Adventures in Unschooling

The new Art Gallery of Alberta

Posted on: February 2, 2010

We obtained some of the tickets for the opening day and trudged through snow, with three kids in tow to get there. We got there a half hour late but no one even checked our tickets. So we went in with the 6:00 group.

The most interesting thing about the gallery was the gallery itself. Not so much the exhibits.

There were a couple of exhibits that were interesting and had I had no kids to rush me through every good exhibit I would have really had a chance to enjoy them.

The Murder of Crows was the first stop on the exhibit. It was an eerie room with chairs set up in the middle. There were some 95 speakers or something, each playing a slightly different music or narration of one of three nightmares. So you were supposed to walk around the room. Each path giving you a different perception of the exhibit.

It could have been great I am sure but the kids weren’t into that (who can blame them) so we walked through really quickly and missed almost all of the actual spoken parts.

Storm Room by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller was the next exhibit. It was my favorite.

I took a picture (with a flash of it) but that won’t relay the experience one bit. On every window of the little house in the middle of the room is a torrential down pour of rain. The windows are partly open so there is a breeze provided for by a fan. And there is a light bulb that flashes in coordination with crashes of thunder over some loud speakers. I could have sat on the floor of that hut for 20 minutes at least. Just listening to the room. I wish I had a storm room in my house. I would go in there when I want to relax and get away.

This is Joel in the corner of the Storm Room. The flash really detracts from the emotion of the piece but I was only get darkness without a flash. A really beautiful piece.

There were a couple other exhibits that weren’t terribly moving. And there was a play area for the kids. The intent was that they could design and build but I didn’t see a single child doing that. I hope no one was too disappointed. LOL.

Here are pictures of the architecture:

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