EVENTS and SHOWS

 

 

September 15-28, 2023

 

MIXING IDENTITIES - SENSES INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023

 

Medina Art Gallery, Rome, Italy

 

We are so pleased to have our digital short, entitled 'ditto' exhibited at Mixing Identites, Senses International Art Fair 2023. Thank you to the ITSLIQUID team.

 

"The concept of MIXING IDENTITIES is based on the reconstruction of new identities: their transformation is essential to face the changes of the contemporary world. The process of building ourselves passes through the continuous relations with other people’s identities and the identities of communities, cultures and societies. The event focuses on the human body as a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality, a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression. We invite artists to analyse the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness."

 

Link: https://www.itsliquid.com/opening-mixingid-senses2023.html

 

 

 

September 2, 2023

 

Forest Fest Sound Symposium

 

Gabriola Island, Canada

 

Gabriola's Second Annual. Sound Symposium is an invitation to explore connections to our shared sonic environment with guided sound Walks, radiophonic events, workshops, installations, Audiovisual environments, Ambient Soundscapes and Performances. Pre-preview, "Orphan Odyssey" - experimental projection onto the cieling of performance tent.

 

Link: https://xenograph.wixsite.com/forest-fest-gabriola?fbclid=IwAR1gYVroJOKHW6Xucc9gltpG3vS_C8tdpLdz_CmFyoMmspt2q8kKFJRyWT0

 

 

 

 

July 17 - 23, 2023

 

Women Deliver 2023 - Arts and Film Festival

 

Kigalia, Rwanda

 

We are honoured to have our film 'Giant Puppets for Dignified Menstruation' be a Finalist for the Women Deliver 2023 Conference, Kigali and online.

Thank you so much to each and all of the project participants, community leaders, and families who made this project and film possible!

 

Radha Paudel (Founder, Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation)

 

Sapna Paudel (Radha Paudel Foundation)

 

Samir Pariyar (Coordinator, Dignified Menstruation Campaign Nepal)

 

Punam Kunwar (Program Coordinator, Gift for Girls Campaign)

 

Sabitri Bhandari (Chairperson, Meteri Jaibik Pad)

 

Usha Paudel (Teacher, School event Lead, Hospitality)

 

Odette Laramee (Project Co-Facilitator, Mutual Productions).

 

Link: https://www.wd2023.org/film-festival/

 

 

March 6, 2023

NGO CSW 67 Forum - Parallel Event to the United Nations - Commission on the Status of Women

Please join us for the NGO CSW 67 - Virtual Event.

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (or NGO CSW/NY) is a convener of global civil society for the annual UN CSW and global gender equality advocacy. We are a coalition of NGOs, civil society organizations, and individuals concerned with gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls. NGO CSW/NY's main project is organizing the annual NGO CSW Forum in order to bridge the gap between global civil society and grassroots organizations, and the official UN Commission on the Status of Women process in New York.
You can register for the March 6th to 11th Forum - free. See: Giant Puppets Advocate for Dignified Menstruation - March 6th 9:00 AM EST

Registration Link: https://ngocsw.org/ngocsw67/

October 2022

Artist Residency, Nepal

Imagine .... As the song was being sung, children arrived at the Organic Pad Production Factory and Learning Centre in Chitwan Province, Nepal. The song is about menstruation. Some of the children's parents are in the workshop and they wanted to know more about puppets. We sat together, told stories, and created a tune. Later, the eleven project participants returned for the third day of engaged arts-based training.

We had our opening circle, and talked about the creation of the giant puppet show, and began to sew the faces on the puppets. We also decided to add a dramatic piece and a poem written by one of the young co-facilitators. In preparation for public presentation, the young leaders agreed to speak about dignified menstruation as foundational to addressing patriarchal structures which re-enforce gender roles. The intention is to address the silences around gender-based violence, to end child marriage, and to foster acceptance and pride in being menstruators.

We had the opportunity for a full first rehearsal when the local women's leadership group arrived. Some added stories. One woman sang a song celebrating menstruation, which she had written for the annual women's festival.

At the end of the day, during a meeting with Radha Paudel, she stressed the importance of focusing on empowering education for girls, and boys, age 6 to 9.

This is the age when gender roles are set, girls are taught that menstrual blood is unclean, and because they will menstruate, they are inferior to boys.

Through the Radha Paudel Foundation, there is the teaching of the importance of dignified menstruation, in the family, the schools, and amongst our leaders. We can engender a fresh vision for girls, and adult menstruators. It is through the process of the menstrual cycle that each and all of us are born into this world - menstrual blood forms the stream of our lives.

