A flashmob! It’s the latest craze… from YouTube to the University of Winnipeg.
Dab your face with some warpaint and put a feather in your hair. A critical mass of Indigenous Peoples assembled to join forces with The Ephemerals:Trending performative embedments. People of all ages rallied together and walked the campus donning Indigenously-inspired accessories and clothing whilst following the beat of pow wow drum on the ipod-blaster. The trends of mob walkers and students collided, speaking volumes to these strikingly similar new fall fashion trends. Conversations were shared as to the inspiration of each look and the legacy of their acquisition. It was at once a bizarre mix of performance, gathering and protest.
Video created 3 radio stars, special programming
The Ephemerals took over the CKUW 95.9 radio show from 11 – 12 noon today to discuss their project, Trending and the issues found within popular culture mediums such as music, art and fashion. We unpack ideas of cultural appropriation, misrepresentation and general identity politics. We play the good, the bad but relevant songs and audio clips.
Check out our first radio interview CKUW’s Eat your Arts and Vegetables
Listen to The Ephemeral’s one hour broadcast on CKUW 95.9, its like Say it Sista with Feathers
Here are some of the tracks…
JB The First Lady “Get Ready Get Steady” (2011)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Circle Game” (1970)
Charlie Hill on the RIchard Pryor Show (1977)
Johnny Preston “Running Bear” (1959)
Ghostkeeper “Haunted” (2010)
BANNNNNNOOOOOCCCCKKKKKK, Rollkuchen, Scones, Fry Bannock, Raisin Bannock, Bison Stew and Appropriated Baked Goods Bake Sale
Consumer and Material culture meet at the Bake Sale table. The results are yummy confusion. Are there differences among the names of these breads(Rollkuchen Vs. Fry Bannock)? How have histories intersected within food fare? Anyone can make Bannock, anyone can enjoy Bannock, so when does it become cultural appropriation?
Chew on that…
Colors got bolder, prints went tribal, and designers turned into mash-up artists or creators of indigenous visual eye candy. But cultural excess is only part of the story. An indigenous streak informed the seasons must-have mukluks, and the neo navaho print dresses walked the line of the wild west meets the weekend warrior.
Fall’s important trends….with a little discussion on the side.
In online social networking sites, the concept of ‘trending’ demarcates a noted increase in the popularity of a specific thing or topic among a large group of internet users. In the wider world, a fashion trend indicates an upward shift of interest in a particular style or mode of dress by a number of people. A recent trend that has found its way into runway shows and suburban malls alike is an Indigenously-inspired look involving apparel such as leather mukluks, beaded headbands, and feathered accessories. Clothing remains an important element within an Aboriginal art history, as well as in contemporary creative culture where questions of appropriation and freedom of expression are beginning to erupt around this issue. Trending is a four-day performative embedment on the University of Winnipeg campus by the Ephemerals, an all-female Aboriginal collective of artists and curators. By inserting themselves into the university community, the Ephemerals will interrogate the trend of Aboriginally-influenced clothing and accessories among post-secondary students, encouraging a critical reading of fashion as codified text and highlighting the need for a deeper awareness of its cultural implications. Further supporting this project will be an ongoing intervention in the public display windows of the university’s Anthropology Museum, drawing from and responding to the Anthropology department’s Ethnographic collection.
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