MONAD ART COLLECTIVE Integrates multiple Art Forms into a unified, singular, artistic expression, using Performance Art and Movement as its platform.

Paradise Lost? No Action is not an option

ArtSpring Gallery February 24th 2016 Salt Spring Island, BC

‘Paradise Lost? No action is not an option’

ArtSpring Gallery, Salt Spring Island

Wednesday February 24th & Saturday the 27th, 7:30pm (bar @ 6:30).                                                                                        “Paradise Lost ? No Action is Not an Option” - Performance Art Event

This latest work by Salt Spring Island’s artist collective MONAD sets out to draw further attention, provoke thought and inspire action through Performance Art, Environmental Talks and Public Discussions. The focus being, our environment and in particular, St Mary’s Lake.

These series of events are the outcome of the collaboration between Anna Haltrecht and Luis Araújo, and are open to all who wish to witness and/or participate, and to experience the Lake in a whole new way.

Immersed in a Video Art installation, the two performers will use movement and imagery, drawing in the audience, as part of the narrative. Inspired on the lifecycles of St Mary’s lake, a crucial resource for life on our Island.

‘Paradise Lost?’, aims to empower the audience to initiate action to protect and preserve our Nature’s Environment.

Thursday February 25th -  10AM to 4:00pm School Improvisation Workshops - For Salt Spring Island High School (GISS) Students, interested in participating in Science / Performance Art Workshops,  with the opportunity for personal annd group interactions, immersed in the Video Art Installation.                                                                         Registration through GISS Teachers only.                                                                                                            5:00 - 6:30 pm - Community Improvisation Workshop (free entrance): For all interested in participating and learning more about Performance Based Art with the MONAD performers in the Video Art Installation.                                                                             Pre-register for this workshop only:

Friday February 26th, 12;00 to 4:00 PM -  Open Access (free entrance): for personal and group interactions with the video installation. Come interact, move, dance, play in the Video Art Installation for personal and group explorations. All welcome. Anna Haltrecht and Luis Araújo will be onsite.

Saturday February 27th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm       Environmental Talks, Art Spring Gallery  (Free Tea and coffee provided courtesy of Salt Spring Coffee).
Focusing on the exchange of knowledge and information about our environment and St. Mary Lake. Awareness & education leads to positive change.

  • Xatsa’ — Indigenous History of St. Mary Lake - Chris Arnett, PhD (Candidate), Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

In this talk, Chris will draw upon archaeology and interviews with elders from Salt Spring Island and Penelakut Island to reconstruct past use and significance of the lake to Indigenous people.

  • Phosphorus and St. Mary Lake: Where does it come from and where does it go? - Don Hodgins, P.Eng., AFCA

Phosphorus is a key nutrient governing algal growth in St. Mary Lake.  This presentation will cover a little of the ‘phosphorus’ history, highlighting some of the new findings from the SSIWPA program, and point to steps people can do to reduce nutrients reaching the lake.

  • The Birds of St. Mary Lake - Bob Weeden, Biologist, President Salt Spring Island Conservancy

There aren’t many water birds on the lake in the summer, but many nest in the nearby woods and use it a lot in the winter. Numbers vary from day to day. Most use is from late October to early April. The lake provides a source for food including the algae and waters-edge plants.

  • Cyanobacteria: Life & Death - Blooms & Die-Offs     Dr. Maggie Squires, Limnologist

Maggie first explores the evolutionary roots of blue-green algae, and modern hazards associated with cyano-toxins. She concludes with how we can move from a negative to more positive response to blooms of cyanobacteria by arming ourselves with better scientific understanding.  

Are you ready to take action?

Awareness and education leads to positive change.

February 24th & 27th - 7:30 pm: Performance Art Events:           $15 adults; $5 youth. Bar opens at 6:30 pm.

Environmental Awareness Talks and Performance Art workshops: Free Entrance - February 25th & 26th from 12 - 5 pm.


'MONAD': 'An indivisible and hence ultimately simple entity, such as an atom or a person'  Leibnitz

MONAD ART COLLECTIVE creates uniquely integrated and unified works, through collaborative synergies of artists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, creating indivisible Art Installations.

With the vision of all participants coming together as ONE, the final creation becomes a unique single cell organism in itself.

MONAD ART COLLECTIVE fuses Performing and Visual Arts, through an interdisciplinary platform of artists.

Working from an EGO-LESS stance, we create immersive installations, where the work is EXPERIENCED and INTERACTED with. Not necessarily just watched passively.

MONAD ART COLLECTIVE is a place where MEANING is simultaneously the focus and the result of INTEGRATIVE and COLLABORATIVE WORK.


As a platform where Arts and Ideas are integrated, MONAD ART COLLECTIVE welcomes commissions for new projects, as well as artist submissions.

MONAD ART COLLECTIVE is based on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Please contact us for more information.


Knowledge forbidden?
Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord
Envy them that? Can it be a sin to know?
Can it be death?”
John Milton, Paradise Lost