Special thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this Artist Residency with the Radha Paudel Foundation, Nepal.

Sincerely, Odette Laramee

Link to Radio Interview (project and engaged-arts) - Nepali/English - https://www.facebook.com/Radiosahino89.8Mhz/videos/1199354447292129

LONDON CONTEMPORARY 2022 - 4TH EDITION

THE LINE Contemporary Art Space, London - October 5th - 20th, 2022

Wonderful to have our video art, SHE, selected to screen at The Line gallery during the London Contemporary Art Fair 2022.. Thank you to Luca Curci and the ITSLIQUID team and YMX Arts.

LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2022 will analyze the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary times.

Link: Opening   https://www.itsliquid.com/review-londoncontemporary-4th.html

Venice International Art Fair - 15th Edition - 2022

Palazzo Bembo | September 09 – 30, 2022 and Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello | September 14 – October 05, 2022

So pleased that our film 'nameless' is screening at this contemporary art event in Venice. Thank you Luca Curci and team for all your work.

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association ... is pleased to announce the opening of the 15th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, international exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art.

VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR provides artists and exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their works to an international audience of professionals such as curators, gallerists, collectors, editors and publishers who seek to acquire, publish and encourage the best contemporary art talents.

VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022 analyzes the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban context in contemporary time.

LIQUID ROOMS analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality: a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression.

Link: Opening - Venice International Art Fair - Edition 15 - 202

UNIMA International -World Puppet Day

March 21, 2022

Thank you UNIMA International for including Mutual Productions - Swan Lake images in this collective video piece (photo: Odette Laramee, Jennifer Langley, Vic Fafard).

UNIMA International has created a common and participatory video to celebrate World Puppet Day on March 21st. UNIMA, "we invite you to dive into the unknown and the marvelous of life in the waters."

FESTIVAL PANAFRICAIN DES MARIONNETTES ET DES ARTS ASSOCIES

1 AU 5 FEVRIER, 2022 (EN LIGNE)

Merci / Thank you Maitre HERITIER NGOIE SONWE for generously allowing me to participate. I am humbled by the honour to be named amongst these true Masters of Puppetry.

Le bureau du festival de marionnette et des arts associés ont distingué trois grand marionnettistes de la planète et du continent.

1 YAYA COULIBALY (Mali)

2 VISSEHO Grégoire (France - Benin)

3 MADJI BEN SAAD (Tunisie - USA)

Tous les participants auront un trophée mais les trophées de haute distinction doivent être décernés à 5 cinq personnes.

1 YAYA COULIBALY et sa compagnie Sogolo pour la protection et la vulgarisation de l’art de marionnettes Africain.

2 VISSEHO GREGOIRE et sa compagnie dit tout pour la protection et vulcanisation de l’art de marionnette Africain

3 MADJI BEN SAAD et sa compagnie pour la créativité et l’Arts contemporain dans la marionnette.

4 Odette Laramée Pour l’ensemble de ses œuvres de création moderne et contemporaine dans le festival.

5 Maitre HERITIER NGOIE SONWE pour la création du festival panafricain et des arts associés. La création de future banque de donné de marionnettiste africain. Et la création de future Réseaux du festival panafricaine de marionnettes et de arts.

PANAFRICAN FESTIVAL OF PUPPETS AND ASSOCIATED ARTS ONLINE FROM 1 TO 5 FEBRUARY 2022

The office of the puppet festival and associated arts distinguished three great puppeteers from the planet and the continent.

1 YAYA COULIBALY (Mali)

2 VISSEHO Grégoire (France - Benin)

3 MADJI BEN SAAD (Tunisia - USA)

All participants will have a trophy but the high distinction trophies must be given to 5 five people.

1 YAYA COULIBALY and his company Sogolo for the protection ... of African puppet art.

2 VISSEHO GREGOIRE and his company for the protection ... of the African puppet art

3 MADJI BEN SAAD and his company for creativity and contemporary art in puppet show.

4 Odette Laramée for all her works of modern and contemporary creation in the festival.

5 Master HERITIER NGOIE SONWE for the creation of the Panafrican Festival and associated arts. The creation of the future African puppet show bank. And the creation of future Networks of the Pan-African Festival of Puppets and Arts.

International Women's Day

March 8, 2022

Screening of 'Creative Delivery'

Our film, 'Creative Delivery', will screen March 8th, 2022 in the city of Victoria, Canada, for International Women's Day. Please take a look at the exceptional line-up of presenters/performers/films. Thank you to each of the organization leads/staff/volunteers who have made this possible. Sincerely, Odette

"We are pleased to announce that Kulea Culture Society has partnered with the Victoria Arts Council for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration and live event, with a screening presented by CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers. Who Is Your Shero? will include presentations by four community leaders, performances by four local artists, and five short films by local filmmakers."

