2019 • KinesTHESES

Our “off-year” project for 2019 is KinesTHESES, curated by TPAC member Paul Couillard. KinesTHESES features a total of 10 artist residencies taking place between August and December, during which the featured artists will develop new, site-specific actions and events.

KinesTHESES focuses on works that take the notion of “moving” their audiences in the most literal sense, creating performative experiences that take place in the participating bodies of the audience. Witnesses and participants are more than just eyes and ears. These projects remind us that we are, above all, animate forms: tactile-kinesthetic creatures who first learn what we are and discover our world by moving through our environment as bodies experiencing dynamic flows and encountering surfaces and textures. These are the building blocks of what we come to recognize as time, space and matter.

German philosopher Edmund Husserl used the term “the kinestheses” to describe the perceptual experiences of bodily movement. He argued that these senses, above all, are the core of subjectivity. The fact that we can feel ourselves move, and that we have an innate sense of our position in space, is foundational to our ability to conceive of ourselves as “I”s.

Schedule

Aug
11
Sun
Body Maintenance
John Innes Community Recreation Centre, 150 Sherbourne Street
2 pm
Aug
14
Wed
Kensington Market
noon - 3 pm
Aug
24
Sat
Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space @ 401 Commons, 401 Richmond Street West, 4th floor
2 pm
Aug
25
Sun
body wilderness
Cedarvale Park site 1 (meet at Markdale Preschool site, 41 Markdale Avenue): advance registration REQUIRED
9:30 am - 11 am
Aug
27
Tue
body wilderness
Cedarvale Park site 3 (meet at the Heath Street entrance of the St. Clair West subway station): advance registration REQUIRED
7 pm - 8:30 pm
Aug
29
Thu
body wilderness
Cedarvale Park site 1 (meet at Markdale Preschool site, 41 Markdale Avenue): advance registration REQUIRED
9:30 am - 11 am
Aug
30
Fri
body wilderness
Cedarvale Park site 1 (meet at Markdale Preschool site, 41 Markdale Avenue): advance registration REQUIRED
7 pm - 8:30 pm
Aug
31
Sat
body wilderness
Cedarvale Park site 3 (meet at the Heath Street entrance of the St. Clair West subway station): advance registration REQUIRED
9:30 am - 11 am
Sep
4
Wed
NEW NORMAL: an embodied novel
TTC Oakvale Greenspace, 8 Oakvale Avenue
7:30 pm
Sep
5
Thu
downtown Toronto (Taddle Creek park area)
2 pm - 4 pm
Sep
5
Thu
waters/edge prelude session
Solar Stage @ Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., Suite 176 (enter from the east [Wychwood] side, south tof the main doors, under the 3) advance booking recommended
6 - 8 pm
Sep
6
Fri
waters/edge prelude session
Solar Stage @ Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., Suite 176 (enter from the east [Wychwood] side, south tof the main doors, under the 3) advance booking recommended
6 - 8 pm
Sep
6
Fri
PRELUDE
Bruce LaBruce vs. TIFF 2019 party, Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W.
11 pm
Sep
7
Sat
waters/edge
Budapest Park, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (meet west of the Palais Royale, at the Sunnyside Boardwalk)
2 pm
Sep
8
Sun
waters/edge
Bathurst Quay (meet beside the public washrooms at the south end of Little Norway Park, near Little Norway Crescent)
2 pm
Sep
10
Tue
downtown Toronto (St. Clair West and Casa Loma area)
1 - 4 pm
Sep
12
Thu
waters/edge prelude session
Solar Stage @ Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., Suite 176 (enter from the east [Wychwood] side, south tof the main doors, under the 3) advance booking recommended
6 - 8 pm
Sep
13
Fri
waters/edge prelude session
Solar Stage @ Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., Suite 176 (enter from the east [Wychwood] side, south tof the main doors, under the 3) advance booking recommended
6 - 8 pm
Sep
14
Sat
downtown Toronto (University Avenue and Union Station area)
3 - 5:30 pm
Sep
14
Sat
waters/edge
R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, 2701 Queen Street East
8 pm
Sep
15
Sun
waters/edge
Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON
2 pm
Sep
18
Wed
DoubleBind
Dames Making Games @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street, 3rd floor
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Sep
19
Thu
DoubleBind
Dames Making Games @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street, 3rd floor
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Sep
20
Fri
DoubleBind
Dames Making Games @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street, 3rd floor
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Sep
21
Sat
West Toronto Railpath (beginning at the Wallace Avenue Footbridge and continuing south toward Dundas St. W.)
noon - 3 pm
Sep
21
Sat
DoubleBind
Dames Making Games @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street, 3rd floor
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Sep
22
Sun
DoubleBind
Dames Making Games @ Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street, 3rd floor
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
1
Tue
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
2
Wed
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 7:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
3
Thu
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
4
Fri
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
5
Sat
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
8
Tue
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
9
Wed
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 7:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
10
Thu
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
11
Fri
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
12
Sat
DoubleBind
Inter/Access, 950 Dupont Street, Unit 1
11 am - 5:45 pm (advance booking required; each session with the hoodie is 45 minutes, starting on the hour)
Oct
30
Wed
Arcadia Artists' Co-operative, 680 Queen's Quay West
2 pm
Nov
3
Sun
Artscape Weston Common, 34 John Street
Nov
3
Sun
Unit 2 community art space, 163 Sterling Road
Nov
9
Sat
negotiated interaction/artist talk
Wychwood Theatre (Wychwood Barns) 601 Christie St., Suite 176 (enter from the east [Wychwood] side, south tof the main doors, under the 3)
2 - 4 pm
Nov
11
Mon
private home
6 pm
Nov
12
Tue
OCAD University, 100 MCCaul Street
Nov
18
Mon
drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer - land acknowldegment
Tangled Art + Disability basement space 401 Richmond Street West, Suite S30 basement level (accessible space)
2 - 4 pm
Nov
19
Tue
drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer
Tangled Art + Disability basement space 401 Richmond Street West, Suite S30 basement level (accessible space)
2 - 5 pm
Nov
21
Thu
drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer
Tangled Art + Disability basement space 401 Richmond Street West, Suite S30 basement level (accessible space)
2 - 5 pm (FULLY BOOKED)
Nov
22
Fri
drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer
Tangled Art + Disability basement space 401 Richmond Street West, Suite S30 basement level (accessible space)
2 - 5 pm
Nov
23
Sat
drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer
Tangled Art + Disability basement space 401 Richmond Street West, Suite S30 basement level (accessible space)
2 - 5 pm
Nov
24
Sun
Traversing a square in every possible way
intersection of Dundas St. and Yonge St.
10 am - 11 am
Nov
24
Sun
Traversing a square in every possible way
intersection of Yonge St. and Bloor St.
12 pm - 1 pm
Nov
24
Sun
Traversing a square in every possible way
intersection of Bloor St. W. and Spadina Ave.
2 pm - 3 pm
Nov
24
Sun
Traversing a square in every possible way
intersection of Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. W.
4 pm - 5 pm

