Carnival 2-Day Program 

We need a holiday to justify the offal in our bowl and so we invented one. The charivari and its long legs and extra fingers have been invited to take a seat in the quire. This is not a battle to be won or lost, but a site of reversal where the possibility of change might be celebrated. The vulgar and the erudite shall share their fetid breath and for two days we will uncrown our algorithmic masters.

We spend most of the year inside a monstrous marvel, a pulsating mass of gears, wires, and the gnashing teeth of an insatiable hunger, devouring all in our path, belching forth a rancid fog of margins and metrics. It’s all tremendous fun, but a rest, at times, is deserved.

Carnival is inversion and mixture. We happily tithe the counting machines and we demand in return our moments of overflow and excess. The illegible, the joyous, the grotesque, and the uncertain organize our efforts. We bear no malice but rather advocate mirth. We celebrate the body and its needs, the earth and its gifts, and our ancestors and the stories that they give us. We do not hate the artificially intelligent but we would be remiss in not finding the humour in it.

Friday - June 23, 2023

Main Carnival

Location: Body Shop Studios
10PM to 1AM

10AM - 5PM:  (Free)
10AM - 4PM:  Mask making

All Installations

12PM - 3:30PM:  Chase Young Activation
12:30PM - 2PM:  Erika-Jean Lincoln Activation


17:00:  Doors Open (ticketed)
17:30 - 19:00:  TETC
19:15PM - 20:45PM:  BadMachine

21:00- 1:00: Vampire Lounge Club + 1 More*

*For Carnival Ticket Holders and tickets at the door for $10.

Academic Goats

Location: Artscape
9:30 to 15:00

10:00:  Opening

Land: Talks and Workshops

10:40AM:  Maurice Jones - Earthly Community
11:15AM:  Michael F. Bergmann - Envisioning Creation with Non-Human Collaborators

12:00 – 13:00: Eat and connect  

Story: Talks and Workshops

13:00:  Albertine Thunier - Uncanny Alliances with Artificial Lives
13:45:  Willem Deisinger - TBA

Body: Talks and Workshops

14:30:  Natalie Wood and Lequanne Collins-Bacchus - Blue Devils in the Digital Diaspora

15:15: Close and connecting

Saturday - June 24, 2023

Main Carnival

Location: Body Shop Studios
10AM to 4AM

10:00 - 16:00 (Free)
10:00 - 16:00:  Mask-making table active

All Installations

12:00 - 15:30:  Chase Young Activation
12:30 - 14:00:  Erika-Jean Lincoln Activation
13:30 - 14:00:  Ragamalika Performance #1


16:00:  Doors Open (ticketed)
16:30 - 17:00:  Ragamalika Performance #2
17:30 - 18:15:  Borelson
18:30 - 19:00:  Jute (Montreal, CA)

19:00 - 22:00:  Bar open for drinks and mingling.

20:00 - 4:00 (After Party):  Pravik (DJ set), Mykhaylo (Live Set, MTL) , D.Blavatsky (Hybrid Live + DJ, MTL), E-Saggila*

*Separate tickets. Free for full goat-passes or ticket holders. Tickets available at the door.