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Homescape Dreamscape

In your ears



You are here

Our bodies melt into light and shadow, becoming no different than a lamp, a landscape, a lark... Cluster partners with Forth to turn the space into a glitchy immersive environment made up of sound, light and performance. Projections by jaymez warp the environment. Matthew-Robin Nye takes you into the depths of the building on a deeply personal exhibition tour about the connection between light, landscape, and memory. Hannah Heilmann patches us in to her Danish apartment late at night via digital streaming. She traverses multiple screens, creating small domestic sculptures as her baby (hopefully) sleeps in another room—a “momscape”. Local curator Janell Henry programs performances by Bret Parenteau and PelmuSnowbird to round out the evening.



Sunday, March 4, 2018 Show: 8:00pm Forth, 171 McDermot Ave.

New Music + Integrated Arts Festival

PUBLIC LECTURES Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:30–4:30pm Desautels Faculty of Music, U of M, 136 Dafoe Rd. Lectures by composers Stephanie Moore and Chatori Shimizu at the University of Manitoba

Friday, March 2, 2018 7:00pm Poolside Gallery, Artspace building 221-100 Arthur St. Guest artists from the 2018 Cluster Festival discuss what inspires them to create, including Chatori Shimizu, Stephanie Moore, Maksym Chupov-Ryabtsev, Leigh Anne Parry, and Matthew-Robin Nye.





You were now

It’s all in your head

T E R In your mind

March 1–4, 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In your eyes

FOREWORD Heralded as one of Winnipeg’s “most dynamic arts events” (Winnipeg Free Press 2015), Cluster Festival connects you with groundbreaking experimental art and sound. Highlights of Cluster’s ninth edition include: an evening of choral music and electronics featuring Polycoro at FortWhyte Alive; an intimate solo cello recital at PoolSide Gallery played by Seth Parker Woods; Cluster’s first outdoor sound walk curated by guest codirector Leigh Anne Parry; and an immersive domestic dreamscape made of glinting projections and live performances taking over Forth. This year, Cluster explores the relationship between humans and their surrounding environments: landscapes, soundscapes, dreamscapes, homescapes, and more. We can’t wait for our lineup of incredible artists to take you inside (and outside!) some of Winnipeg’s most interesting spaces. —Cluster co-directors Eliot Britton, Heidi Ouellette, and Luke Nickel (This year’s Cluster design features a speciallycommissioned digital artwork by Ted Sterchi)

Notes from Afield


A Lingering Darkness

Thursday, March 1, 2018 Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm FortWhyte Alive Alloway Reception Centre, 1961 McCreary Rd.

Friday, March 2, 2018 Pre-concert Lightning Talks: 7:00pm (see back for details) Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm Poolside Gallery, Artspace building 221-100 Arthur St.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Meetup/Show: 7:30/8:00pm Meet outside 339 Waterfront Dr., map:

Our voices resonate in the environment around us— both natural and digital... Cluster 2018 opens with an evening of electrifying music for voices at Winnipeg’s historic FortWhyte Alive. Polycoro sing works by Canadian composers, including Cassandra Miller, David Foley, Stephanie Moore, Luke Nickel, and Chatori Shimizu. This concert also features electroacoustic works by Manuella Blackburn, Maksym Chupov-Ryabtsev, Michael Lukaszuk, Marie-Hélène Breault, and Martin Bédard, selected from our international call for submissions. We welcome you to stay after the show for a special post-concert talkback with the artists involved.

Instruments fuse with bodies, freeing startling voices from inanimate objects... Seth Parker Woods plays an intimate solo recital of works for cello and electronics by Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Oliver Thurley, Monty Adkins, Chinary Ung, Martin Iddon, and Mary Jane Leach. Under Woods’ expressive hands, the cello becomes an amorphous hybrid of natural and digital creatures, unleashing bellowing cries, frail wails, and torrents of electronic noise.

Tickets are extremely limited for this event so we recommend advanced purchase.


“After thousands of years we’re still strangers to darkness, fearful aliens in an enemy camp with our arms crossed over our chests” — Annie Dillard (1974)

TICKETS PWYC / $10 Student / $20 Adult $30 Student Pass / $65 Adult Pass Online Visit McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park Mall, 204-475-0483 Call 204-223-9939


Part walking tour, part sound and light installation, this site-specific performance attempts to address the forgotten experience of natural darkness. Cluster guest curator Leigh Anne Parry works in collaboration with a collection of Winnipeg’s artists and thinkers to take us outdoors and into the night. This ephemeral, sensorial, and performative exploration invites us to pay attention to its particular location and to the unexpected. Dress for the weather! A night once held thousands of stars visible to the human eye: so dark, on a clear night the milky way cast a shadow on the ground. Now, that feeling of infinitude, of deep time, of insignificance has dissolved into a canopy of street lights, daylight bulbs and screen time...

With special thanks to Kevin McPhillips