MOPE Collective : Vortex to Eden
Opening Night: Thursday, January 4th, from 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, January 4th, to Sunday, January 28th
*For a list of current viewing hours please view the fifty fifty's facebook page; for gallery viewers wishing to visit the exhibition at a precise time, please email the fifty fifty to ensure a volunteer is scheduled to host you in the space.*
Vortex to Eden is a multidisciplinary study of pseudoscience and conspiracy theory, centralized around the account of Admiral Byrd, who claimed the Earth was hollow in the mid 20th century, after he flew his plane through a vortex located at the North Pole. Considering the myriad levels of social, political and philosophical queries begged of the hollow earth theory, this exhibition is an open ended investigation of manufactured utopias and making sense.
Every opportunity is maximized. Every show is treated like our last. Punk ideologies fused with spiritualism. Immense respect and reverence of nature and others. Belief in the self and trusting instincts. Allowing emotions to dictate actions, desires and reflections. DIY ethos, creating from nothing. Lofi aesthetics. Non-conformist. Honouring our own histories as important but also not essential to future production. Positivity above all else. Allow space for vulnerability and doubt. Revel in the now. MOPE is not an acronym, although it is sometimes fun to pretend. MOPE is motivated by love and uses satire and sincerity to present various potentials of reality inhabited physically and psychically. MOPE is Leah McInnis, Danielle Roberts and Kai Choufour.
the fifty fifty arts collective is comprised of individuals living and working on unceded and occupied First Nations Territories, specifically the lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ, Sc'ianew and T'Souke First Nations.
The programming space itself is situated on Songhees and Esquimalt Territory but engages with individuals and communities across Turtle Island.
As a collective we endeavor to deepen our own understandings of how we are implicated in the history and in the present ongoing project of settler colonialism. As members of the fifty fifty arts collective we continually responsibilize ourselves to the complex kind of space that is the fifty fifty which hosts and facilitates the dissemination of the ideas and work of others.
The entrance to the fifty fifty arts collective is wheelchair accessible, however the door is not automatic and we have no washrooms on site. A more comprehensive statement regarding our accessibility is in progress, specific questions or requests regarding accessibility can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org