way of transforming paper fibre and helping them understand the fundamentals of weaving.
The thread produced in the workshop will then be used to complete Michaëlle Sergile’s installation, which she will alter occasionally. By giving materiality back to a series of texts largely transmitted orally, and by making possible an infinite series of meshings, A Common Imagination will invite us to reconsider the ways in which nursery rhymes inform our individual and collective identity.
Photos: Daniel Fiset