Posts Tagged ‘performance’

Catching Up: “How to Think… About Spectacle” with Glen Johnson (June 1, 2013)

Catching Up: Central Canadian Center for Performance’s YouTube Party (Nov 2011)

Catching Up: The Walworth Farce (March / April 2013)

 

Catching Up: The Sandwich wrap party (May 2012)

Catching up: Central Canadian Center for Performance’s “Trifecta Part 1: Mech-Anima” (March 30 2012)

Pics from (((send+receive))): a festival of sound v. 15 – Day 3

Greenhouse (MB)

The Sons of God (SE)

Tony Conrad (US)

 

SEND + RECEIVE v15 • DAY 3 • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

TONY CONRAD (US)
SONS OF GOD (SW)
GREENHOUSE (MB)
EVP Project (MB / QC)

Atomic Centre, 167 Logan Ave. | Doors 7:30 | Concert 8:00 | Entry: $15

 

Winnipeg musician Curran Faris has been recording and performing as Greenhouse since 2009. With albums released on labels such as Reverb Worship and Prairie Fire Tapes, Faris has performed in galleries and rock venues alike. Greenhouse sees Faris exploring atypical guitar sounds that are more akin to the austere textures found in noise and electronic music, while still utilizing the guitar as the primary sound source. The results are sprawling, textural soundscapes that are minimal and immersive, atmospheric and melodic, noisy and soothing.

Swedish artists Leif Elggren and Kent Tankred have worked in the arts for over 20 years. In 1988 they formed the duo The Sons of God (Guds Söner), a constellation which moves freely between performance, music, and the visual arts, and whose productions often reach a point where traditional aesthetic boundaries, limitations, and concepts are eliminated. The Sons of God observe and document, experiment and ask questions, build up and tear down, empowering the viewer to take what they want or simply leave. The Sons of God are radical in their approach, and their work brings something truly innovative and special to this edition of the festival.

A pioneering force behind the evolution of American minimalism, legendary artist Tony Conrad works within the idea of Eternal Music, a droning, mesmerizing performance idiom which employs long durations, amplification, and precise pitch to explore new worlds of sound. On this very special occasion Conrad will conclude our Friday night event by presenting one of his renowned solo performances for amplified violin. With a history of radical and conceptual contributions to music, film, and visual art, it’s a great honour to present Tony Conrad here at our 15th edition.

VOICES FROM BEYOND: THE EVP PROJECT

Susurros, la difunta Deolinda (Murmures, la défunte Deolinda / Whispers, the Deceased Deolinda)

MALENA SZLAM (QC)

*still from Susurros, la difunta Deolinda by Malena Szlam (16mm film-loop with sound, 2013).

This haunting work will be installed in the centre space at Atomic on this evenings’ program as part of Voices from Beyond: the EVP Project.

A Total Spectacle runs until June 9 – Admission is free!

Celebrity gawking, fear mongering, and other distractions, oh my! Is spectacle a harmless escape from reality, or something more?

 

 

Rulers throughout history have gone to great lengths to communicate and maintain their status. Whether that ruler was a dictator, royalty, religious figure, or democratically elected government, displays of power to validate and reinforce control over the masses declared who to admire, what to believe, and how to behave. Preying on core instincts to create situations that appeared effortlessly natural and self-evident, these displays of power featured elements capable of seducing people into agreement, distracting them from unpleasant truths, and/or scaring them out of rebellion.

Today’s spectacle takes many forms, from big budget events and entertainment to ever-present news media and advertising. It displays lifestyles we should envy and tells us how to succeed. It keeps us busy with news about celebrities and sports scores so we dismiss as boring anything that actually affects our lives. It sensationalizes violence while showing us what might happen if we rock the boat. It is power represented through repetitive sights and sounds, stereotypes and cliches, and other social signals about wealth, fame, and technology, and it all serves to influence general opinion and behaviour to support a consumer society and those who profit from it the most.

 

 

Taking cues from blockbuster exhibitions past and present to explore the complex nature of contemporary spectacle, A Total Spectacle is a mini spectacle about spectacle created by Winnipeg-based independent curator, Milena Placentile, in collaboration with local, national, and international artists including: Dayna Danger, Glen Johnson, Joe Johnson, Istvan Kantor, Praba Pilar, Scott Sørli, and Paul Wiersbinski.  The exhibition will be accompanied by texts written by Placentile and Martin Zeilinger.

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The exhibition launched at Atomic Centre (167 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg) on May 17  with an opening ceremony performed by Istvan Kantor with the participation of Ian Mozden and Dita Vendetta.


Istvan Kantor’s Pietà – Opera Omnia (2013). Video still.

 

Regular open hours from May 18 – June 9 are as follows:

  • Wednesday to Friday: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday: Closed


There are two more events scheduled to take place in relation to the exhibition:

 

Admission to the exhibition and all related events is free of charge. Please stay tuned for details!

 

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This exhibition has been made possible with thanks to generous financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts through a program formerly known as “Independent Critics and Curators in the Visual Arts Program”, which provided opportunities for creative intellectual research and production initiated by curators working beyond conventional institutional frameworks.

The curator and artists would also like to acknowledge the generous in-kind and promotional support of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Martha Street Studios / Manitoba Printmakers Association, Central Canadian Centre for Performance, RAW: Gallery of Architecture and Design, Edge Village and Gallery, and Akimbo.ca =-)

Graphic design by Colourblind Graphic Design.

“How to Think… About Spectacle” with Glen Johnson

A Total Spectacle, in partnership with Central Canadian Centre for Performance, is pleased to present “About Spectacle”, the first lecture in a new series by Glen Johnson titled, “How to Think”.

