Dissent and Lament with the Complaints Choir


BLINK Gallery presents


a collective exhibition and installation
curated by Glenn Nuotio
to celebrate the birth of the 2011 Ottawa Capital Complaints Choir


Thursday, August 25, 6–9 pm
featuring guest performances and choir sign-up sessions


Friday, August 26, 1–6 pm
Saturday, August 27, 12–5 pm
Sunday, August 28, 12–5 pm

The worldwide Complaints Choir Community art project was founded in 2005 by artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen in Helsinki. Stemming from the Finnish word “Valituskuoro”, which means “Complaints Choir”, its goal is to transform the huge energy people put into complaining into something else.

Glenn Nuotio started the Ottawa version of the Complaints Choir in the spring of 2011 with a call to all citizens of Ottawa to complain about any personal or public matters they wish to share. These complaints are then transformed into lyrics to be sung by a choir of local participants in the fall of 2011.

“TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS” is the first public reaction to this process. This exhibit presents photo manipulations, found object installations and soundscapes – personal interpretations by the collective in response to a sea of local complaints. Glenn Nuotio curated the exhibit in solidarity with the complainers themselves. Members of the Tragedy of the Commons Collective remain anonymous.

“TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS” opens on Thursday, August 25 from 6 to 9 pm with music, sound, spoken word and other performances. The event signifies the Ottawa Complaints Choir’s first official meeting and call for participation, allowing interested people of all ages and skills to begin learning the Complaints Choir song. All are welcome to join our collective for upcoming rehearsals and performances taking place in Ottawa during September and October 2011.


Header House, Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa
Across from the National Gallery of Canada, near the Alexandra Bridge
Pedestrian access only


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