Post-capitalist architecture on TV, episode 06: In ravines.
In cooperation with, York University Art Gallery (AGYU), Evergreen Brick Works (Evergreen)AND Toronto Art Biennale (TBA) we announce the launch online: Joar Nango AND Ken Or Bongo, Post-capitalist architecture on TV, episode 06: In ravines.
Toronto’s ravine system is both a location and a theme Joar Nango AND Ken Or Bongo‘S latest episode of Post-capitalist architecture on TV: In the GorgesAGYU, Evergreen and TBA joint commission and showcase, now online.
Nango, an artist and architect, and Bongo, a filmmaker and producer, are producing together Post-capitalist architecture on TV (PCA-TV), a themed series of videos exploring indigenous architecture, from Sami fishing huts to their nomadic environments, to defining, questioning and embodying decolonialism as a global manifestation. The television series began in 2020 following Nango’s journeys around northern Norway in an aging modified van, interviewing indigenous scientists, artists and architects, putting on camera performances and putting on shows for a live audience. There are currently six episodes that deal with different themes such as nomadism and flows, resource management, decolonization and architecture, and the history of the Gumpi (a mobile shelter used by reindeer herders).
In the Gorges is the first international production PCA TV, with the sixth episode set on the banks of the Don River in Toronto/Tkaronto, Canada. This edition continues the multidisciplinary format of the series, featuring interviews, performances, installations and public events that summarize and document the research, artwork and lifestyle of local artists and architects.
Throughout the episode, Nango and Bongo are introduced to important discussions regarding property rights, homelessness, and the heritage of colonial architecture on Turtle Island. These conversations take place in one of the city’s largest gorges – connecting the city center with the wild greenery of the northern part of the city – along the Don River, where PCA TV The team built a small cinema out of found objects and materials for the premiere screening of this part. In the episode, viewers meet local and international architects, scientists, activists, writers and artists, including Adrian Blackwell, Bonnie Devine, Ange Loft, Thomas Holland Eriksen, Lorraine Lam, Thomas Juell Christensen and Amish Morell, with artistic contributions from Kuza Curley, Dayna Danger , Fortunato Durutti Marinetti, Andaris Rimpi, and Archer Pechawis.
PCA TV is emblematic of Nango’s relational and improvisational approach to art creation, which starts socially and then merges into skill sharing and the development of knowledge-sharing platforms. Engaging with indigenous peoples in the regions where Nango works is an integral part of his methodology, learning local history through interactions with artists, writers and architects. One year after its production and first show, In the Gorges will be available for viewing on the websites of the co-commissioners and co-hosts AGYU, EvergreenAND TBA.
Joar Nango is a process artist, architect, builder, publisher and host working within the temporary nature of sculpture, performance and architecture. He is Sami, belongs to the indigenous people of Sápmi, a traditional Sámi territory, lives and works in Tromsø, Norway. Nango has exhibited widely, most recently presenting a major solo exhibition at the Bergen Kunsthall, and has participated in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Tensta Konsthall, the Chicago Architecture Biennale, and Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens. He brings girjumpiSámi Architecture Library, for the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Ken Or Bongo is a film director, cinematographer and editor. He comes from the Sami village of Guovdageaidnu and is a graduate of the Nordland Art and Film School in Kabelvåg. https://www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works/evergreen-public-art/public-art-projects/joar-nango-post-capitalist-architecture-tv-ravine-sessions/Other credits include one episode miniseries television Who is calling? (2020) and short films Ara Marumaru (2018) and Biegga savkala duoddariid duohken lea soames (2007).