 

Saturday, June 1, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
Atomic Centre (167 Logan Avenue)
Admission is Free

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Rulers throughout history have gone to great lengths to communicate and maintain their status. Whether that ruler was a dictator, royalty, religious figure, or democratically elected government, displays of power to validate and reinforce control over the masses declared who to admire, what to believe, and how to behave. Preying on core instincts to create situations that appeared effortlessly natural and self-evident, these displays of power featured elements capable of seducing people into agreement, distracting them from unpleasant truths, and/or scaring them out of rebellion.

While going about his daily business, which involved a good deal of riding on public transit, Glen Johnson noticed that a great number of his fellow citizens seemed to be having trouble using their brains. He thought it behooved him to do something to try and rectify this situation. Now, as a kind of public service, Mr. Johnson has begun a series of lectures which he has entitled How to Think. The first lecture of this series: How to Think About Spectacle will be performed on June 1st at the Atomic Centre. You owe it to yourself to attend.

Biography: Glen Johnson is a Winnipeg-based writer, installation and performance artist whose work invariably involves text (especially when he is writing). Johnson tells stories as “Uncle Glennie” and as himself, he has delivered faux-lectures to stunned audiences in at least three provinces. He has hung a bed on one wall and nailed tiny words to another. In 2011 he created the Artistic Licence Bureau for the Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts. He has exhibited and/or performed at aceartinc, The Annex, Atomic Centre, Gallery 803, Gallery 1C03, Mount Saint Vincent University, The National Gallery of Canada, The Tallest Poppy, Videopool Media Arts Centre and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He is responsible for the website http://www.persiflage.ca. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Classics from The University of Winnipeg in 1993 and expects that some day they will ask for it back.

This lecture is presented at Atomic Centre in relation to A Total Spectacle, a mini spectacle about spectacle organized by Winnipeg-based independent curator, Milena Placentile, in collaboration with local, national, and international artists. A Total Spectacle runs from May 18 – June 9 at Atomic Centre. Admission to the exhibition and all related events, including this lecture, is free of charge. For more information, please visit: http://www.atomiccentre.net.

A Total Spectacle has been made possible with thanks to generous financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts through a program formerly known as “Independent Critics and Curators in the Visual Arts Program”, which provided opportunities for creative and intellectual research and production initiated by curators working beyond conventional institutional frameworks. The curator and artists would also like to acknowledge the generous in-kind and promotional support of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Martha Street Studios / Manitoba Printmakers Association, Central Canadian Centre for Performance, Edge Gallery and Akimbo.ca

Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno with Reverend Praba Pilar

A Total Spectacle, in partnership with Central Canadian Centre for Performance, is pleased to host a Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno service presided over by Her Holiness, Revered Praba Pilar

May 25, 2013
Doors at 8:00 p.m. / Service begins at 8:30 p.m.
No late entry / Free admisson

Atomic Centre (167 Logan Avenue)

Rulers throughout history have gone to great lengths to communicate and maintain their status. Whether that ruler was a dictator, royalty, religious figure, or democratically elected government, displays of power to validate and reinforce control over the masses declared who to admire, what to believe, and how to behave. Preying on core instincts to create situations that appeared effortlessly natural and self-evident, these displays of power featured elements capable of seducing people into agreement, distracting them from unpleasant truths, and/or scaring them out of rebellion.

Reverend Praba Pilar, of the Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno, proclaims a liturgy that drives the divine technologies – Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience – further forward into the neoteric millennium. Beware of the Nanarchist during the Velocity! Sinners, prepare for the Singularity by surrendering your Cognitive Memory Banks to Silicon Chips, so that you too can live forever in the realm of cybersex. When it’s all over down here, we will have left the meatware behind and taken up the post-human existence we have dreamt of. We will look back on the time when science, logic and reason – truths divinely inspired by postulates that can be proven – took us beyond the Apocalypse. With ministries around the world, this au courant Church will speed the shock waves of the future.

Biography: Praba Pilar is a Colombian-born/Winnipeg-based performance artist, technologist, and cultural theorist exploring aspects of emerging technologies which generate new forms of economic, environmental and sexual exploitation and erasure. Deeply rooted in Latino communities, she has spent the last decade presenting site works performances, street theatre, writing and websites which provide a counter-narrative to the overarching rhetoric about the beneficence of biotechnology, information technology, and nanotechnology. Pilar has performed and participated in panel presentations at galleries and universities worldwide. She is currently in a doctoral program at UC Davis in Performance Studies, with designated emphases in Practice as Research and in Feminist Theory and Research, and is the recent recipient of the UC Davis President’s Pre-Doctoral Award (2007-2011), a Puffin Foundation Grant (2004), the Creative Capital Foundation Award (2002), and the Zellerbach Family Fund Award (2002), among numerous other honours. In January 2013, Pilar began a Post Doctorate at the University of Winnipeg with the Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies. http://www.prabapilar.com.

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This service is presented at Atomic Centre in relation to A Total Spectacle, a mini spectacle about spectacle organized by Winnipeg-based independent curator, Milena Placentile, in collaboration with local, national, and international artists. A Total Spectacle runs from May 18 – June 9 at Atomic Centre (167 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg) with a grand opening on May 17 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibition and all related events, including this service, is free of charge. For more information, please visit: http://www.atomiccentre.net.

A Total Spectacle has been made possible with thanks to generous financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts through a program formerly known as “Independent Critics and Curators in the Visual Arts Program”, which provided opportunities for creative and intellectual research and production initiated by curators working beyond conventional institutional frameworks. The curator and artists would also like to acknowledge the generous in-kind and promotional support of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Martha Street Studios / Manitoba Printmakers Association, Central Canadian Centre for Performance, Edge Gallery and Akimbo.ca

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