ARTS X SDGS On-Line Festival

January 12 - 18, 2022

"The ARTS x SDGS Online Festival aims to be the most dynamic, artist-led event bringing together members of the growing creative economy along with UN/NGO actors in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.)

A showcase of SDG-related art, a practical skills-building opportunity with creative workshops and presentations by SDG actors, the ARTS x SDGs Festival invests in the development of artists and storytellers who want to forge a career path or produce creative content around the SDGs. " Lisa Russell

Link:  https://sites.google.com/view/arts-x-sdgs-online-festival/home

United Nations General Assembly  - Side Event

September 20, 2021

If you are available, please join me on Monday, Sept. 20th - 7:00AM PDT (10AM EDT) - for a retrospective on our many giant puppet projects.

This is a side event to the United Nations General Assembly. We are celebrating artists' contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.

You can register now by clicking the image below. The registration is via Eventbrite. They will send a reminder with a Zoom link.

Link:  UNGA Guide

Play, Perform, Learn, Grow - Creating Belonging in Times of Pandemic

Sept. 10 - 12, 2021

Immense gratitude to the founders and team of the 'Play, Perform, Learn, Grow Conference' for fostering community to explore the work of grassroots creatives from around the globe. Being selected as a presenter for this conference offers the opportunity to share a short retrospective of the work of 'Mutual Productions'. We will introduce tools and techniques, outline multiple aspects of the work, and celebrate the 'Giants of Participation'.

"PPLG is a conference, an international gathering and a growing community. 190 presenters and communities from 48 countries across the fields of dance, theatre, music, therapy, education, community work are weaving together a rich tapestry of workshops, performances, panels, project presentations and community ritual. Through art, performance, ritual and play, PPLG honors and celebrates the power of collective creativity to endure and transform adversity, to create new possibilities."

Link: PPLG Home

Link: PPLG Presenters

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Generation Equality Forum - UN Women - Paris

June 29 - July 2, 2021

Such an honour to be awarded a media accreditation for 'Generation Equality Forum'. Mutual Productions looks forward to engaging with artists, creative activists, and cultural leads.

"The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, in partnership with civil society and youth. The Forum  kicked off in Mexico City from 29 - 31 March 2021 and will culminate in Paris from 30 June - 2 July 2021.

Over twenty-five years after the historic and the adoption of the  Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Forum is taking stock of progress and driving concrete actions to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

The Forum reaffirms the value of multilateralism and brings together the leadership and participation of various stakeholders - civil society, governments, business, cities, parliaments, trade unions, media and more - focusing on intergenerational and multi-stakeholder partnerships. To drive towards securing transformational commitments for gender equality, the Forum elicits and highlights both a feminist agenda (incubated during the Mexico Forum) and the launch of the 'Action Coalitions', partnerships for scaled-up and urgent action."

Link:  Generation Equality Forum (Paris)

DCAC - 2021 Academic Conference (on-line)

May 28 - 29, 2021

Thank you to the Scientific Committee for this opportunity to present at the Digital Culture & AudioVisual Challenges - Interdisciplinary Creativity in Arts and Technology Conference.  It is such a pleasure to meet individuals and teams who are working at the forefront of these intersecting fields of study and practise. My presentation, which includes a synthesis of the video 'Virtual Conference', is an occasion to offer viewers/participants an opportunity to reflect on the themes of the paper, Empty Spaces in Epistemology - Perspectives of Persons Holding Doctorates on the Future of Knowledge Creation.

"... the 3rd International Conference on Digital Culture & AudioVisual Challenges. DCAC-2021 will again afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, offering a worldwide connection between researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders. This year the International Conference on Digital Culture & AudioVisual Challenges will be held online. It is hosted by the Department of Audio & Visual Arts (Ionian University) ...

The aim of the DCAC-2021 is to bring together technology, art and culture in the Digital Era, as well as to provide a forum on current research and applications incorporating technology, art and culture, to deepen cooperation, exchange experiences and good practices.

Researchers, artists and scholars are encouraged to participate in the discussion about the interaction between interdisciplinary creativity, technology, arts and culture. Authors are invited to present original papers for oral or poster presentation in the fields of New Media Arts and Digital Culture."

