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Spur Guelph 2015: Possibility and Imagination
November 12, 2015 @ 8:00 am - November 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Each of us experiences the world differently. But what connects us all is language—a complex, inadequate system of communication that dazzles and frustrates us with its many forms. All our ways of being in, thinking about, and knowing the world around us depend on our use and understanding of language. Our cultures are shaped by the relationships we find in words written, spoken and sung.
Over three days, the Spur Guelph Festival offers lectures, conversations, musical performances, literary readings, film screenings and city walks that will consider how we can imagine new possibilities for the world beyond the status quo.
Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of virtual reality, will speak about new horizons for the internet age. Eminent cosmologist Lee Smolin will join Lanier in conversation about the power of imaginative thinking in their work and the inspiration they find in the arts. Lee Maracle will read the latest writing that she conjured while in residence at a nature reserve. Wanda Nanibush, Adrian Stimson, Tim Lilburn and Philip Kevin Paul will imagine together what possible indigenous futures can be realized. Croatian artists Nadija Mustapić and Toni Meštrović will present a video installation that documents the demise of a way of life in Rijeka, Croatia, during the economic crisis—even while the collapse offers glimpses of hope and renewal. The program of Spur Guelph offers many musical, artistic, philosophical and pragmatic interpretations of the theme, Possibility and Imagination.
Spur Guelph invites us to pause and to think together poetically as we imagine our futures—and then go out into the world to bring them into reality.