Local Records | Between Chroniques & Mainmise
In this workshop, we will embark on a comparative reading of Chroniques (1975-1978) and Mainmise (1970-1978), two magazines published in Quebec during the latter half of the Révolution Tranquille.
Through the 1960s and 1970s, Quebec, as in other parts of the world, saw an explosion of magazines across the spectrum of the left. Where Chroniques aligned itself with a neo-nationalist socialism in dialogue with an international left, Mainmise was the principle counterculture organ for a global psychedelic consciousness-raising.
If at first they seem to be at odds in their visual and textual language, it is also possible to read both magazines through a prismatic lens.
With the understanding that magazines are sites for imagined communities where authors and readers — who may never meet — can imagine affinities; this workshop approaches the magazine as a local record — as a locale — recognizing that readers and writers often participate in more than one imagined community at once.
Participants will be introduced to and discuss the politics of the left at the moment of publication and engage with the magazines through different forms of “tracing” that incorporate looking, speaking and mark making. These resulting traces will help inform means or paths of analysis other than a strict comparison of aesthetic, cultural or political positions.
Felicity Tayler is the e-research librarian at the University of Ottawa Library. She holds a PhD in interdisciplinary humanities from Concordia. Tayler has an exhibition practice that engages with the symbolic value of countercultural movements in Quebec. Her Scholarly writing has been featured in anthologies and in Mémoires du Livre/Studies in Book Culture, Canadian Literature and the Journal of Canadian Art History.
The event will take place at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery and will be in both English and French. Entry is free but there are limited spaces. Please contact Robin Simpson to reserve your place.