Eastern Comma Events at rare

Here are three public events in the month of October that our writers-in-residence, Don McKay and Marlene Creates, are presenting. Please register online at raresites.org/events-calendar or call 519-650-9336

Monday October 17 5:30pm-7:00pm

Tuning and Being Tuned By a Patch of Boreal Forest in Newfoundland – a presentation and film by Marlene Creates
at the rare ECO Centre, 768 Blair Road in Cambridge, ON.

Over the past 14 years, Marlene Creates has been working with the 6-acre patch of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. These works include video-poems, photography, a “virtual walk” on the internet, and thematic live-art walking events with readings of site-specific poems. After the presentation, there will be a screening of her documentary video-poem, which is based on over 50 terms in the Newfoundland dialect for ice and snow: From the Ground Tier to a Sparrow Batch: A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow, Blast Hole Pond River, Winter 2012-2013

Tuesday October 18 4:00pm-6:00pm

Science and the Arts: A symbiosis. A North House Open House with Don McKay
at North House, 681 Blair Road in Cambridge, ON.

A very casual open house drop-in with Don McKay at North House to create an opportunity to air some of the larger topics that emerge from the Eastern Comma residency with its great opportunities for interdisciplinary dialogue. In his essays and poetry, Don McKay has focused on Science and the Arts frequently. Some topics that have emerged over the years are Geopoetry; lichens and their challenge to taxonomical systems; land apprenticeship; biosemiotics; ‘place’ as a human construction; infinity vs. eternity; and ecology as a way of construing mind beyond human beings.

Saturday October 22, 2016 10:30am-1:30pm

Walking and Memory Mapping with Marlene Creates
at the rare ECO Centre, 768 Blair Road in Cambridge, ON.

Join Marlene Creates on a walk on the trails at the rare Charitable Research Reserve, paying attention to the place through all the senses. On their return, each person will draw a memory map of the walk with as much detail as can be remembered. Marlene will facilitate a discussion while looking at the resulting maps and consider, can drawing memory maps help us become better observers of our own experience?