Ageing (Wo)Men and their World
Ageing (Wo)Men and their World will showcase the cross-cultural complexity of the ageing experience through a medley of still and moving images of elders in Montreal. It is a response to the limited (and often, white) representations of ageing in popular culture. The exhibition’s theme is guided by a remix of Nuit Blanche’s Expo theme—the Man and his World.
The exhibition is both a way for the public to take notice of Concordia’s community engagement with communities of elders, and a direct extension of the ACT (Ageing, Communication, Technologies) mandate that addresses the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies.
Ageing (Wo)Men and their World will demonstrate the enthusiastic and active world of elders in Montreal and the different projects that they do, specifically their relationship to and with technology.
The exhibition will consist of a two-hour long slideshow featuring images and videos that will loop on each window. Each window will rotate the slideshow at a different time so that no two windows will show the same thing at the same time. The image sequence will be made in an order to create patterns among the different window displays, withe bilingual slogans.
Spectators will be immersed in the world of Montreal residents moving in windows of the Samuel Bronfman ‘ACT Pavilion’ at Concordia University.
Part of the exhibition will run every night during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, February 23 - March 11, 2017.
This exhibition is funded by ACT through a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Magdalena Olszanowski is an artist, PhD candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University, and image coordinator and facilitator at ACT. She has created photography workshops with elders in Montreal since 2014. Her research is focused on the self-imaging practices of women of all ages. She is also currently the photographer and videographer of Ageing Waves, a multimedia project focused on Quebecois Ondes Martenot players. Her image-based work has been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Sydney, London and Amsterdam.
Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT) is a research project that addresses the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. Its director, Kim Sawchuk, is also the Mobile Media Lab Director and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University. She has participated in Nuit Blanche with various projects in the past.