The third edition of Artivistic — [ un.occupied spaces ]— took place from October 25 to 27, 2007. The organizers wanted to stimulate ideas by paying attention to the various confusions arising from the infinite networks of twenty-first century globalization and neo-liberalism. Artivistic 2007 attempted to link environmentalism, indigenous and migrant struggles, and urban practices together through the angle of occupation. They saw “thinking with occupation” as a strategy for approaching these issues in a way that helped reveal their interdependence, as well as a way to fuel collaborative actions between artists, academics, and activists. [ un.occupied spaces ] established temporary headquarters at 5455 de Gaspé street, a space formerly the heart of Montreal’s garment industry; now populated by garment jobbers and increasingly by professionals such as designers, film producers, musicians, and artists. The gathering featured round table discussions, workshops, public interventions, exhibitions, performances, and screenings. Two Artivistic 2007 participants occupied the Maguire Meadow: Nicole Fournier and Gina Badger..
Artivistic is an international gathering on the interplay between art, information, and activism. It emerges out of the proposition that not only artists can talk about art, not only academics can talk about theory, and not only activists can talk about activism. Founded in 2004, this three-day event promotes TRANSdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue, nurtures a network of diverse peoples, and aims to inspire, proliferate, and activate politically relevant gestures.
Submitted on behalf of the Artivistic collective by Sophie Le-Phat Ho.