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7. On conserving performance art: A response to "Performance: The Ethics and the Politics of Care — # 1. Mapping the Field" (May 29 - 30, 2021 online colloquium)

7. On conserving performance art: A response to “Performance: The Ethics and the Politics of Care — # 1. Mapping the Field” (May 29 – 30, 2021 online colloquium)

I recently attended a free conference (hosted on Zoom and livestreamed on YouTube) examining the conservation of performance works. "Performance: The Ethics and the Politics of Care — # 1. Mapping the Field" was addressed ...
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6. KinesTHESES: About the Title

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

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 ...
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4. You Are Here ("you had to <em>be there</em>…"): Experience and Representation

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

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

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 ...
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1. KinesTHESES Project Background: Introducing the Digital Toolkit Idea

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 ...
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13th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (2020) postponed

13th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (2020) postponed

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art has been postponed. With the support of our key funders, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts ...
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Thursday November 21 session of claude wittmann's work fully booked

Thursday November 21 session of claude wittmann’s work fully booked

Although claude wittmann's project drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer is generally operating on a drop-in basis, claude has advised that ...
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KinesTHESES: Artist talk/negotiated interaction with Barak adé Soleil and claude wittmann

KinesTHESES: Artist talk/negotiated interaction with Barak adé Soleil and claude wittmann

claude wittmann and Barak Adé Soleil in conversation with the audience, KinesTHESES 2019 VIDEO STILL Saturday November 9 2 pmWychwood Theatre (Wychwood Barns) 601 Christie St., Studio 176FREE Artists Barak adé Soleil and claude wittmann ...
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