2004 5th 7a*11d Festival Éminence Grise
Cheryl L'Hirondelle awa ka-amaciwet piwapisko waciya / climbing the iron mountains 7a*11d 2004 PHOTO Shannon Cochrane
awa ka-amaciwet piwapisko waciya / climbing the iron mountains
Friday October 22 7 pm
Meet at the Kensington Market parking garage on Baldwin St.
Monday October 25 7 pm
Meet in the Eaton Centre parking garage, Yonge St side: top floor of the garage beside the Thrifty Car Rental location.
Wednesday October 27 7 pm
Meet in the parking garage at the corner of Dundas St W & Centre St, using the stairwell at the SW corner of the building.
Friday October 29 3:30 pm
Meet in the inner courtyard of 401 Richmond St W (outside stairwell).
Because broadcasting are a key aspect of Cheryl l’Hirondelle’s building infiltrations, she encourages audience members to bring portable radios to the performance so that they can tune in to her broadcast.
“I intend on infiltrating highrises [any office building, apartment/condo, hotel, or school, over 4 stories] as a commentary on ownership of air. Once inside, I will scale the centre of the building’s stairwell ascending and descending and will leave a chalk tag of cree syllabics saying: e-kisinawatastihk piyesisak ohci as symbolic evidence of this reclamation. I will also use low-watt radio equipment to broadcast audio at selected locations as part of this action. I do this in order to honour and symbolically re-claim the air above the land where these structures currently exist. It is arrogant of governments to zone that which is not theirs. I do this for the birds – it is still their domain! If you can assist me in gaining entry into any buildings, if you would like to climb with me, witness the activity, document it; or if you have audio you would allow me to air, I invite you to email me: niya [at] ndnnrkey.net.” [ed. note: site no longer active]
Cheryl l’Hirondelle is an Alberta born, Saskatchewan based, halfbreed multi/interdisciplinary artist (Metis/Cree – non status/treaty, german). Since the early 1980s she has created, performed, collaborated and presented work in performance art, music, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, video and new media. Since the early 1990s she has worked as an arts programmer, cultural strategist/activist, arts consultant and producer independently and within the national artist-run network, first nations bands and tribal councils, and government agencies. She is currently developing performative physical endurance interventions, is producing interactive net.art projects and is one half of the singing duo nikamok.
é•mmi•nnce grise n. somebody who exercises great power or influence secretly or unofficially. This program highlights our commitment to bringing forward a lived history of performance work in Canada by presenting an artist who has made a fundamental contribution to the field. This program was inaugurated last festival with the presentation of Bruce Barber. This year we are pleased to invite Cheryl L’Hirondelle.