As my writer’s residency in Welland continues due to COVID, I respond to several comments regarding workers and their well being, grounded within lessons learned (or forgotten) about labour, focused upon the Rose City’s history.
Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen (2019) elaborates and expands the world Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created in their original series, offering a dark and fascinating vision of an alternate America. I offer some thoughts on LIndelof’s new chapter, as a fan of the original.
There’s been several conversations I’ve had with various artists and cultural workers over the past year, regarding ‘the problem of performance art.’ I gather some of these ideas – and opinions – here, to proffer some praise and dismissal of the often controversial platform of performance art.
Sandy Fairbairn has been taking photographs of Niagara for over forty years, focusing on the people and places around him. His images of Niagara stretch back to the 1970s, and some of the scenes presented in Welland: Time Present Time Past will be shown in the Rose City for the very first time. I curated this exhibition, and offer some ideas that informed it, and that grew out of it.