O+ will celebrate its 10th annual festival of art, music and wellness in Kingston during the 10th month of this year (Oct. 11-13, 2019). The theme for year 10 is X.
X is the Roman numeral 10. X marks the spot; it is an indicator. X multiplies and amplifies. X is a point of intersection, a crossroads.
O+ Kingston is a convergence of arts and wellness. How do art and music support, complement, and magnify health and wellness?
X is a mysterious quantifier, an unknown factor, number, person, or thing.
X describes physical gestures. X is a kiss. Crossing fingers in a wish, cross my heart and hope to die. X is a vow, sign on the line. X is infinite potential.
X is a mark of negation; it means cancel; it means stop. X marks explicit content. X means eXtreme sports.
X moves us beyond gender binaries.
In fashion, X indicates collaboration. In science, X indicates hybrid. In Tarot, X is The Wheel of Fortune in the Major Arcana. In astrology, X marks the Point of Fortune.
X creates form and stability in cross braces and cross-stitch. X is the Phillips-head screwdriver. Skull and crossbones indicates poison.
X is an ancient symbol appearing on heraldry, runes and flags.
X is contradictory; it can signify both anything or nothing.
Why is this simple form a universally potent symbol? Are we at a crossroads? What needs to be marked?
The O+ art committee looks forward to artists’ exploration of X for this year’s O+ Kingston.