Link:  DCAC 2021 Conference

Link: Abstract (Odette Laramee)

ARTS X SDGS Online Film Festival

April 15 - 21, 2021

So wonderful that our film 'Creative Delivery'  (see link to film, below)  will premiere at the ARTS x  SDGS Festival. This week-long event engages artists from around the world who create films/music/poetry/artwork/tech design and more. Interactive webinars, workshops, and formal presentations also include leads from the United Nations who support the movement to engage artists/creatives in work to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Did you know the United Nations declared 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development? Amazing, right? It's actually HISTORIC! To harness this important year, Create2030 is hosting it's fourth edition of our ARTS x SDGS Online Festival from April 15-21, 2021 to coincide with World Creativity and Innovation Week/Day. An artist-led festival, the ARTS x SDGS Festival brings together members of the growing creative economy and influential UN/NGO actors to promote arts, creativity and storytelling to promote acceleration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.)Artists are some of the most resilient , creative thinking and problem solving people on this planet. It is for this reason, we believe a festival of this nature with a focus on social good during the COVID pandemic can help to boost morale, create community and document the historical narrative of this unique time through art. A combination of creative arts programming, workshop facilitation and unique networking opportunities, the ARTS x SDGS Online Festival invests in the development of artists and storytellers who want to forge a career path or produce creative content around social good issues such as gender equality, climate change, sustainable production and consumption, health, education, peace and security and more." Lisa Russell

Link: ARTS X SDGS Film Festival, April 2021


Generation Equality Forum - United Nations Women - Mexico City

March 29 - March 31, 2021

Exceptional work from the Action Coalitions presented at the Generation Equality Forum, Mexico City!

It is an honour to have been selected as a participant. I intend to follow the 'Equality Fund' updates and look forward to the launch of the 'Global Alliance for Sustainable Feminist Movements'.

There are 6 Action Plans which will have follow-up at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in June/July 2021.

Keep your eyes and ears open for, Feminist Action for Climate Justice.

I recommend the Live Stream video 'The Role of the Media' (link below).

"The Generation Equality Forum is a global movement for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. The forum will bring together governments, corporations, NGOs, youth-led groups and Foundations to secure concrete, ambitious, and transformative commitments for gender equality. These will be shaped by the Action Coalitions. They are the world’s roadmap for gender equality.

Link: Generation Equality Forum (Mexico)

Creative Delivery - Launch

January 28, 2021

Today Women Deliver released: Citizens Call for a Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action

My question to the panelists:  As the United Nations has designated 2021 - Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, what plans are in place for inviting Artists, Cultural Leaders, Creative Leads and Activists to the table at the planning, policy development, and implementation phases?

As the recipient of a media scholarship to attend the Women Deliver conference, I have had the opportunity to develop the short film:

Creative Delivery .... from Women Deliver 2019 to Insights for 2021

Thank you so much to each presenter for your extraordinary contributions to the conference, the film, and to our world.

Link: Creative Delivery

Link: Citizens Call for a Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action

Link: Launch 2021 - Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

Women's Forum - Virtual Edition

November 17-18- 19, 2020

Such an honour to be participating as a Media Delegate in this extraordinary event! An invitation has been shared requesting short videos. We have submitted a piece entitled: Inclusioning Stories - a short except from the Creative Delivery documentary presently in the final stages of edit.

BEYOND RECOVERY: DESIGNING AN INCLUSIVE WORLD

"As the world is lurching towards an unknown new normal with the pandemic, the Women's Forum’s mission to redesign a more inclusive world becomes even more urgent and critical. When diversity might be at risk of losing its momentum worldwide, now is the time for us to take bolder action and foster inclusion in our businesses, communities and societies to tap into the power of our collective action. It is the time for us to embrace women’s leadership and leverage our collective ingenuity to fight existing challenges and co-create a brighter future for all. In this time of uncertainty, we strengthen our conviction to turn challenges into opportunities and explore new horizons to reinvent ourselves. With the very first virtual Global Meeting, this November will be an opportunity for us to meet again virtually after the crisis. We will continue our daring dialogues and cross-pollinate our ideas and innovations for an inclusive recovery where leaders and change-makers worldwide, both women and men, are inspired to redefine the norms, and reshape the new world map. We strive to bridge not only virtual and physical worlds, but also connect more than 25,000 change-makers from different sectors, across cultures and generation at this transformative Meeting. We invite you to join our community to take action and commitments to lead positive changes and to forge our future with a common purpose. Together, we will seize this moment to drive forward our inclusive progress! "

Link:  https://www.womens-forum.com/

ARTS x SDGS FESTIVAL

October, 2020

https://sites.google.com/view/artsxsdgsonlinefestival/home

Create 2030

https://www.create2030.org/

We are honoured to have 'Kuno Sings' selected to screen at the ARTS x SDGS Festival.The work of Lisa Russell on this festival, the up-and-coming 'Arts Envoy', and CREATE 2030 is exceptional. She brings together people, ideas, and action plans with determination and grace.

