Join People of Good Will for Mexican Food and Minor Miracles with DodoLab on Friday, June 26 from 4-10 PM
Friday, June 26th @ 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Heritage Hall (83 Essex St.)
POGW is asking the people of Guelph to come tell us your wishes, hopes and dreams.
FROM 4-8PM: COLLECTING MIRACLES
Stop by Heritage Hall to share your miracle.
Join us for food and drinks as we activate the miracles. Everyone is welcome and admission is free!
Minor Miracles for a New Place is a performative intervention by DodoLab about incongruent realities existing in the same space. It is designed around a wooden heirloom angel—gifted through family from Mexico to Canada—that may (or may not) be capable of performing some minor miracles. For one day, DodoLab will offer this angel and its powers, whatever those might be, to the community, an opportunity to ask for miracles that also acts as a survey of what is almost possible here in Guelph.
The project inhabits the strange, even humorous, disjunction of this object’s presence in Canada, where it is at odds with the tendency to pinpoint exact causes, and predict and control future outcomes. By collectively enacting the possibility of the miraculous we will welcome this object into its new context and create a moment of acknowledgement that we forever live with forces that are beyond our control.
People of Good Will is a collaborative project among the Guelph Black Heritage Society, Musagetes, Local Artists’ and the interdisciplinary artist collective, Postcommodity that seek to re-imagine the Underground Railroad narrative as a living history and metaphor of cultural self-determination for immigrants and culturally diverse peoples living in Guelph. Over the course of one year, the project will produce arts, music, Performance and cultural programming that brings the spirit of the Underground Railroad into the present consciousness of the people of Ontario.
DodoLab is an experimental, ever-evolving and often collaborative creative practice, directed by Lisa Hirmer, that is focused on developing provocative approaches to working with the public and the nebulous reality of public opinion. Often modeled as a type of performative research, the work explores and responds to the public’s relationship with contemporary issues—meaning that it is never solely an idea in and of itself that is explored, but rather an idea in relation to the public’s (or more accurately a specific public, counter-public or community’s) understandings and beliefs about that idea.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Unfortunately, Heritage Hall is not yet physically accessible.