23 February 2010 in | Comments (0)
I’ve had a great week here in Banff, from the completely compelling In(ter)ventions conference to the experience of being at the Banff Centre itself. Of course being in the Rockies makes me think of my Cranbrook childhood, though I do not ever remember it being this warm and sunny and snow-less in February.
We saw a lot of inspiring work over the four days of the conference: highlights for me included work by David Jhave Johnston, Roewan Crowe, Fred Wah, Steve Tomasula, J.R. Carpenter, and D Kimm. (I’m finding the network here a little slow so will put up the urls at a later date.)
Yesterday I did a talk at the Banff High School for 50 Grade 9s (14 yrs old). I showed bits of ‘Inanimate Alice’, including a couple of the episode 5s that have been created by other students, and encouraged them to create their own versions of Episode 5.
The other evening I went to a fabulous performance, ‘The Idea of South’, an improvised score on piano by Simon James Phillips, accompanying ‘South’ the film compiled from Frank Hurley’s photographs and film footage of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antartica, when the Endurance was trapped and then crushed by sea ice.
Tonight I’ll be speaking in Canmore, just down to the road, for Cafe Books (more details on the Events page).