Artistic Statement 

Digital Works 

Visual Arts Commission 

Pocket Prophecies 

 

 


 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Produced by

Scapegoat Carnivale

Curated and Dramaturged by

Alison Darcy

and Joseph Shragge

Graphic and web design by

Claudia Leblond

Publicity by

B-Rebel Communications

Social Media by

Trevor Barrette

Live stream by

Lindsay-Dora Germain

and Paul Shore

Sound composition by 

Devon Bate

Launch: Feb. 15, 2021, 20h ET 

Online Feb. 2021 – Feb. 2022

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Scapegoat Carnivale is located on unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation who are recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and live. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for the Iroquois and Algonquian people including Algonquin-Anishinaabe, Atikamekw, and Huron-Wendat. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. As an arts organization we support Article 84 of the calls to action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

READ THE  

CALLS TO ACTION 

This project was made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Jarislowsky Foundation. We are proud to offer these artistic works to our audiences free of charge, however we would ask our viewers to consider making a donation to our company, if you are able. Scapegoat Carnivale is a registered charity and every donation will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

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SEE THE TRAILER VIDEO

 
Une Soirée au Village - Belá Bartók

arranged/performed by Devon Bate

INTERVIEW WITH

ALISON DARCY AND

JOSEPH SHRAGGE

CURATORS AND DRAMATURGES

 

Alison Darcy (Montreal, QC)

Bio/Pic

 

Joseph Shragge (Montreal, QC)

Bio/Pic

Welcome!

It is with great pleasure that we present Soliciting Prophecy. Faced with the repeated closures of theatres due to the pandemic, we created an online writers' room to explore the theme of prophecy

as it relates to today, and produce a series of artistic responses as digital performances. 

The word prophecy is an ancient Greek compound meaning to tell

in advance, but in its long and varied history, prophets have also criticized authority, admonished nations, and conveyed divine messages through frenzied performances. We are approaching prophecy as a conduit for our fellow artists’ deep anxieties and hopes, their intuitive responses and visions of the world to come.

The group includes artists from Montreal, Vancouver,

Mexico City, and Los Angeles. 

 

Please explore the site to see our ancillary project Pocket Prophecies, featuring short text prophecies, ruminations, and anecdotes by additional international artists, and an oil painting titled Falling Cherub by painter Benjamin Klein. You will also find photos and bios of all our artists, and interviews with the digital artists. 

 

We would like to thank the whole team who put this project together. We hope you enjoy the work.

Sincerely,

 

Alison Darcy and Joseph Shragge

Co-dramaturges/Curators

Co-Artistic Directors, Scapegoat Carnivale 

Clockwise from top left: Alexis Diamond, Omari Newton, Julie Tamiko Manning, Mary Jane Gibson, Conor Wylie, Alison Darcy, Joseph Shragge, Gitanjali Jain, Alexander Nemser

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

YOU KNOW,

YOU'RE RIGHT

On the last day on earth, fraternal twins debate what awaits them on 'the Other Side.' The tension between the diametrically opposed lifestyles of these loving, but divided siblings, and how they choose to spend their last living moments, makes for an evening fraught with anxiety.

Omari Newton (Vancouver, BC)

Bio/Pic

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
 

WHOEVER PUT ME UP HERE, YOU JUST WAIT 'TILL I GET DOWN!

A woman gets off of her pedestal.

Julie Tamiko Manning (Montreal, QC)

Bio/Pic

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST

PROPHETTE

Lula, a young girl who is a descendant of whales, learns from her ancestors that she must play a role in altering the course of our climate crisis, as well as revive the well-being of whales on the planet. This hand-drawn, ethereal animation features real whale-songs as a central part of the soundtrack.

Gitanjali Jain (Mexico City, MX)

Bio/Pic

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST

Interview between Gitanjali Jain and Richard Sears, Marine Biologist

 

ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR

Ana J. Bellido, Illustrator

Bio/Pic

FIRST FLUSH OF A
GLEAMING NEW AGE

In a near post-pandemic future, Myriam follows the signs revealed to her in a dream to fulfill the prophecy of the Great Flush.

Alexis Diamond (Montreal,QC)

Bio/Pic

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST

ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR

Juana Rubio, Videography and Sound design

Bio/Pic

DIMENSION IN

THE CLOUDS

The planets align, the bridge appears, and a brave child steps across to tell us what’s on the other side. Created and animated by a kid and a kid-at-heart.

Conor Wylie (Vancouver, BC)

Bio/Pic

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
 

ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR
Felix MacDuff, Prophet
Bio/Pic

PRIMORDIAL
PROPHECY

A dying woman seeking to find what awaits her on the other side pulls open an ancient door to another psychedelic dimension.

Mary Jane Gibson (Los Angeles, CA)

Bio/Pic

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST

ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR

Urs Mann, Videographer

Bio/Pic

GOD'S 
EYEBROWS

A retelling of the Bible story of King Saul and the Witch of Endor. Picture Larry David as a Trumpian King Lear who visits an illegal healer on the eve of his unraveling.

Alexander Nemser (Los Angeles, CA)
Bio/Pic

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST

 

VISUAL ARTS COMMISSION

Benjamin Klein (Brooklyn, NY) 

Bio/Pic

Falling Cherub, 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

POCKET PROPHECIES

clockwise from top left: white logo, Johanna Nutter, Thami aka Mbongo, Michael Mackenzie, Mike Glazer, black logo, Claire Jenkins, Anders Yates, Rebecca Singh

PROPHET KNOWS

THE PUZZLE

Claire Jenkins (Melbourne, AUS)

Bio/Pic

DOWNLOAD CLAIRE JENKINS PUZZLE

I SAW THE FUTURE FROM MY BATHTUB

Mike Glazer (Los Angeles, CA)

Bio/Pic

A PROPHECY:

‘IT WILL GET BETTER’

Michael Mackenzie (Montreal, QC)

Bio/Pic

CAMAGU

(Be honoured)

Thami aka Mbongo (Johannesburg, SA)

Bio/Pic

NUTTER'S

PROPHECY

Johanna Nutter (Montreal, QC)
Bio/Pic

BLINDNESS GAIN

Rebecca Singh (Toronto, ON) 

Bio/Pic

I PREDICT YOU WON’T FIND A BETTER DEAL

Anders Yates (Toronto, ON)

Bio/Pic