Katzman Contemporary Presents

DURATION & DIALOGUE
PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL/SYMPOSIUM

January 29-31, 2016


Katzman Contemporary is excited to announce its inaugural performance art festival, curated by Natasha Bailey, Dario Del Degan, and Johannes Zits. Duration & Dialogue welcomes 26 national and international artists to investigate the concept of “duration” through multifaceted artistic responses.

To foster dialogue within the context of Toronto’s performance art scene, 7 facilitators with varied backgrounds in the field of art have been matched with performers. These artist/mediator collaborations aim to open a stream of dialogue between the audience and the artist. Each mediated session attempts to gain insight into the artist’s journey, process, and mental state when performing, while also breaking down the artist/audience boundary.

Katzman Contemporary is thrilled to open its doors this weekend in celebration of performance art with a series of riveting and thought-provoking performances. Audience members may come and go as they please, or stay for the duration of the entire event that boasts a 22-hour long performance segment. This festival provides an artistic refuge from the frenzy of the outside world by offering an opportunity to immerse oneself in the sensation of durational performance.

Hold (Lo Bil, Adam Filek, John Paul Ricco, Holly Timpener, Johannes Zits), Rehearsal Still, Photo: Natasha Bailey

Hold (Lo Bil, Adam Filek, John Paul Ricco, Holly Timpener, Johannes Zits), Rehearsal Still, Photo: Natasha Bailey

Performance/Dialogue 1: Hold
Friday, January 29: 2pm to 9pm

A six-hour performance by Lo Bil, Adam Filek, John Paul Ricco, Holly Timpener, and Johannes Zits
Followed by a conversation with Christine Shaw (Blackwood Gallery UTM)

HOLD. We start with the premise of paring down – no objects, no clothes – in an empty space. We HOLD a position, maintain close contact, supporting tensions that move between the periphery and the core. HOLD is a focused course of action, a direction that evolves over time. HOLD is to reserve a time and place for others, distributing individual weight across our collective mass, surrendering vulnerabilities, and activating presence. In this time of technological mediation we charge ourselves.

Performance/Dialogue 2: The Other Words
Saturday, January 30: 10am to 1pm

A two-hour performance by Chun Hua Catherine Dong with Robert Black
Followed by a conversation with Johanna Householder (OCADU)

“The Other Words is a durational performance that explores the otherness in translation. Translation is political, and translating a text is like chewing up rice and then feeding it to somebody else. I am interested in transfiguration and transformation – the shape and form of languages, and how translation cuts across cultural barriers and begins to address how we relate to the world.

Two Seen, One Un-Seeing (Robert Luzar, Francesco Gagliardi), Performance Still, Photo: Henry Chan

Two Seen, One Un-Seeing (Robert Luzar, Francesco Gagliardi), Performance Still, Photo: Henry Chan

Performance/Dialogue 3: Two Seen, One Un-Seeing
Saturday, January 30: 2pm to 5pm
A two-hour performance by Robert Luzar with Francesco Gagliardi
Followed by a conversation with T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko (UofT)

“Two Seen, One Un-Seeing is a live internet streamed performance work: using in-person and (unrecorded) live internet video over two locations – Robert Luzar (England) in collaboration with Francesco Gagliardi (Canada); exploring junctions and dis-locations of a two-person dialogue over virtual/actual space and two time-zones (GMT, EST), and a duration that waxes and wanes through light, shadow, bodily position, and impermanent mark-making.

Performance/Dialogue 4: Are We Having Fun Yet? and Invisible Parallel
Saturday, January 30: 6pm to 9pm

Two two-hour performances by David Yu and by Xuan Ye with Jason Doell
Followed by a conversation with Sky Goodden (Momus)

“Are We Having Fun Yet? is a durational bait performance whereby the audience will be challenged to interact with the performance. The interaction emulates traditional reward systems where the audience can reveal another layer of the performance by agreeing to engage directly with the performers but only within specific parameters in which the performers have complete control over and the audience will need to conclude on their own. This work investigates power dynamics and the habitual behaviour patterns the audience adopts as a consumer of art.” Actors: Alexandra Matic, Gjorg Luca, Raphael Bruk, Renée Ashanta Henry.

“Invisible Parallel is a two-hour performance-installation for two remote performers who track their paths to the gallery by live streaming field audio of their separate journeys. This work explores the effect of adjacency and duration on the perception of disparate field recordings as one integrated sonic phenomenon. The emergent result is a single complex field recording on which the audience overlay their own notions of place and connection.”

