Contemporary art festival in Charlottetown
Flotilla, a new contemporary art festival that will light up Charlottetown September 21 to 24, has teamed up with Art in the Open and Third Shift in Saint John to present Falling Sky a multi-city contemporary art installation consisting of two separate sculptures: Sputnik Retuned 2, installed in Charlottetown and Challenger, installed in Saint John. Both installations appearing in late August with the Charlottetown installation remaining on display until September 24.
Sputnik Retuned 2 consists of a replica of Sputnik, the first man made satellite to orbit the earth, installed as if it has crash landed into a parked sedan; while Challenger consists of a replica of the escape hatch from the NASA space shuttle Challenger installed as if it has fallen from the sky and flattened a Canada Post mailbox.
Brandon Vickerd describes this work as “a metaphor for the failed promise of a future of scientific advancement that was once heralded by modernism in the 1950s.”
“It is incredibly important for artists, and audiences from PEI to experience a wide range of contemporary Canadian Art and connect with creators from across the country,” says Flotilla Project Manager, Becka Viau.
Vickerd’s artwork will be one of 40 installations and artist engagements that will be presented throughout Flotilla. Audiences are encouraged to purchase the all-access pass, however there will be many free and public happenings scattered throughout the event.
Flotilla has been developed by a team of curators and organizers with the goal of presenting an event that will appeal to both the artistic community as well as the general public. “This participatory event will include publicly accessible artistic projects, opportunities for critical discussions, and a generative social space” explains Katie Belcher, president of presenting partner The Association of Artist Run Centres from the Atlantic.
For information about Flotilla visit www.flotillaatlantic.com.