Artistic Approach - Origamilitantisme:
Action on the 22nd of April, 2013
Title: Protesting Pelicans
Total Dimension of on site installation: approximately 40 feet long x 10 feet wide
Material used: Red Paper squares (8.5 inches x 8.5 inches) turned into Origami Pelicans totaling in 800 Origami Pelicans
Text inside Origami: On the one side of the red square you will find article 48 from the Police code of conduct (2000, c. 12, a. 48.) and on the other side you will read the SPVM’s vision, definition, roles and responsibilities towards Montrealers which is taken from their own website.
Origamilitantisme is a collaboration of several artists and activists fighting against the present municipal bylaw P-6 in Montreal. During recent protests, our actions and artistic performances in public spaces have allowed us to represent our fundamental human rights to freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of thought and peaceful assembly.
The use of Origami and Art as key catalysts for social change cultivates awareness, discourse and action in support of the recent protests in and around the Montreal area.
The Pelican has been chosen as the first Origami symbol for our performances because it represents teamwork, group dynamics, regeneration, and resourcefulness. The Pelican also speaks of resilience and determination.
As you unfold the Origami, the paper Pelican transforms into a red square which is the primary symbol used in the student protests. On the one side of the red square you will find article 48 from the Police code of conduct (2000, c. 12, a. 48.) and on the other side you will read the SPVM’s vision, definition, roles and responsibilities towards Montrealers which is taken from their own website. Origamilitantisme wishes to remind the SPVM once again of their promised commitment to ensure a respectful and harmonious relationship with all Montrealers including present protesters.
Throughout the summer and fall 2013, Origamilitantisme will continue its pursuit and use of peaceful resistance during the various protests in and around Montreal. Each performance and action will be unique for each protest; the texts on the paper will change depending on the development of the municipal bylaw P-6 as well as the various events occurring in and around the many protests. Consequently to these happenings, the Origami model will develop as well; changing form, color and size. The performance and action will also evolve in accordance to the complicated relationship between the protesters and the police. We believe these changes are symbolic to the continued solidarity and commitment of the protesters and the support of our rights and freedom of assembly, expression, thought and democratizing our public spaces.
For our next intervention, Origamilitantisme will be using yellow Origami Pelicans; with these bright colored birds will hold a new text and image inside. If you would like to see more images of the new Origamilitantisme performances please go to our Facebook page to view more recent documentation of the event.
*** We invite you to also listen to our interview with CKUT radio (90.3 fm) recorded live at the Hotel de Ville Protest against P-6 on Monday April 22nd/2013. You can follow this link and listen from minute 39 to min 44. Interview lasts about 5 minutes discussing our Collective and objectives.