"The ARTS x SDGS Online Festival is a one-of-a-kind gathering bringing together members of the growing creative economy and influential UN/NGO actors to promote arts, creativity and storytelling to elevate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.) A combination of creative arts programming, workshop facilitation and unique networking opportunities, the ARTS x SDGS Online Festival invests in the development of artists and storytellers who want to forge a career path or produce creative content around social good issues such as gender equality, climate change, sustainable production and consumption, health, education, peace and security and more."

Shakti Film Festival

September,  2020

We are so pleased that our narrative film 'Kuno Sings' is an Official Selection for the Shakti Film Festival. The film has also been awarded an 'Honorable Mention'. Thank you to each of you who has participated in organizing this new festival and for the invitation to sit on a panel with artists and filmmakers.

"Shakti Society is a non profit society committed to empowering women, families and children through community forums, Shakti Awards, annual wellness days, women’s luncheons and healing circles. Our mandate is to support all members of society, especially women, in finding their power and voice to become strong leaders and advocates for themselves and the community. We have introduced various initiatives that help ‘awaken the power within’ and create dialogue around feminism and gender equality. The Shakti Film Festival is our latest undertaking in our mission to increase and acknowledge women’s contribution to our society and their representation in film."

DIGITAL SHIFT - Independent Media Arts Alliance 2020

October 8 to 14, 2020

A special thank you to CINEVIC for selecting 'nameless' to screen during DIGITAL SHIFT 2020. If you are interested in Media Arts consider registering for this multi-week event. Thank you to each of the organizations (below) for bringing together 'virtually' an extra-ordinary group of artists and arts managers.

"The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) in partnership with Flux Media Gallery, the Media Arts Alliance of the Pacific (MAAP) and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC) are pleased to announce the Digital Shift Virtual National Media Arts Gathering. From September 16 to October 28, 2020, the gathering will host a variety of online events including Round-Table Discussions, Screenings, Featured Artists, and Artist Walks."

 

Art Quake Kyoto 2019 (Creativity Biennale of Art Exhibitions and Film Festival)

 

August 25th - September 1st

 

Kyoto, Japan

 

The Museum of Kyoto

 

Such an honour to attend Art Quake Kyoto 2019 (Creativity Biennale of Art Exhibitions and Film Festival) for the screening of our film nameless. This week in Kyoto is the renewal of a lifelong arts-based practise. The theme 'peace', is perfect for the explorations in this experimental film. Thank you to the Art Quake team for your heartfelt work.

 

"Art Quake Kyoto is an initiative to provide a platform for artists for global exchange of creative talents and ideas. International artists will discover and interact with the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Kyoto, which is one of the most unique and interesting art capitals of the world. Likewise, in attracting diverse works of art from known and respected artists worldwide, this event also brings to Kyoto and its residents a multi-cultural experience as well as showcase Kyoto and its myriad artistic treasures to the world thru a Juried International Art Exhibitionilm Festival."

 

Link: https://artquakekyoto.wixsite.com/website/event-info/art-quake-kyoto-creativity-biennale-of-art-exhibitions-and-film-festival

 

 

 

FLUX Media Gallery

Victoria, Canada

June 13, 2019

Screening of film, nameless. An experimental short developed in the spirit of "the universe in a single atom". 'nameless' is an animation made entirely from extreme close-up images of 3 large jellyfish. Filmmaker, Odette Laramee, has a great appreciation for exploring story, across cultures, histories/futures, and media. (see FILMS section for poster).

WOMEN DELIVER 2019 - Satellite Event and Women Deliver Conference

May 27, 2019 (Victoria, Canada) and June 3 - 6 (Vancouver, Canada)

Women Produce - A Gathering of Film Producers and Directors

Media Delegate and Filmmaker - Mutual Productions

Mutual Productions is hosting a Satellite event in anticipation of a gathering of over 8000 women in Vancouver, June 3 to 6, for the ‘Women Deliver 2019’ Conference.

Women Film Producers and Directors gather to present short segments of their work and learn about the leadership process each has developed to engage others in this multi-faceted team endeavour.

We will also ‘entertain’ the question: how do we, as Filmmakers, support the right to power over one’s self and one’s future through innovative approaches to film production and distribution within movements for social change?

Location: sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch Library - Victoria, BC Canada

Link: Women Deliver 2019 Conference