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Q: Is it art? A: Who cares, etc.

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I think we need a press clippings area on this website. In the past I've just been depositing them here in the blog, but somehow it feels very random and disorganized and I don't like it.

Anyway, here are a couple of reviews that came out today, graciously forwarded to us by Jennifer Gibson, (art) curator at the University of Winnipeg's (art) Gallery 1C03. Thank you Jennifer for keeping an eye out for us.

 from Uptown Magazine

from Uptown Magazine

 from Winnipeg Free Press

from Winnipeg Free Press

Pinky likes contemporary art more than I do. I like old art more, the didactic stuff. Especially old religious art - those guys were always telling you what to do! (I like) With contemporary art it seems to me a lot of people get all huffy and start stomping around if the work is somehow not sufficiently weird / ambiguous / deliberately-mystified enough. Which isn't to say I have a problem with any of those attributes, I just get annoyed with people who think the world is not big enough to also accommodate overtly didactic work.

Which is why I find it a little odd that neither writer criticized us for making didactic work that also happens to look very art-like. Or maybe I just have a misconception regarding what art reviewers will find acceptable nowadays? (Apparently I do.)

I hope Kim and Mimi don't get all big-headed now that their pictures were chosen to be in newspapers.

For those of you who have been asking what we've been up to since returning from Winnipeg:

1. Pinky got real sick. She's still working but also sleeping a bit extra (slightly annoying) and coughing all over the place (very annoying).
2. We've been working on making fine art prints of some of the images in the exhibition (plus some others that we haven't had time to put on our website). I know - after the above mini-rant it is weird to suddenly call our pictures 'art' but apparently people just call really, really nice prints 'fine art prints'. Okay.
3. Finishing up two more videos.
4. Trying to troubleshoot our stupid water heater that finally stopped working. Can it be saved? Still don't know.
5. Running all the errands that we neglected to do before we left for Winnipeg because we were busy preparing for Winnipeg.

Life is less exciting here than in Winnipeg but still okay. We'll keep working.

Bunny

New Mini-Zine: The Academic Freedom Debate

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Hi. We made this new mini-zine for the Pinky Show-inspired panel discussion going on in Winnipeg tonight: Academic Freedom? A conversation about the way things are and the way things could be… Unfortunately we had to come home before the event so in lieu of attending we just made 125 of these little mini-zines and left them with Milena Placentile, the curator responsible for inviting us to Winnipeg and organizer of the academic freedom panel, and asked her to distribute the mini-zines to everyone who attended the panel.

Download the thing here. If you need instructions on how to cut & fold it, there's a little instructional video on how to do just that here.

Hope you find it interesting.

Take care,

pinky

The Pinky Show : Class Treason Stories (excerpts) @ University of Winnipeg

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The Class Treason Stories (excerpts) exhibition is now open at the University of Winnipeg's Gallery 1C03! The talks were all well attended and exciting and the opening was fun - with Kim, Zach and Haley right outside the gallery at the IWGS table selling Pinky Show t-shirts and books and stickers we sort of felt like rock stars! lol Here's a couple of pictures of how the installation came out.

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The exhibition runs until December 12. Then it'll be taken down and packed up and shipped off to Toronto, where it will open for a second time in January (details coming soon) at the Toronto Free Gallery.

