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Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Big Rock Candy Mountain

Please join us for the KSMoCA Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is open to members of the public and students at Dr. MLK Jr School. The lecture will take place in the school library.

Big Rock Candy Mountain is a flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank between Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed and the students at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver, British Columbia/unceded Coast Salish Territories.

The project is comprised of edible editions, workshops, artist invocations, strange conversations, school ground installations and an Instagram conveyor belt of evolving ideas. Rather than investing in a single result, BRCM privileges the school as a kind of candy factory, engaged in a wide range of productive capacities and processes. Here, creative flavour-making, pop art riffs and explorations in kid-defined ‘persuasive’ language intersect with the larger context of economy, labour, taste-as-power and culturally defined objects of desire.

Big Rock Candy Mountain takes its name from the popular folk song that has been rewritten countless times to reflect changing comic utopia. Big Rock Candy Mountain is where we can hear a “buzzin’ of the bees in the peppermint trees, ’round the soda water fountains.” It is also a post-proportionate world where adults and rationality no longer define the rules and limits of what is possible.