KinesTHESES Digital Toolkit

KinesTHESES began as a series of artist residencies featuring 10 artists that took place between August and November of 2019. The digital toolkit is a second, online phase that aims to support an ongoing presence for the projects. The toolkit combines curatorial reflection with recordings and other documents collected during the residencies, inviting online visitors to consider various possibilities for accessing the liveliness and liveness of these performative gestures.

1. KinesTHESES Project Background: Introducing the Digital Toolkit Idea

By Paul Couillard KinesTHESES was developed and organized by me (Paul Couillard) under the auspices of the Toronto Performance Art Collective (TPAC) as an “off-year” project.[1] KinesTHESES features 10 artists, who were invited to develop works that would engage an audience of participants and witnesses not simply as eyes and ears but as tactile-kinesthetic creatures: …

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2. Assembling a Toolkit vs. the Logic of the Archive

If we consider performance as ‘of’ disappearance, if we think of the ephemeral as that which ‘vanishes,’ and if we think of performance as the antithesis of preservation, do we limit ourselves to an understanding of performance predetermined by a cultural habituation to the patrilineal, West-identified (arguably white-cultural) logic of the archive?(Schneider, 65) Much has …

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3. Performing Access: A Video Conversation on (Artist) Archives with Paul Couillard and Margaret Dragu (August 30, 2019)

For me [performance has] always been about breathing the same air, and being in the same room, and feeling your pheromones and your cells and your energy vibrations and all of that very corporeal, very tactile-kinesthetic kind of stuff. Archives are […] remains that […] the actual bodies aren’t there any more. To me that’s …

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4. You Are Here ("you had to be there: Experience and Representation

While the live situation may enable the phenomenological relations of flesh-to-flesh engagement, the documentary exchange (viewer/reader <—> document) is equally intersubjective.(Jones 1997: 12) Art historian and theorist Amelia Jones has written extensively about the uneasy relationship between live, body-based art practices and the documents such practices produce. Despite the heavy investment of both performance scholars …

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5. Para-sites of Performance Art: Some Brief Thoughts on the Role of Artist-Curator

In terms of professions, I define myself first as a performance artist, but that label is closely followed by at least two others: performance curator and, more recently performance theorist. This confluence of roles is no accident; it reflects how I discovered that there was such a thing as performance art in the first place. …

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6. KinesTHESES: About the Title

The name of this curatorial project is a play on the term “kinestheses,” which comes from the phenomenologist philosopher Edmund Husserl. Husserl was deeply attuned to the close connection between life and movement. He described living beings first and foremost as animate organisms, and accorded a foundational importance for human consciousness in what he called …

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Toronto Performance Art Collective gratefully acknowledges the support of:

And a special thanks to our co-presenters, venue sponsors and other supporters

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