Provocative and unsettling… and then you can dance.
Horror Vérité n’ other stuff
Saturday, March 26, 2011
167 Logan Ave. (at Martha)
Jorge Lozano, "Death Trip" (2009 / 2010)
Proposed schedule of events (subject to change):
- 8:00 Doors open
- 8:30 Screening of Horror Vérité, a program co-curated by Ulysses Castellanos & Theo Pelmus first screened by Available Light Screening Collective in Ottawa (details below)
- 10:00 Performance by Jessica Evans (COMPUTER VIRUS)
- 10:15-ish Performance by Ulysses Castellanos (very likely including appearance by JonBenét Ramsey… but he might still change his mind)
- 10:30-ish Dancing with DJ Chico Ramirez and that other person who DJ’d on March 5 and wasn’t too shitty… (probably)
Admission: Pay what you can
Featuring work by: Jubal Brown, JP, Jorge Lozano, Jennifer Matotek, Zorica Vasic, and a selection of unidentified YouTube uploaders.
Curated by: Ulysses Castellanos & Theo Pelmus
Horror Vérité showcases works that combine horror movie and documentary film aesthetics, exploring the dichotomy between the “real” and the “unreal”. In today’s world, we have learned to equate the low-definition immediacy of YouTube videos with “reality”, while documentaries sometimes use images from real life more horrific than horror films. Yet, documentaries and horror films are both fabricated products, composed of images arranged and intended to elicit a response. How are we to know what is real? By blurring the line between reality and artifice, the horror film presents us with a reality that is terrifying, implying that similar events could just as easily happen to us. Danger is imminent.
Approximate running time: 1 h 10 min.
Ulysses Castellanos is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator living and working in Toronto. His work encompasses new media, film, video, music, performance, painting, photography and sculpture-installation, oftentimes combining these elements into elaborate performance art projects.
The central aim of his art practice is to demystify established cultural constructs by involving the viewer in the (often humorous) debunking of idealized images, concepts and paradigms. Castellanos culls images from films, television, literature and popular music and transposes these images within a performance art setting, or distills them into installations wherein these components are manipulated, juxtaposed, contrasted and collided against each other, thereby eliciting a shift in perception and understanding.
Recent shows include Ulysses Does Julie Andre T (Hemispheric Center for Performance and Politics, NYU), Narcoleptic Drift (Queens Museum, Queens NYC), Jonbenet Requiem (Reinraum eV, Düsseldorf), Exercises In Failure Vol II: Clown Torture Revisited, (7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto), I Was a Human Piñata (Nakai Theater in Yukon Territory), The Life and Death of ID (McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton) Panda Spa, Into The Void, Xibalba, The Compulsion to Fill Space and Cabin in The Woods ( Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2006 – 2010), “Love and Hate: New Crowned Glory in The GTA” (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto curated by David Liss and Camilla Singh), Konkordja Biennial of Young Artists (Vrsac, Yugoslavia), and assorted performances at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, curated by Camilla Singh and Istvan Kantor.
Curatorial efforts include “Death…It’s Out There”, featuring works by Jack Burman, Jubal Brown, Greg Staats, Su-Ying Lee, Juliana Schewe, Gareth Brown-Jowett and Emily Gove. Matt Bahen’s “Fatal Surveillance” (with collaborative works by Matt Bahen and John Scott) at A Space gallery in Toronto, “Rules of The Game”, a video installation by Mexican artist Gustavo Artigas in conjunction with Images Festival of film, video and new media, and “Edible Women” featuring works by Jennifer Matotek, Cecilia Berkovich and Maria Legault at De Leon White Gallery.
Ulysses was Shortlisted for the 2005 Untitled Art Awards “Emerging Curator Award”. He completed a curatorial residence at Gallery TPW in 2007 through the Canada Council for The Arts’ Assistance to Culturally Diverse Curators program, where he developed web-based programming within the environment of TPW’s YouTube channel, as well as gallery shows and an offsite project with the youth of St. Jamestown, the most densely-populated neighborhood in Canada. He is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.
Ulysses recently completed the Telus Interactive Art and Entertainment Program at the Canadian Film Centre, where he worked with physical computing and interactive technology to create USB – powered interactive sculptures.