SONGS OF THE NEW EROTICS
Songs of the New Erotics, No. 16 XPACE 7a*11d 2004 PHOTO Shannon Cochrane
No. 16 XPACE
Thursday October 21 8pm
Hand-in-hand with an interest in aleatoric, intuitive, automatic, and ludic processes, improvisation plays a significant role in Songs of the New Erotics’ performances, usually within fairly structured pieces involving costumes, props, actions, sounds, backing tapes, etc. Since 2001, Songs of the New Erotics has embarked on a series of performances that employ an extreme economy of means and an “out on a limb” experimentalism. The performer enters a largely uncontrolled and unfamiliar environment armed only with a few simple props/objects/costumes. All actions/interactions then arise purely from the specific circumstances of the physical space, audience, ambient sounds, accidents, etc. In this way, improvisation is allowed to generate the form, character, and meaning of each piece. Songs of the New Erotics will present a one-hour improvisation for audience and video.
Toronto-based polymedia artist W. A. Davison has been engaged in the production of music, film, performance, writing, and visual art since the early 80’s. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and studied experimental music at Dalhousie University. Since 1993, he has presented works under the name Songs of the New Erotics. These performances combine music/audio art with an absurdist/surrealist visual and performative presence, and are a result of Davison’s work with Recordism, an art/magick ideology rooted in chance and automatism. His work has been discussed in academic essays, and featured on radio, television, and print media across Canada and abroad.
Songs of the New Erotics, No. 16 XPACE 7a*11d 2004 ©Songs of the New Erotics
Songs of the New Erotics, tiny gifts ReciproCity/ReciproCité Toronto 2001 PHOTO Andrew Pommier
Typewriter Variation No. 2
Wednesday October 31 6:33 am (sunrise) – 10:30 pm
Elle Corazon | 176, rue Bernard Ouest, Montréal
ReciproCity/ RéciproCité Montréal round table discussion
Thursday November 1 12 pm – 5 pm
L’ancien Copie-Art | 813, rue Ontario
Organized by Josée Tremblay as part of ReciproCity/RéciproCité Montréal
Sponsored by Studio 303
Saturday November 3 12 pm – 12 am
Gladstone Hotel | 1214 Queen Street West
ReciproCity/RéciproCité Toronto round table discussion
Sunday November 4 1 pm
Songs of the New Erotics is an experimental music and performance project, formed in 1991 and headed by Toronto-based artist William A. Davison. The project is an extension of Davison’s work with Recordism, an artistic ideology founded by Davison in 1984 and rooted in a re-evaluation of chance and automatism. Davison studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been engaged in the production of music, film, performance, writing, and visual art since the early ’80s. He has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally through numerous solo presentations and a long list of collaborative projects; has received grants for music composition and for performance art; and has curated or co-curated a number of workshops, exhibitions, and events – including most recently, the “7a11d Festival of Performance Art”. W. A. Davison is also the founder of the International Bureau of Recordist Investigation, possibly Canada’s only organization following along currents of modern Surrealism and Fantastic Art.
Songs of the New Erotics, Typewriter Variation No. 2 ReciproCity/ReciproCité Montréal 2001 ©Songs of the New Erotics
Songs of the New Erotics, tiny gifts ReciproCity/ReciproCité Toronto 2001 ©Songs of the New Erotics
ReciproCity/RéciproCité Toronto round table discussion (part 1), Gladstone Hotel 2001
ReciproCity/RéciproCité Toronto round table discussion (part 2), Gladstone Hotel 2001
Songs of the New Erotics, Kook Dance at X Hundred Feet Into the Wasteland (7a*11d )1998 PHOTO S. HIggins
PO-PO Into the Wasteland
Saturday August 22 10 pm
Front St wasteland (between Spadina Ave & Bathurst St)
PO-PO Samhain in Wasteland
Friday October 30 11 pm
abattoir building wasteland (corner of Niagara St & Wellington St W)
About the PO-PO Wasteland series:
The main intent here is to create an audience participatory event, where the viewer is involved in the work and the space so much so that they are no loner passive but become active participants in the event. To expand the scope of what is thought of as ‘performance art’ by exposing it to, and to it, another audience, a younger, uninitiated audience, more of a ‘general public’. In a temporary unification of disparate communities, the art community and the electronic dance or ‘rave’ world, both will benefit from some new blood, and cross fertilization of energies. To make art fun and exciting and to somehow bridge the gap between art and life and pop and high culture.
These events are similar in theme and practical application to a series of performance events held in Toronto over the winter of 1997-98, organized by Jubal Brown and Stephen Rife. Entitled the Wasteland Series (I, II & III), large, abandoned industrial spaces were used for site-specific performances and installations by roughly 10 artists each time.
Songs of the New Erotics, The Anti-Child of Recordist Performance and a Lighted Cavern 7a*11d 1997 PHOTO S. Higgins
The Anti-Child of Recordist Performance and a Lighted Cavern
Friday August 8 8 pm
Symptom Hall | 160 Claremont St (just south of Dundas St W, west of Bathurst St)
Curated by Johanna Householder, Louise Liliefeldt, Derek Mohamed & Tracy Renée Stafford as part of Prognosis Terratoid Cabaret
Songs of the New Erotics (aka W. A. Davison) is primarily a musician who works in the fields of performance and video. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and now works out of Toronto. W. A. Davison is the sole composer, designer and performer for his polymedia project, Songs of the New Erotics. It exists as the main public vehicle for “Recordism”, which is a para-garde art “movement” dedicated to the “liberation of the imagination”, and uses as it’s tool “magick automatism” (a strictly symbolic and poetic use of chance and automatic methods in art-making.
SONGS OF THE NEW EROTICS, The Anti-Child of Recordist Performance and a Lighted Cavern 7a*11d 1997 ©Songs of the New Erotics