Critical Writing Index

Then + Then Again: Talking with Clive Robertson about artist-run culture

by Vera Frenkel

Fuse, July 2007, v. 30, no. 3, pp. 26-37

This interview focuses on Clive Robertson’s historical, artistic and cultural retrospective show Then + Then Again – Practices Within an Artist Run Culture 1969-2005. Robertson’s multiple accomplishments as a voice and pioneer for the Canadian artistic community are catalogued, including the W.O.R.K.S. project, Voicespondence and the Parachute Center for Cultural Affairs. Robertson discusses his philosophical reasoning for the artwork he has produced, but also the specific origins of this show and his book Policy Matters – Administrations of Art and Culture, two projects unintentionally debuting at the same time.

Admittedly Robertson cites his interest in video as partially documentary, and the 60 hours of video he has maintained show his dedication to the spirit of art and the preservation of it socially. The interview spans both the general artistic theory and drive of Robertson’s passion for art in all forms, but simultaneously focuses on the message of the show, and the purpose of his intention of raising awareness and respect for the societal path artists in Canada have experienced. The “hybridity” of his endeavors, meaning the constant inter-media, cross-cultural, and boundary-less art he has been involved in, is investigated and its meaning expressed in Robertson’s own words.

ITEM 2007.044 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Riddim & HardtimesLillian Allen

Jessica Bradley

Lesley Johnstone

Latino CrewDot Tuer

Julie Fiala

The Government

De Dub Poets

Fifth Column

Gayam Rhythm Drummers

Plasterstone Replicas

Lunar Re-AppraisalClive Robertson

Nerve Theory (Tom Sherman and Bernhard Loibner)

Marcella Bienvenue

Some Call it Bad LuckLisa Steele

No Way Charlie BrownJohn Greyson

Tony Whitfield

Bright EyesStuart Marshall

Reid Shier

Way To My Father's Village, TheRichard Fung

Ellen Flanders