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A big THANK YOU to everybody who made the 1C03 exhibition happen: Milena Placentile, who without her invitation and positive energy and guidance we would have never, ever, EVER been able to do this exhibition; Jennifer Gibson, art curator at UWinnipeg who was so accommodating and patient with us and just all-around helpful with helping us take care of all the little details an exhibition inevitably produces; Glen Johnson - the artist who basically single-handedly installed the show for us (we don't know how to use power tools and he's a lot taller than we are) and kept us reassured that everything would be okay with his calm temperament and deadpan hilariousness (?) even when cables were pulling out of the wall; Kim Hunter and her incredible family for showing us a deeper level of Winnipeg kindness and complexity and beauty; Zach, Haley, Tyler, Lissie, and all the folks (Hi Roewan! Hi Fiona! Next time please!) at the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies (IWGS) for their enthusiasm, institutional support, and of course, the non-stop bake sales; the people at AceArtInc, who  allowed us to use their very cool space for a public-HR03 dialogue (Liz Garlicki, can we hang out next time?); Cliff Eyland at the University of Manitoba School of Art for his graciousness and generosity (he invited us to talk with his students and he was so nice to us even though I could tell he was sick as a dog)… and of course the dozens and dozens to people we met at the talks, the opening, and behind-the-scenes meetings & get-togethers that made us feel welcome and gave us so much to think about. We were in Winnipeg for only a week and of course there are probably about 700,000 other people there we didn't get to meet but the people that we did meet were all very warm and welcoming and made us feel like there really is somebody out there who is engaging our work at a very deep level. To us, making work that is useful or helpful to others is the most important thing we can possibly do, so it's actually very difficult to put into words how important this trip was for us.

We will write more about the trip a little later (we're still getting our materials in order), probably in the blog.

Take care,
pinky

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[ Bunny note: Glen and I ate bison burgers. ]

Pinky Show currently in WINNIPEG, CANADA

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Hi everybody. In a few hours we are getting on a Canadian jet-craft and flying to Vancouver, then Calgary, then Winnipeg. We'll be in Winnipeg for about a week for THIS.

According to meteorologists, it'll be about 45/30°F (7/-1°C) day/night in Winnipeg this week - brrr! Bunny and I will bring a camera and try to photo-document the installation. We'll post it on the website when we get back. Everybody in Toronto: don't look at the pictures otherwise it'll be boring when the exhibition gets to your city!

Okay, I'm going to go pack. Bye bye for now!

xoxo,
pinky

*** 11/15 UPDATE: We are safely back at home now. We'll post a special report of our Winnipeg Trip as soon as we finish writing it up & sort through our photos! ~ p.

Press Release from Gallery 1CO3: Class Treason Stories (excerpts)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Image: The Pinky Show,  Isolated in a Self-Serving Fantasy , 2009.

Image: The Pinky Show, Isolated in a Self-Serving Fantasy, 2009.

Gallery 1C03 proudly presents The Pinky Show's latest endeavour,

Class Treason Stories (excerpts)

WINNIPEG MB, October 27, 2009 - Gallery 1C03 proudly presents The Pinky Show's latest multi-media installation, Class Treason Stories (excerpts).

From an undisclosed desert location, somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a collective of gently voiced cats produce and disseminate an educational project called The Pinky Show, intended to cultivate intellectual curiosity, openness, and compassion.

Focusing on information and perspectives that have been misrepresented, suppressed, ignored, or otherwise excluded from mainstream discussion, Pinky and her friends use a variety of formats (i.e. online videos, visual art, books and 'zines, blogging, etc.) to explore the unseen world in ways that are easy to understand, with special attention given to reconnecting information (plentiful in our contemporary world) to its oft-ignored ethical and moral dimensions.

The Pinky Show's video episodes are generally organized around "simple" questions: What is settler colonialism? Is the War in Iraq legal or illegal? How do we get rid of nuclear weapons? They consider the mainstreaming of progressive ideals to be a foundational component to any broad strategy to create a more aware citizenry - one that is more apt to understand, support, and participate in the vital work being done by the many thousands of social change organizations established throughout the world.

In addition to material production, they also deploy human representatives to carry out their educational objectives via diverse forms of community programming including workshops and other public presentations, exhibitions, and agitprop dissemination. Some examples include Picturing Politics: Artists Speak Truth to Power (Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia), Encounter on Radical Education (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and study circles and workshops with the Center for Hegemony Studies (Honolulu, Hawaii).

Class Treason Stories (excerpts) seeks to provoke questions about the nature of education and the application of knowledge for either socially beneficent or individualist and competitive purposes. It enquires about the transformations we could each undertake in order to move toward a genuinely ethical state of being.

A well-established internet phenomenon with fans worldwide, this exhibition marks The Pinky Show's first visit to Canada. After launching at Gallery 1C03, Class Treason Stories (excerpts) will travel to Toronto Free Gallery in January 2010.

