record/record: a VHS funeral

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  • July 02, 06:00 pm
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by Gabby Bernard


What is a record? What is memory? How do we try to capture permanence in our impermanent lives? You are invited to record/record: a VHS funeral. Stay as long as you like. Listen, watch, leave, come back as you please. Over the course of this live-streamed digital funeral, 33 VHS tapes will be dismantled, erased, and laid to rest, as we explore what it means to remember and be remembered. Feel free to bring something you loved once, and leave a eulogy of your own.

This performance will be live-streamed right here on the Found Festival website on Thursday, July 2 from 6pm – 9pm. Please tune in!

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It’s darn important to us that Found Festival remains accessible for as many Foundsters in our community as possible. That includes making all tickets Offer What you Will. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. But if you’re able, we ask you please make an offer. As a tiny but mighty arts org getting it done on passion and grit, Common Ground Arts Society relies on donations to help keep our scrappy operation afloat. Every offer you make goes directly toward supporting artists in our community.

We suggest $10/event if you can afford it. Any offer over $10 is a direct donation to Common Ground Arts Society. All donations over $20 will be provided with a charitable tax receipt.

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PSST! Hey Foundsters – COVID-19 is real and we want you to stay safe and healthy. All of our programming is designed to be experienced solo or with your designated cohort/house group/pod. Please don’t gather in large groups. Please mask up. Please keep a safe distance from others. And please review Alberta Health Services’ recommendations here and here.

some swearing, themes of death

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.