claude wittmann takes responsibility for starting 2894, which now has Adam Herst as a close ally.

2894 starts at the point where we acknowledge that it is not possible yet for Indigenous People and Settlers to meet in equal terms.
2894 reads the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report (TRC report).
2894 is nothing else than reading the TRC report
with integrity.
2894 primarily asks Settlers to read but Indigenous People are welcome to join would they wish to.
2894 passes around a cellphone which people use to audio-stream their reading of a small part of the TRC report.
2894 digs into our most authentic organ, the voice, as readers read out-loud, alone in their homes, on the TTC, on the street, in a church, anywhere, with the 2894 cellphone in their hands.
Listeners can be anywhere, with their own cellphones, tablets, computers.
The radio connection is chosen for this project as a special kind of intimacy that allows for freedom on both sides.
2894 is a trial at triggering something.
2894 will bring stuff up in the hearts of readers and listeners.
We will see what we choose to do with it.

2894 is managed with an artistic ethics:
2894 will not exploit the suffering of people who went to residential schools
2894 asks us to act with integrity at all times, even if this has the risk to create discomfort
2894 should generate equality
2894 is not owned by anybody.

2894 will die in despair, last until all 2894 pages of the report are read or transform into something more relevant to social change.



"For me the question in the arts right now is not "How?" (form),
"When?" (place/time),"By/for whom?" (authorship/audience),
but "What for?"
which is locating the projects in a political and ethical path." By Tania Bruguera