Kika Thoren & Adrian Blackwell, Interventionism panel discussion 7a*11d 1998 VIDEO STILL
Sunday August 23 2 pm
A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St W
Coordinated by Johanna HOUSEHOLDER
Anna BANANA (Sechelt, BC), Adrian BLACKWELL and Kika THORNE (Toronto), William POPE.L (Maine USA), Deanne TAYLOR (Toronto); moderated by Johanna HOUSEHOLDER (Toronto)
Interventionism examines the ways in which performance has entered uninvited the realms of politics and the social. The panel brings together a number of artists who have produced work which has commandeered public space and discourse to a variety of ends.
PO-PO Samhain in Wasteland
Friday October 30 11 pm
abattoir building wasteland (corner of Niagara St & Wellington St W)
Kika Thorne is an artist and filmmaker.
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.
This event is 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.