Beekeeper Procession from Canadian Museum of Nature to National Art Centre

Beekeeper Procession from Canadian Museum of Nature to National Art Centre

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Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature

240 McLeod Street

Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1

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Seeking BEEKEEPERS and pollinator-loving friends to join a performance procession starting at the Canadian Museum of Nature!

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The National Art Centre and the Canadian Museum of Nature join artist Diane Borsato to invite all the local BEEKEEPERS and their pollinator-loving friends to participate in a work of performance art!

SIGN UP HERE to join a silent, meditative procession of 100 beekeepers and friends - beginning inside the Canadian Museum of Nature and walking to the rooftop apiary and rose garden at the National Art Centre.

Register now to be one of the 100 Beekeepers to perform in this work entitled Your Temper My Weather, first performed at the Art Gallery of Ontario - and now coming to Ottawa in September as part of the National Arts Centre’s Orchestra festival IDEAS OF NORTH (September 22-25, 2022) that initiates a year-long engagement with the importance of listening during the time of climate crisis and biodiversity loss. Each day will feature concerts, talks and soundwalks, and access to visual arts and sensorial sciences installations in both the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Museum of Nature.

The first 100+ beekeepers to register will receive further details on where to meet/and how the procession will move through the city to finish on the rooftop of the NAC. DETAILS to come!

Registered participants will also enjoy FREE admission for the morning before the performance at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Questions? Write to dianeborsato@gmail.com

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About the work: Beekeepers are trained in slow, mindful movement in their roles as caretakers of tens of thousands of other sensitive beings. While exploring the tangible effect of so many bodies moving carefully and in unison, the performance procession entitled Your Temper, My Weather creates a public platform upon which to reflect on the health and temper of bees and their keepers, and on the policies and environmental conditions that affect our shared future.

Members of the public will be invited to watch and/or join the beekeepers in their silent procession at any point during the 1.5 hour performance.

About the artist:Diane Borsato is an award-winning artist, educator, amateur mycologist, and beekeeper who works closely with other artists and amateur naturalists. Among many other gestures she has stolen flowers (Bouquet, 2006), foraged for fungi in New York City (Chinatown Foray, 2010), practiced stillness with beekeepers (Your Temper, My Weather, 2013/2022), identified clouds in a museum collection (Cloud Party, 2017), mapped a neighborhood by smells (Olfactory Map, 2017) and most recently, planted an orchard of rare and unusual apple varietals as public art (ORCHARD, 2019 – ongoing). She has performed and exhibited in Canada and internationally at venues including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the AGYU, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Art Centre Fogo Island Arts, the Creative Time Summit, and at the Toronto Biennial of Art. Her brand new illustrated book exploring the fantastic and strange world of fungi in the field and in contemporary art entitled MUSHROOMING (2022) is available wherever books are sold. www.dianeborsato.net

The first 100+ beekeepers to register will receive further details on where to meet/and how the procession will move through the city to finish on the rooftop of the NAC. DETAILS to come!

Registered participants will also enjoy FREE admission for the morning before the performance at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Note that participants will be photographed and video recorded during the performance, and the images may be used by the artist and NAC/CMN however they may need.

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