Making Art Making Politics

Making Art Making Politics

November 17, 2018
Exploring the roles that culture can play in politics and how artistic forms of production can influence political decision making.

Making Art. Making Politics. is a special project that brings together students from various fine arts' departments and other faculties.

Through the interventions of the Alternative, a green party and political platform in-residence at Concordia, the students experience ways in which methodologies and strategies for making art andmaking politics can interact and influence each other.

Examining more specifically the problematic of vacant buildings and activation of space, they are confronted with the realities of dealing with the city and institutions in order to occupy and imaginepossible futures for underused spaces.

During the process the students learn and imagine new ways of collaborating while developing project management skills through an organic and constantly negotiated collective structure.

The goal is for students to feel informed, engaged, empowered, and excited by the role that culture can play in politics, and to see how their practices and artistic forms of production can influence politicaldecision making.

Three in-residence sessions took place over the calendar year, lasting 4 days each, with representatives from the Alternative Denmark (political party) and the Alternative UK (political platform) present in Montreal each time.

The Faculty of Fine Arts hosted thematic intensives with students and faculty, with some sessions open to the greater Concordia community and to the general public. From September to December 2018, the students inhabited the disused spaces of the Canadian Pavilion of Expo 67 in the Parc Jean Drapeau, learning from the site and exploring its potential futures.

The results of this process were presented during the Seed Bomb event at the Canadian Pavilion on November 17 and 18.

For more in depth information about this project you can download the presentation and read the MAMP fanzine.

Making Art. Making Politics. was made possible with the partnership of:

The Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University

The Alternative Party from Denmark

The Alternative UK


La Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau

Ville de Montréal

Institute for Urban Futures


The Office of Rules and Norms (ORN) is an arts-based transdisciplinary collective that engages with regulations, the rule of law and cultural norms. These engagements reveal, comprehend, play with, subvert, and transcend current ways of understanding and acting in relation to regulatory forces in order to make room for more equitable alternatives. In its attempts to query legal and behavioral urban infrastructures, the ORN specifically deploys art and design practice, culture, and methods along three axes:
Art as Subversion | Intervening in grey areas of regulation
Art as Pedagogy | Making public various forces and forms of influence
Art as Decision-Making | Reorienting modes of knowing and deliberating