The Sanctimonious Sect of Nothing Is Sacred / L’Édifiante secte de rien (n’)est sacré

I will be presenting a new, year-long project with DARE-DARE in Montreal starting this spring. Under their theme of “La Société des Rendez-vous” and alongside fellow artists & dreamers of the finest order, The Sanctimonious Sect of Nothing Is Sacred / L’Édifiante secte de rien (n’)est sacré will officially be launched this May with DARE-DARE’s upcoming 2016-2017 program unveiling.

…What would happen if I proposed a project in which I did…nothing? But I wouldn’t really be doing nothing. I would probably read. Maybe write. Definitely stare off into space. And walk. And what if I opened the offer for others to come and join me in the activity of doing…nothing? Inviting guests to bring a book. A notepad. A pen. Or…nothing.

Usually when I want to engage in this…nothingness I have to deliberately set aside time to do so. And then when I do, I feel guilty and inadequate. What have I done today, this week, this month, to deserve this doing of…nothing? Clearly I haven’t done enough.

What I would find most useful – and audacious – would be to propose a space and extended moment of…nothing. An opportunity for rest. While I could really use this downtime (and am convinced that if I’m feeling this way most likely many others are too), I also see the affirmation of such an activity as an inherently political act; it challenges notions of productivity, what constitutes “failure” (and success) and reconsiders “non-productive” uses of time.

This is my dream project. And, for the next year, at regular intervals and in various configurations, I will enthusiastically hold the space of…nothing. Doing nothing in the company of others who wish to accompany me in this quiet, open, sacred, and decidedly un-productive project.

Stay tuned for the first iteration, and more details, coinciding with the blooming of the apple tree blossoms in later May.

The ensemble of artists includes:
In the Intervention dans l’Espace Public section; Sylvaine Chassay, the trio Sarah Dell’Ava, Ilya Krouglikov and Wolfram Sander, Maggy Flynn, Roberto Santaguida and Victoria Stanton, and researcher Érik Bordeleau who will do a residence considering all the projects for the year’s programming in the context of the Espace Critique — and artists from the Écritures Publiques section; Claire Burelli, Odile Joron, Céline Huyghebaert, Sylvie Laliberté, Stéfanie Requin Tremblay and the duo Rosana et Aris.

**Programming Launch**
Date: Wednesday May 18, 2016, from 6 – 9pm
Location: DARE-DARE trailer on the patch of green across from Atwater Market