#ELXN42 was an interdisciplinary research-creation project that I designed to interrupt the 2015 Canadian general elections through autoethnographic text and photo-based performances online that responded to Heather Savigny’s dire assessment of politics and political engagement which is that “western electorates are less inclined to engage in the process of politics” (1980). An assessment that I would argue is exacerbated for voters like myself who have been historically disenfranchised from civic engagement because of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age and other points of human difference.
I received a Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Award from the University of Waterloo to fund this project. My project, #ELXN42, asks: How can key issues in federal politics be animated on Facebook? and Can personal online practices be leveraged to create meaningful conversations about federal politics? This project formed artistic and academic responses to these questions through weekly text and video social media posts that I published throughout the 2015 general elections.
These posts sought to identify political marketing strategies, critique mainstream media emphases, and share the thinking of an engaged minoritized voter.