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Featured in Articulation Magazine - Fall Issue - The Art of Healing

Three pieces of my Tokenized Cloud Spheres series are featured in the current fall issue of Montreal-based Art/iculation magazine. This issue’s theme titled The Art of Healing explores the healing potential of art and artistic expression on stress, pain, and illness. It also coincides with an experimental pilot project of doctors to prescribe free visits to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as complementary health treatments. (1)

Editor-in-chief Sofia Misenheimer summarizes “the goal of this issue is twofold: to remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles and to offer accessible ways to jumpstart your own path to healing through engagement with the arts.” (2) It also looks at healing as an art form in and of itself.

I submitted my Tokenized Cloud Sphere series in which I recreate my meditative experience of observing clouds on hundreds of passenger flights during the past few years. In times where our attention span is measured in seconds and digital stress becomes a widespread issue, watching clouds not only offers comforting relaxation but also sparks one’s imagination. My visualizations aim to slow down the observer and to experience this calm. I will post more about the series in an upcoming blog post.

Art/iculation magazine is a finalist of the 2018 Canadian Online Publishing Awards in the category Best Publication – Academic. Editor-in-chief Sofia Misenheimer’s was recently interviewed for McGill University’s Faculty of Arts blog: On Inclusive Publishing with Student-Run Magazine, Art/iculation (3).

About the Art/iculation Magazine

Art/iculation is an interdisciplinary print and digital magazine that aims to challenge mainstream notions of ‘culture,’ by spotlighting un(der)represented topics of cultural significance. The magazine takes its name from “The theory and method of articulation in cultural studies” by Jennifer Daryl Slack, who argues “articulation can be understood as a way of characterizing a social formation without falling into the twin traps of reductionism and essentialism”. This captures the spirit of Art/iculation, which aims to make space for nuanced works from a variety of perspectives.

Art/iculation is produced on land that is the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The editorial committee recognizes that it is not enough to acknowledge the keepers of this land and encourages readers to critically interrogate colonial histories and their present-day implications. The editorial committee embraces an intersectional and collaborative practice of feminism.

Art/iculation Magazine The Art of Healing / fall issue online: http://www.articulationmagazine.com/fall2018/

Sources:

1) Doctors to prescribe museum visits to help patients ‘escape from their own pain’. CBC News. October 12th, 2018. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-museum-fine-arts-medecins-francophone-art-museum-therapy-1.4859936

2) Misenheimer, Sofia: Editor’s Note. Art/iculation Magazine. Montreal, QC. Fall Issue, November 2018: p. 3. ISSN: 2560-7022

3) Habib, Zahra: On Inclusive Publishing with Student-Run Magazine, Art/iculation. McGill University Faculty of Arts. October 30th, 2018. https://www.mcgill.ca/arts/article/inclusive-publishing-student-run-magazine-articulation

Last update October 1, 2019

Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Geometric abstraction artist based in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. I explore the blockchain through the subject of clouds in physical and digital mediums.

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