otiose (ROBERTS, Ailith & DUMMETT, John)

2000 3rd 7a*11d Festival

spoken house
Wednesday November 1 to Thursday November 2 2 pm – 6 pm
(text archive exhibited through Saturday November 4)
Art System, 327 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Presented by Fado Performance Inc. as part of Public Spaces/Private Places

spoken house is part of an ongoing series of works that examine various aspects of household space. The performance consisted of a series of public conversations with visitors, using a spoken description of the fictional Southfork ranch of the television series Dallas as a departure point. Conversations ranged from recollections of fictional household spaces (taken from television) to descriptions of remembered spaces and discussions about homelessness. A text archive documenting the results of the project was left for visitors to read.

Ailith Roberts and John Dummett, known collectively as otiose, are emerging British artists based in Leeds. Their intriguing investigations into the acts of archiving, documenting, and witnessing combine a strong conceptual bent with a penchant for obsessive, repetitive physical activities. Their work was first presented in Toronto last year as part of FADO’s TIME TIME TIME series.

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