Erasing Walls - Short illustrated history of the city of Jerusalem (Lezli Rubin-Kunda), Performance Still, Photo: The 5th Bienniale of Drawing in Jerusalem

Erasing Walls - Short illustrated history of the city of Jerusalem (Lezli Rubin-Kunda), Performance Still, Photo: The 5th Bienniale of Drawing in Jerusalem

Performance/Dialogue 5:

Live Performances: Marking The Passing Of A Day and I Fear Failure, I Focus on Failure. I Feel Lost, I Focus on Loss.
Saturday, January 30 @ 10pm to Sunday, January 31 @ 10pm

Gallery 1: Two 22-hour live durational performances by Lezli Rubin-Kunda and by Stephen Mueller with Hannah Richardson

“Marking the Passing of a Day. A clock with a loud ticking seconds hand is hung on the wall of the gallery. With each tick/second, I mark the surface of the white wall with a line, using a piece of charcoal. A process drawing unfolds that is a testimony to the time spent creating it, and the limitations of the body. Does the repetitive marking action over the course of a day focus my awareness on the passing of time, and make concrete the abstract notion of a day? How the drawing will develop, how long can I keep up the pace, how I will feel during and after the work – these are all open questions.”

“I Fear Failure, I Focus on Failure. I Feel Lost, I Focus on Loss. We will hug. We will watch live broadcasts of each other on old TVs. We won’t let go, no matter what.

Streamed International Performances:
Saturday, January 30 @ 10pm to Sunday, January 31 @ 10pm

Gallery 2: Two-Hour Streamed Performances By:

Jan 30: 10pm-12am
Kate Mahony (London, England)
Positioning Yourself For A Better Reception – “Kate Mahony will be viewing her surroundings (this time her flat) through the lens of her camera phone in an attempt to reveal first hand the process of finding the perfect performance prop.”

Jan 31: 12am-2am
River Lin (Taipei, Taiwan)
The Exhibition Of Our Own – “The encounter between the artist and strangers without any artwork in the exhibition space.”

Jan 31: 2am-4am
Bettina Fung (London, England)
From Me To You (Part 1: Night [white on black]) – “A performance drawing that acts as a two-hour conversation on paper between form and formlessness, control and surrender, reasoning and intuition.”

Jan 31: 4am-6am
Chirantan Mukhopadhya (Chimuk) (Kolkata, India)
A Durational Dialogue Between A Dead Artist & A Beloved Son – “A dead artist comes back to life to share the truth with his beloved son.”

Jan 31: 6am-8am
Holly Slingsby (London, England)
A Miracle, Performed – “In this new work, the artist invites the audience to participate in the performance by searching for a miraculous apparition online.”

Jan 31: 8am-10am
Junko Otake and Hana Sakuma (Hamburg, Germany and Kobe, Japan)
Water – “The artists will perform in Germany and Japan. Each artist brings a bottle of tap water from home to the local river and releases the water. Afterwards, the artist procures some water from the local river and it brings back home and releases the water. Throughout the performance, the flow of water gathers the threads of narratives and dialogues between the cities.”

Jan 31: 10am-12pm
Bettina Fung (London, England)
From Me To You (Part 2: Day [black on white]) – “A performance drawing that acts as a two-hour conversation on paper between form and formlessness, control and surrender, reasoning and intuition.”

Jan 31: 12pm-2pm
Ram Samocha (Brighton, England)
Multiple Body Count, 2016 – “A reworking of ‘Body Count’ (2011 video performance by Ram Samocha) in 2016 by the artist and his family members.”

Jan 31: 2pm-4pm
John G. Boehme (Victoria, Canada)
Making Performance Art – “This piece will integrate as many of the approximately 100 distinct performance art conventions as possible within a two-hour span, articulating a functional vocabulary for Performance Art, giving audience members a framework for discourse.”

Jan 31: 4pm-6pm
Steven Dickie (London, England)
Things To Thunk – “A three-part lecture examining the relationship between thought and media by leading practitioners of un-language and nonlinear thunk, considering ways to push beyond the limitations of media, time, and people.”

Jan 31: 6pm-8pm
Kevin Townsend (Boston, United States)
In Ghost Time – “‘In ghost time’ is part of an ongoing series of durational, ephemeral drawings that render time as topographical structures or spaces through the obsessive accretion of marks.”

Followed by a two-hour dialogue with Natasha Bailey, Dario Del Degan, and Johannes Zits

Some blankets and pillows will be available at the gallery; however, audience members are welcome to bring any personal accouterments to make the experience comfortable. Delicious homemade comfort food and specialty cocktails will also be available for purchase to enjoy during the duration of the festival.


Admission in Advance via Universe:
Single Day Performance – $12 Adults; $7 Students/Seniors
Festival Pass – $30 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors

Admission at the Door:
Single Day Performance – $15 Adults; $10 Students/Seniors
Festival Pass – $35 Adults, $25 Students/Seniors

 

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