PERFORMANCES & CONVERSATIONS
March 22 and 29, April 12 and 26, 2014
Curator : cheyanne turions
SATURDAY March 22, 3 - 5 pm
No Reading After the Internet
No Reading After the Internet is a salon series dealing with cultural texts, which are read aloud by participants. The particular urgency of the project is in reforming publics and experimenting with the act of reading, as its own media form, in our moment.
No Reading poses itself as a space for experimental learning and discussion, offering a space within which to retrace the steps used in constructing understanding, productively challenging individual and collective ways through the realms of language and interpretation. To participate in No Reading is to invoke an exuberant not-knowing, seeking out moments of collective illumination.
This salon will feature Chelsea Vowel's essay "The reports of our cultural deaths have always been greatly exaggerated," which was first published in FUSE Magazine and "evokes language as a key tool of self-determination for Indigenous survivors of genocide, and calls for an end to the colonial era." 
SATURDAY March 29, 3-5 pm
Pull, Sort, Hang, Dry, and Crush
Performance by Basil AlZeri followed by a conversation with the artist
Basil AlZeri will engage the audience’s senses as he makes a flora offering and activates the gallery space through a how-to lecture and performance. AlZeri's practice centers on the use of food, its preparation and preservation techniques as a form of resistance towards colonization, and forced assimilation processes. This stems from his personal experiences as a self-declared settler, an immigrant, a visitor and a new citizen.
Pull, Sort, Hang, Dry and Crush is an interactive performance involving food crops and their re-plantation. Transported thousands of kilometres, the wild thyme plants will be re-purposed through the processes of drying, crushing and storing. AlZeri will speak of the plants origin and in so doing he will re-create the Zaatar mix using his mother’s technique.
Tea will be served.
SATURDAY April 12, 3-5 pm
No Looking Afer the Internet
No Looking After the Internet is a “looking group” that invites participants to look at an image (or a series of images) they are unfamiliar with, and “read” the image out-loud together. Chosen in relation to an exhibition, an artist’s body of work, or an ongoing research project, No Looking examines images without the traditional frameworks of the caption, gallery exhibition or artist's talk. Instead, it offers the space and time for immersive looking, asking what we might see when we look at images slowly and collectively, unpacking our responses with others.
Premised on the idea that we don’t always trust our interpretive abilities as viewers, the aim of No Looking is to examine what makes practices of looking difficult. How does a slower form of looking allow us to be self-reflexive about our role as spectators? How do we look at images differently when we interpret them with a community of others?
No Looking is an ongoing, collaborative project based out of Toronto’s Gallery TPW and takes its name and inspiration from No Reading After the Internet, an out-loud reading and discussion group that meets regularly in Toronto and Vancouver .
This salon will feature images from the Toronto Reference Library's Picture Collection, as selected by Annie MacDonell, who has been working with the collection over the last few years.
SATURDAY April 26, 3-5 pm
Performance by Daina Ashbee followed by a conversation with Tanya Lukin Linklater
Departing from a series of three banners installed as part of the exhibition at SBC Gallery, this performance will use the banners as scores for movement.
Featuring excerpts from The Harvest Studies, written by Tanya Lukin Linklater, the texts centre on translations between experiential knowledge, conceptual frameworks, and Indigenous languages, and emerged from political actions in the winter of 2012-2013. These texts will be the basis for negotiated performance between Lukin-Linklater and Montreal-based dancer Daina Ashbee. The process between artist and dancer will be one of translation with the text structuring the performance.
For more information on the exhibition click HERE
This exhibition is part of SBC’s Focus Program on Sovereignty.