July 20 – August 5: Research & Creation Residence
August 6: Performance & Vernissage
August 6 – 28: Exhibition
For the last two years I’ve been exploring a traveling performance called Roadside Attractions. Asking questions such as: How do you show a transitional space? Where are the interstices between leaving and arriving? What are our strategies for getting there? Roadside Attractions is an unconventional travelogue that is more interested in the journey and the acclimatization, than in the final, definitive destination.
Having brought this process of site-specific performance for the camera to several cities in Canada and abroad, an installation of video and photo will portray the culmination of this series of meditative micro-interventions carried out since 2008. Focusing on the parallels between performance and travel, and on a potentially destabilized relationship to place, this exploration of transitional space examines comprehensive states of “performative consciousness,” investing a performative presence within multiple locations, while addressing notions of connectedness, (dis)orientation, abandon, and transformation.
Prior to the exhibition, I’ll bring the research process to Saskatoon in the form of a short residence; visually mapping and documenting a succession of “flash-landmarks” – sites that become instant points of orientation on a variety of routes leading me to and from the place where I’ll be staying. A montage of these micro-performances will become the backdrop for a short gallery performance of projected looped video segments accompanying subtle, repetitive actions, punctuated by inter-textual narration of reflections related to being a body in transit/transition and to ideas of what it means to be, or to call a place, “home.”