GIFT Screening and Community Gift Exchange

December 1, 2019 - 3:30 pm
What would our culture look like without money? Can we reduce our dependence on money by building community? Let’s give it a try!
Join artist Barb Danielewski and friends at the Screening Room, December 1st, 3:30pm for a PWYC/by donation screening of award-winning documentary GIFT and community gift-exchange – all in support of Y2K youth programming.
Bring a small, unwrapped, creative, sentimental or practical gift to participate in the exchange.
Cards representing a service or experience you wish to gift are welcome!
Gift exchange and discussion will be facilitated directly after the film inside the theatre.
3:30-4:00 | Gift decorating
4:10-5:40 | Screening
5:40-6:10 | Gift Exchange & Discussion
Want to attend but fuzzy on the gift exchange? Visit for more on the details and philosophy behind the exchange.
Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character-driven stories. On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young Indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch—to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a “barricade of art”: a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift. In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-­apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom – a “transformative gift” of song. GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.
Following the Y2K Youth Summit on November 21st of this year, Y2K will be entering a research and development phase for new after school programming.
Funds raised will support young artists and changemakers in using screenprinting, zines, stickers, and button making as creative conduits to build their confidence and voice.