Words in Edgewise – March

February 28, 2011

Janna Rosales – Schmaltz or Sentinel? The Future of Nostalgia

Despite the return of vinyl records, skinny jeans, plaid shirts, and big glasses, is there really any room to long for “what was” in a forward-looking, wired-up society whose very essence is change? Vintage and retro might be “in”, but what really becomes of nostalgia, that longing for home and for what used to be?  Once classified as a genuine medical ailment, and then recast as innocuous ambles down memory lane, nostalgia is now a prepackaged commodity, a fixture in the pop culture marketplace, from Mad Men to My Little Pony.   This presentation will engage its audience in a conversation about the cultural aesthetic of nostalgia by asking, does the past have any value in a society whose eye seems so firmly set on the future?

St. John’s native Janna Rosales attended Memorial University where she studied both the arts and sciences, receiving a BA in religious studies and a minor in earth sciences.  She followed that with a Master of Arts in environmental ethics, and then moved to Toronto to pursue a PhD with a dissertation that studied the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology.  Among her other research interests are transhumanism, food security, cradle-to-cradle design, deliberative democracy models, and contemplative education.  She is currently a Research Associate with the Faculty of Engineering at Memorial where she is doing research on integrative engineering education.  When she’s not thinking and writing about the promise and perils of revolutionary technology she also likes to teach chocolate-tasting workshops, sing in three local choirs, hike the East Coast Trail and periodically launch herself off short ledges in pursuit of the perfect jump-shot photo.

Justin Osmond – Schopenhauer, Iris Murdoch and the Sovereignty of Music

Justin Osmond will work with Iris Murdoch’s The Sovereignty of Good and Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation to establish a framework for considering the morality, strictly speaking, of Western music.  First, he will explain Murdoch’s theory of how art initiates our awareness of others.  He will then apply this theory to Western music, and explain how music theory imitates ontological principles and becomes a sound image of ontological structure.  He will finish with one of his own songs and discuss how its harmonic structure represents Western ontological assumptions.

Justin is from Portugal Cove.  He holds a B.Mus. degree from Memorial University and is currently completing a M.A. in philosophy.  His academic interests include the philosophy of music and German Idealism.  He is a saxophonist and a guitar player and lately he has been sharing his songs on the open mic scene in St. John’s.  Justin also serves as the Worship Arts Coordinator at West End Baptist Church.

Walter Mackey – “Well, That’s Because He’s a BayGay”: Homosexuality and Isolation in Rural Newfoundland

A performance art piece using an analog cassette recorder to provide multiple voices which facilitate discussion on the topic of growing up as a homosexual in a settlement in rural Newfoundland & Labrador.

Walter Mackey is a 20 year old “self-proclaimed” artist living in downtown St John’s.  Walter comes from a settlement of 33 people in Eastern NL.  He has been interested in performance art after seeing Miranda July’s film that she directed and starred in called “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005).  From there, Walter found such artists as Marina Abramović, Ulay, Vaginal Davis and locally, Anna Felaxos.  Walter has lived in Eastern NL and he was most recently employed as a senior bilingual tourism representative but is now currently unemployed and looking for work. Walter is also an undergraduate student in his third year of studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with concentrations in Folklore and Socio-Cultural Anthropology.  On February 28th 2011, Walter applied to Concordia University’s Liberal Arts College in hopes of specializing in Theatre Performance and Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality in the Fall of 2011. He is 20, he is queer, and he drinks local beer without fear.

Thursday, March 10th at Eastern Edge Gallery, 8pm, hosted by Morgan Murray. Admission is by donation, refreshments and snacks will be available.

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One Response to “Words in Edgewise – March”

  1. Kevin Hehir said

    wow. i really enjoyed the last one. looking forward to trying to get to this one.

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