FADO E-LIST (September 2004)

FADO E-LIST (September 2004)



1. Fado presents FIVE HOLES: LIsten!
September 15 - October 24, 2004
Deadline: September 24, 2004; Source: Artpool
3. CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: "Neoist Dept Fest 2004" (Germany)
Deadlines: September 27, 2004; Source: Anna Balint
4. CALL FOR SUBMISSIOINS: "TRAFIC" Inter/nationale d'art actuel d'Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Deadline: October 15, 2004; Source: l’Écart
5. EVENT: "In/and out of position" public forum
September 17 - 19, 2004; Source: Visible art activity
6. EVENT: "Beans, Bananas, and Yams: Performance Art Relics, Residue, and Ephemera" YYZ
September 8 - October 23, 2004; Source: YYZ

1. Fado presents FIVE HOLES: LIsten!
September 15 - October 24, 2004

September 15 - October 24, 2004
Curated by Paul Couillard
Featuring Erika DeFreitas, Linda Rae Dornan, Eric Létourneau, So-Yeon Park, and Jed Speare
All events Free

five performance projects dealing with the sense of hearing


Linda Rae Dornan - OPEN
Sept 15, 2004, 8 am - noon: Queen's Park, west side near Hoskin Ave.
Sept 16, 2004, 8 am - noon: University Ave. traffic island, south of Gerrard St.
Sept 16, 2004, 8 pm: artist talk at WARC, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 122

Saturday Sept 25 - Sunday October 24, 2004
30-minute to one-hour weekend appointments at various locations; call (416) 822-3219 or email hearing@performanceart.ca for your appointment
presented in conjunction with the 7a*11d Int'l Festival of Performance Art

Jed Speare - A QUIET ZONE II
October 7, 2004: Ward's Island, exact time and location TBA

October 15, 2004, 5 - 8 pm: Dovercourt House Ballroom, 805 Dovercourt Rd., 2nd Floor
October 16, 2004: artist talk, exact time and location TBA

Eric Létourneau - STANDARD III
October 21, 2004, 9 pm: XPACE, 303 Augusta
presented in conjunction with the 7a*11d Int'l Festival of Performance Art

Fado is pleased to present FIVE HOLES: Listen!, a series of five performance "maneuvers" dealing with the sense of hearing. FIVE HOLES is an ongoing Fado series that examines the nature and importance of bodies (performer and audience) in performance art by focusing on individual senses. Featured artists in this 'hearing' component, the fourth in the series, include Erika DeFreitas (Toronto), Linda Rae Dornan (New Brunswick), Eric Létourneau (Quebec), So-Yeon Park (USA), and Jed Speare (USA).

This series considers acts of "listening" as they are carried out by and impact upon physical, social, political and spiritual bodies. Linda Rae Dornan presents herself as a solitary figure, sitting quietly in the city, listening -- encouraging us to also stop for a moment to hear what we normally ignore. Erika DeFreitas offers her presence for a one-on-one exercise of listening as a way of locating the self. Jed Speare lobbies the city for a quiet zone that would serve as an area of sound awareness. So-Yeon Park assembles chanters from various cultures to direct their voices toward individual participants' wishes as a way of channeling transformative energy. Eric Létourneau evokes silence as a way of marking and remembering all of the world's victims of political persecution in a multi-layered project that interrogates the role of the State and of mass media in silencing "silence" itself.

About the projects

UNTITLED (SELECTED HEARING) explores the sense of hearing and more specifically the act of listening as an intimate act of inclusion, trust, and the location and dislocation of self amidst a variety of public venues in Toronto. Artist Erika DeFreitas will be offering her shared presence to those who are interested in taking the time to sit and listen to their surroundings. Participants sign up for a particular place and time to join the artist in a conscious act of listening to the surrounding space. 

DeFreitas notes about this piece: "Our society depends heavily on conscious auditory perception as being selective, and this perception has created a culture of selective hearing. Our ability to ‘block’ things out allows us to choose when we want to listen, what we listen to, and what we hear. Various components of our surrounding environment have perpetuated this practice of filtering sound and have dictated what is allowed to take root and what must be discarded. Such forms of selective hearing and escapism can alter our environment in a surreal way. In his writing about conceptual art, I believe that an awareness of the ways that a sense of space or environment can be established through sound, as well as an understanding of how we might unconsciously use sound to essentially make an environment transferable, can develop through a process of active listening."

OPEN features Linda Rae Dornan in a durational tableau performance of listening, only listening, in an open space surrounded by non-functioning audio speakers. It is about slowing down, actually hearing the world breathe around oneself, and being part of that breath. Time slows down, and one is absorbed into the soundscape, into hearing oneself and the world.

