Pre-Conference Muralfest Walking Tour
MURALS OF MONTRÉAL!
Objectives: This walking tour of Montreal’s Muralfest location along St Laurent Boulevard & adjoining streets will introduce participants to researching, reading, & understanding city streets in relation to urban arts (graffiti, street art, muralism etc.) This workshop aims to combine interests in ethnography, urban theory and landscapes, street and street art photography, civic memory and ownership, urban development and gentrification. Participants will be guided through new & old walls of the festival to discuss implications surrounding urban beautification strategies, arts infrastructure development, urban arts & social justice.
Logistics: We will make our way to the site by metro and foot. Please be advised that this is a walking tour & will require participants to walk several kilometers.
Special Requirements: Bring basic equipment, good walking shoes, documentation can be video or photography or text.
MEET AT THE RECEPTION DESK
JUNE 19, 1:00PM SHARP!
NO SIGN UP REQUIRED
While the festival itself end June 18th, this means all the murals will be finished & ready for viewing.
If you arrive prior to the 18th, enjoy a festival teaser:
Featuring Graffiti Artists From Around the World
This workshop will be led by: Kristopher Murray, Concordia University
Montreal-based doctoral candidate, in Social and Cultural Analysis (Anthropology and Sociology) at Concordia University. Kristopher Murray has documented activities & lifestyles of street-based writers /artists in Montreal and abroad since 2003. His current project, (A Genealogy of Murals) is an ethnographic study of contemporary muralism as a public art primarily through the lens of the artists and those involved in the production of city murals today. He explores socio-cultural & political dynamics of street art and muralism as a public art: the struggle and the hustle of being a mural artist, what artists are doing to further establish both their work and their careers as public or professional artists, how these new careerisms fit into the context of larger arts-driven infrastructural developments, and how municipal regulations, private partnerships, and sponsorships can influence processes & end results of mural projects, including their intended messages/critiques.