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This is Not My Culture – Watch and Work: Powaqqatsi

September 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Watch and Work is a series of films and documentaries you can watch while artist Xstine Cook works on her Hub residency. Be welcome to bring along a project of your own. Please use the Eventbrite link to register.

Event 5: Monday September 11
7pm: Watch and Work: Free screening of Powaqqatsi, Godfrey Reggio’s 1988 film Life in Transformation

Drop in and watch Powaqqatsi, also known as Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, a 1988 American non-narrative film directed by Godfrey Reggio and the sequel to Reggio’s experimental 1982 film, Koyaanisqatsi. It is the second film in the Qatsi trilogy.

Powaqqatsi is a Hopi neologism coined by Reggio meaning “parasitic way of life” or “life in transition.” While Koyaanisqatsi focused on modern life in industrial countries, Powaqqatsi, which similarly has no dialogue, focuses more on the conflict in Third World countries between traditional ways of life and the new ways of life introduced with industrialization. As with Koyaanisqatsi and the third and final part of the ‘Qatsi‘ trilogy, Naqoyqatsi, the film is strongly related to its soundtrack, written by Philip Glass.

Release date: April 29, 1988

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Music composed by: Philip Glass

Sequel: Naqoyqatsi

Cinematography: Graham Berry, Leonidas Zourdoumis

Powaqqatsi will play as part of Xstine Cook’s Artist in Residency This is Not My Culture at cSPACE Eau Claire Neighbourhood Hub. Cook will be working on her art during the screening, and attendees are welcome to bring along a project they want to work on while watching and listening to the talk.

Free screening of this movie is presented as part of Xstine Cook’s This is Not My Culture artist residency at cSPACE Eau Claire Neighbourhood Hub. Xstine will be modifying and altering reclaimed commercial plastic packaging material into an artistic creation during the month of September.

The cSPACE Eau Claire Hub Artist in Residence program is supported by cSPACE Projects and The City of Calgary.


September 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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cSPACE Eau Claire Neighbourhood Hub
381 2 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 0C5 Canada
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