January 1 - April 30, 2018
CLOUDED TITLE: Any document, claim, unreleased lien or encumbrance that
might invalidate or impair the title to real property or make the title doubtful.
– Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms
Clouded Title is a research-based series of workshops and interviews centered around the issue of ownership – its ambiguities, histories, and areas of contestation. The project investigates imaginaries of ownership, with a focus on land. Different landholding models – especially those emphasizing social and ecological relationships over private posession – are explored. Visual artworks that draw out these themes are presented in a 4-month exhibition at Street Road.
The work expands on Street Road’s overall project of troubling received wisdom around the activity that enabled its inception: real estate investment and speculation. A starting point for this broad subject are perspectives on ownership held by people in our Street Road community and network: this somewhat arbitrary beginning is apt, as it resonates with the proposition that ownership of places and spaces is intertwined with and constructed by relationships, and is always, everywhere a process rather than a fixed set of stakes in the ground.
Clouded Title is led by Daphne Plessner (British Columbia) and Emily Artinian (Street Road). Material gathered will be selectively edited for a 2019 publication.
Participation in Clouded Title is open: we are accepting enquiries and proposals for collaboration. If you have an interest in the slipperiness of ownership, perhaps a story, perhaps a longer term project, get in contact.
The first forthcoming publication is an intervention in the form of a newspaper on the topic of the Douglas Treaty – a Treaty with a history of disputed interpretations and widely differing world views of land and ownership. The newspaper presents readers with a thought experiment that illustrates various readings (both historical and contemporary) of claim-making, providing readers with an opportunity to puzzle through and reflect upon the implications of being party to and present on Treaty land today. How does the legacy of theTreaty inform current attitudes to ‘being’ on treaty lands? How does a Treaty perpetuate the system of aparthied that is embodied in place? The newspaper will be distributed to non-indigenous residents on First Nations (W̱SÁNEĆ / Saanich) territory on the West Coast of Canada (Gulf Islands), January, 2018.
For further information visit http://www.citizenartist.org.uk
PART 2. 94 Calls, Denise Holland
60” x approx 110’ (variable), glassine paper, felt pen, 2017.
In 94 Calls, Vancouver-based Denise Holland writes Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action backwards with her non-dominant hand in a gesture of vulnerability and a willingness to see the world from a different perspective. The calls are written in the gallery on translucent paper and cascade from the ceiling, forcing viewers to walk through the piece. Holland draws attention to the TRC report and encourages us all to be curious about our own prejudices and oppressive actions toward others. 94 Calls is installed at Street Road for the duration of Clouded Title, and hangs above the conference area for Clouded Title's conversations with multiple participants.