The Pinky Show is a project of Associated Animals Inc. - a non-profit educational organization based in the United States. For more information, visit www.PinkyShow.org.

The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts) runs from November 12 - December 12, 2009

Opening reception: Thursday, November 12 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Gallery 1C03)

Off campus artist talk: Thursday, November 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (aceartinc. - 2nd Fl., 290 McDermot Ave.)

On campus artist talk: Friday, November 13 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (University of Winnipeg, Room 2C15)

Members of the media are invited to arrange interviews with the artists between November 9 - 13, 2009.

Gallery 1C03 and the artists wish to acknowledge the generous support provided by the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies and Cliff Eyland. We also wish to thank Platform: Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts for their assistance.

Contact: Jennifer Gibson, Art Curator
Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
204.786.9253 | j.gibson@uwinnipeg.ca
uwinnipeg.ca/index/artgallery-index | gallery1C03.blogspot.com

Press Release from Gallery 1CO3: Academic Freedom? Panel

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 Image: The Pinky Show,  The Consequences Are Terrifying , 2009.

Image: The Pinky Show, The Consequences Are Terrifying, 2009.

Gallery 1C03 and The Institute for Women's and Gender Studies proudly present: Academic Freedom? A conversation about the way things are and the way things could be...

WINNIPEG MB, October 27, 2009 - Gallery 1C03 and The Institute for Women's and Gender Studies proudly present a panel discussion inspired by Gallery 1C03's upcoming exhibition, The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts).

In light of recent scandals around the world involving academics being served cease and desist notices for producing valid research challenging corporate activity, being arrested under suspicion of terrorism, or losing tenure without due process as a clear response to different ways of thinking and teaching, it is a ripe moment to discuss intellectual and ethical integrity vis-à-vis academic freedom in the context of societal expectations.

Academics are perceived as belonging to a certain social and intellectual "class". In what ways can they gravitate toward a genuinely ethical definition of their profession while confronting the influences that expect them to toe the line in order to maintain status?

With a view to opening discussion on this subject, four University of Winnipeg faculty members have been invited to express perspectives concerning the dilemma experienced by academics who come to realize that their political, social, and/or ethical beliefs run counter to the status quo maintained by the elite. Should academics perpetuate traditional networks and hope their different opinions will appear more palatable through association with moderates, or should they find altogether new ways of working? Should they speak out and risk being ostracized by their professional community, or take that chance and turn their practices of research and analysis into active resistance? What's at stake and is it worth it?

Featuring:

● Kelly Gorkoff, Instructor, Criminal Justice Department discussing the neoliberalization of higher education

● Christopher Leo, Professor, Department of Politics revealing barriers in academic publishing

● Vesna Milosevic-Zdjelar, Instructor, Department of Physics addressing biases in educational curriculum

● Brock Pitawanakwat, Asst. Professor, Aboriginal Governance Program commenting on abuses of power within the academy

Winnipeg-based curator and writer Milena Placentile will moderate this conversation. Extended biographies and summaries of each presentation are available online; please visit: http://gallery1c03.blogspot.com.

Academic Freedom? A conversation about the way things are and the way things could be...
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave (3rd Fl. Centennial Hall)

Admission to this event is open and free for all! Members of the media are invited to attend.

Class Treason Stories (excerpts), created by internationally renowned feline artists and educators, Pinky and Bunny (with the assistance of Mimi and Kim), offers a multi-media installation seeking to provoke questions about the nature of education and the application of knowledge for either socially beneficent or individualist and competitive purposes. This exhibition runs from November 12 - December 12, 2009 before traveling to Toronto Free Gallery in January.

Contact: Jennifer Gibson, Art Curator Gallery 1C03
The University of Winnipeg 515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
204.786.9253 | j.gibson@uwinnipeg.ca
uwinnipeg.ca/index/artgallery-index | gallery1C03.blogspot.com

Bunny Mailbag: U.S. Imperialism or...?