Eric Létourneau's "manoeuvre" STANDARD III began as a two-hour uninterrupted nationwide radio broadcast on Radio-Canada on April 11, 2004 (Easter). The program featured 198 30-second periods of radio silence punctuated by an alphabetical listing of every country in the world. The same phrase introduced each silence: "Thirty seconds of silence for domestic and foreign political victims..." This broadcast was recorded live off the airwaves and remixed for publication on two CDs along with a text that considers the effects of administrative regulation and State control on mass media.

Beginning in October 2004, copies of the publication will be sent through diplomatic channels to each country of the world. On the occasion of each country's national celebration, its head of state will be contacted to verify the receipt and subsequent response to the CD. This process and the reactions it generates will be recorded on the websites of Fado Performance Inc. (http://www.performanceart.ca) and Systeme Minuit (http://www.systememinuit.com). The documentation collected, including all diplomatic correspondence, will eventually be published in book form.

In A QUIET ZONE II, Jed Speare seeks to establish a zone of quiet through municipal channels in a neighborhood of Toronto -- not for the purpose of restricting noise, but for promoting sound awareness and contemplation. Under city by-laws, Quiet Zones regulating noise activity can be established around hospitals and retirement homes. Speare's proposal seeks to overturn and expand the notion of the Quiet Zone philosophically and idealistically, creating an occasion and site for an aesthetic experience, listening to a particular urban environment. For the past several months, Speare has been seeking the appropriate agency to initiate a formal process to create a zone in the inner harbour of Ward's Island. From late September, Speare will be working in Toronto to meet with community members and officials and continue this process, culminating in an event on October 7 that will present his progress to-date, at a site and time to be determined. A QUIET ZONE II is supported in part by a residency at Do While Studio in Boston and a grant from the Nicholson Foundation.

In INTER-FAITH CHANTING, So-Yeon Park proposes to orchestrate live chanting sounds from a variety of religious traditions to create intensive moments of mental and spiritual concentration. Assembling local volunteer chanters from a variety of traditions, Park will create an event in which participants can place their bodies at the centre of a cascading sound focused on their individual wishes. Audiences may sit on the periphery, listening to the ongoing series of chants followed by silence, or they may choose to bring their own wishes to the centre the circle.

About the artists

Erika DeFreitas is an emerging conceptual performance and installation artist who has been actively producing and exhibiting artwork over the past two years. Her artwork has been exhibited in local galleries including the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Implant, Ne Plus Ultra, Art System and sisboombah as well as The Third Floor in Brooklyn, but the most common space to find her work is in Toronto's streets and alleyways. De Freitas' artwork, which generally includes the audience as active and at times unknowing participants, provides a forum for the public to reflect on the factors that contribute to the construction of personal and public identities.

Linda Rae Dornan was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and raised in Montréal, Québec. She moved to Sackville, New Brunswick in 1989. Language, materiality and ephemerality are the threads woven within her work. Her visual explorations using language have become increasingly non-narrative, evoking interior space, memory and loss. Her performances incorporate words and silence in a durational format.

Eric Létourneau has been active since the 1980s as an intermedia artist and a sono-temporal architect. He pursues an artistic practice based on the creation of situations within the social fabric. He has produced roughly 50 contextual works and has presented his work in more than 10 countries. He is particularly interested in the instrumentalization of collective memory by institutions.

So-Yeon Park was born in Pusan and raised in Seoul, Korea. She holds an M.F.A. in art from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; and is currently an Associate Professor in Expanded Media in the Department of Art at the University of Kansas, Park has exhibited and performed in solo and group shows in Columbus, Ohio, at Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Park, California, and in Seoul, Korea. She uses her native Korean cultural traditions to create metaphoric, cathartic structures, and uses performance movement to convey emotions.

Jed Speare is an artist from Boston working in variety of media. Initially trained in music composition, he has created works in time-based media such as video, sound, and performance art, and conceptual and community-based works for over twenty-five years. His work has been presented in festivals and exhibitions in such places as San Francisco, New York, Boston and the New England region, and abroad in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Taiwan. He is a member of the Mobius Artists Group of Mobius, Boston's artist-run organization for experimental work in all media, and served as its Director from 1996 to 2004. A QUIET ZONE II is a part of body of work by Speare that deals with the sound environment. Other works in this vein include CABLE CAR SOUNDSCAPES, an album on Smithsonian Folkways Records; AUDIOGRAMS, a text and image work which explores his experience as an industrial hearing conservationist and the effects of hearing loss; A QUIET ZONE, a photographic, text and multimedia work about a neighborhood in Fitchburg, Massachusetts by that designation; and the artists books Crushed Buckets and I Call You.

Travel support for this series comes from the New Brunswick Arts Board and the University of Kansas.

Deadline: September 24, 2004; Source: Artpool

A call to participate in the Autumn research project at Artpool