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It's good to start off a new month with a new Bunny mailbag. Today's e-mail comes from Shawna.

Hi Pinky, I've been slowly working my way backwards through your collection of videos and wanted to say that I've enjoyed them all in different ways so far. I just finished watching the Ribbon Sticker video where at the end you make your own sticker that says "Reject U.S. Imperialism". I was wondering if you could think of a more positive alternative that would basically say the same thing, much like the "Support Our Troops" ribbons are "positive" (they may be misleading but the tone is positive). I believe very strongly in positive messages! Because we can't build a social justice movement with negative slogans! I just wanted to ask you for your 2 cents! Shawna

My reply:

Hi Shawna. I'm glad you're enjoying our videos. I'm going to respond for Pinky because she's busy editing right now. But we talked about your e-mail and in the end we both decided there's no simple answer to your simple question. For example, part of the problem with a statement like "Reject U.S. Imperialism" is that it actually doesn't make sense if you really think about it. (We just went ahead and used it anyway because we wanted to keep things simple.) The reason why this doesn't make sense is, considering how the U.S. came into existence, how it developed into what it is today, and what it has to do in order for it to "maintain its shape and form", there is no way to even imagine the U.S. "without" imperialism. Actually, we think it's fair to say that the U.S. is imperialism - always has been. So how could we really say that anybody should "reject U.S. imperialism", as if the two could somehow be split apart and one side thrown away? See the problem? We still believe that the U.S. should stop stepping on people - not only all around the planet but also including people here within its political borders - but if the U.S. were to really stop doing that, we think the U.S. would literally become something so different that maybe it wouldn't even make sense to call it by the same name anymore. Anyway - that's getting a bit ahead of ourselves - we'll worry about finding a good name after we've fixed a few problems, yes?

In the meantime, how about we just get comfortable with the idea that rejecting bad things is not negative; it's positive.

- Bunny

Winnipeg Descends Into Raging Pinky Show Frenzy

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By Bunny, PSR.

WINNIPEG, CANADA - The first fund-raising event for the upcoming exhibition by The Pinky Show at the University of Winnipeg's Gallery 1C03 was mobbed by enthusiastic supporters today, resulting in the sale of 18, possibly more, t-shirts.

Reports confirm it was, apparently, somewhat like an unholy shark feeding-frenzy. No serious injuries were reported.

The event, staged by the University of Winnipeg's Institute for Women's and Gender Studies (IWGS), was highly successful. Kim Hunter, suspected leader of left-wing fringe group Women, said, "We've sold 18 t-shirts".

"18 shirts is a lot of shirts. I don't think we've even sold 18 shirts from our website in the past 3 months," commented Pinky, democratically elected leader of the fabulous Pinky Show project. "I'm not sure, I have to check."

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Semi-related: Pinky, Bunny, and Emily folded up a sizable stack of new Pinky Show mini-zines, which are set to debut at a roundtable discussion on the subject of academic freedom, November 17 at the University of Winnipeg. For more information, you gotta find out yourself because that's all I know.

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Report on bake sale based on "facts" heard third-hand by Bunny (IWGS Kim > Pinky > Bunny). Bake sale photos courtesy of IWGS Kim, mini-zine photo by Pinky.

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[ Note from Pinky: Bunny & I send our appreciation and thanks to everybody who helped make this happen - Kim, Lissie, Tyler, Roewan, and Milena! xoxo pinky ]

Are You My Bug-Bot?

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Okay, if you're a regular reader of our blog, by now you may have noticed that we have a perverse fascination with cutting-edge technologies of war and death. (Like this, or this...) A small part of the attraction I'm sure is just the "wow, that's amazing"-factor involved. The remainder is more like, "wow, that's totally insane."

I suppose a reasonable question would be: Do we really need more craziness in the world?

Unfortunately, even if you think the answer is 'no', when it comes to the proliferation of weapons technologies, even the most futuristic inventions eventually become more widely available. Which means there may come a day where every nerd with a god-complex will have access to his very own swarm of MAVs.

Enjoy your paranoid nightmares.

Bunny